Tracing Your Native American Ancestry, Part II

| January 28, 2007

previous page So what can you do? First of all, don’t expect someone else to do it for you. If the tribe in question still exists, and they have a website, they probably already post a message that they do not do genealogy research. Message Boards Some native American sites, however, do have a message [...]

Tracing Your Native American Ancestry, Part I

| January 27, 2007

Since first posting my article about the Susquehannock, I have received numerous messages from people who have Susquehannock ancestry. Several of them were requesting my help in finding some direction in tracing that lineage. Unfortunately, I can provide no assistance. Native American history relied entirely on oral traditions. The written records we have today began [...]

Are You Part Cherokee?

| January 26, 2007

How many times have I heard someone say that they are part Indian, and how many times does the tribe mentioned turn out to be Cherokee? I’m not referring just to personal experience, but also to people and characters heard on radio and television. Whenever someone makes a statement like that to me, and then [...]

Ignatius Caleb (1836 – 1921)

| January 19, 2007

Caleb Ancestry The Caleb family are all descendants of a Christian Munsee Indian from the Ohio Territory named Caleb,1 who was baptized on 10 November 1790 by Rev. David Zeisberger at the Moravian mission of Petquotting in the valley of the Muskingum (now Tuscarawas) River. The Fliegel Index contains several references to Caleb, mostly reporting [...]

Chippewa-Munsee Allotment and Heirship

| January 18, 2007

Allotment, or allotment in severalty, was the process of assigning specific plots of land on the reservation to specific individuals. Allotment, authorized by US Congress in the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887, was another means to assimilate Indians into white culture, but its main result was to provide a means to sell reservation land to [...]

Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy

| January 9, 2007

The Chippewa-Munsee genealogy database includes members, ancestors, and descendants of the Swan Creek and Black River Band Chippewa and the Christian Munsee, who shared a reservation in Franklin County, Kansas, during the latter half of the nineteenth century. These two independent bands had a diverse history which eventually led to their coexistence on a tiny [...]

The Story of Indian Names

| January 7, 2007

When researching Indian names, it’s important to realize that a name may be spelled in different ways, depending on who recorded it and how they heard it pronounced. Also, individuals usually changed their name throughout their life. Anyone who’s ever studied a foreign language knows that other languages contain sounds and inflections that are absent [...]

Otoe-Missouria Genealogy

| January 2, 2007

The Otoe-Missouria genealogy database includes members and descendants of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, who purchased land and established their last reservation in the Cherokee Strip of what is now north-central Oklahoma in 1881. The database also includes other members of families who married into the Otoe-Missouria tribe. This database is an extension of my [...]

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