Some of us have Native American ancestry but it’s so far back in time, it’s nearly impossible to decipher what tribe they belonged to. First off, there were hundreds of tribes. However, wouldn’t it be nice to narrow it down to a maybe? If this is your desire, you must take into account Indian territories from old maps and match them with states. Not states as they are today but as they were during the Colonial era. For example, at one time, Virginia included Kentucky and West Virginia. By 1810, this part of the country had been colonized heavily and Indian lands had been “ceded.” Tribes with names like Shawnee, Lenni Lenape, Wyandot and Potawatomi who called that land home may have found themselves in Oklahoma by 1907. Before Tennessee was a state, North Carolina included that area, so Cherokee tribes in North Carolina could also mean Tennessee. Your Indian ancestors from Georgia could have been Creek, Chickasaw or Choctaw as Georgia in the early days of America, included some of Mississippi and Alabama.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:
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