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Re: Researching the Slaveholder and Family

What is the point?

That is one of the BASIC rules of African American genealogy. Genealogist and author Tony Burroughs pointed that out in his landmark book many years ago--if your ancestors were enslaved, to continue to find out more of your own history---it is imperative that you study the slave holder's history!

How did he/she obtain their slaves? Through inheritance? Through purchase? Through marriage? Many cases, especially when the slaveholder in question lived earlier years in the United States---as did MANY of the slave holders from Indian Territory---it is through researching the wills probate records, estate records, court records even before removal that the tenacious genealogist can go back further in time.

What is the point???? To continue to find more of your ancestors!

The goal is to tell as much of the family narrative as possible.

That is the point.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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