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Re: DNA Tribes
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When I had an account with ancestry.com I was able to trace census documents back to the early 1800s - this was on my father's side. My father and his family are from North Carolina. His grandfather and all those fathers before were listed as mulatto. As far as I could tell there were no slaves on his father's side of the family (something my father also confirmed), which is really interesting considering they were living in North Carolina. I just got some additional information about my father's mother, so I'm doing some research on her. She died a long while back, I've only seen pictures or her and she was very light-skinned ( my mom said she met my father's mother and her sisters and they were all really fair with long straight black hair). Oral history was that my father always believed we were native american and african american, and any european was probably out of England.
My mother is more tricky, her family is out of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Louisiana does not have a lot of records to research- at least as far as I could tell ( the late 1800s was as far back as I was able to go). My mother is very light, and so is her mother. My mom's sister looks italian. My grandmother's 15 siblings ranged from light brown to very light , some even having blond hair.I was told that my great-grandmother was native american and white, that her mother was choctaw and her father was white, but I never knew what kind of european he was. I assumed because it was in Louisiana that it was canadian french. My mother's father I know little about as he died at the age of 36 years old. I do know that his father worked on the stream train- whether or not that has any relevance, I don't know. I do know how racist the south was, so as I was told, some industries only hired certain african americans based on their complexion(very stupid).
That's about all I know.
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