The research leading to this database began independently in the early 1970s by Edward Andrew Slade of Eufaula, Alabama, Bill E. Slade, Jr of Tyler, Texas and James L. Slade of Oklahoma City. Each had been researching their own families when, about 1979, they came in contact with each other and realized that their families were related. Working together, the three were able to exchange information and solidify this research project. They continued to search independently in courthouses and libraries in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia but collaborated often. Countless hours were spent corresponding and personally visiting many of the older members of the families. Family Group Sheets were used to uniformly record and organize the information gained in the interviews.
Bill and Jim additionally researched Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, since their ancestors migrated westward from Georgia in the late 1850s. A computer database was created in 1989 to facilitate the recording and organizing of the Slade family genealogy information. Edward’s untimely death in 2001 was a great loss, however research on these lines continued. Several family reunions organized by Barbara Slade Dayhuff in Georgia from 2003 to 2013 provided great opportunities to meet new cousins and add a substantial amount of information to the database.
Hopefully, this information will help Slade descendants understand more about their ancestry and realize their relationship with each other. Much of the data was compiled from interviews and correspondence with older family members, many of whom are no longer living.
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