Basics of African-Native American Genealogy

Angela Walton-Raji

Many African-American families have a family story of an ancestor who was said to be of Native American ancestry. In most cases, there is little knowledge of how this can be studied. This lecture looks at the types of records in which many “blended families” can be examined. In addition, this session covers the well-known Dawes Roll, Federal Census records, Mississippi Choctaws documents, and the thousands of records for Eastern Cherokees. Also, some useful oral history questions will be presented to assist researchers on how to go beyond, simply, the name of an ancestor who was merely said to be from a Native community to the methods of how to explore this history.

(Image source: “Enrollment for Seminole Census Card 482“, National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Available in the NCGS online store is North Carolina Research – Genealogy and Local History, the text for the NCGS Webinar Series. For more information about the speaker, please see our flyer (pdf file).

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