American Indian Genealogy Research

I took a class on researching American Indian ancestors at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library.  It was an introductory course, but I learned a great deal about the topic.

The instructor showed us how to use Ancestory.com to research federal and state census records.  We also researched the Indian census rolls conducted by the Department of Indian Affairs.  This department was founded in the late 1800’s, and was responsible for tracking the Indian population.

The teacher explained the significance of the Dawes Commission Records and showed us how to access that information.  The Oklahoma Historical Society website has the completed records and provides an easy search engine for research purposes.

The class ended with a discussion about other records that might help people find information about their American Indian ancestors, such as:

  • Indian Removal Records
  • Indian School Records
  • Will and Probate Records
  • Church Records
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Records
  • Military Records
  • Employment Records

Old Family Photos and Family Legacy

A few days ago, I posted a couple of photos of Mom and Aunt Kathy.  While I was looking for those pictures, I came across a few photos of my grandparents (Frank and Edith Lynn) and my great-grandparents (Otis and Ollie Lynn).

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I look at these photos and wonder about their lives.  They were just doing normal things, going to school, getting married, raising their children, and working at various jobs.

However, time moves quickly.  Their children grew up, moved away, and had their own children.  Those children also grew up, moved away, and had their own children.  And so it continued….

My great-grandparents and grandparents are no longer living.  However, their legacy is still here.  It continues through stories, pictures, even some character traits that seem to be genetic in nature.

Even when there is nobody left that remembers them, their legacy will continue to live on in our family.

Genealogy and Promises (Matthew 1:1-17)

The Gospel of Matthew starts by giving the genealogy of Jesus Christ:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Perez, Hezron, Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, King David, Solomon, Rehoboam, Abijah, Asaph, Jehoshaphat, Joram, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amos, Josiah, Jechoniah, Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zakok, Achim, Eliud, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob, Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

Why was this genealogy important?  It proves God kept his promise to bring a savior, which means God is trustworthy.

In 1 Chronicles 17:11-14, the prophet Nathan told King David, he will have a descendent that will build a house, establish his kingdom, and his thrown which will last forever.

In Psalms 89, God made a covenant with David to establish an offspring forever and build a throne for all generations.

Isaiah 9:6-7 states, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.” (ESV)

Isaiah 11:1: tells us, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” (ESV)

In Jeremiah 33:15 we learn, “In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (ESV)

Zachariah 6:12 also tells us, “Behold the man whose name is the Branch:  for he shall branch out from his place and he shall build the temple of the Lord.” (ESV)

According to Psalms 132:17, “There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.” (ESV)

Also, Jeremiah 23:5-6 proclaims, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely.  And this is the name by which he will be called:  The Lord is our Righteousness.” (ESV)

In several passages, Jesus is referred to as a branch.  I was wondering why, so I went to Dictionary.Com to get a thorough definition.

Branch can mean several things:  a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk, a lateral extension, or a divergence from the main path which leads to a new direction.

I think Jesus was called a branch because:

  • Jesus is the extension from God to us.
  • Jesus created a divergence which changed the path for us all.
  • Jesus is leading us in a new direction.