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== Beginning Your Search  ==
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Many families include the tradition of American Indian ancestry. Some families have an established connection to a recognized Indian tribe, but most do not. Before you can search federal and tribal records you must have a tribal affiliation.  
 
Many families include the tradition of American Indian ancestry. Some families have an established connection to a recognized Indian tribe, but most do not. Before you can search federal and tribal records you must have a tribal affiliation.  
 
== Beginning Your Search  ==
 
  
 
Begin your search, by asking other family members for any information they may have about your ancestor’s tribe. You may find that different family members have different information. This is common in oral family traditions. Write down this information along with the source of the information such as:  
 
Begin your search, by asking other family members for any information they may have about your ancestor’s tribe. You may find that different family members have different information. This is common in oral family traditions. Write down this information along with the source of the information such as:  
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==== Records About the Tribe  ====
 
==== Records About the Tribe  ====
  
You will need to learn what records were made about your tribe. Many people believe that there are few or no records of American Indians. Actually American Indians are some of the most tracked and recorded people in America. You will want to check to see which records were created for your tribe. These records were usually made by one of the following:
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You will need to learn what records were made about your tribe. Many people believe that there are few or no records of American Indians. Actually American Indians are some of the most tracked and recorded people in America. You will want to check to see which records were created for your tribe. These records were usually made by one of the following:  
  
*The Federal Government such as the War Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or an agency
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*The Federal Government such as the War Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or an agency  
*A State Government
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*A State Government  
*A special commission such as the Dawes Commission
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*A special commission such as the Dawes Commission  
 
*The tribe
 
*The tribe
 
 
 
  
 
These records may include some or all of the following:  
 
These records may include some or all of the following:  
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*Tribal court records  
 
*Tribal court records  
 
*[[American Indian Church Records|Church records]]  
 
*[[American Indian Church Records|Church records]]  
*Tribal vital records
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*Tribal vital records  
 
*Agency correspondence records
 
*Agency correspondence records
  

Revision as of 17:58, 14 September 2010

Beginning Your Search

Many families include the tradition of American Indian ancestry. Some families have an established connection to a recognized Indian tribe, but most do not. Before you can search federal and tribal records you must have a tribal affiliation.

Begin your search, by asking other family members for any information they may have about your ancestor’s tribe. You may find that different family members have different information. This is common in oral family traditions. Write down this information along with the source of the information such as:

  • The family member's name and contact information (phone number, address, etc.)
  • The reference information for a book (Name, author, call number, library or archive, and page number)
  • The name and URL of a web site  

Known Tribal Affiliations

If your family knows the tribe and which ancestors belonged to the tribe, follow these suggestions.

Learn About the Tribe

Information or facts about your tribe can be very important in locating and using the records so you will need to learn about your tribe. These pieces of informaiton may include the following:

  • Tribal customs such as inheritance customs
  • Oral genealogies 
  • Naming patterns
  • Assigned reservations and agencies
  • Migration patterns and native lands
  • Treaties signed
  • Historical connections with a particular church or sect

Records About the Tribe

You will need to learn what records were made about your tribe. Many people believe that there are few or no records of American Indians. Actually American Indians are some of the most tracked and recorded people in America. You will want to check to see which records were created for your tribe. These records were usually made by one of the following:

  • The Federal Government such as the War Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or an agency
  • A State Government
  • A special commission such as the Dawes Commission
  • The tribe

These records may include some or all of the following:

Search the Records

When you have learned whi

Tribal Affiliation Unknown

If your family cannot help you find the tribe you will need to search non-Indian records where your ancestor lived until you can establish their tribe.

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