|David W. Jackson, Descendant of Slave|
Revisiting ResearchA. Decipher census record information. GG-Grandfather Arthur Jackson was consistently enumerated as ‘black’, wife white, children mulatto. But based on Grandpa, he was probably enumerated ‘black’ because he was ‘Indian.’B. Listen to family stories. Of course family stories need to be substantiated. But Grandpa Roy mentioned once that Ida (wife of Arthur) had stated that the family was related to the prominent Dr. Jabez North Jackson of Kansas City. Early genealogy efforts of Dr. Jabez Jackson did not reveal any connection to neither Ida Jackson, enumerated as white, nor her husband, the poor landscape gardener Arthur.C. Broaden your research. A cousin researching Ida found the best hint of all in abt. 2010. In the 1880 census a 21 year old Arthur Jackson, black, was living with an unfamiliar white Jackson family. But who were these Jackson’s? David traced the genealogy of this white Jackson family. The names of this family were familiar.D. DNA Test. DNA tests will assist in identifying ethnicity and will help support the family researcher when turning to the family.
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