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Re: Jones surname
In Response To: Jones surname ()
If you are seeking "Degree of Indian Blood" and your ancestors were Freedmen chances are that you will not find the info that you seek. Many Freedmen had 50% Native ancestry however it was decided during the time of the Dawes Commission to never record this information. The reason is obvious with their also having African ancestry.
If however your ancestors were captured in the 1900 or the 1910 Special census pertaining to Indians as many Freedmen were their Indian Blood is recorded. Note---that the issue of "Degree" of Indian Blood is the most unscientific measurement that is used in an official capacity of any kind. There was no measurement of any kind even taken when these "degrees" were utilized. They are merely tools of exclusion to allow a form of apartheid to keep those who have African ancestry out of the nation and to prevent any "benefits" being extended to them. Thus the CDIB card is used to keep Freedmen descendants running after documents that they know will never be found.
This is not explained to you and is usually told to the amusement of the registrar and the frustration of the researcher following advice in good faith.
The more important issue for Freedmen descendants is to obtain the data on the family from the valuable records that were retained. This information could have just as easily been destroyed had thought been given to it.
Best wishes in the search.
[20 sep 2000]
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