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United States, Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940
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Record Description
Record Type Vital Records
Record Group RG 75: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Collection years 1885-1940
Microfilm Publication M595. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940.. 692 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 595276
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Related Websites
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, D.C.

What is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection contains vital (birth and death) records that were added (starting in 1925) to the census rolls. The census was taken yearly by the field agents for various Native American tribes. The vital records were included in National Archives microfilm publication M595 Indian Census Roll, 1885-1940 and are part of Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These death records may include:

  • The name of the individual
  • Date of Death
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Tribe
  • Cause of death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The coverage table will identify those census roll that contained vital record information that has been indexed in this publication.

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The state where the individual or family lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check for additional tribal records
  • Learn about tribal customs such as inheritance
  • Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or an agency associated with the tribe
  • Contact Tribal archives and libraries

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The name of your ancestor may have changed from one Indian name to a different Indian name, consider alternative names
  • The name of your ancestor may have changed from an Indian name to a Christian name
  • The name of your ancestor may have been abbreviated

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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