Went to visit the folks over the July 4th weekend, and came home with more stuff than I could have imagined. In talking about things, Mom decided to look through some of the scrapbooks of photos that she has. She sets a folded piece of cardboard to the side as she looks through this one bin full of photos. I open it an almost squeed.
My Uncle Richardâ€™s baptismal certificate was the cardboard piece, and in the makeshift folder that it created were printouts. Family members, birth certificates, and one very important marriage certificate â€“ the one for Dadâ€™s motherâ€™s grandfather. I hadnâ€™t been able to get anywhere past her father, and suddenly things are opening up again. Iâ€™ve gotten information that carries the family back a bit further.
Still having a bitch of a time finding the Indian great-great-grandmother, especially now that it seems that she might be Cayuga or Seneca, rather than the Blackfeet.
At least I found physical verification of her first name â€“ at least the â€˜Christianâ€™ one, that is. On a bit of documentation stating that a son was a farmer, she was apparently living with him, and she was listed as Cora. The LDS had her as Cora, but no real information on that. I can now give a reference back to that document to them for at least the first name.
If anyone reads this who happens to know how to trace genealogy into the Indian tribes, Iâ€™d greatly appreciate a hint.