Monthly Archives: February 2012

Robert John Gordon M.D.

Many of the Indian draft registrants who lived in major metropolitan cities were laborers.  Often Indian registrants couldn’t write their own names and signed with an X and a witness.  After seeing thousands of these, it’s easy to draw generalized conclusions about … Continue reading

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Dual Names

Many Native people have surnames that are two words combined.  In some cases, how to index or categorize these names is obvious based on how the name is written.  For example, we have two people with the surname Blackhawk and in … Continue reading

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The County Named Miscellaneous

As I work my way through the various states, I couldn’t help but notice that some people were registered in the county called Miscellaneous, in their respective states.  Now, to the best of my knowledge, there is no county named … Continue reading

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Indians and Categories in the WWI Draft Registration

  There were three forms used by registrars for the WWI draft which corresponded to the three draft events.  The first and second forms used both requested birthplace.  The second and third forms used included the name and location of … Continue reading

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WWI Draft Registration Records

Draft registration records are a little used resource with a plethora of information, including race.  In addition, they may contain information such as where the registrant was born, birth date, physical description, next of kin, and more.  For a genealogy … Continue reading

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Native Names in One Place

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 … Continue reading

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