The name of this blog comes from Captain John Smith’s 1608 work, “A True Relation of Such Occurrences and Accidents of Note as Happened in Virginia.” It concerns my own search for Native American roots in colonial-era Virginia and North Carolina, as well as commentary and analysis on the controversies that surround the use of genetics and genealogy to prove or disprove long-standing myths about Indian ancestry, which appears to be quite common in American families of majority European and African descent.
I have worked as a journalist for 15 years and have authored several bestselling traveling memoirs. For the past decade, I have covered the life sciences market, and the adoption of new technologies to serve consumer interests. By writing about National Geographic’s Genographic Project, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, Ancestry.com’s AncestryDNA, and doing my own research, I have become well acquainted with the issues that surround Native American identity and using such tools to better understand one’s personal connection to indigenous peoples. I am at work on a book that will provide an overview of my own personal narrative as well as the debates that accompany such investigation.