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Byron Jason Whitesides, Native Alaskan Genealogy

Current Location:: Clearfield, Davis County, Utah, United States
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan General Hospital, City of Ketchikan, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Byron Elvin Whitesides and Margaret Bernadine McBride (McGlashan-Nordstrom)
Husband of Renny Meiliawaty
Father of Capucine Nicola Whitesides and Julian Alexandre Whitesides
Brother of Sharyl Elaine Yeisley (Whitesides) and Jeffrey Dean Whitesides
Half brother of <private> McBride

Occupation: Traffic Management Specialist
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About Byron Jason Whitesides, Native Alaskan Genealogy

I am Curator of Alaska genealogy and an Alaska Native (Aleut, Alutiiq, Tlingit and Ingalik Athabascan). I am dedicated to Sugpiaq and Unangax̂ genealogy and also have a keen interest in DNA, where I have engaged in extensive self-study of genetics, as it relates to circumpolar Natives, with emphasis on mtDNA haplogroup subclade D2, the most common mtDNA in Aleuts.

My mother was adopted out at birth, so none my immediate family got ANCSA enrolled or became shareholders. Alaska has a strict law regarding sealed adoption records. It took my mother nearly 60 years to obtain her original birth certificate, with assistance, but her father not listed. The name was given to me by several family Elders, but I had already calculated him through my Alutiiq DNA matches, which are specific to his portion of the family.

A few years ago, I became the first and only person in my immediate family to become BIA certified (maternal grandmother's lineage only). The rest of my family are tribal members of the Ketchikan Indian Community and I am the only person with paperwork and without affiliation. I'm still struggling to get my BIA certification corrected and haven't had any luck in my membership applications with groups of my own kind, due to lineal descent requirements that prove modern affiliation with a Tribe, rather than being from a specific location.

As far as my references, as well as photographs, they come through my interaction with Native families, a tremendously large library of rare and out-of-print books in my personal collection, plus amazing records that were given to me by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association and the Native Village of Afognak to support my endeavor to document our ancestors.

If you require assistance in researching your lineage or if you have photographs or data that you can provide to enhance the existing profiles, I'd much appreciate it. I also have and continue to list blood quantum and Native background on families where the information is available. If you need help in this area, let me know.

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