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Old Today, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Miborn View Post
Wondering if anyone has any ideas for finding out what tribe our great... grandmothers Native American name is or the tribe she is from. What we have is a photo of her and her married white name. She is from Canada/Michigan side. Thanks,
Bottom line, pictures aside. You need to speak to your family this alleged ancestry is on and work your way back. Unless your great grandmother is adopted or deeply estranged from her family, you should have the basics of what Tribe/Nation she is from. This would be your point of entry, not a picture or a "white name." Most women took on their husbands surname.

Say for example you believe or find that your maternal great grandmother....is Chippewa or Ottawa (Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa or Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to name a few)....You will need to trace her ancestry and citizenship WITH HER NAME, not the "White" name. Just because an Indian woman married a White man didn't mean she always disappeared into obscurity and never talked to her family again. This isn't Dances with Wolves. Most NDN women belonging to tribes are not recorded on the US population census. You would have to trace her to Indian rolls for the particular tribe with her name. Indian schools often changed names as well but you should still single her out to a tribe. Tribes have their own rolls and the members recorded on those rolls with their family. These are Federal Tribes and agencies. If your great grandmother was a recognized member, she and/or her parents will be registered. Once you know the tribe (because we won't) they can direct you in researching and reference rolls.
If she is from Canada....First Nations, you will need to find out which First Nation tribe she was registered with and if she was "status" Aboriginal. Metis are not recognized to my knowledge.

You have to do the work. It's a lot of work. .....You don't want too, hire a genealogist.

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