Monthly Archives: May 2014

Native American DNA Projects

I’m often asked about DNA projects at Family Tree DNA that are for or include Native American or aboriginal DNA results.  Please note that different project administrators have different criteria for admission to a project.  Some require definitive proof of descent, some require … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal, Acadian, Algonquian, Cherokee, DNA, Lumbee, Micmac, Piscataway, Shawnee, Tuscarora, Waccamaw | 7 Comments

History of Halifax Co., NC

Halifax county was formed in 1758 from Edgecombe County which in turn was formed in 1741 from Bertie County which in turn was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west … Continue reading

Posted in Chowan, Coree, Croatoan, Machapunga, Mattamuskeet, Meherrin, Pungos, Tuscarora, Yeopim | 3 Comments

Powhatan Treaty, October 1646

This information is from the Virginia Memory project at http://www.virginiamemory.com/online_classroom/shaping_the_constitution/doc/treaty In 1646, two years after Opechancanough ordered coordinated attacks on English settlements that killed about 500 people, the government of the colony and Necotowance, on behalf of the Powhatan tribes, … Continue reading

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Seminole Chief Osceola, Billy Powell

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/4370 Osceola was named Billy Powell at birth in 1804 in the Creek village of Talisi, now known as Tallassee, Alabama, in current Elmore County. “The people in the town of Tallassee…were mixed-blood Native … Continue reading

Posted in Creek, Seminole, Traders, Treaty | 11 Comments

Surviving a Scalping

Scalpings on the frontier were legendary, often thought of in terms of Indians scalping Europeans.  While that certainly did happen, they didn’t have exclusive right to scalping.  Frontiersmen did it too, as did Scythians and European tribes such as the … Continue reading

Posted in Brule, Comanche, Ho-Chunk, Iroquois, Mohawk, Sioux | 3 Comments