Monthly Archives: December 2012

Marquette and Jolliet 1673 Expedition

Louis Jolliet (sometimes spelled Joliet) and Jacques Marquette are credited with the (European) discovery of the Mississippi River. Jacques Marquette (also known as Father Marquette) was a Catholic missionary and explorer. He was born in Laon, France.  In 1666 he came … Continue reading

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Jackson County Michigan Indian Trails Map

This map shows the Indian Trails that traversed Jackson County, Michigan.  I wish there were more maps like it.  You can see this map in detail, along with the ability to zoom, at the following link at the Michigan archives: reading

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Lost Colony DNA Project Makes The Scientist Magazine List of Top 20 Stories for 2012

The Lost Colony DNA project, sponsored by the Lost Colony Research Group,, found themselves featured at number 15 in The Scientist Magazine’s Top 20 stories for 2012. Original article, published on January 1st, 2012, is found at this … Continue reading

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James River 1665 Map

You just never know where a great map is going to pop up.  In this case, thanks to Yvette, one of our friends in the Netherlands, we find this one in the Dutch National Archives.  It’s a beautiful map with … Continue reading

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Chief John Ross 1861 Proclamation

Thanks to Bill, we have a copy of the Liberty Tribune of Clay County, Missouri on Friday, July 5, 1861, in which Cherokee Chief John Ross issued a proclamation as the United States headed towards the brink of Civil War.

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The Moravians, the Shekomeko Indians and the Gnadenhutten Massacre

The Moravian mission at Shekomeko was founded in 1740 by Christian Henry Rauch to convert the Mahican Indians in eastern New York.  Today the location of the Mahican village is marked by the monument, above, at Pine Plains in Dutchess Co., … Continue reading

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Proving Native American Ancestry Using DNA

Every day, I receive e-mails very similar to this one. “My family has always said that we were part Native American.  I want to prove this so that I can receive help with money for college.” The reasons vary, and … Continue reading

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Hudson River 1665 Map

I love old maps, especially maps which show the locations of tribes and villages of Native people.  I don’t know how many of you have been to New York City and visited Long Island, but suffice it to say, it … Continue reading

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Scholarships Available to Study on the Mohawk Reserve

Dr. Arwin Smallwood, a history professor at the University of Memphis is coordinating a study abroad opportunity for students to study at the Mohawk Reserve in Canada.  He has asked that this information be passed on to anyone who might … Continue reading

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Finding the Gopah Indians

While transcribing the Carlisle Indian School records I came across a record for Miguel Mooat (sic), a Gopah Indian.  Having never heard of the Gopah Indians, I set out to find what I could about them, using my normally trusty resources, … Continue reading

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