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From: "Cathie Parker" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Fw: Question about Indian Tribes
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 10:20:08 -0700
You are so very right. Indian linage is family lore and will have to be
disproved as with all family stories we hear and try to trace down.
we hit it lucky and find the information and sometimes we work for years on
> Possibly. But being told by someone in the family that an ancestor was
> Indian is also not proof that this is the case. As you have noted, it
> would have
> to be proven by research and facts--not just by family lore and stories.
> The fact that the censuses all list the person as "White" doesn't aid in
> proving Indian ancestry just because sometimes someone with Indian blood
> would have
> been listed as being White.
> I had someone ask me for help in proving their Indian ancestry just
> their mother had told them that the great-grandfather was Indian and they
> had pictures of him dressed in "Native American" garb. When I did the
> research and checked census records I trace the "Indian" right on back to
> where he had been born. The supposedly Indian-sounding surname was in
> an English translation of a German name and the ancestor in question was
> Pennsylvania Dutch. So we can't just take a leap of faith based on family
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