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  • NEHGS Statement on Elizabeth Warren Ancestry

  • Boston, MA - May 15, 2012 - With reference to the recent media coverage regarding Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) wishes to make the following statement:

    Following several requests from the media, NEHGS conducted some initial genealogical research on Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry.

    NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is. We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent. Our initial research indicated that various members of Ms. Warren’s extended family made references to being Cherokee, citing secondary sources, but we advised that additional research on the subject was needed. NEHGS is currently not conducting that research, though records and resources for this research are publicly and widely available. The nature of genealogical research is such that it can take many months or years, and conclusions can change based on evidence that emerges over time.

    Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s leading family history research library with a nationally respected staff of expert researchers.
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