RESEARHING YOUR INDIAN ANCESTRY
Some of you have reached a dead end in researching your indian ancestry. Some indians not living in indian nations were listed as "free coloreds" seeing the word colored you would assume that the person ancestors were africans, because the word colored was also used to describe african americans.
However, "free coloreds" was also used for Indians, and Indians mixed with whites. Case in point. A man name Israel pierce was listed as "free colored" on the census in the 1700's. However, Israel
Pierce was also documented elswhere as a Mechapunga Indian and was the ancestor of the former chief Meherrin Earl pierce. Theses Indians were mixed with white blood not african blood and Israel was listed as "free colored".
Thus, Indians were listed as free coloreds and you would have no idea that they were Indians unless your ancestor told you or you found some other documents. Also, as I cited on another post they could have been from India and came over as indentured servants, they were also listed as free coloreds or mu (mullatoe). Thus, your family oral history
can identify your ancestors ethnicity or dna. or other documents.
Thus, clues to your indian past, are your ancestor on the census as a "free colored"
or "mu" or Indian(which could be Indians indigenous to America or indians from india in the colonial period and after the cival war. Or go to accessgenealogy.com for indian census and databases. this site is free.
p.s. and some of your ancestors were intruders living on indian property illegally that had black intruders as wellas white intruders. Thus, google intruders indian and see what you get. Some of your ancestors were african american slaves owned by indians.