Do you have a persistent story of Native American heritage in your family?
Mark Green’s wife did. Her ancestor Nancy Pittman’s mother was supposed to be a Cherokee Indian. If your family was from the south, chances are you have some similar story.
Mark tracked her story both through DNA and the Cherokee records. Her DNA showed 1% Native ancestry, but the records pertaining to the Guion-Miller Roll provided additional information. It’s most interesting, because although the paperwork having to do with her 1907 application is ambiguous, with the application subsequently denied, the DNA, some 100 years and a few generations later, isn’t.
Here’s Mark’s article about the family story, his research and what he found. Sometimes a little footwork goes a long way – and there are lots of records available having to do with the Cherokee and 5 Civilized Tribes who were removed to Oklahoma.
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