Glossary of terms for Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
Station books of officers and civilians.
Volumes showing officers’ and civilian employees’ names, stations, and occupations and rank or salary of officers or civilians on the staffs of the Assistant Commissioners. The books also give the order assigning the officer to duty or the date of the civilian’s appointment and the order number relieving them of duty.
Contracts between freedmen and employers, usually farmers or plantation owners, witnessed by Bureau officers. Most of the contracts indicate the period of service, the rate of wages, and the type of work to be performed.
Terms of apprenticeship or indenture of freed people.
Registers of labor contracts.
Registers kept by officers subordinate to the Assistant Commissioners. The registers usually give the date of the contract, the names of the contracting parties, and the rate of wages.
Registers of complaints.
Registers kept by officers subordinate to the Assistant Commissioners. The "complaints" relate to problems which freedmen brought to the officer’s attention. Many of the registers simply list the name or names of the freedmen and the nature of the complaint, but others also give a synopsis or summary of the case.
Registers of marriages.
Registers kept by officers subordinate to the Assistant Commissioners. Most registers give the names of the couple and the date the marriage was registered. Many registers also give information about previous marriages, the number of children from previous marriages, and the ministers who performed the ceremony.
Registers of claimants - - bounty registers.
Registers usually kept by claims agents. While most of the claims were for bounties, some were also for commutation of rations, back pay, or pensions. The registers usually give the claimant’s name; the soldier’s rank, company, and regiment; the nature of the claim, and information about the payment of the claim.
Oaths of office.
Oaths required by an act of Congress approved July 2, 1862 (12 Stat. 502), of persons elected or appointed to any office under the Government of the United States.