A wannabe is NOT someone who actually descends from a former citizen of said nation and can show it through documentation. Even though some of these people cannot enroll or register with one of the three federally recognized tribes, if they can show irrefutable proof of their ancestry, they are NOT a wannabe. They are a Cherokee descendant.
A wannabe is NOT someone who says they are doing their genealogy and have heard they have a Cherokee in the family. Many times people will admit they have heard the story but because there is NO documentation to support, they don't claim it. This is someone who has heard the myth but is helping to dispel it in their family by only claiming what they can find evidence for.
Now, back to what a wannabe is. These are the people who refuse to accept evidence that flies in the face of their family story. You can show them documentation from where their "Cherokee ancestor" arrived on the boat from England, yet they still insist this ancestor was Cherokee. You can show them that their ancestors were always listed as white in the records, but they insist the records were wrong, citing they were "whitewashed" or their full blood ancestor "passed for white". You can explain that their great great grandma who was born in 1868 could not have possibly been born on the Trail of Tears since she was born thirty years after it happened, but they still insist their family story is true because their grandma/grandpa wouldn't lie about it. You can explain that the Cherokee never lived in Pennsylvania (where their ancestors lived) but they still won't give up the myth.
Hopefully you are getting the point. A wannabe is someone who just won't give up the family story, no matter how absurd. They claim to be Cherokee no matter what and no one will ever be able to convince them otherwise because they so desperately "wannabe" Cherokee.
Please don't be a wannabe. Adhere to the Standards for Sound Genealogical Practices and only claim the things you can verify with supporting evidence.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
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