Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes.

Three Mainstays of Native-American Genealogy Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes.

Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal Rachal Lennon’s groundbreaking book is designed to eliminate speculation and to 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 mid-to-late 19th century. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folklore Emmet Starr’s work is the classic account of the early Cherokees, their constitution, treaties with the federal government, land transactions, school system, migration and resettlement, committees, councils and officials, religion, language and culture, and a host of other topics. More than half of the book is devoted to genealogies and biographies, of which there are several hundred. The biographies in particular–each averaging a paragraph or more–are noteworthy for their focus on the genealogical events of birth, marriage, and death over a period of several generations. The Indian Tribes of North America John R. Swanton’s definitive one-volume guide to the Indian tribes of North America covers all Native American groupings, such as nations, confederations, tribes, subtribes, clans, and bands. Formatted as a dictionary, or gazetteer, and organized by state, it includes all known tribal groupings within the state and the many villages where they were located. The text includes such facts as the origin of the tribal name and a brief list of the more important synonyms, the linguistic connections of the tribe, its location, a brief sketch of its history, its population at different periods, and the extent to which its name has been perpetuated geographically.

 

{source} Genealogy Pointers (02-26-13) In this issue: Bargain Books for February 2013“The Challenge of North American Indian Genealogy. Part One, by Denise R. Larson, Three Mainstays of Native American Genealogy

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