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Have you grown up hearing tales that you have Native American ancestry? November is Native American Heritage month, and it’s a great time to explore the truth in the story. Paula Stuart-Warren offers up these tips for starting your research into your Native American family history:
First, take a DNA test to determine if there’s any traits showing Native American blood. While having no traces doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility, having the specific markers is a great first step. Then, follow the paper trail. Start with yourself and work backwards to find your Native American ancestor’s tribe, which can help you narrow down what documents may be available and where you can find them.
To learn more from Family Tree Magazine, check out this article: Begin Researching Your American Indian Heritage
November is also a great time to get the Native American Genealogy Collection, which contains tons of helpful genealogy research tips and resources.