Thank you for all you do for the community. I would suggest including race in the suffix box next to the name. Being Indigenous is a great honor to have. But most important, it is hard to find information and documents about our indigenous ancestors. Having Indigenous next to the name would save researchers tons of time and does not need to click in person to look in the facts section for the person race. That the fact box should be for more detailed information about being Indigenous. Plus, many people would get lazy and not write Indigenous in the facts section because they do not want to do the extra steps. Seeing my ancestor’s indigenous race next to the name, I would be able to glance in the fan chart or portrait chart for that information and not need to click each person name to check in the facts section.
This subject is very important to me because I feel we are making it harder to locate our indigenous ancestors without wanting too. Not like our government friends and the federal recognized tribes that makes it hard to apply for indigenous. They want you to prove you are descendant of federally recognized tribe by proving a family member is listed in tribe list, but they do not want to show you the tribal list to prove it. They also want you to prove descendant of federally recognized tribe when they only have 3 tribes out of 200 tribes in the state of Texas.
What are you trying to accomplish?
I am trying to make it easily to find indigenous ancestors by having to be able to type indigenous in the suffix box after the name of the person.
Why? To be able to find our indigenous ancestors in a fan chart or portrait chart and not having to click in each person and clinking in the fact’s column.
What is the challenge or roadblock you are encountering? My fear, that we will assist in dismissing our indigenous ancestors by making it harder to find them in FamilySearch. It makes me unset that it is ok to have a Spaniard with the title of Capitan allow and proudly label next to his name, but like it be for years, the indigenous people are put as not importance. I am wrong feeling this way for that is how the system works today, but it is not fair.
What is your idea? Allow to add indigenous after the name of person in the suffix box.
How would solving this challenge improve your experience?
It is just that being indigenous is just as important as being a captain except that one person is a first-class citizen and the other made into a slave that do not have rights or a saying. I would improve the problem by allowing to add indigenous in the suffix box.
Is it proper? Not by the rules today. But can it be allowed? If the rules are changed or bent? I believe a suffix also defines a person’s honor. And being indigenous is the highest honor there is to humankind.
Please forgive me for I am new at FamilySearch. I do want to thank you FamilySearch, for I have been a better person and happier with my new hobby finding my ancestors in FamilySearch website.