About That Native American Grandmother

Don’t Miss the July 27th Meeting about Native American Ancestry

Thursday evening July 27, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. the Carroll County Genealogical Society welcomes Yvonne Mashburn Schmidt, a Certified Genealogist, who will speak on Native American Ancestry. The meeting will be held at Neva Lomason Library in Carrollton.

Stories of Cherokee ancestry are common among families whose ancestors were established in the southeast prior to the Trail of Tears. An estimated forty-four percent of native southerners believe they have Native American ancestry. Many feel strongly compelled to accept the challenge to either document or disprove these stories. Undertaking this research can be filled with uncertainty about how to proceed.

Because genealogical research includes placing our families in legal and social context, the discussion will begin with a very brief history of the state of Georgia’s interaction with three tribes that resided in Georgia—Creeks, Cherokees, Natchez—and how descendants of these native people were affected by the government’s legal maneuvers.

Using three case studies of families who have native ancestral stories and whose ancestors were racially identified as black and white, attendees will gain guidance about how to conduct Native American research and how to recognize the clues that can be used as evidence and provide credibility for their stories.

Genetic genealogy has become a valuable tool, and today’s families with native stories often DNA test with the hope to use these results to accept or reject evidence of this ancestry. The use of DNA results as evidence of native ancestry will also be discussed.

We hope you will join us – July 27th, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Neva Lomason Library, Carrollton.