The United Nations AKA The Collins Family
In 2007 at a Family Reunion I pulled out a piece of paper and started mapping a crude family tree after several of my nieces and nephews came up to me and asked, “how am I related to them?” Five years later, I have found quite a bit of information but now I’m stuck and frustrated. I can’t afford the help of a professional genealogist, although I did drive to Salt Lake City, Utah (12 hour drive) to see if I could find a break through with an accredited genealogist and she was just as stuck as I was. My father-in-law was Native American (or so we’ve always been told) and his mother passed away when he was only 3 at which point he was adopted (although not legally) by an African-American Family, who we were told had more rights at the time than the Indians did. In fact, when he was born he wasn’t even considered a citizen of the U.S. I need help finding a male somewhere in the Collins family tree. I’ve found his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother but the oddest thing is they are all Collins and all listed as widowed with no men listed anywhere. I know there was a man somewhere and I would love to know how this Amerian Indian family (sometimes listed as Mulatto on the Census records) took on the name of Collins. Any ideas? Thank you!