Who are the Wabanaki?
Their territory includes
- New Hampshire
- portions of Quebec
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
Modern day Tribes or Nations included under the term Wabanaki are
- Abenaki of Odanak
- Abenaki of Wolinak
As I travel along collecting documents and data, it will be entered in the companion genealogy section of our web site. Visit the Data Base Links page for direct links to related data bases and document collections.
I want to take a moment to stress that I am not creating certified or professional genealogies on this blog. I believe it is the responsibility of descendants, rather than some stranger or organization, to prove the accuracy of the data in ones own family tree. I am exploring the historical record to determine possibilities. Is it possible the family's oral history is accurate concerning Native ancestors? I am making my findings public so the journey for others may be less bumpy.
I follow good research practices, but I do not adhere completely to the higher “Genealogical Proof Standard”, which does not allow for any “Preponderance of the Evidence” conclusions. I believe we need to accept circumstantial evidence in many instances because source documents for Wabanaki People are very few and far between and almost nonexistent prior to 1800. I do not believe circumstantial evidence is “proof positive” of anything. However, when a large collection of circumstantial evidence is found, I believe it demonstrates something is “very likely”. This should be sufficient to satisfy the psychological needs of descendants searching for the truth in historical periods where such proof probably never existed.. Of course, that doesn't mean we should ever stop trying to prove it!
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