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Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes [Paperback]

by Lennon, Rachal Mills Lennon
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December 4, 2009 0806316888 978-0806316888
This new work, Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is designed to eliminate speculation and help you determine the truth about your possible links to the Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, or Seminoles. It focuses on the toughest period to research--the century or so prior to the removal of the Southeastern nations to Indian Territory (the point at which records were regularly maintained). It provides the cultural, genealogical, and historical background needed to turn family stories into proved lineages. And it outlines a method of research that will take you as far back as the colonial and early federal periods and forward to the great tribal enrollment records of the late nineteenth century.

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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
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806316888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806316888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars The inner circle April 24, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied September 6, 2013
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what more can I say!?!???!!!! Bravo bravo bravo bravo bravo I am pleased with the product: book was great and in good condition...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tracing for the Novice May 12, 2013
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I have this book on my shelf and have a couple of markers. It is important to understand who the Five Civilized Tribes are in researching Native American history in eastern America.
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