~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

FAQ's Page / Advice for Tribes

How Long Does it Take?

Many people ask,

“How long will it take to research my ancestry?”

The only answer I have is three stories:

  • #1 ~ I have a Luiseno Indian (California) client who only knew her great-grandmother's first name. I have worked for her for two years and have only been able to find a last name for her. The mission records are gone, kaput, its pages probably used to kindle a fire, who knows? I scoured every possible resource I could find and was only able to build a probable scenario as for other relatives. However, after questioning different tribes that affiliate with Luiseno Indian ancestors, I was able to determine that my client could legally enroll in a federally recognized tribe, the Pechanga Tribe. And, this she can do because now she knows which families belong to which tribes, and because she has legal proof of her great-grandmother's identity. This took about a year and a half with over 100 hours worth of work.
  • #2 ~ I had an elderly doctor ask me to check out his grandfather's story about being an Indian from Washington State. I did the usual things, obtained his birth certificate, that of his mother, his grandparents' marriage record. The State of Washington Archives did not go back far enough to make a difference but I always put the question out there and don't
~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

give up. My queries landed in the lap of a volunteer who happened to be working 20 different White/Indian marriages. She didn't know the great-grandmother's name until she read my query. I put them in touch with each other and this doctor has since been welcomed into the Nootsack Tribe of Washington as an elder and has met his grandfather's sister's children who were raised on the reservation - people he never knew existed. This all happened within two months time with 27 hours worth of work.

  • #3 ~ I also conduct research to find living descendants from international ancestry. This particular case only took three days. Here is a link to a news article about a search that began with a servant in Wales. Read article here About the Street digger linked to share of £5m fortune.

Putting an exact estimate time frame on doing this kind of research is not an easy thing to do. It all depends on what I find and on what I don’t find. I know that may sound odd, but not finding what you might expect could lead to a whole other adventure. During my work over the years, several persons who thought they were Indian found out that they were not Indians. For those who wanted to embrace their ancestry anyway, the journey was rewarding and well worth the time spent.

Although I cannot guarantee the results, the only thing I can guarantee is that I will turn over every stone looking for the answers.

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