Genealogy… Of Course White Americans Have Native American Ancestry

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When Colonial Europeans walked into America’s wildlands, the roads they took had been well travelled for centuries by Native Americans. The rivers the European explorers paddled down were familiar to the Natives, having used them for trade routes all their lives and their father’s before them. Coastal villages were connected by shoreline paths. European men weren’t just looking for land, they were also looking for wives and when they encountered friendly Natives, fell in love with their new friend’s daughters and sisters. You can see it in many an American face. And you can sense it in their heartiness, because who better to survive the remote wildlands than people who had been surviving for thousands of years in the same environment? Unfortunately, many of these frontiersmen gave their Indian wives new names, like Lucy or Ida, making it very difficult for us to decipher by looking at the names on paper. But like I said, you can see it in the faces of the American people and here we are…still… maybe looking more European than Indian but loving nature and surviving in the environment that our ancestors did so long ago. 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 Tell If I Have Native American Blood?

If you take a DNA test, I’m not sure if you’ll get much information regarding Native American ancestry. The test won’t tell you specifically what tribe your ancestors belonged to, like Cherokee or Navajo. The best way for you to uncover your Native roots is to do a little sleuthing. And there are plenty of places to sleuth. There are numerous Indian removal lists. They will be listed for the regions where your ancestors lived. There are Native American message boards where you can compare notes and there are geographical considerations that you don’t want to overlook. A thorough search is a lot of work but peeking at Indian rolls doesn’t take much time at all.

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Genealogy: Did Your Ancestors Live in Indian Country? Perhaps They Were Indian

I’m glancing down at a map from 1763. The whole east coast of the United States is shaded in and designated as “British territory.” The province of Louisiana is shaded in as “Spanish territory.” Sandwiched in-between these two shaded areas is a vast area that extends north of Florida and west of the east coast and goes up and around the Great Lakes. It is shaded and called “Indian Country.” In this vast section of forests, meadows, swamps and mountain regions, lived the Native People of North America. They were driven from the areas marked “Spanish” and “British.” Not only was their culture endangered, their existence was threatened. We know how the story ends. But what were the myriad of stories within the “Indian Country?” Were any of our ancestors Indians? Did they intermarry? Were they slaves? These are not easy questions to answer but they rest in the minds of many of us and we sure would like to know. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Why Does Everyone Say They Are Cherokee?

Not everyone says they are Cherokee Indian. Of course not. But many people when they speak about their Native American ancestry say they are Cherokee. Why is that? Certainly there were other tribes, so why so many Cherokee? No doubt there are more reasons than the two I’m going to give. The first is that Native Americans were so often displaced, and their tribes decimated, it forced them into new territories with other Natives. The U.S. government made lists of existing Natives and many of the surviving Natives found themselves amongst the Cherokee. They were “counted” among the Cherokee and eventually defined themselves as such. Another reason is that European pioneers saw Cherokees as friendlier so Natives often told the pioneers they were Cherokee, easing their transition into the changing environment.

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

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