Native American Goals:  1: Get Started   2: Special Topics   3: Search Records   4: Get Help        SEARCH

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Goal 1: Learn about Native American research.


A. Learn about basic Native American research.

  1. Get an introduction to Native American research in these articles.
    AB—Tracing Indian Ancestry
    | FS—Overview of American Indian Research—6 pgs.
  2. Learn about Native American research in this article from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
    Genealogical Research
  3. Watch these videos to learn the basics of Native American research.
    BYU—Native American Genealogy—27:00
    | BYU—Native American Research—14:39
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Native American research.
  5. Explore resources for Native American research on the site.
  6. Read about tips for exploring Native American ancestry.
    AC—Researching Your American Indian Ancestors—8 pgs.
    | AC—Serarching for Native American Ancestry?
  7. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

B. Solidify proof for your Native American ancestry.

  1. Watch this video to learn more about proving family lines traced to Native Americans.
    AC—Proving Your Native American Ancestry—22:44
  2. Read these articles for tips on verifying Native American ancestry.
    AC—Joining Your Family's Native American Tribe
    | AC—Identifying Direct Sources to Prove Native American Ancestry

Goal 2: Explore special topics with Native American ancestry research.


A. Learn about research into Cherokee tribe ancestry.

  1. Watch this video to learn more about researching lines tied to the Cherokee tribe.
    FS—Cherokee Genealogy—60:00
  2. Lean about avoiding pitfalls in Native American research.
    Avoid the Pitfalls in Native American research—15:00

B. Learn about the Dawes Rolls.

The Dawes Rolls are a collection of names of those who were given allotments when the reservations were disbanded.

  1. Get an introduction to the Dawes Rolls.
    AB—The Dawes Rolls
  2. Watch this video to learn how to use the Dawes Rolls in Native American research.
    AC—Using the Dawes Rolls—23:00
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C. Access the Bureau of Indian Affairs Census.

  1. Read this article to learn about using census records from the BIA.
    AB—BIA Indian Census Rolls

D. Learn about persons of mixed African-American and Native American ancestry, in Indian territory.

  1. Explore the African-Native American Genealogy site for tips on mixed ancestry research.

Goal 3: Search records for your Native American ancestors.


A Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Native American research.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In Ancestry, explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  2. Learn about the U.S. Indian Census Schedules. Censuses of American Indians

Goal 4: Get help with your Native American research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Native American Genealogy page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Native American Genealogy—Just Ask! page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Native American Indian Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the American Indians Adoptees page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with Native American research.