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Re: Caesar COLBERT Choctaw FreedmanCitizenship-Rig

Greetings Thomas,

It would appear the records your grandmother has in her possession plus whatever oral history she has to tell contain the information you seek.

You should make it a point to interview her about your family history and more importantly begin going through her records and organizing the information for genealogical and historical preservation.

Combine her records and information with all family photos to determine who is who and especially get her to identify any family photos with names of the individuals pictured.

If she doesn’t have the oral histories from the Dawes records (M1301) and the Dawes card (M1186) you should obtained them to go along with all of the other records in her possession.

Thomas what you should be concentrating on is a standard genealogical research methodology. Begin with what you know, (you, your parents, their parents and so on.) Gather all documents (birth records, death certificates, census data 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930) for all generations and this will begin to tell you the story you seek to discover, document and verify.

While you conduct the basic genealogical research begin to read other material that will give some background about the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. The Colbert’s were part of the “mixed blood” major slave owning class and there is extensive information published about them.

Since you are aware of the existence of these records in your grandmother's possession your efforts will be well rewarded and I believe your grandmother would appreciate knowing you have an avid interest in your family history so she will be supportive in your efforts.

I suspect you will discover there is much she has to offer by taking the time to have a conversation with her. It doesn’t have to be a formal interview, but you should use a tape recorder when you talk with her to preserve her story as well as your family’s story, which adds to the overall story of the Freedmen.

Once you get this underway and should you have more question about interviewing, preservation or general information about freedmen feel free to contact me and I will offer what information I can to assist you.

Terry Ligon

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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