Collection: Research Help

Beginning Genealogy

The following items have been compiled to provide our researchers with information on beginning genealogy. Family Tree Guide – Finally a simple way to put your family tree online! Free Genealogy Charts Free Family Tree Chart Free Research Calendar Free Research Extract Free On Line Census Forms Free Correspondence Record Free Family Group Chart Free Source Summary Genealogy Tutorial General Subjects Where to Begin? What is the Question? Why You Can’t Find Them What’s in a Name? Sources, Record Types Adoption Records Birth Records Census Records: (plus U.S.A. Soundexes, Indexes and Finding Aids) Church Records City Directories Court Records Death, Tombstones and Cemeteries Evidence, Sources and Citation Fraternal Organizations GEDCOMs Heraldry/Coats of Arms Immigrants Records Land Records (U.S.A.) Marriage Records Military Records (U.S.A.) Military Records (worldwide) Naturalization Records Newspapers Orphans SSDI (Social Security Death Index) & Railroad Retirement Board Records (U.S.A.) Ship Passenger Records Software for Genealogists Taxing Tales Using Technology Countries/Ethnic Groups Acadians African Americans Australians Austrians Belgians Canadians Croatians Czechs Danish Dutch English Finnish French French-Canadians Germans Hungarians Icelandics Irish Italians Jewish Liechtensteiners Luxembourgers Mexicans Native American New Zealand Norwegian Polish Portuguese Russians Scots-Irish Scottish Slovakians Spanish South Africans Swedish Swiss Unique Peoples (Melungeon, Black Dutch, etc.) Welsh Buyer Beware, Genealogy Scams and Pitfalls County Locator (USA) Parish Locator (UK) Soundex...

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Obtaining Veteran’s Records

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is one of the National Archives and Records Administration’s largest operations. They are a central repository of personnel-related records, both military and civil service. They  provide service to Government agencies, military veterans, former civilian Federal employees, family members, as well as researchers and historians. Access to Records by Veterans, Next-of-Kin, or the Veteran’s Representative General. Copies of most military and medical records on file at NPRC (MPR), including the DD Form 214, Report of Separation (or equivalent), can be made available upon request.  Veterans and next-of-kin of deceased veterans have the same rights to full access to the record.  Next-of-kin are the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran. Authorized third party requesters, e.g., lawyers, doctors, historians, etc., may submit requests for information from individual records with the veteran’s (or next of kin’s) signed and dated authorization.  All authorizations should specify exactly what the veteran (or next-of-kin) is allowing to be released to a third party. /p> Preparing Requests for Information from Official Military Personnel Files. Federal law requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing.  Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year).  FOR THIS REASON, NO REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE INTERNET.      Requests must contain enough information to identify the record among the more...

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Indian War Chronology 1614-1893

The Indian Wars comprised a series of smaller wars. Native Americans, diverse peoples with their own distinct tribal histories, were no more a single people than the Europeans. Living in societies organized in a variety of ways, Native Americans usually made decisions about war and peace at the local level, though they sometimes fought as part of formal alliances, such as the Iroquois Confederation, or in temporary confederacies inspired by leaders such as Tecumseh. Frontier warfare was particularly brutal, and numerous atrocities were committed on both sides. Both white and Native noncombatants suffered greatly during the war, and villages and food supplies were frequently destroyed during military expeditions. 1614 — March, violent confrontation between hundreds of English and Powhatan men on the Pamunkey River. 1622-1644 — Jamestown Indian Assaults, Virginia 1636-1638 — Pequot War, was an armed conflict between the alliance of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies with the Narragansett and Mohegan tribe against the Pequot tribe, in southern New England. 1675-1676 Bacon’s Rebellion, War with Susquehannocks in Maryland 1702-1713 — Queen Anne’s War, French and Indian raids on New England with battles in Florida, South Carolina and Canada. 1711-1713 Tuscarora War, North Carolina between the British, Dutch and German settlers against the Tuscarora. 1715-1717 Yamasee War (also Yamassee War) a conflict between colonial South Carolina and several Indian tribes, including the Yamasee, Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Catawba, Aplachee, Apalachicola,...

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John R. White Application Packet

John R. White is a white man, living in Indian Territory and married to a Choctaw woman.  He made application to the commission in the same manner as any Indian person.  Listed below are the pages from his application packet. These pages are provided to give you an idea of the type of information that may be contained in a packet.  Sometimes there is less and there can be more, there should be something for each person in the family if they made an application or an application was made for them. John R. White Folder, folder containing the contents of this file.  Each card number has a file folder to contain the contents. Application:  A short note explaining that this file is an application for Intermarried White applicant John R. White. From the Commission. Letter from the Commission: Mr. White had written the Commission asking about enrolment (this letter was not included).  This letter advises him that he must apply just like any other citizen.  He will be heard upon his personal appearance before the Commission at the Muskogee Office. Examination by the Commission:  This is a series of questions asked of the applicant, basically the same for each person applying for enrolment. General questions like: Name, age, nation, and address.  In this case they were wanting to determine if he was legally married to a Choctaw women...

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Enrollment for Cherokee Census Card D1

Enrollment for Cherokee Census Card D1 Name: Annie Wicket Type: Parent Sex: Female Name: Charles Wicket Type: Parent Sex: Male Name: Mary E Wicket Type: Doubtful Age: 40 Sex: Female Degree Indian Blood: 1/2 City of Residence: Muskogee NOTE: Transferred to Cherokee Card #7658 by order of Commission January 27, 1902     Enrollment for Cherokee Census Card D2 Name: Cordelia C Ellis Type: Doubtful Age: 38 Sex: Female Degree Indian Blood: 1/4 City of Residence: South Mcalester Name: Hj Smith Type: Parent Sex: Male Name: Mary E Smith Type: Parent Sex: Female NOTE: October 3, 1902 In accordance...

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Indian Census Rolls at the National Archives

These census rolls were usually submitted each year by agents or superintendents in charge of Indian reservations, as required by an act of July 4, 1884 (23 Stat. 98). The data on the rolls vary to some extent, but usually given are the English and/or Indian name of the person, roll number, age or date of birth, sex, and relationship to head of family. Beginning in 1930, the rolls also show the degree of Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, and sometimes other information. For certain years–including 1935, 1936, 1938, and 1939–only supplemental rolls of additions and deletions were compiled. Most of the 1940 rolls have been retained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and are not included in this publication. There is not a census for every reservation or group of Indians for every year. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under federal supervision are listed on these census rolls. The entire census rolls are available online via AccessGenealogy. Free US Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940All of the 1885-1940 Indian census rolls with their images can be accessed for free from AccessGenealogy. For the most part, these rolls dated after 1900 were done in alphabetical order and were typewritten - this should help make finding your ancestor much easier. The earlier ones though were often done in handwriting and the film quality...

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How to Write and Manage a Genealogical Query

By Kathie M. Donahue, AG copyright 2009 When using Message Boards and Mailing Lists online, it’s important to understand that your readers need to know details about your research problem or question (query). Following are instructions for writing queries. If you follow these instructions, you will have greater and more appropriate responses to your queries. REMEMBER: You will be consulting people who are experts in their fields and very busy. An incomplete or improperly written query will probably garner a “sorry, no information” answer from most other experts. However, I am dedicated to teaching genealogy as well as answering questions in my area of interest, so, do, please, keep a copy of this instruction and consult it when you make your next request for information. REMEMBER: In writing your query, answer the following questions, so far as you are able. If the information you have is uncertain, follow it with a question mark (?). If you have no information about a detail, place a blank area in the query ( _______ ). Abbreviate: birth (b), marriage (m) and death (d). If you have to list more than one marriage write them (m1), (m2), etc. -YOUR QUERY SHOULD ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS- 1. Who is the person you want to find information about (if a female, give her maiden name, or, if none is known, explain)? 2. When and where was...

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Proving your Indian Ancestry

Research for American Indian ancestors begins just like any other search for ancestry you begin with what you know, Yourself! We have provided a useful tool to aid you in your research, Beginning Genealogy.  You have to do the basics before you can do the part you really want to do.  Working backwards does not work, believe me I have tried it! Start with a Family Group Chart and fill in the information you know.  Get your your birth certificate, look it over, it will provide all the information you need to get started and some information on your parents.  Do this for every member of your immediate family.  If you don’t have birth or death certificates for all your family, take a look at this page Vital Records it provides you with information and costs to order birth, death and marriage records. Next a Research Calendar will help keep track of every record source you have searched, when you get further into your Indian Genealogy this will be your most helpful tool. Used in conjunction to the Research Extract Form, it will give you a place to record every Roll and Indian Census Census record you have checked. A Correspondence Record is also a useful form to have around, helps you keep track of the letters you write and emails you send. There are Census forms from 1790...

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Choctaws west of the Mississippi Genealogy Research

This page is intended to help those in search of their Native American Ancestry where the Choctaws west of the Mississippi are concerned. It is presented here with the permission of Ruthie McLillan (Ruthie’s Genealogical Realm), who chose to close her site down, and allowed us the privilege of adding her content to our web pages. I will tell you right now, she tells it like it is, so “Love her or hate her, she tells it like it is!!”  Welcome Ruthie!! IMPORTANT NOTE Proving your Native Heritage will not make you eligible for a monthly paycheck from the Government of the United States or from the respective tribe. What it will do is give you a greater appreciation for your ancestors, their beliefs, their triumphs and know that you are passing this information on to future generations! Where did your Ancestors Live Too many times there are family traditions that great-great grandma was a Cherokee Indian Princess.  Be assured, no tribe had Kings or Queens and due to the absence of such, it stands to reason, there were NO princesses. Look at where your family lived in 1900.  Were they living in Indian Territory (Present Day Oklahoma)?  In order for anyone coming from the above listed tribes to have been enrolled with the Dawes Commission, that person(s) had to be living in Indian Territory, WITH THEIR TRIBE, and...

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Native American Federally Recognized Tribes

Alabama Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama Arizona Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation Cocopah Tribe Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation Hopi Tribe Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation Pascua Yaqui Tribe Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe Tohono O’odham Nation Tonto Apache Tribe White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation California Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation Alturas Indian Rancheria Augustine Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians of the Augustine Reservation Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians Big Lagoon Rancheria Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians Big Valley Rancheria of Pomo & Pit River Indians Blue Lake Rancheria Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Cabazon Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians of the Cabazon Reservation Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun...

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Free On Line Census Forms

Census Extraction Forms are doubly valuable: not only do they allow researchers to see the format and column headings for various census years (especially if the schedules themselves are hard to read), they also provide a clean and convenient method for extracting and filing important information you find. If you are able to print out the census record, just attach it to the Census Form.  The forms also provide a visual record of how the information has been collected over the years. Free U. S. 1790 Census Form Free U. S. 1800 Census Form Free U. S. 1810 Census Form Free U. S. 1820 Census Form Free U. S. 1830 Census Form Free U. S. 1840 Census Form Free U. S. 1850 Census Form Free U. S. 1860 Census Form Free U. S. 1870 Census Form Free U. S. 1880 Census Form Free U. S. 1890 Census Form Free U. S. 1900 Census Form Free U. S. 1910 Census Form Free U. S. 1920 Census Form Free U. S. 1930 Census Form Free U. S. 1940 Census Form Download Free Census Forms which you will be able to fill out on your own computer!    ...

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