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SHOWING PRIDE  

AS I HAVE MENTIONED ALREADY,IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE. GOD HAS CREATED US ALL IN HIS IMAGE AND THERE IS NO ONE RACE THAT IS CONSIDERED BAD. THIS IS CERTAINLY TRUE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. IN THE PAST, INDIANS WERE TREATED BADLY AND I CERTAINLY DO NOT HAVE TO GO TOO DEEP INTO THAT. LET US NOT DWELL ON THE PAST, BUT ON THE FUTURE.

I MUST FIRST MAKE IT KNOWN THAT JUST BECAUSE THAT I AM OF NATIVE AMERICAN  HERITAGE, I DO NOT HOLD ANY TYPE OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT FEELINGS INSIDE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE SERVED PROUDLY UNDER THE US FLAG AND WILL ALWAYS BE PARTIAL TOWARDS IT. THE FACT IS THAT MANY PEOPLE DO HOLD GRUDGES AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING TODAY, FOR SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE DID WHO IS NO LONGER AROUND. WE SHOULD NOT HOLD ANYONE TODAY ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEIR ANCESTORS DID. IF WE DO THAT, THEN WE MIGHT AS WELL BE MAD AT EVERY FEMALE FOR EATING THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN!! NOT THE WAY TO BE!!!!

INSTEAD, LET US BE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND SHOW IT THE BEST THAT WE CAN. YOU CAN DO THAT IN MANY WAYS. IF YOU ARE OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE, YOU CAN ALWAYS NOT BE ASHAMED TO TELL SOMEONE THAT. YOU COULD LEARN SOME OF THE CRAFTS OF YOUR ANCESTORS, YOU COULD LEARN TO SPEAK THE NATIVE TONGUE, OR YOU COULD JUST MAKE SURE TO PASS ALONG THE HERITAGE TO YOUR CHILDREN.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO PROCEED A BIT FURTHER, YOU COULD DO WHAT MY FAMILY DID AND WORK ON GETTING ENROLLED IN A TRIBE TO KEEP YOUR HERITAGE ALIVE TO ITS FULLEST. THAT IS OBVIOUSLY UP TO YOU AND YOU ALONE.

FOR WHATEVER REASON OR ROUTE THAT YOU CHOOSE, JUST REMEMBER THAT YOUR ANCESTORS WOULD HAVE WANTED YOU TO NOT BE ASHAMED OF THEM!

WADO


GETTING STARTED ON TRACING YOUR CHEROKEE BLOOD

MANY OF YOU HAVE CONTACTED ME CONCERNING  TRACING YOUR OWN CHEROKEE BLOOD AND WHERE TO START.  IN ORDER TO HOPEFULLY HELP EVERYONE AT THE SAME TIME, I HAVE PLACED THIS SECTION ON THE WEB SITE.  OKAY, HERE IT GOES...........
 

IF YOU PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS,ETC. TOLD YOU THAT YOU ARE OF CHEROKEE DESCENT, THEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO START WITH.  THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF FINDING OUT WHO YOUR ANCESTORS WERE.  MY FEELING IS THAT WHY WOULD YOUR RELATIVES LIE ABOUT SUCH A THING?  MOST OF THE TIME, BUT MAYBE NOT ALWAYS, THIS IS BASED ON FACT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.  MANY OF YOUR ELDER MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY MAY HAVE KEPT THIS A SECRET OVER THE YEARS AND MAY NOT TELL YOU UNLESS YOU ASK.  THEIR REASONS PROBABLY ARE BASED ON WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR ANCESTORS DURING THE REMOVAL ACT, WHICH WAS A TIME PERIOD THAT NATIVE AMERICANS WERE TREATED POORLY.  MANY PEOPLE MADE THEM FEEL THAT IT WAS A "DIRTY" THING TO BE AN INDIAN. CERTAINLY, THIS IS NOT SO.

ANYWAY, ONCE YOU ESTABLISHED THE FACT THAT YOU ARE OF CHEROKEE ANCESTRY, YOU THEN NEED TO TALK TO ALL LIVING RELATIVES WHO ARE IN THE SAME DIRECT LINEAL DESCENT AS YOU.  IF YOU ASK, YOU MAY BE SURPRISED AT WHAT YOU LEARN!!  MANY OF YOUR RELATIVES MAY KNOW SOMETHING THAT THE OTHER DOES NOT AND YOU SHOULD BEGIN TO PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER LIKE A PUZZLE.

YOU SHOULD THEN FIND OUT,IF YOU CAN, WHO WAS THE FULL BLOOD IN YOUR FAMILY OR WHO WAS THE CLOSEST TO THEM.  FIND OUT WHERE THEY LIVED, WHERE THEY WERE BORN, ETC.  THIS CAN POSSIBLY BE ACOMPLISHED BY GOING TO THE COURT HOUSE IN THE COUNTY THAT THEY WERE BORN.  KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE WHITE RECORDS AND THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT FIND THEM THERE, BUT TRY.  TRY TO GET MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES OF ALL OF YOUR GRAND AND GREAT GRANDPARENTS.  THIS WILL GIVE YOU PARENTS NAMES OF THOSE WHO WERE WED.  A TRIP TO THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OFFICE IN THE COURTHOUSE CAN GIVE YOU ALOT OF INFORMATION, ESPECIALY IF YOU DO NOT KNOW SOMEONES NAME.

ONCE YOU ARE CONFIDENT WITH WHO YOUR RELATIVES WERE, IT IS A GOOD TIME TO BEGIN CHECKING THE GOVERNMENT INDIAN CENSUS ROLLS.  THESE ROLLS BEGIN AROUND 1817 OR SO AND GO TO 1924 WITH THE BAKER ROLL OF THE EASTERN CHEROKEE.  WHEN SEARCHING THE ROLLS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE YOUR INDIAN ANCESTORS WERE FROM AND WHERE THEY WERE DURING THE TIMES OF THE CENSUS.  YOU SHOULD AT LEAST TRY TO FIND OUT WHICH SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI THEY LIVED.  THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN SEARCHING THE ROLLS.

IF YOU FIND ONE OF YOUR RELATIVES ON THE ROLL(S), THEN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET A COPY OF THE APPLICATION WHICH WILL GIVE YOU A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE.  KEEP IN MIND THAT NOT ALL ROLLS WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH SUCH INFORMATION.  THE GUION MILLER ROLL IS AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF SUCH INFO.  IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET THIS FAR, THEN YOU HAVE PRETTY MUCH ACCOMPLISHED WHAT YOU SET OUT TO DO.  IT IS THEN UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO KEEP TRACING BACK BEYOND THE ROLLS IN ORDER TO FIND OUT MORE; HOWEVER, THIS GETS DIFFICULT!
 

MANY AMERICANS ARE DESCENDANTS OF INDIAN BLOOD OF ONE TRIBE OF ANOTHER AND DO NOT EVEN KNOW IT!  THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT IN TRACING.  YOU SHOULD BEGIN THE SAME WAY THAT I DESCRIBED ABOVE, BY TALKING TO YOUR RELATIVES AND PROCEEDING TO THE RECORDS.

YOUR GOAL WILL BE TO FIND SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR PAST AND FIND OUT WHICH TRIBE THAT IT WAS.  YOU MAY HAVE TO READ A FEW BOOKS ON FAMILY TREE TRACING AND FINDING YOUR INDIAN ANCESTRY.  THERE ARE MANY BOOKS OUT THERE ON THE SUBJECT AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET STARTED WITH SOME EFFORT.  YOUR JOB WILL BE HARDER THAT THOSE MENTIONED ABOVE, BUT DON'T GIVE UP!!  IF YOU HAVE INDIAN BLOOD, YOU WILL FIND IT SOMEWHERE, I JUST CANT TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE.

VISIT SOME OF THE GENEALOGY SITES ON THE WEB FOR SOME POINTERS. YOU MAY WANT TO LOOK AT MY LINKS PAGE FOR SOME HELP.
 


WELL, THAT IS ABOUT ALL THAT I CAN TELL YOU, DUE TO THE FACT THAT I DID IT THE SAME WAY. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE RELATIVES THAT TOLD ME ABOUT MY INDIAN BLOOD SINCE I WAS A SMALL CHILD.  THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT YOU ARE DOING A GOOD THING. EVEN IF YOU DONT REALLY KNOW ALL OF THE DETAILS, THE FACT IS THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE AND YOU WISH TO HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS.  KEEP THAT IN MIND AND REMEMBER THAT THEY WOULD WANT YOU TO STAND UP AND BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE!!

WADO!

 


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