Guide to Chehalis Indians ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and other agency records.
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
420 Howanut Road, P.O. Box 536
Oakville, WA 98568
- Official Chehalis Tribal web site
1788: John Meares explores Shoalwater Bay
1830: Epidemics depopulate the tribe.The Lower Chehalis merge with the Chinook and the Upper Chehalis with the Suwal.
1846: Treaty of Washington
1855: Governor Isaac Stevens arrives in Washington
1864: Chehalis reservation established
1866: Shoalwater Bay Reservation established
1960: Federal recognition of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
The Chehalis tribe was under the following jurisdictions
The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:
- Allotment records
- Annuity rolls
- Census records
- Health records
- School census and records
- Vital records
Frederick Webb Hodge, in his Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, gave a more complete history of the Chehalis tribe, with estimations of the population of the tribe at various time periods. Additional details are given in John Swanton's The Indian Tribes of North America.
Correspondence and Census
|Tribe||Agency||Location of Original Records||
M 234 RG 75 Rolls 962
M59 RG 75 Rolls 693
|Chehalis||Taholah Indian Agency, 1878-1952||Seattle||-||93, 302, 407-09, 564-69|
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