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Re: Five Tribes~Slave Data Collection???
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My point is for the researcher with only the name of an ancestor and no ability to get to the national archives for what ever reason there should be access to the information concerning the freedmen and the Dawes rolls. I've looked at familysearch.org and the NAIL site. the familysearch site I have yet to figure out and have not found it sufficient to the needs of the Freedmen researcher. On the NAIL site I plugged in names of individuals I know are there and get everyone with the name Joe in it. This is great if you don't know who you are looking for and if you care to send the necessary funds to NARA for a file that may or may not be what you are looking for it will become expensive in a hurry.
BUT! by compiling KNOWN information we have on FREEDMEN of the Five Tribes and their descendants it is probable we would be assuring the Freedmen researher a successful search with information they can utilize.
I did note there were some notations on some of the records that imply the applicant was a citizen by blood or the application was rejected (R). But if this or any other site devoted to the history of the Freedmen is going to attract Freedmen descendants it should have information specific to the Freedmen.
What I found at the NAIL site is good as the information I already have and everything else would be conjecture. That becomes an expensive and time consuming endeavor. Both items I have in short supply!
Right now the only place to submit data I have research (for my money) would be the Afrigeneas Slave Data Project. But over the past five years I've been conducting my research much of that information is my contribution. At this point I would prefer to see a site dedicated exclusively to the Freedmen
[posted 18 Jun 1999]
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