Hope this week's article is of help to those trying to track down the Indian in their "Southern" Family Trees. There's a long list of things "proper" Southern families DO NOT discuss. Having a Native American on a branch somewhere is most definitely on that list. For many, assimilation or hiding were the only two options for survival. The oaths of silence our Elders took as children follow through to current generations. Difficulties in Tracing American Indian Heritage
When we first moved to Southeast GA, we had lunch with a cousin. Our maternal Grandmothers were sisters and the talk turned to family fairly quickly. I mentioned learning of the Native American connection and she was close to horrified. "We're DUTCH!" I guess the "Black" was dropped years ago in her branch of the family. With a fair complexion, like mine, that would take some explaining. I didn't grow up with this term, but did know about it at the time. In my branch of the family, ethnicity was not discussed, period.
Have the terms Black Dutch or Black Irish popped up in your family too?