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Reliable Sources

Note: WikiTree places a strong emphasis on sources, especially for vital statistics and relationships. We realize that this emphasis sometimes conflicts with oral tradition often associated with Native American ancestry. We try to reflect family tradition in the narrative while at the same time following WikiTree's standards for sourcing when it comes to relationships and vitals.

The major publications for Native American ancestry and genealogy are:

  • Dawes Commision (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chikasaw, Creek and Seminole Tribes/ Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes)
  • Guion Miller Commission. The Guion Miller commission is primarily for the Cherokee Tribe residing east of the Mississippi River who escaped Indian removal to the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. The Dawes Commission awarded land allotments. The Guion Miller Commission awarded annuities.
  • Access Genealogy - Trail of Tears Roll

Unreliable Sources

Additional References

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Search Sites / Indexes

Guides to Conducting Native American Genealogy




Trail of Tears

This has its own page on Wikitree.

Native Americans and the Buffalo


Indigenous Population Maps


  • Google Books - Geronimo Stilton #21: The Wild, Wild West - By Geronimo Stilton
  • Google Books - The 'Real' Wild West
  • Google Books - The Indian Wars By Carol H. Behrman
  • Google Books - Rookwood and the American Indian: Masterpieces of American Art Pottery from By Anita J. Ellis, Susan L. Meyn.
  • Google Books The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists By Arlene B. Hirschfelder, Paulette Fairbanks Molin


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North Carolina

  • Transcribed Chapman Rolls The Siler and Chapman Rolls were created in 1851/2 to identify Cherokee who remained in the East after Removal who were entitled to payment. Siler missed a lot of people, so the Chapman Roll is a better source. It also is one of the first lists to show all members of a family, not just heads of households.
  • Roll of North Carolina Cherokees who removed to the Cherokee Nation 08 June 1881 Text transcribed from NARA microfilm ID: 7RA74, annotated by Glen Davis. All annotations copyrighted 2003 Glen Davis



Western US

Census Information

Language Resources

Pulled from US Southern Colonists Native Americans

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Archive Family History Atlanta

The archive has the following records available:

Family History at the National Archives at Atlanta 5780 Jonesboro Road Morrow, Georgia 30260 Phone: 770-968-2100 Fax: 770-968-2547

Checklist of Records Available for Research for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/finding-aids/genealogy.html Includes:

Indian Records: Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881. 962 Rolls. M 234 Special Files of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1807-1904. 85 Rolls. M 574 Census of Creek Indians Taken by Parsons and Abbott in 1832. 1 Roll. T 275 Roll of Creek Orphans and List of 1870 Payments (1832 Treaty). 2 Rolls. A41 & A42 Cherokee Register (1817-1819). 1 Roll. A 21 Armstrong/Houston Surveys, 1817-20. 1 Roll. A 22 Cherokee Emigration and State Muster Rolls, 1817-1838. 1 Roll. A 23 Census Roll and Index, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi. 1 Roll. T 496 Cherokee Spoilation Decisions. 1 Roll. A 17 Cherokee Tennessee and Georgia Valuations. 1 Roll. A 18 Cherokee Powell Roll, 1867. 1 Roll. A 29 Cherokee Freedmen Payment Roll, 1897. 1 Roll. A 32 Old Settler Cherokee Census, 1895, & Index to Payment Roll, 1896. 2 Rolls. T 985 Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern CherokeeS by Guion Miller, 1908-10. 12 Rolls. M 685 Eastern Cherokee Applications of the United States Court of Claims, 1906-09 (Miller Roll Applications). 348 Rolls. M1104 Records of the Cherokee Agency, 1886-1952. 170 Cubic Feet. Eastern Cherokee Baker Roll, 1926-31. 1 Roll. A 35 (Dawes Commission) Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914. 93 Rolls. M1186 Final Rolls of Citizens & Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (on or before March 4, 1907, with supplements dated September 25, 1914--Dawes Commission). 3 Rolls. T 529 Chickasaw Muster Rolls, 1837-39. 1 Roll. A 36 Chickasaw Census, 1847. 1 Roll. A 36 Choctaw Armstrong Roll, 1831. 1 Roll. A 39 Choctaw Reserves. 2 Rolls. A37 & A38 Choctaw Census Taken by Cooper. 1 Roll. A 40 Choctaw Muster/Emigration Rolls. 1 Roll. A 40 Choctaw Annuity Rolls, Oklahoma, 1918-1934 1 Roll. R4T75 Choctaw, Chickasaw, Mississippi Choctaw Freedmen Annuity Rolls, 1848-1927 1 Roll. R4T76 Mississippi Choctaw Annuity Rolls, 1908-1929 1 Roll. R4T77 SAC & FOX, Mississippi Annuity Rolls, 1866-1947. 1 Roll. R4T78 Delaware, 1867-74. 1 Roll. A 45 Menominee Annuity Rolls, 1849-73. 1 Roll. A 46 Ottawa/Chippewa Roll, 1870. 1 Roll. A 50 Ottawa and Chippewa Tract Books. 1 Roll. A 51 1880 Special Census of Indians (Dak Terr., Calif, & Wash. State) 5 Rolls. R4T70 1880 Special Census of Indians: Tulalip Agency, Yakima Agency, and Standing Rock Agency Indians in California, Volume 4. Indian Census Rolls, 1884-1940. M 595 Eastern Cherokee, 1898-1939 Rolls 22-26 Mississippi Choctaw, 1926-39 Rolls 41-42 Green Bay Agency, 1885-94 Roll 172 Hupa & Klamath, 1915-22 Roll 183 Seminole (Florida) 1913-40 Rolls 486-487


Census Records

  • Access Genealogy Census rolls from 1885-1940
  • 1910 Census Fort Shaw Industrial School
  • Parsons and Abbott Roll 1832 Creek Tribe. By a treaty of March 24, 1832, the Creek Tribe ceded to the United States all of their land east of the Mississippi River. Heads of families were entitled to tracts of land, which, if possible, were to include their improvements. In 1833 Benjamin S. Parsons and Thomas J. Abbott prepared a census of Creek Indian heads of families, which gave their names and the number of males, females, and slaves in each family. The entries were arranged by town and numbered; these numbers were used for identification in later records. Source: Access Genealogy

Virginia 1810


Beginning in 1878 the goal was to assimilate Indian people into the general population of the United States. By placing the Indian children in first day schools and boarding schools it was thought this would be accomplished. Federal policy sanctioned the removal of children from their families and placed in government run boarding schools. It was thought they would become Americanized while being kept away from their traditional families. Source: Access Genealogy

  • Access Genealogy Lists of students names, tribal affiliation, residence and age in hopes that by searching these records you will find your native ancestor.



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Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute : founded by General S.C. Armstrong in 1868, Hampton, Virginia, H.B. Frissell, principal. Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection copy , Indian Residential Industrial School


posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
not sure where you want this

Bartlesville Area History Museum- Online Collections, Includes Mariages of white men to native women, also many other collections involving, Oklahoma Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, and others.

home page- https://bartlesvillehistory.pastperfectonline.com/ Archives & Search page- https://bartlesvillehistory.pastperfectonline.com/archive

posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
edited by Arora (G) Anonymous
Free-space source page for "Indian Census of the United States, 1885-1940"


posted by Sarah Mason
Yale Indian Papers Project [1]
posted by Anne X