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Alabama Connections

Updated January 20, 2011

Sam Brooks

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Researching one's family tree is a long process and only the ones close to your heart and in your life can be verified in the beginning.

Browsing through the many other family trees on the internet we can find thousands of new cousins, and thankfully there are many census records, cemetery records, etc. available to verify those.

Some may not be verified and need further research. I have ordered a few death certificates, browsed through boxes of our old family photos with names and dates on them, cards, letters, and notebooks, to put this together, yet am quite certain there are still many corrections and additions to come.

Dozens of new cousins have emailed me with some detail about their connection to my lineage and it's been wonderful getting to know you all. Some want me to show them their indian blood which is impossible, I only know my own. I know that my dad was one quarter Cherokee and his sister calls her son Regal Eagle and my mom's great great grandpa Stephens married a full blood Cherokee in SC before his journey to the Dublin / Ramer area where I have visited a few times to do my research. Her great great grandmother Nancy Anderson has two grandmothers from Cherokee blood and maybe more.

Both of my parents had Cherokee blood but it is highly possible there was some other native american blood in their lineage. Many of my mother's ancestors lived among the Creeks in the 1700s and my father's lineage was in Kentucky 1800 where many tribes had migrated, yet soon after, they all began to migrate to Iowa Territory and Indiana, ending up in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

it's been said that my dad's great grandfather John Wright Little refused an indian land allotment however he did uproot his family from their Kentucky roots to migrate to a homestead in Arkansas and his descendants ended up in Alabama.

When I was looking into my husband's line I was told that his mom's grandmother Partridge was an indian from Georgia and I did find her families on census there before they all moved into Elmore County.

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