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23andMe – DNA Tests That Are Being Using For Far More Than Just Ancestry

I ordered a 23andMe DNA test yesterday. Yes – I’ve taken one from Sorenson’s, and later AncestryDNA, but I’d like to see how the test done by 23andMe matches up to the earlier tests. I’m also fascinated by all the non-family history research that 23andMe does with our DNA – lots of health-related stuff. One […]

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Non-Hispanic Whites With American Indian Ancestry Make Up Half of Mixed-Race Americans

According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, Non-Hispanic caucasians with American Indian ancestry make up half of the current population of mixed-race Americans. However, they don’t usually claim to be multiracial. Multiracial Americans make up 2.1 percent of the adult population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. During its survey from which […]

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Ancestry.com Now Has Over 10M American Indian Records

The following excerpt is from the November 7, 2014 edition of webpronews.com: Genealogy site Ancestry.com has added millions of new American Indian records for the use of those who think they may have American Indian blood, according to AP. The idea came about due to a slim 5.2 million people identifying themselves as having American […]

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Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

Fred Anderson’s Crucible of War is probably my favorite history book ever written. The book is about the Seven-Years War, otherwise known as the French and Indian War – a war that led directly to the American Revolution. If there hadn’t been a French and Indian War, there may very well not have ever been […]

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Native Americans’ Ancestry Traced to Siberia Through DNA

The following teaser is from an article by Rebecca Jacobson posted at the February 13, 2014 edition of pbs.org. The bones of a baby boy buried in Montana 12,600 years ago may help scientists confirm the origins of North and South America’s first peoples. The remains were discovered when a construction dig on the Anzick […]

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Indian Schools, Seminaries, and Asylums

From the November 2, 2013, AccessGenealogy.com Beginning in 1878 the goal was to assimilate Indian people into the general population of the United States. By placing the Indian children in first day schools and boarding schools it was thought this would be accomplished. Federal policy sanctioned the removal of children from their families and placed […]

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American Indian Tribal Tract Reference Maps Now Available Online

Many maps were created for the 2010 Census. One of these resources is the “Tribal Tract Reference Maps.” The following is from the website: These federal American Indian reservation-based maps show and label tribal census tracts and tribal block groups as delineated to support 2010 Census data dissemination. These maps also show the boundaries and […]

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The History of the Indian Wars in New England

“A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New England, From the first Planting thereof to the present Time.” Thus begins The History of the Indian Wars in New England: From the First Settlement to the Termination of the War with King Philip, in 1677. An apt beginning it is, for it well defines […]

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True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars

In a day and age where selecting the perfect title for a book, a movie, or even a magazine article is often more a marketing question than a practical one, it is nice to find books whose titles declare exactly what the contents are. Of course, when I do find such a title it is […]

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Dictionary of American-Indian Place and Proper Names in New England

Another in a line of great reprints from the New England Historic Genealogical Society comes a Dictionary of American-Indian Place and Proper Names in New England, written by R. A. Douglas-Lithgow, in 1909, with an added foreword by David Allen Lambert, 2012. For those who reside or come form New England, Native American names for […]

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A History of the French War: Ending in the Conquest of Canada

What do really know about any given historical event? Who were the major players? What smaller events led up to the bigger event? How did these events effect people living at that time? History books can do more than simply elaborate or expand on the short version of any event we learned about in high […]

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Virginia State Senate Tables Recognition of Groups Claiming Cherokee Ancestry

The following exceprt is from an article posted in the February 26, 2013 edition of cherokeephoenix.org. TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Citing the need for a new evaluation process, the Virginia Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 12 tabled resolutions calling for state tribal recognition of two groups identifying themselves as Cherokees. Sens. Steve Newman, Jill Vogel and […]

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The Wampanoag: Genealogical History of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Having become interested in local land records and ownership details, Dr. Jerome (Jay) Segel researched and wrote Owner Unknown: Your guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting. His desire to produce this book came through his interest and research in uncovering land records related to his home on Martha’s Vineyard. Through this study, Jay developed and […]

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Pocahontas and Her Descendants

There are plenty of historical biographies of Pocahontas, a.k.a. Matoaka. However, there is only one that stands as the best guide to her descendants: Pocahontas and Her Descendents by Wyndham Robertson. This short volume contains the “Tree of Pocahontas and Rolfe, as it has grown from them as its root to its seventh season (inclusive) […]

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Albert Afraid of Hawk Remains Returned to South Dakota After Over 100 years

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the September 9, 2012 TwinCities.com website: MANDERSON, S.D. — Descendants of a Native American man who died more than a century ago while touring with a western-themed show gathered together Sunday, Sept. 9, to honor his life and celebrate his remains coming home to a South […]

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