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Indian Territory Freedmen Family History

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The panelist will focus on Indian Territory Freedmen Family History and resources.

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her genealogical and historical research and work on Civil War west of the Mississippi, as well as her work on Oklahoma Native-American records. Her book, “Black Indian Genealogy Research” is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record set reflecting Freedmen found within the Dawes Records.  She also includes several chapters and documents in her book, focusing on the records that reflect Blended Families, African and Native American families in many households. 

Ronald Graham, Sr. was born and raised in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. His father Theodore Graham was an original allottee, roll number Creek Freedmen newborn 671. He's also a direct descendant of: Hutton/Grayson, Corbray and McGilbray. All were Muscogee(Creek) nation citizen's.

Terry Ligon is a history and genealogical researcher who has dedicated twenty eight years researching Freedmen of Indian Territory. One area of expertise has been the research what is known as Equity Case 7071- Bettie Ligon et al. vs the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the Department of Interior.  

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. Her family in the Cherokee Nation is well documented.