Many of us have heard the story that some of our ancestors were "Indian." Now if your people came from the southern states, the chance is better that it might be true. In the last couple of weeks, I have been helping others on the tracing the lines in their families that were known to have Indian backgrounds. So I thought that I would put some information that we found, on our blog that would help.
This is taken from ancestor.com one of the free sites that every one has access to:
Dawes Commission Enrollment Records
http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Dawes_Commission_Enrollment_Records (Click)Use these records to prove an ancestor was a member of the Five Civilized Tribes.. Finding an ancestor on the Dawes Commission Final Rolls is the best way to prove he or she was accepted in of the these five American Indian Tribes:
Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, or Seminole.
Indian Territory was also known as Oklahoma Territory, between 1898 to 1906. People who lived outside Oklahoma, were unlikely to be on the Dawes Rolls even if they were in one of these five tribes. There are seven pages to print out and study. There is a step-by-step guide to help you find the information you need.
American Indian Online Genealogy Records
Search these online databases by individual's name, tribe, location, agency, and reservation.
American Indian Genealogy
Key to Success
"One cannot just be a genealogist who pours through public records. Only the very lucky will find a census record with a notation that so-and-so was a Choctaw Indian. The task requires an expanded thought process where one must investigate all possibilities without tiring of the effort. The history of the family, community, county, and state must be known. Church and local records must be examined for any clue regarding family origins. A successful researcher must also have an intimate knowledge of tribal history and culture. This is a very big order, indeed especially for the small splinter groups that dot the southern map. The quest can be a noble and romantic endeavor. At the least one can come away with a great body of knowledge of the first American. At most, one can find that allusive Native American ancestor." FamilySearch Wiki
We at the Family History Center are willing to help you in any way we can. We would love to help you find your Native American ancestor. Look for more information to come in April.