Posted by Kristie Wells on November 13, 2013 in Webinars


Native American ancestries are some of the most challenging to prove. Join us as one of ProGenealogist’s experts, Joseph B. Shumway, leads an online training session that will give you in-depth information about researching the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole).


This session is designed to be interactive! You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the instructor, one of the leading experts in Native American research. There will also be short quizzes so you can make sure that you understand the key points that are presented. There will also be time for a general question and answer session at the end. This webinar is one hour long and is $39.95 . Attendees will receive a four-page syllabus to download with some history, a map showing where the various tribes were located before and after removal, methodology, and information about some of the records that are covered in the training.

What will you learn in this training?

  • Strategies for confirming whether or not you have a 19th-21st century Native American ancestor.
  • How to use Native American records to document and extend your family tree.
  • Key record collections for the Five Civilized Tribes and how to use them.
  • What information various Native American records contain.
  • Other key records for ethnic origins and how to find them.
  • Where to find Native American records online.

Who should take this training?

  • Researchers who think they have 19th– 21st century ancestors who were members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole).
  • Family historians with a 19th-21st century family history Native American mystery to solve.
  • Anyone curious about records and research methodologies pertaining to the Five Civilized Tribes.


  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 5pm MST
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11am MST
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5pm MST
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9am MST
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11am MST

About Your Instructor

Your instructor will be Joseph B. Shumway, an expert in United States family history research with over 15 years of professional research experience. He has been a featured genealogical expert on the series Who Do You Think You Are? as well as CBS and CNN news.


Buy Your Ticket Now

This webinar is $39.95.  Seats are limited to only 100 students per session. This small setting will allow students to have more interaction with the instructor and each other.




Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Customer Engagement and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa.


  1. RS

    How do I know this is not a pig in a poke? I have been researching for about 10 years now. We have paper proof of the children of my g-g-g-grandfather’s brother on the Dawes, but both men died in the Civil War. I know my g-g-grandmother was in IT at the time people were to sign up for the Dawes, but I don’t have any paper proof to show she did – she did not trust the government.
    What information is going to be shared in this training that I have not already tried to use to prove my ancestors are Native Americans?

  2. Juliana Smith

    RS, The instructor, Joseph Shumway is a professional genealogist with 15 years of experience. He works for ProGenealogists, the official research firm of Attendees will receive a four-page syllabus to download with some history, a map showing where the various tribes were located before and after removal, methodology, and information about some of the records that are covered in the training. The class will address some of the challenges of researching a Native American ancestor, and include a brief history of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole) and their removal from their homelands, where to find their records and how to use them in your family history research. I hope this is helpful in clarifying.

  3. winlee

    You no its hard to believe that this being Native American Month that this is all you have…….one article….and its just trying to get just alittle more money out of us………
    I will be so glad to finish my research on my family and give ya’ll the boot …I’ve never seen a company that makes so much money off its customers,…. constantly trying to squeeze just alittle more out of them

  4. Wendy

    I’m trying to find ancestry from the Nez Perce tribe, and they are not mentioned in the five civilized tribes being covered. Can this info help searching other tribes like the Nez Perce?

  5. Debra

    I signed up for the webinar for this morning at 8:00 a.m. but have not received any communication regarding how to access the live training. It is now 8:12 a.m.

  6. Alissa McKinley Hughes

    Will you be having any more of these training classes in the near future? I would love to take this.

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