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Ethnic & Religious Ancestry

Many researchers have difficulty finding information on their ancestors in the general genealogical resources available. In some instances, such as slaves and native Americans, records were scanty, not consistently recorded, or recorded in less well known collections and databases. These ancestors as well as immigrants of many nationalities may have had their surnames spelled in a variety of ways in different records of the same time period.

Often persons of a particular religion or ethnic group immigrated and migrated in the United States with relatives or groups of persons of the same ethnic or religious background. Native American ancestors may have been moved onto reservations. Knowing the tribal background and history is helpful. The links suggested here will often provide records, helpful background information, or researchers with similar interests to assist the genealogist.