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Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes (2002)

by Rachal Mills Lennon

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This is a resource book for genealogical research and trying to find info on your ancestors if you know or suspect they're of Southeastern Native American heritage. A large portion of the book are addresses and info on other resources with some brief explication. Its incredibly dry, and the sort of book you track down if you have a purpose rather than a book you track down to learn from.

References are often dry though, so, it does what it needs to do.
  Yiggy | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Tracing Ancestors Among the Five civilized Tribes is a helpful guide to tracing Indian ancestors that are difficult to find in traditional sources. The book gives a concise history of Indian removal among the five civilized tribes and an exhaustive list of resources to consult in tracking down those elusive ancestors. ( )
  Electablue | Mar 13, 2008 |
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This well organized book will serve as an helpful guide to the genealogist in his search for family ancestry in one of the Five Civilized Tribes of southeastern United States. The author gives a brief, but thorough cultural and historical overview for the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole tribes and some lesser known regional tribes. This book in its 5th printing, focuses on the "Pre-Removal" period for these tribal peoples. In part one, Lennon guides the researcher in the utilization of colonal and early state records and research strategies in seeking out ones elusive Native American ancestor. In part two, Lennon gives details on how to utilize early Federal records, manuscripts, books and films. Additionally, she includes both extensive reference notes and an extensive bibliography of other works. This bibliography is helpfully arranged according to the Southeastern tribe of genealogical interest. The work is indexed and is enhanced with maps, illustrative photographs and charts to assist in researching archival documents of each of these tribes. The author has been a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist since 1985 and holds several degrees in history. As she traces nineteen branches of her family tree through five North American Indian tribes, she has first hand knowledge in utilizing the research tools she has so ably expounded on in this work, one of several books she has authored. It is a worthy book to have in one's collection. It can be a helpful guide in getting one started in Native American genealogical research even if one's ancestor is not from one of the Five Civilized Tribes, the focus of this work.
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This is a good reference book for genealogists. There are tips about document collections around the country that should be explored by genealogists looking into this area of their family's history. The book also includes some good background on the tribes of the southeastern US and extensive references and bibliography of materials for further research. ( )
  kwells | Dec 20, 2007 |
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This new work, Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is designed to eliminate speculation and help you determine the truth about your possible links to the Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, or Seminoles. It focuses on the toughest period to research--the century or so prior to the removal of the Southeastern nations to Indian Territory (the point at which records were regularly maintained). It provides the cultural, genealogical, and historical background needed to turn family stories into proved lineages. And it outlines a method of research that will take you as far back as the colonial and early federal periods and forward to the great tribal enrollment records of the late nineteenth century.

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In the Southeast, many families have stories of an Indian ancestor from one of the Five Civilized Trobes: the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminoles. Lennon, "outliens a method of research that can carry you from the colonial period to the great tribal rolls of the mid-to-late nineteenth century, using records kept by American, English, French amd Spanish authorities."… (more)

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