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!
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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.
- Abenaki Genealogy
- Apache Genealogy
- Blackfoot / Blackfeet Genealogy
- Cherokee Genealogy
- Cheyenne Genealogy
- Chickasaw Genealogy
- Choctaw Genealogy
- Hopi Genealogy
- Iowa and Otoe Genealogy
- Muwekma Ohlone
- Nez Perce Genealogy
- Pawnee Genealogy
- Shawnee Genealogy
Within months of his exile, Geronimo began to communicate with his wives through interpreter George Wratten. Wratten apparently sold his private letters to the newspapers, or at least one. Dictated to Wratten, the following letter was published as "A Love Letter from Geronimo" in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, April 9, 1887.
This list of surnames represent the names of the Black freedmen who were adopted through the Dawes Commission, between 1898 and 1916. Note that many of these names appear in other Indian nation lists, and their inclusion here does not provide absolute proof of Black Indian Ancestry.
In addition to these items, it is recommended that the researcher obtain as much oral history as possible on the family, and then locate the Dawes records on the family, including the names of ancestors on the Enrollment Cards and other pertinent records.
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 his annual report, to submit a census of the Indians at his agency or upon the reservation under his charge."