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Anglo-Indians

The above five portraits represent people who descend from a number of North Carolina’s first families. Their ancestors had names like Step, Owens, Collins, Phelps, Bray, and Pugh. They lived in an arc from the Roanoke River to the coasts … Continue reading

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Those Green Leaves

Anyone who has taken the AncestryDNA test is aware of the iconic green leaf, known officially as the ‘shared ancestor hint.’ This is a tool that reveals a potential shared line of descent with your DNA matches. This does not … Continue reading

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Hidden Stories

  This may be one of the most difficult posts I have attempted to write, because it concerns DNA, and where it can lead you. Most of us who have been doing genealogy for decades were used to the paper … Continue reading

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Custalow and Dennis

Members of the Pamunkey Dennis family in the 19th century. The following is a pretty good assessment of the amount of guesswork that goes into picking apart these would-be/could-be Indian families. I recently came across a marriage record for a … Continue reading

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Yeopim Indian Town

It’s just a few miles from Indian Creek in Norfolk County, Virginia, to Indiantown, which sits on the border between Camden County and Currituck County, North Carolina. Indiantown was once the site of the Yeopim Indian Reservation. Whitney Petrey does … Continue reading

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Indian Creek Canton

As far as ‘mystery’ populations are concerned, you can’t get more ‘mystery’ than Indian Creek in Norfolk, Virginia. This meandering water body must have just worked its way just north of the state line and fed into the Back Bay … Continue reading

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The Coastal Fringe

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you can see how I have pinged back and forth, around and around, between different theories as to the origins of this branch of my family — the Collinses and … Continue reading

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