Unlike many adoptees, John always knew the identity of his birth parents and has given permission to use both his birth and adopted surnames. However, since John’s genetic genealogy is connected only with his biological parents, that’s where this article will focus.
Many people ask how to work with Native records, and this article will follow my step-by-journey with both John’s traditional genealogy as well as his genetic genealogy, tracking each line back in time.
But first, let’s look at the history of the Sioux people.
Late in the 17th century, the Dakota entered into an alliance with French merchants.
The French were trying to gain advantage in the struggle for the North American fur trade against the English, who had recently established the Hudson’s Bay Company.
The Sioux comprise three major divisions based on language divisions: the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota.