Category Archives: Ottawa

Indian History of Present Day Berkeley County, West Virginia

According to missionary reports, several thousand Hurons occupied present-day West Virginia, including the Eastern Panhandle region where Berkeley County is located, during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. During the 17th century, the Iroquois Confederacy (then consisting of the … Continue reading

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Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, 1853

A Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, Explained in English. This Language is Spoken by the Chippewa Indians, as also by the Otawas, Potawatamis and Algonquins, with Little Difference. For the Use of Missionaries, and Other Persons Living Among the Above … Continue 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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Chief Pontiac

Did you grow up thinking of a car when you heard the word Pontiac?  I surely did.  We had several.  However, I vividly remember the profile on the logo on the car of an Indian. I came across the Pontiac … 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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1836 Halfbreed Ottawa and Chippewa Census – the Hidden Stories

I’ve just finished entering the names on the 1836 Census of Ottawa and Chippewa Halfbreeds (Michigan) into the Native Names document.  Here’s the link to the original source if you want to take a look. and There is … Continue reading

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The Piquettes and their Bad Decade

The Piquette family was having a bad decade, or so it seems.  In the 1836 Halfbreed Chippewa and Ottawa census, there were several people enumerated by the last name of Piquette.  Several had unusual situations which tell us something of their history. Several … Continue reading

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1836 Census of Ottawa and Chippewa Halfbreeds (Michigan)

The 1836 Census of Ottawa and Chippewa Halfbreeds is quite an interesting document.  The purpose was to determine who was to be paid and how much as a result of an 1836 Treaty with the Ottawa and Chippewa wherein they expressed … 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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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. If you take a look at the … Continue reading

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