Kentucky Ancestors of the Dark and Bloody Ground

There are a lot of ways that Native Americans could have entered a European American family tree. One way is through one of the many Indian wars on what was called “the dark and bloody ground” of Kentucky. But when original native names were changed to common European names, there is almost no way to tell that they were Indian.

Even before the white man came and made war with the local tribes, Kentucky was known as the “dark and bloody ground” because there were so many Indian wars upon its soil that the ground was soaked with blood. When Indians were captured and taken prisoner, they frequently fell into slavery. Many of the women were made wives by the frontiersmen. It’s very difficult to identify these native ancestors. Constant sleuthing among the genealogical message boards is one way, although much of the information is hearsay, much of it is not. These ancestors are dead and gone but sometimes their stories live on. Message boards are a great place to find them.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

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Genealogy – If I’m French Am I Also Native American?

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French Trappers who went deep into American wild lands couldn’t help but come into close contact with the Indians. These hearty mountain men came to live as the Indians did and frequently married Native women. The children from these marriages are called Metis. Though there are many instances of French mistreatment toward the Indians, the Colonial French government encouraged intermarriage and having children through those marriages. There was a brotherhood between the French and the Indians. Most of the Indians sided with the French during the French and Indian Wars and when the French lost to the English, the Indians rebelled. There’s no reason to assume that if you are an American with French ancestry that you are also Native-American. However, there is no reason to assume that you aren’t.

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

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Genealogy: Were Your Ancestors Latin Cowboys?

My dictionary tells me a Gaucho is a “cowboy of the pampas.” This cowboy is “of mixed Spanish and Indian descent.” My encyclopedia tells me that a Gaucho is a “mixture of Spanish and Indian.” By Indian they mean one of the Native People of North or South America, not India. In elementary school the emphasis as I remember it was on the Spanish heritage of the Gaucho. I hadn’t thought of the Gaucho as being Indian. There was a catchy tune we used to sing in school, “See the Gaucho ride the pampas, ride the pampas green and wide.” (The pampas is what South Americans call their treeless grassland regions.) This romantic version of Latin Cowboys should include the history of the Native People whose skills no doubt gave rise to their popularity and whose heritage may belong in many a family tree. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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