[APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Fri Feb 19 21:04:37 MST 2010

certainly true. And I think all of us are driven by a passion for genealogy 
or we wouldn't be doing this. But one of the differences between an 
amateur's passionate interest and a professional's is that we can evaluate 
things objectively and put the personal interest to the side when it comes 
to that. Or maybe, to put it another way, we can make the passion work for 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carolyne Gould" <carolyne_cwy at yahoo.ca>
To: "apgpubliclist" <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 11:23 PM
Subject: [APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

>I have been following the discussions on this topic because Native American 
>Research --- and tribal history --- has been a passion of mine for most of 
>my 63 years for family reasons. I've done professional research in this 
>area for more than 10 years. (I also have a passion for all things 
>Elizabethan, who knows why.) All that passion is combined with years of 
>experience as an investigative reporter and newspaper editor. Objectivity 
>is a must; but objectivity without the knowledge acquired through passion 
>won't tell you which stone to overturn.
> For the young woman in Oklahoma, I would like to add the book "The Dawes 
> Commission," by Kent Carter, as required reading if you are serious about 
> researching lines within the five "civilized" tribes. Many misconceptions 
> about the rolls and the processes used to create those rolls are clarified 
> in the book. I believe that with regard to genealogy research, there are 
> more misconceptions regarding Native ancestry than in any other ethnic or 
> cultural group --- but, that is a whole book of information in itself, 
> which I am working on.
> I have found that those clients I have who are trying trace their Native 
> ancestry are much more passionate about the whole process, and much more 
> willing to help (e.g. contacting family members for old bible records, 
> etc.) I've also found that most of these clients fall into one of two 
> categories: want to know, or want to get. I have lost many clients by 
> first finding out "why" they want to do the research. Depending on the 
> tribe in question, the answer may mean that even if I can trace tribal 
> ancestry, they will still not be able to obtain tribal membership. For me, 
> it would be unethical to take their money to do research which I know will 
> not obtain the result they seek.
> For what it is worth, I also think many genealogy researchers ignore the 
> Dawes Packets as irrelevant when a Dawes roll application was made in a 
> direct line or even in a collateral line. Many of the packets contain 
> copies of birth and/or death certificates and marriage licenses, some of 
> which are not available elsewhere. A Dawes packet helped me find the 
> daughter of my maternal great-uncle. We had a great reunion. (And yes, she 
> is enrolled Cherokee ---- has been since the day she was born.)
> Carolyne
> -- 
> "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain 
> perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is 
> woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
> --- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C." 

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