Using Territories to Find the Tribe of Your Native American Ancestors

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.

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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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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.

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