Freedmen's Bureau Online The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was formed by the War Department in 1865. This federal agency supervised relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Construction era. Records include information on marriages and labor.
Brochure on the Freedmen's Bureau records at NARA -- The records left by the Freedmen's Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/#
Genealogists, researchers, archivists, authors, bloggers, educators, and faith leaders discuss the Freedmen's Bureau and the need for volunteers to make the records of nearly 4 million emancipated African Americans freely searchable online.
The Freedmen's Bureau office in Memphis, Tennessee, 1866. The Freedmen's Bureau Bill, which established the Freedmen's Bureau in March 1865, was initiated by President Abraham Lincoln and was intended to last for one year after the end of the Civil War. The Freedmen's Bureau was an important agency of the early Reconstruction, assisting freedmen (freed ex-slaves) in the South.