Shawnee tribal member Jim Lee talks about researching his family history - including how to go about researching Native American genealogy, specifically Shawnee. Jim and his wife Jeri, have spent many days in Kansas City, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia researching records and sites where his Shawnee family lived over the last several hundred years. In addition to his Shawnee family history, Jim has researched his non-native family and found some incredible ties between his Euro-American ancestors and his Shawnee ancestors. Jim is a direct descendant of Silver Heels, brother to Cornstalk and Nonhelema, who were both leaders of the Shawnee Tribe during the mid-1700’s. During his research, which includes DNA matching, he has found ties to many of the Shawnee families such as Ellick, Pitcher, Captain, Barnes, Dushane, Bluejacket, Chouteau, Larkin and others. Jim is a cousin to Yvonne Chouteau and Moscelyne Larkin, two of the famous Native American ballerinas who were also Silver Heels descendants. Jim will describe his research over the last 40 years, and how an individual can research their Native American ancestors, and their family history. He has examples of documents which are available on Native American families including Dawes Cards, census and land records as well as interviews with tribal members who moved to Indian Territory back in the late 1800's.
Jim Lee received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and is Manager of Measurement at ONEOK in Tulsa. Jim is an avid genealogy and family history researcher and has been involved in researching his Shawnee family history for over 40 years. We are very excited to host him and hear about the work he has done on his family genealogy.
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