Monday, March 8, 2010

Mr. Bartosz Indian Research Information

Jeane Isreal and I attended the talk given by Daniel Bartosz on "Tracing Your American Indian Roots" both presentation 1 and 2. It was a great duel presentation by a very knowledge person on Indian heritage and history. His maps were excellent and requested by all. He did tell us where he found them. I liked that his sources were sited in the Syllabus. He also shared some links and much Indian History data on migration and displacement and inner marriages, wars. food raised, census data and much more.

It was amazing to hear, but not shocking to learn that there were 55 Million to 100 Million Indians in the America's pre European Invasion time. Some thing I had heard in family he confirmed that the Scotch Irish were the early trappers and traders and intermarried with the Indians.
He commented on the fact that Tobacco, Rice and Indigo were the main products grown by the colonies pre Revolutionary War before the demand of cotton and the desire of Indian lands. He talked about Major Ridge and the battles held over Indian lands.

He discussed the various: Indian Census, Annuity and Court of Claims Records, Federal Census and their recording there with variants, BIA Agency Records, BIA Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940), Indian Schools records, Removal Census and Muster roll records (especially of the Five Civilized Tribes), Land Allotment Records of the General Allotment Act of 1887, and BIA Agency Records and the Tribal Office Enrollment Records (for more full blood).

Today there are three main resources for American Indian Records of use in Genealogy.

a. The National Archives
b. The Family History Library and Centers
c. Internet Web Sites.

He mentioned the moving of the National Archives from Laguna Niguel to: 23123 Cajalco Rd, Perris CA 92570 which has data for Southern CA Indians, all of AZ and Clark Co NV.

Mr. Bartosz showed us an Indian Genealogy Chart which shows room for the Indian name and the Americanized name. I liked this feature very much. I suspect we could adapt it to other cultures also.

He mentioned that Church records were most dominant for research from 1500's forward for research. The chart he presented was from a modified older LDS research paper that was very informative in graph form.

His maps shown gave the placement of peoples at different times of development of the America's. Some migration maps were also used and explained. General Jackson was discussed in his start to have the Indians to be removed from their lands. Later after Jackson was President, he influenced congress to pass the 1830 Indian Removal Act to force southern tribes to relocate beyond the Mississippi river.

He talked about YDNA and Mtdna and it's accuracy and inaccuracy for Indian genetics.

He referenced several good books to use in our research and some interesting web sites to explore for more information.

His talk is given in a four-hour event at Los Angeles area and so when his presentation ended he was able to go back and add data that people asked about. He said he would be glad to answer any questions we presented to him if he could.

He mentioned Barbara Renick's zeal and desire to help gather information and make it available to us at her site. .

He mentioned using Google in our research to learn more information and to garner some more maps. He said there were about “eight” search engines - but Google seems to be the top one over all. He mentioned Wikipedia has quality information on Indian tribes for their history, culture and current status.

Mr. Bartosz said one of the best sites was

It is about Native American Indian Genealogy.

He mentions online Native American Genealogy Records and Databases at:

He also goes back and mentions the FamilySearch "Wiki" at Page

As a paid subscription he mentions

He lists some other good map sites to try.

He mentions references to African American Kinship Records…such as Eleanor' L Denson Wyatt web site “Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes – Black Indians”…that is loaded with databases and a true labor of love. Also a book by Angela Y Walton-Raji that is well written on African American Indian records that is now out of print but could be obtained on a inter library loan.

I look forward to learning more from him in the future. Thanks Mr. Bartosz for such a great presentation.

Susi Pentico

Chula Vista Genealogy Society, San Diego Genealogy Society, NEHGS and others


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