Category Archives: Michigan

Native American Haplogroup X2a – Solutrean, Hebrew or Beringian?

I was very pleased to see the article, “Does Mitochondrial Haplogroup X Indicate Ancient Trans-Atlantic Migration to the Americas? A Critical Re-Evaluation” by Jennifer Raff and Deborah Bolnick. This is one of those topics that gets brought up over and over … Continue reading

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American Indian Records on Ancestry

Recently Ancestry.com added several sets of American Indian records to their collection, and some are free. This link should take you directly to the American Indian Collection search function at Ancestry. This collection includes the following data bases:

Posted in Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Five Civilized Tribes, Freedmen, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Osage, Research, Resources, Seminole | 5 Comments

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: http://cdm16317.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p129401coll3/id/23/rec/12Continue reading

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Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas

I’m working on the last few states of the WWI Draft registrations for the Native Names project.  Today, I’m in Kansas.  I’ve noticed a couple of quite interesting things. There are a lot of registrations, but many, probably about half, … Continue reading

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Who Died and Why? Ottawa Death Records in Emmet County, Michigan.

Our ancestors, and all people, speak through the records they leave behind. It’s up to us to weave the story being told by listening to the whispers that drift through the ages. Emmet County Michigan kept death records beginning in … Continue reading

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White Pigeon

Sampson White Pigeon – how do I record his name?  Is his surname White Pigeon, or Pigeon.  In his case, he lists his wife in the WWI draft registration as Eliza Pigeon, so I’m going to index him by the … Continue reading

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Evolution of Native Names – the Shaw Family in Michigan

Michigan’s Native people did not bear the full force of early contact with Europeans.  Many Native people were still living in Michigan, in their tribal units, speaking their own language, in the 1800s, even into the late 1800s and early 1900s.  … Continue reading

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White Deer – Ghosts of the Forests

White deer are near and dear to my heart.  In Michigan, deer are everywhere.  There has been a population explosion in the past 20 to 30 years.  About 10 years ago, I nearly wrecked my car about two miles away … Continue reading

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How do you spell Opportunity? Highland Park, Michigan

Where, you ask, is Highland Park, Michigan and why would someone go there?  More specifically, why would many someones go there? The answer becomes apparent when looking at the draft card registrations of the men in 1917 and 1918 who were … Continue reading

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Michigan Native Resources

I think I’ve hit the proverbial goldmine.  This site has several very important rolls, including one as far back as 1836 showing the amount of admixture.  Here’s the link to the primary site. http://www.mainlymichigan.com/nativedata/ If you take a look at the … Continue reading

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