The publication of the Tribal Rolls, in 1907, gave the roll number, name of the allottee, age, sex and blood, and operated to a large extent to inform the public, but this information was not sufficient, in fact, it aided only those who, by reason of their familiarity with the workings and records of the Indian Offices, knew how to secure additional information. John Campbell set out to help researchers determine the family relationships between the allottee’s by providing an abstract index of all names from the records. This index has proven invaluable over time by providing a quick method to research family relationships within the tribal rolls.
Indian Census Records will provide answers to many questions about your ancestry. The database provided by Ancestry.com lists: Name (Indian and or English Gender Age Birth date Relationship to head of family Martial Status Tribe name Agency and reservation name Images by Jurisdiction, from Ancestry.com: Clallam, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Nooksak, Suquamish, Puyallup, Skagit, Swinomish, Snohomish Indians
The following are the instructions given to enumerators regarding Indians…When you read these, you will see the method that was used in an attempt to make Indians invisible if not non-existent…except when it was useful for the whites…The 1880 instructions, for instance, make it clear Indians were to be counted for the purpose of gaining