Native American

When researching Native American ancestors, it is important to learn the history of the Indian tribe.

It is also important to look for family groups. A lot of people had the same name. Often you won’t be able to tell if that was your ancestor unless you can connect him with another member of the family.

1900 and 1910 census included separate Indian schedules.

The Dawes Commission Rolls lists members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole) between 1898 and 1914.

  • The Dawes Commission rejected 2/3rds of the applications for tribal membership.
  • Earlier 1896 applications have been declared invalid – NARA’s Fort Worth regional facility has microfilm indexes for those rejected as Cherokee or Choctaw.

Note: For autosomal DNA tests, it is unlikely that American Indian roots will show up if your Indian ancestors is farther than five or so generations.

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