The Mi’kmaq Tribe Families’ tree includes the names of Mi’kmaq individuals, families, and clans. The tree starts with with kji’saqmaw Anli Maopeltoog Membertou 's father, with an estimated birthdate prior to 1510.
A member profile on the tree includes the real time name of where a life event occurred, birth first and last name, and the yDNA and/or mtDNA haplogroup of the Mi’kmaq lineage. No initials, abbreviations or double surnames are entered in a member’s profile. If a life event occurred in a tribal territory of Turtle Island and the name of the territory has not been confirmed by the tribe then Turtle Island is entered as the place name until the correct tribal name of the territory is identified.
The notes field in a member profile is used to record the education, military service, occupation, title to businesses and land and personal events and achievements of importance. Personal events, include life events like residential school, missing and murdered aboriginal girls and women, 60s scoop, adoption, orphanages, etc. Personal accomplishments and achievements are work devoted to the betterment of the people and Turtle Island.
Each foreign lineage that is admixture DNA to the Turtle Island DNA pool is researched back to its first appearance as an emigrant family to Turtle Island. If the family does not have a baptism record or a DNA match to a lineage in their home country than the ancestor is listed as unknown. Lineages that have married into the Mi’kmaq tribe are identified by the surname first used in Turtle Island. Dit names and spelling variations of the surname are entered in the notes field to avoid confusion and the appearance that an emigrant family is several different families when they are the same family with many different versions of a surname.
The genealogy of the Mi’kmaq Tribe history documents that British Lieutenant Governor Charles Lawrence representative of King George II, forcibly removed members of the Mi'kmaq Tribe from Mi'kma'ki, Turtle Island, because they refused to swear allegiance to the Monarchy of King George II. He also took farms, land tenures owned by members of the Mi’kmaq Tribe and gave the land tenures to New England colonists.
The early census of foreign traders in Mi’kmaq trading posts is incorrect. DNA testing and the genealogy of the Mi’kmaq tribe shows many of the people identified as colonists are Mi’kmaq and members of the Mi’kmaq tribe. Many of the 70 signers of the founding of Arichat, are members of the Mi’kmaq tribe.
Germain Doucet, born 1641, is a Mi’kmaq man with a Turtle Island YDNA haplogroup, his lineage founded a ship building company that is still in business today, the family-owned fishing schooners and were registered owners of ships in the international shipping industry during the early 1700s. Germain and his descendants are Mi'kmaq men and members of the Mi'kmaq Tribe.
Antoinette de la Tour is the first Mi’kmaq woman to become a nun. Antoinette entered the Benedictine Abbey in Touraine in 1642. Antoinette’s taking of the habit was attended by Monarchs and members of the ennobled families of Europe in 1646. Sister Antoinette de la Tour was godmother at the baptism of her niece, on March 14, 1660, at La Rochelle, to the daughter of her sister Jeanne, to whom she gave her name Antoinette. All are Mi’kmaq women and members of the Mi’kmaq tribe.
Francois Xavier Vautrin born May 10, 1815, Mi’kma’ki, Turtle Island is of Mi’kmaq, Myaamia, and Mohican ancestry. Francois and his brother Jean Baptiste Vautrin, born February 1, 1813, worked for the Hudson Bay Corporation. Jean’s marriage to Mary Ann Shaegoskatsta is a significant relationship to the tribes on the West coast of Turtle Island, the Iroquois Tribe, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Mi’kmaq Tribe, all members of the Great Law of Peace Council.
The genealogy of the families of the Mi’kmaq Tribe is the history of Mi’kmaq inter-tribal and foreign relationships, and the development of Mi’kma’ki and Turtle Island, from before colonialism to today.
Simon Mius d'Entremont, great grandson of Mi'kmaq kji’saqmaw Anli Maopeltoog Membertou was the first Mi'kmaq man elected in 1836 to an assembly for the colonial government in Mi'kma'ki, Turtle Island.
Simon spoke Mi'kmaq, English, French and Latin. He was self-educated and became a Justice of the Peace in 1838. Although an elected representative in the colonial government, Simon did not have to take the oath that was required by the elected colonists. This action earned Simon the Mi'kmaq name "Big Oath". He did not take the oath because he was Mi'kmaq and a member of the Mi'kmaq Tribe.
"In 1823 the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia passed a resolution permitting Catholics who were elected members to assume their seats without taking the oaths under the Test Act, which denied tenets of the Roman Catholic faith. However, tradition has it that at the opening of the 15th session on 31 Jan. 1837, when Simon d’Entremont stepped forward to take his place, the test oath apparently was brought to him. After reading it, he said: “You can take back your document . . . . I would rather swallow a dogfish, tail first, than swear that.” Moreover, he well knew that he was right to refuse to take the oath, for it had been abolished eight years earlier by the British parliament. Simon d’Entremont was allowed to take his seat after swearing a simple oath of loyalty to the laws of the land. He sat from 1837 until dissolution in 1840."
From: Dictionary of Canadian Biography, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/entremont_simon_d_11E.html
The link to join the Mi’kmaq Tribe Families’ DNA project and instructions on how to upload your DNA for free can be found under the links section below. MTDNA and YDNA testing reveals hidden Turtle Island and/or Mi'kmaq DNA haplogroups, especially amongst family lineages that have been in Turtle Island since the early 1600s.
Member access to the Mi’kmaq Tribe Families tree is only provided to people of Mi’kmaq ancestry. For member access to the Mi’kmaq Tribe Families’ tree, please provide your direct lineage to your Mi’kmaq ancestor.
You direct lineage includes: birth first and last name (no initials please), date of birth, marriage, death, and the place name of the life event for each deceased individual in your direct lineage to your Mi'kmaq ancestor.
Only people of Mi’kmaq ancestry with member access can see living names, notes, and photos. Only members can add and make changes to their immediate family information and can upload family photographs to the Mi’kmaq Tribe Families’ tree.