11 Places to Search for Native American Ancestors
1900 and 1910 Federal Population Schedules
The censuses are valuable because two population schedules were prepared—one for Native Americans and one for all other residents. Indians were asked: (1) To what tribe they belonged; and (2) If their mother or father was Indian—if so, to which tribe did their parent(s) belong. In 1900, in states where there were Indian reservations, more questions were asked. Some of the additional information includes: Indian name, nativity, blood, and marital status.
The population schedules can be found at FamilySearch.org.
World War I Draft Registration Cards
In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men living in the United States completed a World War I draft registration card. These cards represent about 98 percent of men under the age of 46. The total U.S. population then was about 100 million so nearly 25 percent of the total population is represented in these records. This database can be an extremely useful resource because it covers a significant portion of the U.S. male population in the early 20th century.
If you had family in the United States at this time, you are likely to find at least one relative’s information within this collection. These records often contain significant genealogical information such as exact date of birth, birthplace, citizenship status, and information on the individual’s nearest relative. Access the cards at Archives.gov.
Tribal Leaders Directory
It provides the name, address, phone, and fax number of 566 federally recognized tribes. There may be an email or website address listed for the tribal entity if it has provided such to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Each tribe is listed in three sections, by the BIA region that provides services, state located in, and in alphabetical order.
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