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Native American Genealogy | DNA Testing for Native American Heritage

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    Last Updated: July 27th, 2008

    Native American

    Many families have rumors of it, have heard it said that their mother or their fathers mother was “full blood” native American of one variety or another.
    How do you find out whats real and whats fiction?

    Nearly all Native Americans belong to one of five mitochondrial DNA haplogroups: A, B, C, D or X and all of these are widely distributed throughout America.

    Through a series of tragedies, many of the native Americans have no sort of records, or those which were there in the latter parts of the last century were destroyed.

    The native Americans themselves were not well treated, and in many cases, herded onto reservations where record keeping was haphazard at best.

    Additionally, in many cases, having Native American blood was a thing that was frowned on. In less open minded times, if one were able to pass as a white man or woman, in most cases they did so, leaving their heritage behind.

    Do you have Native American ancestry? DNA may give you the answer.

    If you are searching for your native American roots and finding yourself at a brick wall, there are a few things you might want to try.

    Several types of DNA testing exist that can assist you in finding your blood quantum and also suggest what your tribal affiliation may be.

    A DNA fingerprint test will be helpful if your family history so far as Native American is not known to you at all. This type DNA testing is one of the most sensitive and can help you to find even the smallest amount of Native blood, or the “hidden” variety, when you are not aware of your ancestry.

    A new study has said that about 95% of Native Americans can have their lineage traced back to only six women. The “founding mothers” are thought to have lived about 18000-21000 years ago and were part of a group living in Beringia, which is a land bridge that connected Asia and north America, long ago submerged.

    If your mother is a direct descendant of another female, that is to say, your mother, and her mother and her mother, etc were native American, and your blood was passed through the female side, Mitochondrial DNA testing can produce good results and may also offer you suggestions on what your tribe may be and where they came from.

    Likewise, paternal DNA testing, or Y chromosome testing will be helpful if your Native heritage comes to you from your father.
    You will need to have the testing done on a near male relative however, such as a brother.

    If you want to trace back your Native American roots, and want to identify even a small amount of blood, perhaps DNA testing is right for you.

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  1. #1
    August 10th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    This link has expired for the DNA testing. Please review it and correct it.

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    Lora Schepers
    March 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    This link is still expired for the DNA testing. Has not been corrected since the last entry of August 10th, 2008! Please update so we can further our knowledge of our ancestors. Thanks.

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  3. #3
    June 24th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    It sounds as though people who are part Asian would have the same or similar DNA? If so, they might not be able to discern if they have NA blood.

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  4. #4
    August 2nd, 2009 at 1:10 am

    My grandmother and her mom were taken before the DAWES commission back in the early 1900’s. Large group of ominous looking government people who badgered them into saying they were less indian than they were. My great grandmother was half Choctaw and half Chickasaw, but the men at the daws commission wouldn’t let them claim the Chickasaw, and would only let her claim 1/8 Choctaw. Obviously pictures of her and my grandmother show them to be very Native American in appearance. At one time before a house fire I had sworn afidavits from relatives of the great grand father which stated they were of full blood Chickasaw and brothers and cousins of his that stated in sworn afidavits he was full blood Chickasaw. Is there anyway of correcting this misdeed, and getting my family back its true identity and blood quantums? Thanks John

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    August 2nd, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Oh the reason they threw out the blood from the father who was full blood Chickasaw is because he was already dead before the dawes commission started giving out blood quantums. Even thought his wife and her daughter were there. They would not accept information or afidavits proving the girl was actually half Choctaw and half Chickasaw.

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    Florence Gail {Smithson}
    August 28th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    My Grandfather Robert McKinley Stidham Hes Mother Tempy Jane Cox was a Full blood Cherokee is there away To see how much I am Cherokee and if there is can you Call me? on my Cell 928-542-5002 Thank You Florence Catone

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    Hughie Haley
    December 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    My great, great, great grand father was supposely a chief of the choctaws around wilkerson county Ms. in the mid 1800’s. He had an american name of Chief Henry Johnson, His daughter Harriet married my great great grandfather William Netterville, around 1850 in Ms. Can you expand on this? I am trying to complete my family history. you can contact me at the above e-mail or 318 560 4762. Hugh Haley

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  8. #8
    January 17th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Was just reading your remarks about the Dawes commission and found it interesting as my husband was always told he was part Choctaw from his grandmother’s side. But once we obtained the copies of the Dawes reports they (the grandmother’s relatives) all deny knowing that they had any indian blood and were denied any compensation. Just was wondering if you had gotten any further in establishing your Indian connection.

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    March 27th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    How do I find or prove my Choctaw blood? my mother’s grandmother was Choctaw Indian but she gave my mothers mom up for adoption because she was a “street woman” how can I claim my part of Indian heritage? and is there a test to prove it if so please contact me. I am also told that I have Blackfoot Indian blood also. Her name was Betty Edwards possibly from Oklahoma on the Indian Reservation. She gave birth to a daughter named Ida, at Ida’s birth Betty put Ida on the doorstep of some man who adopted Ida. Don’t know if this man was the father of Ida or just someone who adopted her this would have been in the very early 1900’s. Ida later became an adult and married William Suell who was part Blackfoot Indian, this was in Arkansas and they had 9-10 children, 3 girls and 6-7 boys.

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  10. #10
    March 27th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I am also trying to find my Irish heritage on my father’s side. My great grandmother’s name was Lila Jane Rowlett who married Rev. William T. Briggs. I believe 9 children were born to that union, sons Augustus Briggs, Frank Briggs, Aurthur Lee Briggs, Henderson Briggs, and Rowlett Briggs. The last known states they lived were Monticello Arkansas, Pine Bluff Arkansas, Detroit Michigan,and Chicago. My father’s father was Augustus Briggs, my grandfather. They also had some daughter’s unsure how many, but Augustus married Mattie Lee Kizzee December 24th 1924, I would love to also find the Kizzee relatives, because my father, the son of Augustus Briggs was believed to be dead by all of the family for 35 years they never heard from him, before his passing he met up with his siblings and visited his nephew In Atlanta, who is the son of his sister Annie Carroll, therefore we as a family have been fugitives to each other and I would like to find and meet my family before I die.

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  11. #11
    April 17th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I am researching my great grandmother who was creek Indian. Her name was Mary Birdi. She worked under Mr. Smith who I believe changed her name to Mary Smith. She was married to my greatgrand father, Dave Sheppard. I can not find any records and the census did not do any justice. Dave name could have been spelled in many ways such as: sheppard, shepard, shepherd, shepheard and shephard. I do not know whether, she did not admit to marrying a black man and they kept this quit or what. Please help search this information for me.

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    Janey Rasco
    May 3rd, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’m 15 years old and i’m a yukka indian. i’v never met my father and i would like to know his last name at least, i dont even know what he looks like so im trying to find out and having trouble

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  13. #13
    June 17th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    i’m 16 an cherokee indian who can’t find out here ancestors i only have one full blood cherokee indian grandmother who is still alive

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    June 28th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Floria- Your post shocked me as there are a lot of similarities. My biological father, who i am not in contact with, had a grandmother who was full Choctaw Indian and his grandfather was half Indian ( I am not sure what heritage). His grandmothers name was Ida May (not sure of last name as I was told she re-married) I was also told that she had around 10 kids. Do you think there is any correlation? Maybe just Coincidence? What state are you in?

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  15. #15
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I am trying to get a CDIB. My dad is black and his mother is listed as a mulatto. When she died, they listed her as Black. He is the oldest of ten. The native features are more evident in his sisters. They live in McDowell county, West Virginia in 1929. His mother’s name is Virginia Alberta Browning. Her skin color is not of a white or black woman. They lived in hollar number 6 later moved to Cleveland,ohio. I suspect her to be cherokee. Can someone helpout there???

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    Eva Nash--Epps
    July 17th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I have been told that my great-grandmother was full blooded Cherokee . her name was Cora Jane she married a Robert L.Nash after being traded for a mule and shotgun.she remarried after Robert’s death I don’t know her name then.. I know my Grandpa’s name was Edgar Nash married Bertha Nash had Frank Nash 1935 died in 2002. born @ Forrest City ,Arkansas.My Uncle Roy Lee Nash Born in Marianna ,Arkansas 1931 died in 2011. know of aunts Jane & Betty.2 brothers of Edgar Nash would be called Burt Nash,Cecil Nash. i don’t know if there are others..don’t know if the Nash had any native american blood or not so far seems it came from my great -grandmother and I can’t find her madien name any help with any information on any of these people would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    chris h
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I need help I’ve been trying to trace my family heritage back and im stuck my mothers side we are saginaw chippewa and hunkpapa Sioux on my fathers side there is a little bit black foot and trying to trace my history is driving me insane there is no papers documents just dead ends all I have is what I’ve been told by my great gram down to my mother about our people and I have a picture of my great great gram and she is full blood sioux and you can see it plan as day and my mothers dad my grandpa he comes from chippewa so I just want to know I want to meet my blood so to say and know where we come from what my people went through and still go through im really proud of my blood and I want to get to know my people and see them and know our history and culture and customs what should I do?

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  18. #18
    July 27th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I am trying to figure out my nationality and that of my son’s all together. My appearance is black yet ive been told all my life im part Cherokee (idk which tribe )as well as Cuban, Irish and possibly White and of Asian decent. I just want this solved I feel empty at times not knowing. If anyone can give any suggestions. Please dont hesitate.

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  19. #19
    August 7th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    My family and i need help trying to prove that my Grandmother is Yaqui Indian. Her father, Valentin Gonzales (Gonzalez) was born in Yuma (where the reservation is located) and we believe that his father Antonio Gonzales (Gonzalez) was even chief of the tribe and killed in battle. Valentin’s mother remarried and he hated his step-father so he ran away from the reservation. He then got married, later on moved to California and forged his birth certificate claiming that his born in CA and not in AZ to get SSN benefits. The hospital containing the original certificate burned down.
    So, we have nothing to prove out Native American blood. We have looked at census and everything.
    We just need help.

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  20. #20
    August 8th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i am also stuck. i was told that my grandmother’s mother was a full blood cherokee, and that their names got changed to cloud and i am stuck when i comes right down to where the truth really is. please help. i know we have cherokee in our blood, and i am very proud of that, i just want to know on how to go about proving it. i live in dc and can access the archives but i have to have some info to go off of. thanks for any and all help.

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  21. #21
    August 25th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’m 25 years old and growing up i heard stories i used to believe them as fiction but a month ago at a family reuion I heard the same story. Raulph Chester Glenn was in world war two married twice and never talked about the pass. he would never say were his family was from, only that his family’s last name was “Dare” unsure oF spelling. he was born on the michagin river were storys wee told of gypsys.he was in fortworth kentucky durning his draft.I guess i’m just wondering if anyone has heard this story? My grandparents had 12 children unknown of how many were my grandpas. children. you see my fatherlies all the time about everything I guess i’m grasping for some truth.

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  22. #22
    August 30th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    hello im trying to find my native blood line my people r in alabama by the name of reath revels he was cherokee but i cant find out any thing else how do i get more in fo

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  23. #23
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Hi I’m 15 and im trying to find out the rest of my blood line and I already know that on my father’s side my great grandmother is Creole and my great grandfather is half Cherokee and black and on my mother’s side my great grandmother is half Creole and half Cherokee can you help me?

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  24. #24
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    This website is very helpful and interesting. My father told us that our great-grand mother was full blood cherokee but there was fire so all records and most pictures were lost. Also my mother says there is blackfoot on her side of the family but no records either so I have really wanted to find out and try to put together a family tree but it is difficult. Florence Catone I was reading your post and you said your Grandfathers Mothers last name was Cox that is my last name wondering if there may be any relation? If you happen to see this post please repost something would love to speak to find out if we are related by any chance.

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  25. #25
    September 19th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I too have been told since I was young that I have Indian heritage… first it was Cherokee and then Sioux and now Wyandot. It’s been difficult to trace back. But we have come to a semi confident assumption it is Wyandot. The problem is there is no proof we can find…. the last ancesttral record is a my great great parents but they came oat from Hungary.. but when you look at my great grandmother you can see the dark hair, cheekbones etc.. passed down is the talk that her mother was Indian? But how when the last record is her mother was form Hungary? Could there have been Indian adoptions?

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  26. #26
    October 28th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    My father explained to me that my great grandmother is Choctaw Indian.I want to know how I can get help to prove that I am a decent?

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  27. #27
    November 9th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    My grandmother was Cherokee Indian . I recently took the DNA test on ancestry.com. I asked if they could tell me about my Indian heritage and was told they couldn’t tell with the DNA and now I see this advertisement . I also have East Indian in my mix My father was punjabi. The test did not tell me any of what I took the test for. Can someone explain this to me .? $ 179.00 plus shipping in not money to throw away and I still havwe not recieved my written copy of my test.

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    m. Friel
    November 26th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Chief Joseph’s son John Brant is believed to be the father of my great grandfather, John Dunbar, Altameha Sholto Brant,even though John Brant never married, and died young.
    Is there a DNA test for my brother or myself, (female) that can proove this???

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    A. Baker
    December 9th, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I am trying to do a family tree and find out my fathers blood lines. I didn’t know my dad and recently found out he had an accident 2 years ago and has died. He always told my mom that he was NA but they never discussed the tribe or anything. He lived in Wisconsin and he died in Arizona (Phoenix) Is there a website or somewhere that I can get information about his tribe or anything that can help me? I don’t know any of his family except his brother and he died also a year ago. I really want to find out this information, if anyone can help please email me at schoolgirls2@yahoo.com and use TRIBE INFO for the subject please and Thank you in advance!

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    danny c. rhein
    December 20th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I would like to find out if my parents and relatives are right that I am 25% Cherokee Indian.
    My grandparents on my mother’s side are both said to be 50% Indian. They would not mention it because of prejudice. Can DNA testing do it?

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  31. #31
    December 31st, 2011 at 11:58 am

    My mother and I are looking to prove that we have native american blood. I am a quater indian from between both parents, and my mother is a quarter from her mother. Her mother hardly ever spoke of being half because they were frowned upon, but did leave a piece of information behind. She was a indian princess and married a white man, which they moved to illinois. I am very interested to find out what we have running through our veins and want to prove our heritage. If any one can help, I am very confused of what dna testing to use to do so! Thanks.

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    christa lewis
    February 7th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    im trying to find out about my choctaw and cherokee indian history how do i go about doing that?

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    Darcie Lynn Ross-Higbee
    February 15th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    My mother was Charlene Hildreth Pierce-Williams. She passed in 2005 & is buried in Eagletown, OK. Her mother was Opie Hill & was married to Charlie Pierce who passed in 1902 in Haworth, OK. Opies mother was full blood Cherokee & her name was Minnie and was married to “granpa” Pierce. I have a picture of them together and she is definently Native American. I have been unable to go any further with this. Please HELP. Thanks

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  34. #34
    February 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    anichois, if you had researched Native Americans you would find that there was never an Indian Princess.

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  35. #35
    April 3rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Looking for any other native American Pequot, Wampanoag, Mohegan? My Great great great Grandfather was King Philip (Metacom) or lifeisallfitness@gmail.com just looking to connect with others, thanks.

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    Donna Franklin
    April 5th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Christa Lewis,

    I too have Choctaw and Cherokee blood. Have you checked the rolls of the five civilized tribes in Oklahoma? If your ancessors completed and filed their roll papers under Dawes, they would be listed.

    By the way, I have found a Lewis sur-name in my family tree. My family tree so far is Franklin; Watters (or Waters)and Harmon. My great grandfather, David Harmon was Mariied to Nancy Lewis, whom I believe was born in Tenneesee. Would be interesting to find we have a distance relationship.

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  37. #37
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I feel that of all of the posts I have seen of someone looking for help with their family that :
    Please give dates, birth, death, marrages, places they lived, any thing that can help someone to help you.
    Do keep living family Private!
    This can help others to help you.

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    Kevin Crazybull Chapoose
    April 30th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    My mother is Rosebud Sioux, Lakota Teton, Bigfoot, My father is Uncompaghre Ute, My mother’s maiden name is Crazybull, I am exactly 1/2 Sioux and 1/2 Ute according to my enrollment card. Do my people come from vikings, asians, or some other random people.

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    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am


    from Hungary.. but when you look at my great grandmother you can see the dark hair, cheekbones etc.. passed down is the talk that her mother was Indian? But how when the last record is her mother was form Hungary? Could there have been Indian adoptions?

    Our wonderfull Government back in the 1950’s and 1960’s decided to “terminate” all past treaties and land rights as well as assimilate The Native American. My biological mother’s family was part of that. I was adopted but had the original Birth Certificate release to me citing “Tribal Inclusion”. Wealth of information but still needed deciphering. Good Luck!!

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    Julia Boyd
    May 30th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I was doing some random searching for family info and came across your post. I am a grand daughter of Augustus Briggs and would love to hear from you.

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    Gene Walker
    June 3rd, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I been trying to find my Great Grand mother Carrie Welsh She was a cherokee Indain. Name change when she got marrier to my Great Grand dad Joe McCoy. I Think they got marrie in South Carolina. My grand mother brought her mother to Grand Rapids Mi in where she died. I was around her 16 yrs before she did past away and I know it’s was hard to find other famiy member because back then they didn’t put their information out for the Whites

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  42. #42
    June 11th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Lester You are right. There is no such position in Native American tribes as “princesses “. I always wondered where this idea started.

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    romney dickinson
    December 4th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am supposed to be eleventh generation descendent of Pocahontas, but cannot trace more than a few generations forward. I am a direct descendent of Nathaniel Dickinson who came to America in 1630 near Boston. I would appreciate any info. on Pocahontas and future generations. I think the families of Byrd, Randolph, and one other family were main offshoots.

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    Laura Williams
    December 25th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Looking for info on Mary Polly Waters (1802-1873), my 3rd great grandmother. Rumored to be Cherokee. She was married to David Phillips (1794-1846). There are a lot of Mary Waters on the Dawes Roll. How would I know which one might possibly be her? Also related to a Mary E. Barbee that goes back to a John Barbee…also on the rolls. I’m stuck. Help

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  45. #45
    February 16th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I am looking for my Epps family In 1957 was Albany Ga. Grandmother was Lila Lee and Grandfather was Harry.Please can anyone help me.

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    Frank Scroggin
    May 6th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    My GreatGrandmother on my fathers side was Rebecca Huron, (about 1870’s0.
    We have a picture of her where she has appears to be Indian and was sitting in front of a “Sod House”.
    The family has no other information on her background. Thus, we were woundering if ‘Huron’ was an Indian name, (single Indian supposidly women took there tribal name as a last name)or is Huron an English name?

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    bessie pendley
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    my grandmother was full blooded cherokee she when my mother was nine years old.Would love more information where to get dna testing thanks.

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    bessie pendley
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    also her name was Bessie Smith after marriage she married Irishman Rob Smith I was named after her nickname was also Becky. Trying to find any information they lived in the Fannin County Ga. area for some time.Have their family there.I’ve been told she was from Cherokee,N.C. Also told maiden name was possibly Parris or Patterson.Can reach me at 4802281084

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  49. #49
    June 23rd, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Can someone plz help me? I want to know the race of my father. All I know about him is he was either Indian or Mexican. I have no-one with the same DNA as me!!! So how do I go about getting tested?

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  50. #50
    August 1st, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I have family who’s surname is Epps, but they are from NC.

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  51. #51
    August 1st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    As far as my Native American lineage, my dads Grandmother was full blooded Blackfeet Indian. I have a picture of her as well. It was a family photo that was taken of her, my Great Grandfather my Grandmother and my Great Uncle. She was a beautiful lady. I’m proud of my mixed heritage.

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    Almost Indian? Me 2
    August 10th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Many posters here are not commenting on the article. They are however wondering why and how Indian heritage is proven.
    DNA testing can determine if you have the haplogroup associated with North American Indian Tribes.
    It is unfortunate that many of the Southland tribes don’t accept DNA, blood testing, here-say, family-Bibles or “anything” as proof of ancestry. (Wonder Why?)They don’t care about your Indian Heritage. They are trying to determine Tribal Membership based on provable listings from old documents. First, obtain a copy of the requirements from the tribe’s website. Usually, this requires payment of a fee. Of course this is if you are interested in benefits. If you are just interested in proving ancestry – DNA testing and discovery of your haplogroup can provide that information. Remember, back in the early 20th century no one wanted to be Indian. Since the Sixties, it seems everyone wants a token Indian ancestor. Good Luck, and try to have fun with your search.

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  53. #53
    September 23rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    You would be 1/8 Native

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    jerry williams
    October 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    my name is jerry williams,my father was ralph e williams,going up to linard t williams to be cherokee, his mother bessie may briggs,father frank briggs chactow,bessie’s mother was amanda j johnson,daughter of william johnson,peoria tribe if anyone has imfo to share please contach me im really cocerned about the williams and the briggs.all i remember are fred briggs,fred williams,daniel p williams,claud briggs maud standsbury,was bessie’s sister all living in kansas,oklahoma and missouri.

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    jerry williams
    October 24th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    i also did a dna got one name back,i have some family named ,berkenbyle who does not wish to share imfo with me,there are people out there who are benifiting on the williams side that are only maried in i am a true williams from my father to his father ex.please contach me.text 620-210-1318

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    jerry williams
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    hi my grandmother was Bessie may briggs her father was frank briggs call me lets talk 620-210-1318

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    jerry williams
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    flora please call me me 620-210-1318

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    jerry williams
    December 9th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    hi how are you ,my family is briggs also frank ,is my great grand pa,he was married to Amanda jane Johnson and they had three kids orrie,bessie and maude Bessie is my grand mother on my dads side we are all here in Oklahoma and ,Kansas call me ill tell you all about it.620-210-1318

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    Raymond "fink" Resue
    January 19th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    My birth name is Resue, I was adopted by the fink family, I had the great privilege to know my biological family as well. My Biological father, Reed Resue died when I was young, he told the family we have Iroquian for father’s.
    So I began research, he and my uncle’s (all deceased) were born in eastern NY and northern Penn. Where we have distant relatives still. Many of them all told me the same story.
    I spoke to a Native over the net who does large amounts of research, he took my info and when he got back told me to look in the Mohawk direction, that is all he said.
    I have done historical research on our name and it is rare, but there is some out there. I’d like to know if DNA testing may help me cement my clams to Native heritage. I’m not looking for anything other than personal contentment, not money, not benefits, nothing other than to say I know for a proven fact this is where I am from.
    What test would serve me best?

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  60. #60
    February 21st, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Floria I am from Oklahoma and my great grandmother was also left on the door step of a white family. I believe the last name of the family was Arnold and they adopted the baby girl (my great grandmother) and her name was Clair I think. I was trying to research all of this but my father died and I didn’t get all the info. His family was all raised around the chandler, Prague area.

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  61. #61
    February 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    does anyone know who the native in the photo is?

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    my daddy mom and dad both was cherokee indians how and where can I get my blood tested
    March 22nd, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    my daddy mom and dad both was cherokee indians how and where can I get my blood tested

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  63. #63
    Gwen Contreras
    June 27th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    HI I read your post. I am of the Wauter Watters Waters family I am Chorokee and other indinian.. we are looking for more of our family. from your post I think we could be distant cousins. please contact me thank you. littleolelady63@hotmail.com I am preparing to go to Talhaqua Oklahoma next month… not sure how to spell the city… my great granpa is Isham Waters. my grandpa is James waters..we are also of English Scottish decent, my cousins are. Gaut Deboe. there is more I am not remembering their last names oh ya! we are decended from the kohl Cole Coleman also we are decendant of Sir Frances Drake. you can contact me. I am on Facebook Gwen Contreras.

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  64. #64
    Bessie Pendley
    August 5th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Update My grandmother was Bessie Parties Smith who was fullblooded Cherokee her husband my grandfather William Robert Smith a Irish man Bessie’s mom Sarah Jane Patterson Parris Smith my mother was Edith Linda Smith Pendley I was named after my grandmother Bessie would love all of the information for our family tree and documention that we’re Cherokee also Irish cause we’re Proud of our Heritage Thanks Bessie Ann Pendley

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  65. #65
    patrick lewis
    September 25th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I come from a long line of lewis Gilmer Texasmost my people were slaves they do not tell anything about the history of gilmer what I can find out I think I killed most of the malesand enslave the womenall my great aunts and grandmas or mostly African American and Indian

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  66. #66
    Amanda Pendley
    October 6th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I am your family

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  67. #67
    October 27th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Can anyone help me find out what tribe my grandparents belonged my moms dad which Iis my grandpa had belonged to a tribe in sault st.Marie.He was chippewa indian..If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be highly appreciated..Thank you julia

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  68. #68
    January 18th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    My family has been passing down a story of a Native American ancestor since 1777.

    I would love to either prove it true or false once and for all. 238 years is a long time to hold on to a story.

    Because this predates the Rolls, I don’t know where to start.

    It this point I’m think the only way I could prove if my ancestor’s mother was Native American is to find female line decendants of his sisters, a daunting challenge.

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  69. #69
    Dwaine Stark
    May 18th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    It may be what happened to the Cherokees. If you were a full blood you were assigned a white custodian over your money and property. On the Dawes roll in my family, we have sisters and brothers all with the same parents whose blood lines are 7/8,3/4,15/16,5/8.13/16 and these are all in the same family. Cherokees were not dumb, they learned quickly not to be full bloods.

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  70. #70
    Jeannie Louann Mitchell Bascue lehman
    June 28th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I was born Jeannie Louann Mitchell. Much Cherokee on my dad William Davis Mitchell side. Also, my maternal grandparents adopted me when I was very young. I then became Jeannie Louann Bascue. My maternal adopted grandfather was George Ernest Bascue. His mother, which was my great grandmother was Etta Rains (spelling not sure of). She was full blood Cherokee who married my great grandfather last name Bascue. He was from the Basque tribe near Spain. This great grandmother, Etta Rains (sp?) died when my grandfather & his twin brother were 7 years old. They had a 5 year old younger sister named Pearl. Great grandmother Etta Rains Bascue died from spinylmeningitis & great grandfather abandoned his 7 yr. old twin boys & 5 year old daughter. A white couple around Ozark, Arkansas took them in and raised them. My grandparents would take me to see them when we were young. We called them Uncle Bob & aunt Norma. So, you see, my paternal & maternal bloodline is heavy with Cherokee bloodline. My dad has 5 sons by other mother ( not my mom) & they all have Indian cards. Ii am The only one of my dads kids who does not have the card. That is due to my maternal grandparents adopting me. And there is more Cherokee on that side also. I am very proud of my Cherokee ancestry, as was my grandfather, but I don’t know how to get the cards to prove it. I don’t know if the Cherokee accept DNA or not. Seems like they would because DNA does not lie. Can any one help me to figure this out? My dad is almost 80 years old & I need to find out as soon as I can so that I will finally have the proof to proudly display my heritage. Help would be forever appreciated.

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  71. #71
    July 15th, 2015 at 11:06 am

    One of the things that people forget when talking about Race is that humans have been generally categorized into 3 major Race types: Caucasoid, Negroid and Mongoloid. People in those 3 Races have some physical attributes that generally identify people of those Races. Within those groups are different Ethnicities. And then some people are a combination of two or more of those Races from long ago where the those peoples lived near each other. Caucasians range from the far north of what is Europe to the Mediterranean down into North Africa, the Middle East and India. People who are Caucasoid have skin, hair and eye colors ranging from dark to light. Yes, people with “white skin”, olive skin and even dark brown skin are all Caucasoid. Caucasian actually has nothing to do with being “white” skinned, this is a misused term. When you look at Negroid peoples, or as the term is used “Black” people, predominately of African ancestry, there are still many variations of skin pigment and facial features. So “Black” is also a wrongly used term. When you look at people of Ethiopia you see darker skin pigment with more Caucasoid facial features. When you look at indigenous people of South America, North America, the Pacific Islands, etc. you sometimes see a mix of skin pigment and facial features, some with Asian features. Evidence has been found that people from Asia came into North America and both joined into an existing native population or created their own. On the island of Hokkaido in Japan there was/is an indigenous people called Ainu, who inhabited parts of Japan and what are now Russian islands. They are genetically unique and in appearance look both Caucasoid and Asian. They have now intermarried. They suffered discrimination by the Japanese Asians who populated the area. People primarily from Fiji populated what we know as Hawaii. People have migrated from all over the world. In more recent studies it is suggested that there is no such thing as Race, there are Clines, which is defined as: “Cline – Biology. the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species.” In this case our species is human, we just have different physical attributes. Our human ancestors spread out and settled in many places. Except for the so-called cradle of civilization on the continent of Africa, there may not be such a thing as indigenous, but rather first settlers, therefore native. The key point is, we are all human. There is no Race, Ethnicity, Culture or Tribe that is perfect. If for instance darker-skinned peoples were predominate, came to America and found lighter-skinned peoples less advanced, would the outcome have been different? No one can say. Skin color is not the true root issue. What is in the human heart is the issue. And unfortunately humans of every skin, hair and eye color from all over have at one time or another done wrong to another people. It is not popular to talk about, but the slave trade in the Americas was aided by African tribes selling rival African tribes into slavery. From the American viewpoint, we see them all as “Black”, the same, but the reality is they saw themselves and some still do today, as different by tribe not skin color. Slaves of all skin, hair and eye colors have been held and traded through the history of mankind. People have acted badly to those different than them, and even within their own cultures. No one Race, Ethnicity, Culture or Tribe is particularly worse than another. It is good to be proud of our heritage and ancestors and to learn from the good and the bad. In the end, we are all human.

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  72. #72
    July 20th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Was wondering if ur mom was related to a Esther sweet cuz she told my mother all her paperwork was burnt in a fire and she was taking care of her sisters til they were taken from here

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  73. #73
    Barbara West
    July 28th, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    My Dad refers to his gr-grandmother being an Indian Princess because she was the daughter of the “Chief”. Five Duncan brothers walked from the 13 colonies and stayed with the Chickasaws (Robertson was the Indian Agent). They showed the tribe the Scottish Dances, Tossing the Caber, etc. The Chief was so impressed with their strength and agility, he gave two of the brothers two of his daughters to marry. Supposedly, they received 20 acres of land upon the marriage. Originally, there were 6 brothers, one was killed by Indians before they reached the Chickasaws. The Duncans belong to the Robertson Clan, so I believe there is some truth to this story.
    This is a story that was handed down through the generations.

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  74. #74
    Annie Brown
    October 31st, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    This is wonderful i was told when i was very young that, my Mother and Father were dead but that my Grandfather that was full blooded Blackfoot was alive and lived in Nova Scotia. I met him once what a thrill , but sad at the same time because i learned nothing.We lived in foster homes all our lives ,and years later found that Mother and Father were alive ….I know nothing of my history except that grandmother said we are part BLACKFOOT and to me that is the only thing that means anything i have no proof,there are no records . But i couldn’t be more proud ,i’m a part of the greatest and most noble people on earth .BE IT TRUE OR NOT IN MY HEART I’LL ALWAYS BE NATIVE AMERICAN AND SO VERY PROUD TO TELL ALL

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  75. #75
    k s mitchell
    December 24th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    you can go to nativeamericandata at rootsweb and search the Dawes record by surname. this is a free site.

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  76. #76
    k s mitchell
    December 24th, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    william deyo, tribal historian of the pattawattomie has posted a genealogy for pocahontas, google william deyo pocahontas genealogy. it will help you begin

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  77. #77
    k s mitchell
    December 24th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    your story reminds me of 2 Duncan brothers who married Abercrombie sisters, one named elizabeth the other might have been mahalia. thought these sisters were choctaw? see Panther’s Lodge for genealogies of chiefs– cherokee, choctaw, and chickasaw. i think eliz abercrombie has descendents named West.

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  78. #78
    Rod W
    April 15th, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I have always been told, that my great great grandparents parents were both full blood Cherokee and Blackfoot . Great Great Grandmother being Cherokee , Great Great Grandfather being Blackfoot. I’ve seen photos that have to my dismay have been lost . I would love to know what % I am if any. I am of black descent , but my family tree is my family tree regardless please help if possible .I would like to continue the oral history that has been past to me , to my kids .I’m from a very large Family my Great Grandparents had 17 kids with 2 sets of twins , so there is slot if us, We have always said amongst ourselves we were a small Tribe literally . Thank you for any help in advance.

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  79. #79
    May 3rd, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I am trying to find information on Francis Marion Byrd. He was married to Mintie Banks. They had three children Maud Alma Byrd, Josephine Mollie Byrd, and Marion Otto Byrd. They lived in Black Oak, AR. My grandfather said we are Blackfoot.

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  80. #80
    May 29th, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hello, our YDNA Haplogroup is QM3, which it says its only Native American. The family is from Colorado and New Mexico area. Does anyone else have the QM3 Haplogroup, I am trying to figure out which tribes have this YDNA Haplogroup.

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  81. #81
    kathryn mae Cooper rhoades
    June 1st, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know but I also am a descendant of tempy Jane cox,George wash Stidham line ..actually Flossie Mae Stidham Cooper was my granny.nice to meet you cousin,I wish you well and hope you find out answers,I would be interested if you do ! I have always felt the spirit strong from my grandmothers,It is truly a tragedy how they were robbed of their heritage.Keep fighting for the truth and be strong.~K

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  82. #82
    July 26th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I just got my DNA results back and shows that i am 44% Native American who would have thought, i thought it would say that im Mostly Spanish but was only 23% Spanish, i wish i could go back and do more research and see if my ancestors were Aztec, Mayan or even North American Native maybe Navajo. My Great Grandmother looks Navajo but on my Mom’s side my Great grandmother looks more Aztec Indian. very interesting

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  83. #83
    Crystal rackemann
    December 6th, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I did a DNA test through DNA Consultants and Ancestry DNA and both showed different results. One showed Native American and the other showed no Native American, so which one is right? I recently took another DNA test with Family Tree DNA. Now I’m waiting to see how it turns out. No more DNA test from me

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  84. #84
    August 9th, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    All Natives have it.

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  85. #85
    August 9th, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    No tribe, no DNA, no documents, NOT INDIAN!

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