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Re: Cherokee Nation 1860 Slave Schedule


One of the challenges of African American research is that when trying to identify ancestors who were enslaved, prior during the slavery era---locating their names in documents is extremely difficult. The slave schedules which were taken in Indian Territory among the Five Slaveholding Tribes were created in the same way that they were in the United States---only the name of the the slaveholder was listed and those people enslaved were only indicated by gender (Male/Female) and their age.

If the ancestor that you seek survived enslavement, and lived till the time of the Dawes Commission, (1898-1914) then you will be able to match the name of the slave to the enslaver. But prior to that unless there are depositions---such as the hundreds that can be found in Civil War pension records---then the Slave Schedules will not reveal the names of those enslaved.

Unlike the communities in the states, one does not have a plethora of wills and tax records that lead the researcher to more data on slave holders. Such records usually kept in court houses just don't exist in Oklahoma counties.

I recommend that you also visit the Slavery Era Forum on the AfriGeneas as well.

Best wishes as you continue the search.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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