My granddad told us he was Native American, but he didn’t have anything to go on other than family given names of his ancestors. Indeed, he had the high cheekbones and beautiful darker complexion, and looked the part. Generations of his ancestors lived in or around Wake County (Raleigh area), and his name was Raeford Fenner Watkins. His father was Simon, and the names Raeford, Raiford, Rayford, Fenner, Finner, and Simon seemed to serve as given names for several generations. Assuming he was a North Carolina Cherokee (or Choctaw), how would I trace origins if not on the Dawes Roll?