African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Truth or Validation?
In Response To: Re: Amon B. ANDERSON/Newspaper Account ()
Will all due respect and in the interest of accurate genealogical protocols of which this board is ranked in the upper echelon; I submit the following:
Ezekiel ANDERSON/COLE/COAL can not be documented as Cherokee when his parents are totally unknown. Unfortunately, their identity is lost in an unknown raid/massacre/war.
There is an Ezekiel COLE on the Muster Roll of Tennessee Volunteers who fought at Horseshoe Bend. There were two other fighting units at Horseshoe Bend with muster rolls: Cherokee/Creek Volunteers and the 39th US Infantry. Ezekiel COLE is not listed with either of these units.
While it is acceptable and customary to begin one’s family research relying on oral history one is also required to support that oral tradition with verifiable historical documents. Thus far this thread is bare of any such documentation in my view.
As I bow out of this thread I am reminded of a response given to a researcher whose research conclusions did not fit the presented ‘evidence’. The response was given by Juanita……….
“A very wise Hindu mentor once told me this: What I THINK I know should only lead me to the questions to ask.
If I want to learn something - really LEARN something - I have to act like I know nothing. When I get 'answers' I have to take each bit of evidence and weigh its value with all other 'presented' evidence.
If I THINK I already know the answer, then I'm really not coming to learn, I'm coming to have my 'knowledge' validated. Not quite the same as wanting the 'truth'....
So, before I ask my question, I have to understand what I want as an answer: truth or validation. Two completely different goals. Know which one you want.”
All the Best.
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