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The 1890 Cherokee Nation Census, Indian Territory (Oklahoma)

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ISBN-13: 978-0788420115
ISBN-10: 0788420119
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 863 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Books (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788420119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788420115
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It doesn't take long for novice genealogists to discover the absence of the 1890 U.S. census, destroyed in a fire in the 1920s, but there's a geographical exception of which only those doing Oklahoma research are generally aware -- Indian Territory, in what is now eastern Oklahoma. The territory was divided into ten districts and the methods followed in the enumeration were the same as for the census at large, with 105 columns in six schedules. This transcription appears to include only the first two schedules: Native Cherokees, Shawnees, and Delawares, and adopted whites; and orphans under the age of sixteen. Information transcribed includes only page and line number, name, race, sex, age, marital status, occupation, and remarks (and there seem to be many more remarks by census-takers than one would expect in a state enumeration). Since Native American documentary resources are so slim, the researcher will want to pursue the more specialized schedules. It should be noted that most of the names as recorded don't sound "Indian." Edward Goodman is listed as a "Native Cherokee," and so is George Wilkerson, though you will also find listings for Sa-gi-ya Bearpaw and Seali Going Snake. As with any census, spelling of surnames varies considerably and Benge has made an effort to consolidate variant spellings in the index (though the researcher, of course, should not assume that two similar names actually are cognates). Happily, data is not alphabetized but is presented in the original recorded order. While I cannot judge the accuracy of Benge's transcription, I saw very few blanks or question marks, which may be either an indication of skilled reading or of exceptionally clear penmanship. While this is a very useful resource for the genealogist who has just uncovered Native American ancestry, I wish the compiler had included a much lengthier introduction and perhaps a few maps of the districts.
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Had I been able to actually see the book I wouldn't have purchased it. I would liked to have seen a sample of what the 1890 census sheet actually looked like to relate to the info obtained. I would also liked to have seen a map referring to where the areas were located then compared to now. I feel the book is incomplete.
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