Mixed-Blood Ancestors… Scots-Irish Indentured Servants and Black Slaves

Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IVThose of us who search through Scots-Irish genealogical records eventually find that there was intermarrying between black slaves (or black indentured servants) and white indentured servants. In the late 1700s, a family of Indians still held a piece of Indian land. After the men died, the Indian women mixed with black slaves. When they sought title for the land, they were denied because the families remaining had more black than Indian blood and the authorities did not believe they deserved title to Indian land. When stories of oppression reached the ears of other mixed-blood families, they began referring to themselves as Black Dutch, Black German or Black Irish. I don’t know if that would have helped them retain their Indian lands but it may have helped protect against harassment. There was a vast difference between the future opportunities available to white indentured servants and those available to black slaves (if there were any). For those of us seeking the origins of our ancestors, these issues should be considered.

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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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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