When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Native American Research with Judy Nimer Muhn


The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Laura Hedgecock,  Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy and I welcome Native American research specialist Judy Nimer Muhn.  

Watch as Judy shares resources for locating records,  using DNA and methodologies for finding information on your Native American ancestors.

Links in this Episode:

Researching Indigenous Peoples

Judy Nimer Muhn, Lineage Journeys http://www.LineageJourneys.com   





        List of Federally-Recognized Tribes, by state: The process for recognition by the states and federal government are complicated and lengthy.  Groups seeking recognition must prove historical/anthropological/archeological evidence of their existence as a community within a geography, documentation of those who are affiliated with the community and more.  (http://www.ncsl.org/research/state-tribal-institute/list-of-federal-and-staterecognized-tribes.aspx) 

        Oklahoma Historical Society (http://www.okhistory.org) – Indexed records especially of the Five “Civilized” Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole) but also other tribal groups.

        A Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry – Department of the Interior https://www.doi.gov/tribes/trace-ancestry  This guide discusses how to begin genealogy research.

        Starting Genealogy and Family History Research - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  https://www.archives.gov/research

     NARA explains what types of information are needed for genealogy research and highlights books that focus on the research process and document collection. 

        Native Americans – “Specific Tribal or Nation Resources” and “USGenWeb Project”  http://www.cyndislist.com/native.htm

     Vital Records – Native American Directory                                                 http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/indian.html

     This website offers a search feature by tribe. Each tribal section contains contact information for genealogical records or information and links to online and other resources (some are advertised as free and some are advertised for sale).

        The Genealogy Page – National Archives and Record Administration (NARA)  https://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans    This section contains links to websites of census rolls, military records, photos, and more. NARA also provides publications for sale and information about workshops offered at various regional locations.  


National Archives, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rolls: 

https://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/rolls   There are many “rolls” or census records of native people in the United States (Baker, Guion Miller, Kern-Clifton, Roblin, Wallace, etc.)  


     Maps:  Mentioned in the presentation, the maps by Aaron Carapella - http://www.tribalnationsmaps.com/store/c8/Native_America.html

     A map APP:  Native-Land.ca    Created in 2015, it continuously is being updated as tribal groups and researchers submit more information.  FREE.  Covers the whole world where Indigenous peoples live and are documented.  Gives tribal names as the People say them (our own languages), a separate tab for the language spoken, and another tab for treaties for specific territories.


Book: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz  

  The "Works Cited" list in the back is awesome!!!

 Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

This Week On My Family History Calendar


December 5~
     Mary Christine Williams Sullivan (1896-1930), my maternal step great grandmother, was born 125years ago in Kershaw County, South Carolina.
Christine was the daughter of James Lewis Williams ( 1873-1937) and Lizzie Pettigrew (died before 1900).

December 6~
  My maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) would have been 100 years old on this day. 
Azile was born in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina to Manning David Daughrity, Jr.   (1889-1931) and Loretta McManus (1894-1936).

Miss you so much, Grandmom! Happy Birthday!

Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan
© Cheri Hudson Passey

Dec. 10~
 My paternal 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865) was born 195 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina. Mary was the daughter of Ludolphus Jones and Mary Elizabeth Chandler.

Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker Headstone
Hezipah Church Cemetery, Lee County, SC

  Dec. 12~
William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Frances Virginia McRady (1856-1903) my maternal 2nd great-grandparents were married 149 years ago. William was 18 and Fannie 16 when they were married in Sumter County, South Carolina. 

Who are you remembering this week?

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance!


You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
Share by scrolling 
down and add your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

THE Genealogy Show Winter Event has been taking place this weekend.

One of my talks was featured on the Main Stage and one is in the On-Demand section.

You can still register and catch up on all the amazing talks until the beginning of January.

Just click on this link to register. 

It has been so much fun to connect virtually with many of my genealogy friends from all around the world as we met up in chat rooms.  Meeting up with genealogy friends either in person or virtually is always a happy dance moment!

What's your Happy Dance Moment?
Please share and let's celebrate together!


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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