Indians of Kentucky

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The most prominent early Indian tribes in Kentucky were the Cherokee, Chickasaws, and Shawnee. Most of these tribes were eliminated from Kentucky by about the early 1800s either through warfare or resettlement to other territories by the federal government. No separate records were kept for people with American Indian blood.

See the "Native Races" section of the United States Research Outline for suggestions on how to research American Indian ancestry. If you are searching for American Indians in Kentucky, search the same types of records used to research non-Indians. You may want to see:

McConnell, Michael Norman. A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples, 1724–1774. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. (FHL book 977.1 F3m.) This book contains a comprehensive history of Indians in the upper Ohio Valley, which involved the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. In addition, this source contains biographies of prominent Kentucky Indians and a bibliography of sources.

For additional sources on specific tribes, use the Subject Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the tribe. For example:


Other sources are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under: