When Americans study genealogy, they find all kinds of things they weren’t expecting. That’s what makes it fun. One of the surprises in your family tree may be a branch of American Indian ancestry. But how can you tell? How can you find out for sure? It’s not always easy, especially when their Indian names have been changed. But there are things you can look for and surname lists you can check. A lot of Americans have Indians in their tree and they are not aware of which ancestors they are. A little study of Indian territory maps and a look at Indian removal rolls might send your genealogical sleuthing in a whole different direction.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:
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