Don't know if it was my message or the original message which set off the firestorm, but I kind of thought either one might. The way I feel about genealogy is to get to know more about my ancestors, no matter who they are or what they are. I want to know about their families, their lifestyles, trace them, make them seem like they are standing next to me as living, breathing people and not just facts on a piece of document. If I happen to truly discover that there is Indian blood in my branch of the White Family,I would be just as happy as I am of any member of my family. I would never be ashamed of any of them, no matter what. People did what they had to do to survive, and if it was telling a lie about their heritage, so be it. We cannot judge them in this day and time. I am proud of all my families, from Gov. Homer Adkins to my Great Grandfather Adkins who watched his brother have his head shot off during the Battle of the Crater and who buried in Petersburg with other extended family members, to my Adkins who put that one mattress on the tops of model T's after the depression and went to work in the cotton fields of CA. I am proud of all the new family members I have found doing genealogy, I am proud of my grandparents who sharecropped and did their best in a very hard life, to one of my great-great Aunts whose husband died and she raised her two sons in TN all alone. I am proud of my husband's family who came to this county with no knowledge of English and worked in the coal mines and who raised 9 wonderful kids who have all done well in life. Those of you who have documented Indian blood should also be proud, but only because they are your family members, not just because they are Indian.