Author Archives: robertajestes

About robertajestes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.

“A Little Flesh We Offer You” – Indian Slaves in New France

We generally don’t think of the French Canadians as slave owners, of either Indians or Africans, but Indian slavery was legalized in what is now Canada in 1709.  In fact, in 1725, half of the colonists who owned a home … Continue reading

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Updated Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups

I’ve updated the list of Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups and their sources. This most recent update comes from both GenBank the Anzick extrapolations, with links provided when possible. If you know of other credibly sourced Native haplogroup information, please let … Continue reading

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The People’s Path Native Site to Disappear

The People’s Path webpage was created in the 1990s to provide resources to Cherokee researchers, although there are resources from many other tribes included.  Just scanning, I see Ojibwa, Micmac, Lumbee, Navajo and lots more.  There is truly a wealth … Continue reading

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Kostenki14 – A New Ancient Siberian DNA Sample

This week, published in Science, we find another ancient DNA full genome sequence from Siberia in an article titled “Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years” by Seguin-Orlando et al.. This sample, partially shown above, is quite old and … Continue reading

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Life Among the Mohawks in 1644

Kiliaen van Rensselaer was a Dutch minister affiliated with the Dutch West Indies Company who lived at Fort Orange (above) in 1642 with his wife and children in what is today Albany, New York.  Today, the fort is under an expressway. … Continue reading

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American Indian Records on Ancestry

Recently Ancestry.com added several sets of American Indian records to their collection, and some are free. This link should take you directly to the American Indian Collection search function at Ancestry. This collection includes the following data bases:

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Connecticut Indians, 1647-1789

In 1922, an index was assembled of the references to Indians in the Connecticut State Library. This 186 page index covers the five hundred ninety nine documents which were selected about 1845 from the files of the General Assembly by … Continue reading

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