Tag Archives: Native American

The Dawes Rolls

If you are doing any research into Native American ancestry, you’ll want to get familiar with the Dawes Rolls. They are known as the Dawes Rolls after Henry Dawes, who was in charge of the documentation. The documents are more officially known as the “Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory”.

To encourage the native population to accept Federal laws and the rule of government, this commission offered each person a plot of land for homestead as long as they agreed to be registered and accept the authority of the United States federal government. These rolls document all those who applied from the “five civilized tribes”, or the Creeks, Choctaws, Seminoles, Chickasaws and Cherokees. More than 100,000 people signed up and are documented in the Rolls. (more…)

24 Dec 2012

Native American Resources

Native American Genealogy resources

Native American Genealogy resources

Many people hit brick walls when they reach their ancestors who migrated here from other countries, because records can get lost or misplaced during immigration. Well, even if your ancestors are native to the USA, you can still end up with brick walls.

I’ve collected some good resources and articles for anyone who is trying to learn more about their Native American ancestry. It’s not an area I have had to research personally (yet). (more…)

23 Dec 2012