[APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

eshown at comcast.net eshown at comcast.net
Fri Feb 19 21:10:00 MST 2010

Carolyn wrote:
>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. 

Yes, Carter's book is a superb source for those lucky enough to have
ancestors who removed to Oklahoma. (As with so much of the past, the
misfortunes of our forebears become our blessings.)  Donna, being in
Oklahoma, is in a convenient location to help offspring of those on the
Dawes rolls; but whether she accepts commissions beyond those bounds or not,
her desire to learn the historical perspective and the records that document
pre-Oklahoma roots will enrich her work and that of her clients.

My own misfortune--or blessing, as the case may be--has been to live in the
Southeast, where proof of Native American ancestry--if and when it
exists--has to be sought in the records of the 1600s to early 1800s. In
fact, even my children's Kiowa, Caddo, and Iroquois ancestry dates to the
1600s and 1700s.

As a professional researcher, my experience in this area has been that of
Ray's, although we work in different regions: i.e., most enquirers intent
upon proving Native American ancestry perceive a financial gain to be
derived from it, rarely suspect the hundreds or thousands of hours it might
take to find a connection, and ultimately discover that the connection is so
far back in time that it does not qualify them for tribal membership, free
college tuition, or casino shares.

But, as a personal quest, I, too, would call the effort a passion!


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