Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Has anyone have ever put together a historical timeline for Minstrel banjo fingering styles?
Which was the earliest fingering style used and in what order did the different styles develop?
I have seen stroke, thumb lead two finger, and guitar style used. Just curious as to which style preceeded which. Thanks In advance for any input.

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From the living historian's point of view, this is exactly the point. We know that this technique was used in this period, and that it is authentic. While other styles were probably used as well, we do not have the documentation for it. I am glad to be able to tell spectators when I play for them, that the technique with which I play is authentic, and even the arrangements I play existed at the time. Admittedly, most of them would believe anything I told them, but I look at that as a sign that I must be as authentic as possible,

I agree, we will not ever have any tidy precise timeline of all banjo styles pinned down and tied up neatly with a ribbon. 

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