The second quarterly meeting of the Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc.  will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Homerville Municipal Building, in the Boe Williams Research Center, 2:00 p.m.     
          The Library will be open for research from 9:00 a.m. until meeting time.


                                        Peter P. Mullen as Cherokee Pete

        Peter P. Mullen, Professor of Anthropology (retired), Florida State College, Jacksonville, Florida will present a program on:

Blood Quantum & Genealogy

       Why do so many Americans think they have Cherokee Blood?  The tradition of claiming Cherokee ancestors continues into the present.  More Americans claim descent from at least one Cherokee ancestor than any other Native American group.  Across the United States, Americans tell and re-tell stories of long-lost Cherokee ancestors.  These tales of family genealogy become murkier with each passing generation, but contemporary Americans profess their belief despite not being able to point directly to a Cherokee in their family tree.
       Federal census data indicates that 70% of people self-identifying as Cherokee also claim they are mixed-race Cherokee.  The Cherokee began altering their social and cultural traditions to better meet the challenges of the 17th and 18th centuries as a result of European colonialism.  The tradition of exogamous marriage evolved promoting the opportunity of bringing Caucasian, Asian and African bloodlines into the clans.
        The objective of this presentation is not to prove or disprove Native American heritage. It will explore historical events that resulted in the Bureau of Indian Affairs establishing blood quantum requirements for all tribal identities.

                          We hope you will join us  and bring a friend.

          Please check with the Library for special prices on books.

(912) 487-2310

 Books published by the Huxford Society plus Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 8, 10, 11, 12 are on sale, $15.00 , each.
  Vol. 9 is sold out. Please call the Library for more information.  912-487-2310




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