The Tangled Web

Identities of Rev. Elizur Butler – physician and minister to the Cherokee Indians, a member of the Creek Indian Sam Moniac family of Alabama, and a white Butler family from southwest Georgia are merged using one fraudulent marriage record as evidence.

Most genealogists strive for research accuracy and integrity and are frustrated by bogus genealogies and horrified when we stumble upon questionable records that have been purposefully created and used as evidence for these genealogies. The egregious behavior of creating undocumented kinships has permeated all ethnic groups, but one of the most adversely affected groups seems to be the American Indians. For generations some non-natives hoping to reap the benefits in some way via Federal and state grants or opportunities designed for these groups have used counterfeit lineages and gone to extraordinary lengths to give credibility to them.