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Byron Jason Whitesides

Current Location:: Nimy (Commune de Mons), Province de Hainaut,Communauté Française, Région Wallonne,Belgique
Birthdate: (45)
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-Nordström)
Husband of Renny Meiliawaty (Mei Lih Chu / 朱梅利)
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: Supervisory Traffic Management Specialist / Senior Customs Border Clearance Agent
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About Byron Jason Whitesides

I am a member of the Whiteside Family Association and an Alaska Native, meticulously calculated at 17/64 - 26.5625% Aleut & 1/64 - 1.5625% Alutiiq. 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.

About me, my mother was adopted out at birth, so none of us could not get ANCSA enrolled without the proof of our boodline. This took my mother nearly 60 years to obtain and just a few years ago, I became the first and only person in my immediate family to become BIA certified (maternal grandmother's lineage only), however, I hastily gave up my membership in the Ketchikan Indian Community to pursue enrollment with my own people. Unfortunately, nobody would accept me. Currently, I do have a BIA certification that I can't get updated as accurate and on top of that, I can't seem to get enrolled in any Aleut Tribe. Because none of us are shareholders and my other family members are with a Tribe in Southeastern Alaska, my family is vritually uknown to most. This is one of the reason why I am so passionate about this genealogy. I do it to honor my ancestors, leave the knowledge for my children and following generations of my people, as well as use this as my legacy, so despite my less-than-favorable personal circumstances, someone will remember my name, after I am gone.

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. My personal pledge is to help anyone regardless of ethnic background or Native identity and I mean to see the history of Alaska displayed here with some prominence, especially the Native history.

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