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Rare is the reference librarian who has not encountered a question like, "My great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian princess. How do I find the tribal roll that lists her name?" Lennon (Florida's Unfortunates) explains that problems often arise in this type of research because family tradition doesn't match the time when the Native American ancestor actually lived and because many obscure resources go unexplored. A healthy start to avoiding such problems is to research the family outside of the Indian tradition, learning as much as possible about the customs and political realities of the area where the ancestor resided. Focusing on the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast (the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole), Lennon details the often-overlooked resources in U.S. and international archives covering the years prior to the tribes' removal to Indian Territory. She notes that many early white interactions with tribes came in the form of trade or religious instruction and emphasizes that researchers should investigate all extant records related to those endeavors, as well as slave-related records for those of African-Indian descent. She also overviews the popular federal records (such as the Guion Miller Enrollment Records) and discusses valuable but obscure federal records. Reference notes and an index round out the book, but it is the excellent bibliography that readers should closely peruse as it lists histories, memoirs, archival guides, manuscript collections, and record transcriptions that could add historical and cultural depth to one's research. Other helpful general guides such as the Native American Genealogical Sourcebook focus on familiar records, but Lennon's book provides guidance in an area of research not well addressed in the current literature and is therefore highly recommended for public and genealogical libraries. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806316888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806316888
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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A great many Native Americans who belonged to the Five Civilized Tribes were never offically enrolled. Researchers who want to find their American Indian heritage are left completely empty-handed and confused after they've checked the usual records for the Five Civilized Tribe and come up empty-handed.

Lennon, an obviously gifted researcher and historian, has written THE definitive book for understanding how to find the records that might lead you to finding those non-enrolled American Indians.

If you're looking for an individual or family who was thought to be or known to be a member or members of these tribes, but you cannot locate them in the obvious records, buy this book. It's the only one of its kind and is invaluable in understanding the realities of Indian research in the South.
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I purchased this book in the hope of finding information related to ancestry among the Cherokee indian tribe. While much useful information was present, the organization requires much sifting and searching to locate specific data. I think this book could become a great book with a little more data and organization. The general nature of the book does not lend itself to specific solutions.
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As a professional genealogist, I have used this book to add documentation and interesting bits of history to client files and I recommend it to any fellow genealogists - either professional or hobbyist. American Indian history is very hard to come by! Thank you!
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If you have ancestry in the South in the late 1700s and early 1800s and are searching for your mythical Indian Princess, this work is a must have for your library. Ms. Lennon packed a ton of information into the 156 pages of this book.
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Native American research is sometimes very difficult. This is a good guide with accurate information on where records are kept and available. Note that some of these records are now online, but not all of them. This book is extremely useful in learning where those records are that have not been put online.
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This is a great book. We have had trouble tracing our Native American roots, this book gives you quite a few ways to go that you weren't aware of, A lot of research went into it. Thank you very much.
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