I’ve been transcribing historical records of Native people’s names now for months. Years actually. But it was only recently that it occurred to me that we really needed to put this information in one place. I had a lot of resource material already, including two of my own data bases. One is called “Families of Interest” in which I’ve been compiling records of mixed race people for years. A second resource that I’ve created is my Timeline. The timeline is not indexed by name. It’s just that, a historical timeline. The data base has about 7000 entries and the timeline, several thousands pages. From that information, and from other sources, which you can see under the Resource Tab, I’m compiling all of the Native names I can find. That new document I simply call Native Names. So far, this document is over 800 pages and I’m no place near finished. It’s an amazing process.
I also want to comment that this is not genealogy. I’m not working on families genealogies. If family genealogical information contains original documentation of Native ancestry, I’d certainly love to include it. My primary reason for doing this is so that people can find their ancestors, their surnames and to provide a starting point. Family history without documentation is not what I’m looking for within this project. Family history WITH original documentation is indeed welcome.
I find such interesting tidbits as I go along and work with these records. The people and groups have a life of thier own and it’s often told through the records of the group of poeple, not just their individual records.
As I work with these records, I’ll be blogging about my finds and interesting things that come to light. If you’re interested in Native history, then this is a blog you’ll want to to follow!