11 thoughts on “adopted pedigree

  1. I was told my grt gran-mother was Iroqoui, Perry county ,PA near duncannon. She was married to a german man named meyer.I don’t know her name. A lot of Indians in that area were buried on an Island on the susquehanna river that flows thi know I am 1/8 AMerican Indian and would like more info on this. I tried the court hooouse in duncannon but it was burned down yrs ago. Thanks

  2. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the Indian census rolls, mainly refering to the Southwestern area of Arizona, California, Coloradoand New Mexico. Many were not created until the 1930’s. There were many indian natives who lived on small native lands by waterways and were not documented as such on any of the census due to them not residing on the newly development of “reservations”. Many native americans lived in such isolated and remote areas, and they were not counted in the census rolls and then later considered, “mexicans” from the lands of Mexico, presently southwestern America. Many of the native people were sometimes married out of the tribe to non native, european Americans outside the reservations. With this in mind, they too were not listed on any of the Indian rolls. This left many natives out of any documentation of their native ancestry. Today, many natives have fallen through the cracks of documentation flaws and have become a tribe without a home literally.

    In the 1800’s, many mineral mines were opening across the southwest. Many natives tribes did not look favorably of natives working in the mines. So, many were excommunicated from the native tribal community due to this. Many tribal leaders felt moving away from communities gave away to new influences of the New immigrants and easterners moving West. This left the notion that many if the natives left the sacred surroundings of cultural obdiences and family traditions. The influx of anglos from the east and the presence of American government rulings proved detrimental due to the unpredictability of the future intentions of the newly formed government.

    Now with new foreigners arriving and the hardship many natives were now faced with, left many with so much uncertainty of the future of the livelihood of the Indian nation. With the chance to become financially independent from the new arrivals of immigrants into the west, many natives who went to work in newly formed mining, Many, if not all Natives, were look upon negatively by the tribal nations for leaving the securities of the native communities. Not only did native Indians leave to work in the mines but also many became ranchers and farmers providing goods to residences of the newly formed mining towns.

    With reference to the census rolls, many non natives anglos married native Indians and began having children. Many of these Anglos were submitted into the Indian rolls making them now native. It was unfortunate that the native nations looked negatively on the natives who didn’t follow the American formations of the “reservations” and relied on the U.S. government on the little support provided and mistreatment the local indian natives received. This mistreatment led many to not conform to the “reservation” and chose to seek a life outside the reservations where they had built homes outside the communities of their tribal ancestors. You can’t place blame on the natives that chose to make a living elsewhere to provide a life for their families rather than being confined on reservations unknowing the intentions of the newly formed reservations of the 1800’s and the uncertainty of the future survival of those in that time if unrest.

    Many native american families who now live have lived away from the communities of the Indian reservations and were not documented on any Indian rolls are left out of their communities to carry on traditions as a whole. Many Familes rely on traditions passed down from their great grandparents and other family members. There are many natives indians in the southwest who live outside the native communities for no fault of their own. With new generations coming to DNA to seek out their cultural and ancestral rights are being turned down yet again. With many tribes not considering DNA as a factor to prove ancestral connections, this leave many without a connection to their community of their culture.

    Hopefully, DNA will play an intricate part of bringing back family members who were left out due to the circumstances of uncertainty at a time of unrest and mistreatment of the native community. Many of us have strong DNA percentageS of around 25% to 60% of native American DNA from the southwest. Many have categorized the native Americans of the southwest, who don’t live on reservations, as Mexican or Hispanic, leaving their native Indian ancestry behind forever. Until DNA will be accepted in the native American communities if the southwest, we will have to wait and see how it will be moving forward.

  3. I was told my great Grandmother and my grandmother were 100% Cherokee born in the Cherokee mountain, Nc and my grandmother was a teacher and they only had the Bible to teach from, I have all thier names and there last home address, and were everyone’s buried birth and death dates, on the census for April,1 1940,found it was marked white on the census, this was my dad’s mother and grand mother haven’t learned much about his fathers side, so if the two women were 100% that makes me 25% correct? Well how much does it cost to have a DNA blood test done? And where would I go? Thank you oh so much.

  4. If my paternal grandmother’s father was 1/2 Cherokee and my maternal grandmother had some Indian blood what would my percent be?

  5. I’m currently seeking the proper procedures to prove my indigenous heritage . The DNA process appears to be a great starting point.At your earliest convenience please reply with the necessary information to begin my discovery process.Thanking you in advance with the utmost gratitude and sincerity.

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