How far can Indian lineage be traced?
I am at least 1/4 Indian(Choctaw/Cherokee). My great great
grandfather was adopted and thus took on his adopted parents
name which is now my family's name. How can I trace my original family name? If so, how would I go about checking
for any compensation rights I might be entitled to(mineral,
oil or otherwise)?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: How far can Indian lineage be traced?
Indian tribes each have criteria for membership. Typically a tribe will require 1/4 blood, but it varies. Contact the tribe(s) you are interested in. They will have a geneology branch through which you can trace ancestors, and the administrative office can provide you with requirements for tribal membership and the benefits of membership.