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DNA Update: Ancestors near Eufaula, AL, Fort Gaines, GA and Chattahoochee, FL

DNA Update: Ancestors near Eufaula, AL, Fort Gaines, GA and Chattahoochee, FL

Important information for labs interpreting your DNA

Alabama Counties: Barbour, Henry & Houston

Georgia Counties: Clay, Early, Miller, Seminole, Decatur & Grady

Florida Counties: Jackson, Gadsden, Calhoun, Liberty, Gulf & Franklin

My professional work continues to be analysis of linguistics, colonial archives, archaeological reports and satellite imagery of the Lower Chattahoochee-Lower Flint- Apalachicola Basin.   I have identified important ethnic information that will radically affect how commercial labs interpret your DNA.  Most labs will interpret your DNA in regard to its similarity to Canadian Algonquian DNA test markers.  This will result in you appearing to have almost no Native American heritage, since the Creeks are an entirely different people than most Eastern Woodland Indians and the people of Peru were entirely different than proto-Muskogeans.  Some, more sophisticated, labs will compare your DNA with modern self-identified Muskogeans, mostly Choctaw.  If your ancestors are from the region above, you will show slightly more Native ancestry with a Choctaw comparison, but still, it will understated.

This region was never occupied by significant numbers of Muskogee Creeks.  It was originally settled by proto-Apalache (not Florida Apalachee), who were from the Amazon Basin, but originally settled around Savannah, GA.  Around 1-200 AD, Panoan immigrants from Eastern Peru settled among the original inhabitants.  Around 350 AD to 600 AD, Southern Arawaks from South America settled in the region. 

In the late 1500s and early 1600s, Panoans from the Georgia Coast fled Spanish repression and settled there.  I have found several of the Panoan town names that were mentioned by Captain René de Laudonnière, Commander of Fort Caroline, in the vicinity of Eufaula, AL, Georgetown, GA and Fort Gaines, GA.  These villages were originally on the Georgia Coast.   In the 1700s, some Itsate Creeks (Itza Maya descendants) from northeast Georgia settled among the aboriginal South Americans. During the latter half of the 1700s, Apalachicolas from farther up the Chattahoochee River and Northwest Georgia settled in the region.  Their ancestors were a mixture of South Americans and Itza Mayas.

Of course, the peoples on the Lower Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers were members of the Creek Confederacy, but they were different in physical appearance than Muskogee-Creeks.  Be sure to tell your lab that your Native heritage is primarily from Haplo Group C in South America and Mesoamerica . . . not one of the North American tribes that they typically get DNA test markers from.

If your heritage is Uchee . . . good luck.  Almost full blood Uchees  in Oklahoma are showing up with little or no Native American ancestry.  The Uchee is one of the oldest tribes in the Southeast, but their DNA profile is so different than Algonquians, the geneticists do not know how to identify them.  

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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  1. negrofort2015@gmail.com'

    The U.S. Forestry Service will recognize the 200 year memorial of the British Fort at Prospect Bluff on the Appalachicola River.
    The Negro Fort and the invasion of the U.S. in La Florida. October 21,2016. A Peace and commimoration by a Fowlstowne descendant.
    Visit the Hyde Park Community on the Wakulla River. Thank You For your work. April 2o17 come to the Wakulla Springs contact Madeline Carr at the Wakulla Springs Foundation.
    I am a member of The National Congress of the Black American Indian NCBAI.ORG in Washington D.C.

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    • Thank you for the updated information. The story of the Black Seminoles is a fascinating one that the white planters hated. Many of the walked over a hundred miles barefooted through the jungle like wilderness of SE Georgia and NE Florida to obtain their freedom. Within a very short time, they were prospering with neatly planned villages and productive farmlands. They also proved to be better soldiers that the Spaniards.

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      • negrofort2015@gmail.com'

        I have a Ancestry by DNA Thomas Mitchell ANC 30884. Done in the early years of research. I had 47 % Indo-european and 53% African.
        No Native American on my mothers side. Native Floridian. I would like to support your work and research. The diaspora project of the Hyde Park community. The Afro Muscoggee Institute research project.

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        • Tom, we post people’s DNA reports on People of One Fire. Which Indo-European? Could you be descended from some prisoner of war captured by Spain in the defense of Europe from the Turkish invaders?

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          • negrofort2015@gmail.com'

            St. Marks Florida 1524 Navarez comes to panhandle estivanico and Dabacha. The Native people were considered montezumas realm. I have read the early accounts of the cau cara people of the Wakulla River. Later the Creek people. I would like to bring this closer to the genetic markers of the current inhabitants of this community.

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