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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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So – Why Not Kill the Messenger?

The Elizabeth Warren Cherokee ancestry controversy continues – and I’m betting it will right up to election day. The following excerpt is from a piece written by William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor at Cornell Law School. In his article, Jacobson documents how Cherokee genealogist, Twila Barnes, has been harrassed about her genealogical findings. I […]

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Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee Genealogy Research

I am not sure what percentage of the genealogical community (meaning anyone involved in family history research) has Cherokee blood, thus having a practical use for Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee Genealogy Research but, I found the history alone an enlightening read. The first section of the guide gives a brief but insightful background into […]

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An Atlas of Northern Trails Westward From New England

No matter where in the World or in what era one lives, there are always people on the move. Some people are always looking outward, seeking change and challenge. Thus it was from the first American colonies, on through the expansion of the frontier, until the entire continent east to west was settled by Europeans […]

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