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Re: Researching the Slaveholder and Family
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Many people are genealogists and historians and want to learn more of their history and the article was provide as a toll for those who wish to further their research to do so. Others may wish to only look at records created between 1898-1914, that is choice. But genealogists have an incredible task of exploring multiple resources to go back further in time, if they are curious.
Clearly people use the Dawes Rolls on this forum and began their research with the cards. And no where in the article was it stated that people should start with slave schedules. The question was asked---why bother with researching the slave owner?
This is a genealogy forum and as a genealogist and teacher all resources are encourage for those who wish to know more and for those who wish to further their research, knowing how to research the lineage of people who were enslaved is needed, and for those who are interested in learning more of their history, the article was presented.
Hopefully genealogists will also use Federal census, military records (especially pension files of ancestors who were in the Union army---as hundreds of Freedmen were), Freedmen's Bureau (because many Freedmen used the Bureau office), and slave schedules and wills, deeds court records, and so much more.
To stop at Dawes records an nothing beyond that limits what the researcher can learn.
And some people truly wish to have additional tools. For those whose ancestors were enslaved--at some time, exploring the history of the slave holder is required if one wishes to know more.
For those who don't have an interest or do not see the value of furthering their knowledge of their ancestors---no problem--that is their choice.
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