Genealogy: Indians Hidden in Our Family Trees

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:

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

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

Secret Genealogy IV Cover

 

Have Native American Ancestry But Can’t Find It?

Join the list of people who know they have Native American ancestry but can’t find it. It’s hard! Why is that? One reason is because Indians who were passing as Caucasians didn’t want to be found out. They were carving a new life for themselves at a time when Indians were being “removed” to reservations. If it meant they could stay somewhere and build a family farm, they told people they were Black German or Black Dutch. Another reason was because there weren’t many records kept on the Indians until a later date. Sure, the Calvary kept lists for various reasons, and there are some partial early lists kept by the government but American Indians weren’t on census records until later. And of course they had Indian names that we have almost no chance of ever knowing. But there are places you can look. It takes time and patience, probably years. But while you are looking for your Native ancestors, you’ll come in contact with their colorful history and culture.

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

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

Secret Genealogy IV Cover

The Trail of Tears President

We have all heard about the “Trail of Tears.” What many of us don’t know is that there were many trails of tears for Native People. As European newcomers ventured further west the United States government found more and more excuses to “remove” the Indians from their homelands. In 1827 the US government made plans to remove all the Native People from Illinois by 1830. In his new presidency, Andrew Jackson oversaw this “Removal Act” which meant that Native people of all ages were “removed” to new Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. Imagine the sadness and hardship the Indians had to endure, thousands died from sickness and the harsh weather. The Indians gave Andrew Jackson the name Sharp Knife. Perhaps you have a suspicion that one of your ancestors was Indian. Knowing the dates of removals can help you piece together a timeline to try to figure it all out. 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

Secret Genealogy IV Cover