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Key to Campbell’s Abstract Index
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The following index includes the names of the father and mother, as well as the name of the enrolled citizen. It is arranged alphabetically, both as to the sir and Christian names. We have been very careful in its preparation and have spent months in an effort to make it as complete and useful as possible. We do not expect that it, in connection with the Abstract, will answer all questions in every case. It will however be a very great help to those who will make a proper use of it, and use it in difficult cases in connection with information received outside the record.
Many of the Indians have more than one name. They have their family name, sometimes a school name, which is different and also a bust name. We have knowledge only of the names written on the Census Cards, and such names we have used in our Index, however when we could determine that different spelling of a name stood for the same person we have cross indexed.
In the preparation of the enrollment records different clerks, in the office of the Dawes Commission, took testimony for the record. As the Indian names were pronounced to these clerks, the clerks on hearing the names, and hearing different pronunciations, spelled the names differently, and this different spelling is carried on the cards, in fact, it is common for the same name to appear on the same card twice, and both times under a different spelling. Again, the same name may appear on several cards and the spelling in each case be different. We remember one case where the name of a father was on five cards, and no two instances was the spelling similar, yet we have attempted to overcome this and by our system of cross indexing refer you to all cards where the name of the party you are looking up appears. We realize that we have not been enabled to do this in every case. This would be an impossibility, but we do know that in thousands of cases we have been able to make these citations, which will be of great help to you.
In making your investigation of the record you will undoubtedly find many “leads.” If you will take these “leads” with the information secured outside of the record, and turn to the index and run them down you will undoubtedly secure that which will make the relationship clear to you. This Abstract and Index is a help and not a cure-all.
We note the following instructions and aids in using the index.
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