Comanche. One of the southern tribes of the Shoshonean stock, and the only one of that group living entirely on the plains. Their language and traditions show that they are a comparatively recent offshoot from the Shoshoni of Wyoming, both tribes speaking practically the same dialect and, until very recently, keeping up constant and friendly communication.
Archives, Libraries and Societies
Comanche Indian Biographies
- Native American Biographies
- Quana Parker
- The Story of Quanah Parker (hosted at Murray County Oklahoma OKGenWeb)
I-Satai and Family (hosted at RebelCherokee)
Towasi/Toshaway (Silver Broach)
- Parra-Wa-Sa-Men (Ten Bears)
- Quanah (Fragrance)
- A Guide to Tracing your Indian Ancestry(PDF)
- Tribal Leaders Directory
- Recognized Indian Entities, 10/2010 Update (PDF)
Comanche Indian Cemeteries
Comanche Indian Census
- Free US Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940
- Ancestry – US Indian Census Schedules 1885-1940
- Comanche Census (hosted at Dr Tom’s Home Page)
- Comanche Census Lists
- Counting the Comanche
- Domestic Architecture in the Comanche Village on Medicine Creek, Indian Territory, Winter 1872-73
- 1900 Indian Territory Census $$ (hosted at Ancestry.com)
- Indian Census Records
- Indians in the 11th (1890) Census of the United States
Federal Recognized Tribes
Genealogy Help Pages
- Proving Your Indian Ancestry
- Indian Genealogy
- DNA- Testing for your Native American Ancestry
- How to Write a Genealogical Query
Comanche Indian History
- Following hosted at AccessGenealogy
- Following hosted at Comanche Language
- Comanche, a Plains Indian Tribe (hosted at Wikipedia)
Comanche Indian Land and Maps
- Comanche Location Map (hosted at Comanche Nation)
- Battles of Red River War Map
- Southern Plains Indian Tribes Map, Red River War
- Indian Reservation History
Comanche Indian Language
- Following hosted at (The Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee)
- Sign Language Among North American Indians
Comanche Indian Legends
- Comanche Indian Stories and Legends (hosted at Indian Legends)
- Children of the Wind (hosted at Bad Eagle)
- NA-COMANCHE-L, A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Comanche Indians.
- NA-NEWBIES, A mailing list for anyone who is new to Native American genealogy.
- NATIVEAMERICAN-BURIALGROUNDS-L, Discussing and sharing of information regarding remaining and lost Native American burial grounds in the United States.
- INDIAN TRIBES-LOCATION, One for each state. Ask questions to find the location of your ancestors.
- INDIAN CEMETERIES, A place to share the location or transcriptions of Indian Cemeteries.
Comanche Indian Military
- The Comanche Code Talkers (hosted at Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation)
- Council House Fight (hosted at Texas State Historical Association)
- Code Talkers (hosted at Canku Ota, Online Newsletter)
- Indian Wars, Conflicts and Disturbances 1614-1893
- Indians Who Served in the War (WWII)
- Native American Medal of Honor Recipients (hosted at US Army Center of Military History)
- Code Talkers (hosted at Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture) Choctaw and Comanche
- Comanche Code Talkers, List of 17 (hosted at Geni)
- The Comanche War (hosted at Texas State Library and Archives)
- Red River War (hosted at Texas Beyond History)
- Comanche Warrior Monuments
Provides a list of Comanche Warriors throughout history. Includes names of over 1,000 men.
- A Brief History Of Modern Day Comanche Veteran’s
Comanche Indian Obituaries
- Charles Joyce Chibitty 1921-2006
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Comanche Indian Treaties
- Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties, Vol. 2
As the United States expanded westward from the original thirteen colonies, settlers often confronted the existing owners of the land. As a result the federal government often negotiated treaties with these Native Americans. This collection of official treaties was compiled by the United States and originally printed in 1904. (Subscribers Only) Try Ancestry’s Census Images for FREE!!!
- Indian Treaties, Acts and Agreements
- Signers of Native American Treaties, Indian, Military and Guests
Comanche Indian Suggested Reading
Comanches: The History of a People
Master horseback riders who lived in teepees and hunted bison, the Comanches were stunning orators, disciplined warriors, and the finest makers of arrows. They lived by a strict legal code and worshipped within a cosmology of magic. As he portrays the Comanche lifestyle, Fehrenbach re-creates their doomed battle against European encroachment. While they destroyed the Spanish dream of colonizing North America and blocked the French advance into the Southwest, the Comanches ultimately fell before the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Army in the great raids and battles of the mid-nineteenth century. This is a classic American story, vividly and poignantly told.
The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker
Quanah Parker (1850-1911) was among the last of the free-ranging Comanche warriors who once terrorized the high plains. Parker ascended to the rank of war chief through brave acts in almost constant warfare (Comanche is a Ute word that means “wants to fight me all the time”) with Anglos and other Indian nations alike. But Parker was more than a warrior, Neeley observes. A great political leader, he negotiated a peace treaty with the United States that spared his people the indignities heaped on other nations that fought back.