18 November 2017

PILGRIMS IN THE FAMILY TREE ?

EXCERPT:
Alden was among the 100 or so European men, women, and children who boarded the Mayflower bound for America in September 1620, but after the first winter only about 50 remained to face the New World. From that modest number came estimated millions who could claim a direct lineage to the Mayflower voyagers. Yet very few of those have assembled the irrefutable proof to join the official ranks of Pilgrim descendants.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, an organization whose mission is to “honor the memory of those who made that perilous voyage,’’ was chartered in Boston in 1897 and now had 52 chapters nationwide. Only those with Pilgrim blood ties are admitted as members. About 82,268 descendants have been documented in the 113 years since the society was established.


YOU CAN ASK THE MAYFLOWER SOCIETY FOR SOME HELP, but it's up to you to prove you're related.


http://archive.boston.com/news/history/articles/2010/09/12/pilgrims_in_the_family_tree/


11 November 2017

ROY HAMILTON - CHEROKEE NATION GENEALOGIST - LECTURE



Roy Hamilton, Cultural Advisor, Genealogist, and Project Manager with the Cherokee Nation

CHEROKEE BY BLOOD or BY CITIZENSHIP of THE CHEROKEE NATION?
BIOLOGY DOES NOT MAKE YOU A CITIZEN OF THE NATION.

ARE THE DAWES ROLLS THE END ALL?

NOTES:

1830's began the notion of blood quantum.
For the Cherokee you were or you were not.  The mother is the key, the mother holds the clan.
Trail of Tears - Cherokee Towns in various locations (currently many states).
Nancy Ward descendants.



29 October 2017

IS GENEALOGY ANCESTOR WORSHIP?

I believe that there are many reasons why some people are inspired research their family history and genealogy and that SOME PEOPLE do genealogy and family history writing as a form of worshiping their own ancestors, worshiping as in putting those who came before them on a pedestal. 

You don't need to light a memorial candle or do any spiritual rituals or services to show the people who came before you respect. When I think of the thousands of hours - the patience, endurance, and love - as well as intelligence and learning that some people put into writing their family history and genealogy books, I suppose it's not that much different than say, having Masses said for the deceased or entering them into Temple Ordinances in the Latter Day Saints Church or trying to talk to them through a medium.

27 October 2017

100 IN AMERICA BLOG CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY

100 in America Blog Celebrates 10th Anniversary


I first read this blog several years ago...\
The author was a witness to 9/11.
She has blogged on several of her ethnic heritage lines including the line that comes from a Croatian village in Hungary.  She has published a Quick Guide to Hungarian Genealogy.

22 October 2017

PROCESSING GRIEF?

PRACTICE LOVE!

You loved someone - maybe for years -
You know how to love -
Use that love now to love a pet - foster or adopt -
Love the planet - ecology -
Contact people in your extended family who you didn't have enough time for earlier in your life -

HONOR YOUR LOVED ONES
Write down a favorite family stories
or Create a Scrapbook -
Continuing their special project or work (their garden, their charity.)

IT's OK to FORGET YOURSELF and your GRIEF and
have a good day, laugh, notice how beautiful it is outside.

21 October 2017

INVERTED FAMILY PYRAMIDS and SAME FAMILY REINCARNATION

Now that so many people are limiting the number of children they have to one or two, I'm finding more inverted family pyramids.   Example: a farm family in the Carolinas who had six to 12 children per woman in the 1800's and hundreds of descendants by 1900, three or four generations later is down to three nuclear families and so far one boy to possibly carry that family name forward.  (The surname itself will not go extinct because it's fairly common, in this case.)


I was speculating, based on a theory of reincarnation that families tend to reincarnate to continue relationships, or work out problems, that this has to mean a lot of deceased ancestors are waiting in the spirit world for their chance.  (Or they may just have to move on to a new family group!)


In my own family I suspect there are two people, now teenagers, who may be related to a couple - their great great grandparents, who would be my grandparents on one side.  I have photos of them, but there are also children born, granted there are 16 great great grandparents, who look like no one alive.  The mysteries of DNA!  But what if these new people simply have inherited the genes of ancestors no one has a photo, drawing, etching, or painting of?


I want to say, "Ah you have so and so's ears!" but I can't prove it.  It's easy to think that DNA is dictating the physicality, and the psychology (when there are say mental illnesses or learning differences) of the person, yet some reincarnation theorists feel sure that we someone pick out looks or have birth marks on our bodies where significant wounds occurred in a past life.  In this case, someone who is mostly of dark Mediterranean heritage, looks like the Slavic grandmother/great-grandmother and has some of her mannerisms.


For those of you who do not believe in reincarnation and haven't even considered reading around it with a doubter's sensibility, I realize some of this is esoteric - or ridiculous.  But whenever I read around children remembering their past life, or see videos about it on YouTube, I'm reminded that there is so much we do not know about our existence.  Most of us believe we have an eternal part called the soul, and we disagree about what happens to it after this life we know.


As for reincarnating in a family to work out problems, in some cases I think it would be better if someone said "stop the insanity!" and reincarnated into a healthier family!

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04 October 2017

WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA : ANCESTRY WORSHIP GENEALOGY FILM REVIEW





Christopher Columbus? His day has gone bust, in part because Native Americans rightly say they were on the American Continent (North and South) well before he arrived.  This film embraces the fact that there were possibly many excursions, by those sailing all sorts of ships from massive junks to simple canoes, that brought DNA into the America's which is the best evidence yet that people from Polynesia, China, Ireland, Norway, as well as, possibly, Hebrews, coming in to explore and some of them very likely had sex with individuals from previous populations.


As you probably know, the practice of genealogy relies on documents, but some people are having their DNA analyzed because of the matching services that usually come with having your hair, blood, bone marrow, or other body part analyzed.  Sometimes you can pick up the trail that you lost if you are matched with a "cousin" who knows more that you.  For many of us, the trail is lost after about three or four generations, but it is exciting to find out that in the deep past your people may have traveled the world, maybe by boat.

This film is exciting too because it brings the testimony of some experts who have made it their life's work to focus on micro-specialization, an assortment of archeologist, experts on how the ocean tides move ships, linguistics experts, people who can read ancient languages off rocks.

So here are some teasers!

Mysterious stones that are probably anchors from Chinese Junks have been found off the coast of Palos Verdes (Los Angeles) and in the 19th century the Chinese actually were fishing out there.  Maybe these are older from 1000 years ago?

It's believed the Welsh made it.  Could these be the blond haired "moon eyed" people who Cherokees interbred with the Mandan people.  President Thomas Jefferson heard there were Welsh speaking Indians.

Are carbon-dated Chicken Bones evidence that the Polynesians made it thousands of miles in 60 foot canoes about 1000 AD?

And the Chumash Natives (who lived from about where Santa Barbara is now and north) have fish hooks and boat building, and linguistic links to Polynesians as well!

The Vikings, The Irish (Saint Brendan the Navigator) and the Hebrews can all make claims, and evidence would include particular forms of building under the earth or with stone.

IT'S THE CHEROKEE, Chief Joe Sitting Owl, of the CENTRAL band, who got DNA testing.  Though only 1% of the Cherokee, Family Tree DNA did the work, and found no evidence of Hebrew or Jewish DNA.  Most Hebrew/Jewish DNA is in the G, J, T, or E haplogroups. but he says don't let this sway you away from the truth. 

My opinion: Maybe the Latter Day Saints can provide the funds for more Native American DNA testing, since their religious beliefs are that a Lost Tribe of Israel did make it to American.  Paleo Hebrew inscriptions in stones may appear in New Mexico, but perhaps most convincing is that a carbon dated rock with Hebrew inscriptions has been found in a Cherokee burial ground.