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08 Native American Records Collection on Ancestry

The majority of American Indian records, covering 570+ (major and minor) tribes will now be on Ancestry
There will be a "Search by Tribe" capability as well as "Search by Name".
For the key tribes that most living decedents come from, Ancestry will now provide (Dawes related):
A copy of the required Enrollment Application to be recognized as part of the tribe
U.S., Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
The official acceptance or rejection (Dawes Census Card)
Dawes Commission Index (overturned), 1896
U.S., Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
U.S., Native American Citizens and Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes, 1895-1914
U.S., Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes (overturned), 1896
The Land Allotment given by the government (if accepted by Dawes); including location of the land.
Oklahoma, Indian Land Allotment Sales, 1908-1927
Collections that provide more context and backgrounds:
Indian Territory-Oklahoma, Indian Censuses and Rolls, 1851 - 1959
U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
North Carolina, Native American Census Selected Tribes, 1894-1913
U.S., Cherokee Baker Roll and Records, 1924-1929
North Carolina, Native American Census Selected Tribes, 1894-1913
U.S., Schedules of Special Census of Indians, 1880
Wallace Roll of Cherokee Freedmen, 1890-93
Oklahoma Osage Tribe Roll, 1921
Indian Territory-Oklahoma, Indian Marriage Records, 1841 - 1927
Indian Territory-Oklahoma, Indian Photos, 1850 - 1930
Indian Territory-Oklahoma, Indian and Pioneer historical Collection
Oklahoma Historical Archives Index
U.S., Ratified Indian Treaties and Chiefs, 1722 - 1869
Oklahoma, Indian Land Allotment Sales, 1908 - 1927
North Carolina, Guion Miller Cherokee Rolls, 1908 - 1910
Oklahoma Confederate Pension Index, 1915 - 1955
U.S., Citizenship Case Files in Indian Territory, 1896-1897
Osage Indian Bands and Clans
Military and genealogical records of the famous Indian woman, Nancy Ward
Walker River Valley, Nevada Paiute Indian Records, 1902-06
Indian migration in Ohio
Origin and traditional history of the Wyandotts ... 1811 and 1812
Minnesota Native Americans, 1823
Indian Wills, 1911-1921
More are being added all the time search: Indian & native American in Keywords
PodCast Training
2012 YouTube
2011 YouTube

Notes from Ancestry Training by Lisa Arnold and Brian Peterson 2014

Questions & Answers:
How many tribes once lived in the North American Continent?
Over 900
What is the time span of recorded information about American Tribes?
Starting with the Pilgrims and Jamestown (early 1600s)
What time span do the Ancestry collection cover?
1820 - 1940
Why was Ancestry interested in this collection?
A large number of Americans believe they have at least one American Indian ancestor.
American Indian Tribes (Federally-recognized)
Over 560 tribes, with an additional 24 state-recognized
May be the most documented ethnic group in America
Some tribes are not recognize by state or federal because they did not sign a treaty
Many tribal families (80%) became disconnected over the years, mostly due to government involvement
Records for Five Civilized Tribes constitute about 35-50% of all Indian records and 80% of all filmed Indian records.
Two main Repositories
National Archives at Ft. Worth is the NARA office with he most American Indian records. Many were filmed in the 1970's.
The Oklahoma Historical Society has been collecting tribal records from the Five Civilized Tribes since 1934 in addition to the federal Indian records placed in the society's custody by an act of Congress that year. It is considered a NARA affiliate.
They have a very large collection of textural records from the 67 tribes relocated or native to Oklahoma
All records collected from the Oklahoma Historical Society will be digitized and a copy returned to the society for their patrons to use and for inclusion on their website
Indian Census, 1885 - 1940
565 tribes, all Except for the five Federally recognized Civilized Tribes
Early censuses usually list: Indian and English names, gender, age, relationship
Families and individuals were not enumerated in alphabetical order
Some have additional birth, marriage, death and relationship notations
Blood degree quantum was usually not added until 1930s

The society exist on the dues of its members, sales of its publications, and donations.

Last Update: November 19, 2016 10:09 PM

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