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Welcome to Native American Indian Genealogy

You are invited to share your American Indian lineages with the world through a new Ancestral Database.

Many Indian families never enrolled in government-recognized or organized tribes. There are, today, communities of Indian and mixed-blood people who have been in place since before the Removals of the 1830’s in the United States. More families, however, were dispersed to all parts of the country, especially to the south central states. At this time, there must be millions of descendants of American Indians, spread throughout the world.

The “Story” of Indian Blood in a Family

Many of the descendants of these tribes know they have Indian heritage; many do not. Most times, the story of the Indian ancestry was a closely-held secret; whispered from a death bed or as a warning to children going out to play, never to speak of it. Sometimes, the families were proud of the heritage but could never find a way to be included in tribal lists and enrollments. Probably the most prevalent situation for families cut off from their home tribes was the marriage of Indian women to white men who took them away from the home places. There was also the situation where mixed blood families, seeing the devastating results of the Cherokee Trail of Tears and other forced Indian removals, vowed never to come under the hand of the government as did their friends and relatives “incarcerated” in the Indian Territory and on other reservations. So, they never even tried to join or associate with a tribe.

Times Have Changed

Since the advent of the Civil Rights movement, the attitudes of American families have changed toward persons of color, including those of Indian heritage. Once hidden references are, now, more openly made, concerning native roots in families. Along with this, and the growth of interest in genealogy, great numbers of mixed blood persons are looking back toward their native ancestry. Some seek these roots as a way of gaining acceptance in tribes; some, for monetary reasons; some, for health reasons; some, for the simple love of knowing more about the lives and faces of their kindred dead.

Over the past forty years, interest in Indian heritage has blossomed so much that there are many groups of individuals forming new Indian tribes and attempting acceptance by Congress. Few such groups are successful, but the effort and the exercise of the Indian culture are important and valuable. Many artifacts, customs and traditions have been preserved by the efforts of these willing devotees.

A New Native Database

The use of the computer has been very important in all fields of genealogy, including Indian heritage. Genealogies once kept by a village historian as knots on a length of rawhide, are now bytes in a database. As researchers, we would love to see a database of all the other researchers who are looking for Indian family lines. Why? Because, while many will never find approval from Congress, we still have a legitimate claim to our Indian heritage, whether recorded and documented; or, simply, passed along in oral tradition. We just want to know.

Gedcom or Lineal Sketch Sharing

This new database, will, we hope, help many to connect with Indian cousins and ancestors to speed up the repatriation of our modern selves with our Indian pasts. You can share your documented histories as well as your oral histories here. You can share your family details through Gedcom files, or just lineage sketches. It’s up to you. The hope is that your claim to Indian heritage will be joined by your new-found cousins and result in more information and success in proving the lineages; or that your lineage might provide a vital missing link for someone else; or that a combination of many lineages, when analyzed, would show the existence of a band in a certain place over many generations.

Our goal is not only to find our Indian heritage, but, also, to document it. We encourage all to be as accurate as possible in presenting their lines; to clearly indicate proof as well as assumption. Your contribution will be carefully analyzed for obvious and obscure matches with the lineages of possible relatives, ancestors and cousins. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

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