Author Archives: robertajestes

About robertajestes

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

Matching DNA of Living Native Descendants to DNA of Native Ancestors

As most of my subscribers know, I also author the http://www.dna-explained.com blog.  Recently, the ability for currently living people who have taken an autosomal DNA test from either Family Tree DNA (who I recommend), 23andMe or Ancestry can download their … Continue reading

Posted in Anzick, Clovis, DNA, Montana | 5 Comments

Ring Found in Indian Grave Inscribed “Think of Mary”

Charlotte News, Charlotte, NC, Sunday, July 3, 1921 “There has been one incident in my life that has fascinated me for years,” declared T.J. Saulter, traveling sales man of Norfolk, Va, who was in Charlotte Saturday. “My pet hobby is … Continue reading

Posted in North Carolina, Tuscarora | 12 Comments

When Redmen Aren’t Red Men

I’m always grateful when one of our readers send me original Native documents with names.  In this case, hat tip to Yvonne for sending me this information about the Onieda Tribe #88, Improved Order or Redmen, also called the Independent … Continue reading

Posted in Fraternal Organizations, Oneida | 3 Comments

Chief Big Head, Standing Rock, Dakota Territory

A G.W. Scott cabinet card photograph of Chief Big Head, a Sioux Indian, taken between 1880-1890 in North Dakota. In the records of Indian Chiefs and Visitors to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, we find a listing for Big Headed, … Continue reading

Posted in Dakota, Sioux | 3 Comments

Cherokee Freedmen Rolls

Freedmen is one of the terms given to emancipated slaves and their descendants after slavery was abolished in the United States following the American Civil War. In this context, “Cherokee Freedmen” refers to the African-American men and women who were … Continue reading

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Tracing Cherokee Ancestors

Several years, ago – we’re talking in the decades now – before the internet and e-mail….you know, back in the dark ages…I visited the Muskogee County Genealogical Society in Muskogee, OK. I was that certain that my oral family history … Continue reading

Posted in Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole | 1 Comment

The Last Wukchumni Speaker

In central California, before the European arrived, it’s estimated that there were 50,000 Wukchumni speakers.  Today, there is only one, Marie Wilcox, born in 1932, who is making a dictionary of this language so it won’t be entirely lost, while teaching her daughter … Continue reading

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