- Some degree of great grandma was a Cherokee princess.
- Some degree of great grandpa was a chief.
- An ancestor escaped the Trail of Tears.
- An ancestor hid out.
- An ancestor passed for white.
- An ancestor was abandoned on the Trail of Tears as a baby/child.
- An ancestor was rescued from the Trail of Tears by a soldier.
- An ancestor's records were destroyed in a courthouse fire.
- An ancestor destroyed their "Indian papers" to hide their ancestry.
- An ancestor refused to "sign the roll".
- An ancestor looks Indian in their picture.
- The family received a letter telling them to claim their Indian land.
I have no idea how or why most of these stories got started in families, but to Cherokee genealogists, these are known as common myths. The minute we hear any of these things, we start seeing red flags. Unlike a lot of novice researchers who are only researching their family, we have researched lots and lots of families so we know these stories rarely if ever prove to be true.
So, if you are looking for a Cherokee ancestor because of one of these stories, you might want to re-evaluate the real reason you are doing your family genealogy. Do you just want to chase the trail of a "Cherokee" that might not exist or do you want to learn the truth about your ancestors, no matter who they were? Just something to think about.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
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