John’s card shows his “degree of blood” to be at least 15/16ths.Let’s take a look at tracking both John’s maternal and paternal ancestry.
The Sioux comprise three major divisions based on language divisions: the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota.
The Santee Dakota reside in the extreme east of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa.
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.
But first, perhaps you’d like to hear John’s story.
The results of the research into John’s history, both genealogically and genetically are fascinating.He didn’t know how to go about doing either, but that friend, Pam, did, and she turned to me.John was born as Earl White Weasel on Eagle Butte Reservation in South Dakota.On the map below, you can see that location as well as Eagle Butte, to the west (larger white circle in South Dakota), some 300 or more miles as the crow flies, where John Iron Moccasin was born.The third location, Wilsall, Montana, on further west (red balloon), is where the remains of the 12,500 year old Anzick Child were found with Clovis tools.Occasionally, the project administrators of the American Indian project at Family Tree DNA are presented with a rare opportunity to test an individual who is either full-blooded Native or nearly so.