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Understanding Ontario's First Nations Genealogical Records: Sources and Case Studies
Dr. David K. Faux
"Faux's explanations of Six Nations research is much helped by the examples. His exploration of anthropological and historical records, not usually thought of as contributing to genealogy, will be helpful to those who need new avenues to travel. The extensive bibliographical references are a goldmine."
- Ryan Taylor
"This guidebook is highly recommended even if your Indian ancestry does not lie within the Six Nations. If it does, you must consult this guide."
- Paula Stuart-Warren, CG,
After the Revolutionary war in the United States, the people of the Six Nations, who had remained loyal to Britain, made their way to Ontario and most settled in today's Brant and Haldimand counties. They took European names and many became Christians. Intermarriage, which had begun before the war, continued in the new environment. By the end of the 1800s, there was not a single 'full-blooded' Native to be found on the Six Nations Reserve. Furthermore many Natives simply merged with the general North American community, so that their descendants gradually lost any clear awareness of their Native heritage. As a result, many North Americans have a vague family tradition that a great-great grandmother was an 'Indian', but lack specific details.
In the process of documenting his own family history, Dr. Faux discovered many sources of genealogical data in addition to the obvious ones housed at the National Archives of Canada. In this useful work he shares his findings and, using actual cases as examples to guide the researcher, suggests ways to go about your own search. People who know or suspect they have a Six Nations ancestor, people who believe they are entitled to enrollment as a member of the Six Nations, Status members of the Six Nations, as well as genealogists, historians and anthropologists will all find this comprehensive guide to the sources a valued aid to their research into a fascinating aspect of Ontario history.
David K. Faux was born in Ontario and raised in Quebec. A descendent of United Empire Loyalists who settled in Haldimand County in 1782, Dr. Faux is also a Certified Genealogist. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from McMaster University and is a Registered Psychologist in Ontario. Dr. Faux worked as a neuropsychologist with the criminally insane in Alberta. Later he established a private practice as a forensic psychologist performing detailed assessments in child custody and child abuse cases and testifying as an expert witness, travelling as far as Miami in connection with this work. He founded Mohawk Trail Assessment Services to offer psychological assessment services to hospitals and agencies in the Niagara Penninsula and taught psychology at Mohawk College in Hamilton. He recently retired from Mohawk College and moved to California where he teaches psychology at East Los Angeles College.
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