Taking DNA Tests to Find Native American Ancestry

Now that DNA testing companies have succeeded in getting millions of us to swab our cheeks, do we still need to “talk” and “research” about our ancestry? Of course we do. In fact, after having taken DNA tests through both 23andMe and Ancestry.com, I appreciate even more, the research I’ve done through the years. Research and family gossip are valuable, maybe the most valuable information that we have. Don’t discredit oral history that speaks of your Native American ancestry, just because your DNA test shows nothing. As the science progresses and more people share their DNA with the public, who and what classifies as a Native American will change. And don’t think that less than one or two percent of an “ethnicity” is insignificant. It’s not. If your grandmother told you that you have Native American ancestry, don’t give up the faith. DNA science needs more time to evolve. In the meantime, keep asking questions and keep digging.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Native American Genealogy… Seeking Our Ancestors

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Chief Red Cloud of the Sioux Indian tribe is remembered by these words:

“The White Man made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they only kept one. They promised to take our land, and they took it.”

Humans always strike out for new lands, encroaching on those who were there before them. In what the Europeans called, Manifest Destiny, they swept across the continent and settled from the east coast to the west. In the earliest days of contact, as those of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Indians were friendly but as the new settlers began staking claims on Indian lands, threatening their way of life and their survival, wars ensued. It’s a complex situation, those of us who are descendants of European settlers and have some Native American ancestry. Because of past prejudices toward being “Indian,” our Native ancestors are hidden in our family trees.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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The Indians Were Cheated So Who Should Pay and… Who Should Collect?

Americans know that traditional Indian lands were taken to accommodate newly arriving European’s hunger for land. The Indians, out-numbered and out-gunned, were pushed by the U.S. government from place to place. Everyone has heard of the “Trail of Tears,” but those who study American Indian history know… there were many trails of tears.

Fast forward a couple hundred years. Look around you. If you look deeply enough you’ll see remnants of the lost tribes in the faces of many American people. Over the years, the American government has made reparations to Native People. Some would say a little… too late. Others line up to receive it. Why not? If it hadn’t been taken from their families in the first place, today they would have more resources and assets. But who should line up to take those reparations in the form of health care and college tuition supplements, be they ever so meager? What a loaded question. Wow. You can find these discussions on Native genealogical message boards and website forums across the Internet. Before you worry about whether you deserve any compensation for your rightful inheritance, it’s best to see if you can prove your American Indian ancestry. It’s not as easy as you think.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Genealogy: How Can I Find American Indians in My Family Tree?

If you’ve never been on a Native American forum to look for your ancestors, you may not realize that many of America’s most prominent surnames include American Indians. The dark hair and dark eyes that run through your family may not be Irish genetics but instead Native American. It was quite common for American Indians to escape persecution and removal from their lands by posing as Black Irish or Black Dutch. As the years progressed, the family dropped the Black and they were just Irish or Dutch.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

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