GeneaChat: Native American Ancestry. A Part of Your Family Tree? -Recap-What are Y’all Saying? 2

This month we have been discussing Native American roots and rumors in our family tree.

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Many of you have family lore of a member of your ancestral lines being full or part “Indian”.

You have photos of people who “looked” the part.

Some have been able to verify these tales by using a genealogy paper trail or DNA results.

So, what were y’all saying this month?

A touching comment was left on this post the In-depth Genealogist Blog from Kim Johnson:

“I also grew up with the family lots of having native American in my direct blood line… It was my maternal great great grandfather, who was rumored to be full-fledged Indian, because he was very ‘red’ in color… That reasoning sounds incredibly naive now, but it’s what was passed down and I believed it, along with everyone else in my family. Fast forward to two years ago, when I first dug into this thing called genealogy or family history and the truth comes out… Strangely enough, the truth has been discovered almost 2 decades before, by a cousin who had researched the family. In his notes, I found a scrap piece of paper that said, “there is no Indian to be found, despite what the family says. There’s just no proof.” My own research would conclude the same, though my family would hold strong to the Indian n the family lore, not even getting go when faced with the truth. Oh well. Not really my problem.

Conversely, there was never any talk and or lore on my paternal side of things about distant Native American relations, but the paper trail would suggest, otherwise. In my father’s maternal line, I found Rebecca (I briefly talk about her in this post,, who was ‘hiding’ in the Dawes Roll, where she is listed as Creek Freedman. A year later, I stumbled, quite by accident, an application to be included in the Creek Nation (not Freedman) by her daughter, Tomah. I am still researching this, in fact, I have a DNA test kit sitting here, staring me in the face…

I’ve always felt a pull/connection/drawing to Native American culture, even as a young girl… I can’t explain this seemingly magnetic pull that tugs at the strings of my soul and yet it is there.

As an adult, I have attended many pow-wows, I’ve owned Regalia and I’ve been blessed with a new name (Praise Eagle), given to me by a card carrying Cherokee woman, from Oklahoma- near Muskogee, where my paternal maternal lineage hails from…

Perhaps, this tugging within my soul is more than just a yearning to be a part of this unique culture and more of an awakening of the ancestors who’ve come and gone before me…”

I encourage you to click on the link for Kim’s post and learn about Rebecca and see her stunning photo.

It’s never too late to be part of the fun. If you missed the original November GeneaChat post here’s where to find it. GeneaChat: Native American Ancestry. A Part of Your Family Tree?

Add a link to a blog post or leave a comment and tell us about the Native American ancestors in your family tree. Sharing your stories keeps them alive and helps others to connect with you.

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We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Thanks for being a part of GeneaChat!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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