Beliefs about the ethnic origins of non-immigrant ancestors are easy to come by.

They are more difficult to prove.

The best way to determine if a person has a certain heritage in their background is to research that person as completely as you can. Then do the same thing for their parents, grandparents, etc. Stories about where a person’s family came from are a dime a dozen. They are also difficult to prove the ethnicity is what you start with instead of the specific person.

I may think my relative was Native American and it may turn out that they are. But the best approach is to research that relative in as many records as I can find and see what those records say.

And go from there.

Asking help as needed and not being surprised if the information I locate is different from the story I’ve been told.

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