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  •  Yep. Which can cause issues in research. (8+ / 0-)

    The ancestors of mine I'd most like to know about are not on the direct lines, male or female. It would be interesting to find out where they came from, but they aren't in the sets of ancestors I feel any emotional attachment to.

    BUT there's an interesting question that could still be solved by Y-chromosome comparison. I have a never-married female ancestor who lived on the frontier... and had a pile of kids. The ongoing family question is whether or not she never settled down with one man or if she was common-law married to a Cherokee man native to the area. The latter is the romantic family myth, something that would have fit the time and not been recorded because of racial bigotry in statistical records of the era, and a tale that could be proved if her male straight-line descendants had Y-chromosomes from the same native mutation group. So far as I know, no one's proposed running that test yet, and I'm such a distant cousin to those lines that I and my immediate family aren't in positions to ask. I would love to know, though.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:31:13 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds like the 'White Squaw' (4+ / 0-)
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      The Marti, kaliope, raincrow, Ricochet67

      who was the captive white girl who married into the tribe and bore  the last Comanche leader...and apparently a not uncommon experience that she didn't want to to leave when 'rescued'.
       The recent book about the Comanches is excellent reading..

      Quanah was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, who in 1836 was taken captive by Comanches in North Texas. She subsequently married the prominent chief Peta Nocona and bore him three children. Quanah ("fragrance"), the eldest, was born in the Wichita Mountains of southern Oklahoma in about 1850.
      'Empire of the Summer Moon,' by S.C. Gwynne

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 05:14:51 PM PDT

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    •  Why don't you ask some of them? (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe they wouldn't want to, but a few of them might, and then you'd have maybe some information...

      And maybe some of them are also interested. Maybe ...

      The most that could happen is that everyone would refuse. Or someone will burn a cross on your lawn some evening...

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