Ancestry Includes Chiefs

One of the truly remarkable gifts in the information age is the access to ancestral information. Within the last year I started an account with the Geni.com and in the last week my Brother Andrew dug up some information that affirms what has long been a myth, but never confirmed in our family, that we have Native American heritage.

First, Geni:

Geni is solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree. Using the basic free service at Geni.com, users add and invite their close relatives to join their family tree…  Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family. Geni is privately held and based in Los Angeles, California.

That is a pretty revolutionary concept.

And then this direct line:

Massasoit Lineage

That I have two ancestors who were named Salmon is ironic, given that I gravitated to Cascadia where the salmon is the totem animal. There are Dukes in the bloodline, Richard II, the Duke of Normandy and my ancestors apparently led the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.

William %22Longsword%22 is your 33rd great grandfather.

William %22Duke of Normandy%22 LongswordOdd that I visited Rouen Cathedral last October and have a print of one of Monet’s renderings of the cathedral on my bedroom wall and yet did not know I have ancestors buried there! So far I have traced my ancestry to the year 830 in Norway and the night is young.

A DNA test is forthcoming so there will be more surprises.

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. http://www.PaulENelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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One Response to Ancestry Includes Chiefs

  1. kristin says:

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your dna test. I found it very interesting.

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