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How to Search for the Five Civilized Tribes

 These pages are meant as a guide for researching your Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole ancestors, also known as the Five Civilized Tribes. Dusty has provided us with a guide and suggestions on how to start the process, we have added URL’s for additional information. So, there’s a story in your family that great, great grandma (or grandpa) was an Indian, and you’d like to find out if it’s true?  Good for you…it’s about time the millions of descendants of this country’s original inhabitants were reconnecting with their lost families.  However, stepping off into the quagmire of Native American research can be, for beginners, a nightmare of rolls, numbers, changed names, etc., so here’s a few suggestions that might help you track down that lost ancestor. What I’d like to address here is “the rolls”.  Since my experience has been only with what is now called “The Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast (Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole and Chickasaw), these remarks will be limited to doing research on those tribes. Let’s take the Final Dawes rolls, for example, which are the most important rolls for those ancestors who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s, as well as the Seminoles in Florida.  The Dawes rolls lists those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who participated in what is called “The Trail of Tears”.  This is a census of those people who were awarded land allotments subsequent to the General Allotment Act of 1887, passed by Congress in an effort to do away with communally-held tribal lands and initiate individual land ownership among the Indians in Oklahoma. The...

Indian Tribe Mailing Lists by Location

The purpose of the Native American mailing lists is to provide the reader with additional information and suggestions on new areas to look for their ancestors. We have invited many knowledgeable people to join these lists and with their help and others, we may be able to piece together locations of additional family members.

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