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Re: Thr Epiphany
In Response To: Re: Thr Epiphany ()

Ah, Richard, therein lies the rub when it comes to trying to research ones Native American [NA] heritage.

You said "If your families has oral traditions, family stories, everyone encourages you to use them as a basis for research -- just report the family traditions as such, and report the verifying research. "

My reply: That has NOT been my experience when I try to research my POSSIBLE NA heritage in this forum. I must present proof positive which means that I would no longer have to research in that area because I would already have the proof.

You said "The problem for RESEARCH (especially among other people who reserach) lies in the undocumented claims to any of the above. the claims..........irritate when the claimant can offer NO documentation.

My reply: We are LOOKING FOR DOCUMENTATION. Yet again, when that research involves trying to corroborate NA heritage, we are again required to put the cart before the horse.

You said: "And many people make the claims freely when they cannot even document their grandparents, much less the ancestor in question. On most ethnic research boards you are expected to be researching in that ethnicity with verifiable leads and data to follow, or you are soon asked "Why do you think they were xxxxx?""

My reply: The NA community [here, at least] don't even give credit to the serious researcher who does know who their ancestors were but just don't know the ethnic background of those ancestors. Once again, NA researchers on this board will not even entertain your questions and try to help you as you try to follow the path to discovering who your ancestors were. The only thing that seems to matter to most who are in charge and who participate on this board is that NO ONE try to lay claim to the money. How sad for those of us who only want to embrace every aspect of who our ancestors were - money is NOT the object in many of our cases.

P.S. There is a typo in the title. It should read 'ThE Epiphany, not Thr Epiphany.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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