People of One Fire

People of One Fire is an alliance of Creek, Choctaw and Seminole scholars, who over the past seven years have been intensely studying the heritage and languages of the Muskogean peoples. Much of their activities have involved re-examination of the archives of the early Spanish, English and French exploration of the Southeastern United States. They also have been comparing Muskogean words with those of several indigenous languages of Mexico and Central America. They have found many examples of words that are identical or almost identical in sound, that mean the same in the two languages. In particular, the Hitchiti-Creek language contains many links to the Itza Maya language. Architect Richard Thornton is editor of the newsletter distributed to the alliance, which is known as “the People of One Fire.” You can also view Richards published books

The following articles written by Richard, most of them exclusively for AccessGenealogy, advance the findings of People of One Fire and Richard’s personal studies. These articles take a look at the Muskogean peoples like none other that can be found online. To study their heritage, and not to have at least read his writings, is to assume that we already know everything about this people.

County Histories

Native American History of Alabama

Native American History of Florida

Native American History of Georgia

 Special Series Exclusive to Access Genealogy

  • 16th Century French Exploration of North America
    An AccessGenealogy Exclusive: Richard Thornton's study of the Sixteenth Century French Exploration of North America - replete with maps and images - Much of the research in this report was drawn from two books by former Congressman Charles Bennett of Florida, which were interpolated with the author’s personal knowledge of Georgia coast - while fishing, canoeing, sailing and camping in the region between Darien, GA and Jacksonville, FL. The author was born in Waycross, GA, is a Creek Indian and is an expert on Muskogean culture. The first book by Bennett, Three Voyages, translated the memoirs of Captain René Goulaine de Laudonniére. The second book by Bennett, De Laudonniére and Fort Caroline, translated the memoirs and letters by other members of the French colonizing expeditions. These books are supplemented by the English translation of Jacques Le Moyne’s illustrated book, Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americai provincia Gallis acciderunt,” Le Moyne was the official artist of the Fort Caroline Colony, and one of the few who survived its massacre by the Spanish.
  • Native Americans of the Shenandoah Valley
    An Exclusive to AccessGenealogy: The following series of articles takes a look at the early Native Americans of the Shenandoah Valley region. Who peopled the area before European contact? How did these Native American’s influence the early events of American history? What archeological evidence remains of these people’s? Part one looks at a couple of unusual clues to the identity of early Shenandoah Valley residents. In part two the history of the Shenandoah Valley after the arrival of Europeans is summarized in order to understand why the Native American history has been largely forgotten. Part three explores the pre-European past of the Shenandoah Valley. Part four looks at many of the early European eyewitness accounts of the Shenandoah Valley and it's peoples. Part five reviews the professional archaeological studies carried out in the Shenandoah Valley in recent years.
  • The Trail to Yupaha
    An AccessGenealogy Exclusive: The Trail to Yupaha - Is Yupaha the Mayan connection to the Indians of the United States? This is a highly contentious look by Richard Thornton at the possibility of a trail he found in the Track Rock Gap area of Georgia being the connection to the Mayan of South America... The History Channel premiered it's new show "American Unearthed" investigating this very issue. One of the people they interviewed on the show, now tells you in his own words, how this discovery all came about.

The Muskogean Peoples of French Louisiana

Early Creek History

Early Native American Towns and Villages

Miscellaneous Native American History

Forts across North America

Native American Mounds

Encounters with the Potawatomi Tribe

Architecture of Native Americans

The Wars on the Carolina and Georgia Frontier 1660-1763


6 thoughts on “People of One Fire”

  1. Searching for the connection of the early early Georgia Helton family to the Monroe County, AL Helton family.

  2. Esther Gideon Jack

    I too have trouble finding my heritage. I was always told I was 9/16 Potowatomie and my greatgrandmother was an Indian medicine woman. Her last name was Bush, her maiden name was Frye. Names in Chicago were Frye and Tree. My mother was raised on the Bush melon farm which was county allotted to the Indian family who found a dime in a biscuit which were my great grand parents and they had to make use of the ground or it would be taken back. My dad was part Kickapoo and he was from Mississippi. His last name was Gideon. I know nothing of his family except I met a sister once who married a man named Guy Post. I was told by my grandfather Bertram Vandecar that we were “Keepers of the flame or fire”. Help me find where I belong. Right now I am living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. I am not included in the Indian affairs here. Thank you, Esther

  3. Hello & help.. Trying to find connection to Cherokee Nation. My paternal Grandmother’s , Mother , was full blood Cherokee. Problem, I don’t find her name, anywhere! Nothing but marriage registration in Kentucky, no dates either…thank you in advance.

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