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The Book of Negroes

Black History

This index is invaluable for Black History because it contains many names of individuals, previously scattered throughout the documents: loyalist soldiers, and freed or enslaved civilian refugees. The index also includes the so-called "Book of Negroes" which is a register of refugees of colour giving references to 2,831 people many of whom went to Nova Scotia. There is extensive information about them such as their names, sex, health, distinguishing marks, status (free or slave), origins, names of their white associates, and the ships used to carry them.

Documentation for Carleton's Book of Negroes

To see the original, hand-written page with the information, note the name of the person of interest and visit the Nova Scotia Archives website – enter the name in the search box and the original page will be displayed.

Index to Carleton's Book of Negroes


Instructions for Searching the Book of Negroes

Please read the Instructions below before beginning your search of the Book of Negroes. This will make your search easier and help you to get the most out of it.

To find your ancestor:

To get the most out of your search:

To find the original document: