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Native American Genealogy - Indian Ancestors

Research Native American ancestors with the aid of these Native American how-to guides and Indian records and databases, including Indian rolls, census records, and tribal lists.
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Tracing Indian Ancestry
Learn how to research your Native American ancestors with this guide to Indian records, free online databases, and historical timelines and resources. Plus, how to determine if your Indian ancestry qualifies you for membership in the tribe of your Native American ancestors.

The Dawes Rolls
Final Rolls, often called Dawes Rolls, are lists of people accepted between 1898 and 1914 by the Dawes Commission as members of these five civilized Indian tribes - Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole. Learn how to search and use the Dawes Rolls online to research your Native American ancestors.

Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1885-1940
Guide to the Indian Census Rolls, compiled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, between 1885 and 1940, in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. By Mary Frances Morrow, Reference Archivist, Indian Records, NARA.

American Indian Resource Directory
Find contact information for all of the federally recognized American Indian tribes in this free directory.

American Indian Genealogy Forum
Search or browse the past posts, or ask a question of your own in this active genealogy forum related to American Indian ancestry.

First Nations Histories
Browse compact tribal histories from the U.S., as well as a few First Nations from Canada and Mexico that had important roles.

Indian Affairs - Laws & Treaties
Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, this is a historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII).

"Semper Fidelis, Code Talkers"
The winter 2001 issue of Nara's Prologue publication features an article on the Navajo "code talkers" used by the Marine Corps in WWII. The original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers received the Congressional Gold Medal for their wartime contributions in maintaining an unbreakable code. The "code talkers" work is told in the movie Windtalkers.

What's in a Name
This article by Kevin Cloud Brechner explores the reasons for the many spelling variations of Native American names - focusing primarily on the Cherokee tribe.

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