Unless you've been out of the country, you've seen the sad story of Rachel Dolezal all over the news in Spokane........ how she claims she is of African descent. Dick Eastman, in his 22 Jun 2015 Online Genealogy Newsletter, gives us a real answer to her chain of lies. Thought you'd like to know. Sorry the photo didn't come through............
Rachel Dolezal has recently stirred up a controversy concerning he ancestry. She resigned Monday as head of her local NAACP chapter after reports surfaced that she was born white yet has claimed she is black. If you are not familiar with this recent news story that has been on all the news networks, start at https://goo.gl/QykhVSto find a few hundred reports about her recent controversy. Now a professional genealogist says that Dolezal's claim is bogus.
Professional genealogist Elizabeth Banas has researched Dolezal's ancestry back to 1671 and found that her family were entirely white, including some who were Mormons. Archives show that Rachel’s ancestors came to the US from Europe and have no bloodlines linking them to slaves or to Africa. Even a great grandmother who has almost identical features to Rachel was identified as white in two census documents.
Of course, there is always a possibility of an adoption that cannot be found in official records or that a baby was switched with another at birth. However, Dolezal's parents claim that is impossible. They say Dolezal was born at home and spent her entire childhood living with her biological parents.
Details may be found in the Daily Mail at http://goo.gl/FzWemn.