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Native Panhandle Genealogy
Q: I am interested to finding the tribal name of my
ancestors in Southern Alabama and the Northern pan-handle of Florida. Can
you identify any
tribes that are/were indigenous to that area?
You help will be so greatly appreciated.
A: It's impossible to be sure of someone's
tribal background solely by their location--Indian
bands were frequently displaced to new locations after
Europeans arrived, and smallpox epidemics wiped out
many Indian towns, sending the survivors to take
shelter with neighbors. But in general, the Florida panhandle area was
originally inhabited by Creek and Choctaw Indians.
To learn more about your ancestors in particular, you'll
have to do some specific genealogy research. That's
not really my specialty, but here is Orrin's new page
on Native American genealogy:
provides some good starting points for your search. I
also like to recommend the book
Student's Guide to
Native American Genealogy.
It provides an excellent introduction to the subject,
especially for beginners, and many of our site's users
have reported that it helped them track down an
Hope that helps!
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