Native American Ancestry

Native american genealogy should begin just like any other genealogy project. It does not matter if you are researching German, Dutch, Lakota, English, French, Abenaki, or Apache – the basic techniques are all the same.

If you are new to genealogy research than you should pick up one of the many good books on the subject. Most libraries and books stores will have several to choose from. Follow the guidelines and work on your entire family tree – not just great-grandma who was an Indian!

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding© (TNG) is a powerful way to manage and display your family tree on your own website, all without generating any static HTML or having to know much about coding.

Instead, your information is stored in a database and the pages are created on demand. All you need is a web hosting account (we use, they have plans starting at $4.95/month) and the TNG program, which is priced at a modest $32.99. Minor updates are free and the support is very good if you have any problems installing it. It’s what we use, and highly recommend. 

Learning how to research your native american genealogy varies from other ethnicities only in learning the areas where different tribes lived and what rolls they are on. This is the section where you will find our native american genealogy tips.


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Changes in the Indian Census Rolls Index

The records recorded in Indian census rolls changed over time. Between 1928 to 1930 the Indian Census was significantly changed.The Act of July 4, 1884, (23 Stat. 76, 98) was vague, saying, “That hereafter each Indian agent be required, in … Continue reading

Indian Census Roll Indexes

If you are researching your native american genealogy, you are likely to find your ancestors on one of the following rolls, if your ancestor was an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Incoming search terms:forester indian roll

Meaning of census roll numbers and the concept of tribal enrollment

The roll numbers recorded for individuals in early Indian census rolls changed over time. It is clear that by 1930, there was an accepted concept of “enrollment” being employed, even though there were no official membership enrollment lists existing for … Continue reading

Muwekma Ohlone Birth Records
Native American Databases Online
Sources of records on US Indian tribes