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Re: By Blood Ancestors
In Response To: Re: By Blood Ancestors ()

I hope I understand your question, but here goes:

A Freedman is married to a by blood. The Freedman is on the Freedmen roll and the by blood is on the by blood roll. They have children. If the by blood is a woman, then the children were usually enrolled as by blood (with a few exceptions). If the by blood was the father and the freedman was the mother, then the children were usually enrolled the same as the mother, as freedmen.

The impact of this today is that some Cherokees by blood also have ancestors on the freedmen roll. They are eligible today to enroll under the roll number of they by blood ancestor, whether it was through the father or mother. That is a pretty common scenario.

Now if a by blood man was married to a freedmen woman, and he died before the roll was made, then his children are listed as freedmen and the descendants today have no recourse under the current rules to prove they have blood. Even if that man who died had brothers and sisters on the by blood roll. The BIA does not certifiy blood through collateral lineages, no matter how solid the proof. If the dead man's parents had lived to enroll, then the descendants can jump to them.

I hope this answers your question, if not, please advise.

David Cornsilk


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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