(Closed) Please help me with my ancestry search

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
Member
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have zero experience in this but I think calling whatever tribal organization(s) exist in the area she was from sounds like a good start. 

Post # 7
Member
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would join ancestry.com.  I did their free 2 week trial and found out all I ever wanted to know in one night.  It was really easy.  If you know your great grandfather’s name and city, you should be able to find the marriage record through him, which should have you g.grandmother’s maiden name.  You can find her in the census records from there.  If you don’t see what nation she belonged to, look for her parents and find their records.  The census between 1850 and about 1900 used to collect all sorts of really interesting information, way more than what we collect now, including more info about ethnicity.  I’m not sure how her being a Native American will affect it (whether she will even be in the general census or not) but that would be your easiest option to check.

Post # 9
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I highly recommend joining ancestry.com. I have had a membership for 2 years and have added over 1,000 people to my family tree! In addition, when you do get a “hit” on a person, don’t just merge the info right away. Take a moment to click “View Image” and look closely at the original documents. There is lots of info (occupations, physical descriptions, etc) that are noted on the original documents but which have not been indexed by ancestry.

Also, check out this link from ancestry’s Learning Center. I searched for “native american” and found several articles that might help you. The ones titled “Native American Genealogy” and “Native American Links and Resources” might be especially good.

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