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November 20, 2001 - UPDATED OCTOBER 2005

 

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    This page is dedicated to those that are striving to seek out their Native American Heritage. For me, personally, it does not matter why a one does this, it only matters that they do

    I placed this Document from The Department of the Interior, BIA, here first simply because I wanted to get it out of the way. And, due to what it says, perhaps save some of you some time.

    Below this DOI/BIA document are listings of various and sundry Native American genealogy type websites. Within these sites you will find many things, some of interest and some not so interesting; however, in many cases you will find even more links to possible resources to finding out "who you are"

BIA

U.S. Department of the Interior

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Establishing Your American Indian Ancestry

     Some people want to become enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. Others want to verify a family tradition (belief, fact or fiction, passed from generation to generation) that they descended from an Indian, either in their distant or near past. While others might want to learn more about from whom and where they came.
 
     When establishing descent from an Indian tribe for membership and enrollment purposes, the individual must provide genealogical documentation. The documentation must prove that the individual lineally descends from an ancestor who was a member of the federally-recognized tribe from which the individual claims descent.

When people believe they may be of American Indian ancestry, they immediately write or telephone the nearest Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office for information. 

Many people think that the BIA retrieves genealogical information from a massive national Indian registry or comprehensive computer database. This is not true. Most BIA offices, particularly the central (headquarters, Washington, DC) and area (field) offices do not keep individual Indian records and the BIA does not maintain a national registry. The BIA does not conduct genealogical research for the public.

If an individual does not wish to conduct their own research, researchers are available for a fee. Please write to the Board of Certification of Genealogists or the Association of Professional Genealogists and request their listings of genealogical researchers for hire.

Their addresses are:

Board of Certification of Genealogists 
P.O. Box 14291 
Washington, D.C. 20044

The Association of Professional  Genealogists 
P.O. Box 40393 
Denver, Colorado 80204

RESOURCE WEBSITES

A WORD OF CAUTION HERE: I do not in any way vouch for the reliability of these sites. I am simply putting them here as a service. I am sure that most of you realize by now, that there are many out there in cyber-land whose motives are less than honorable, so use common sense! Check the site out thoroughly before you go joyfully leaping off the Cliffs of Discovery. 

I have NOT gone extensively into these sites to check them out, I only found them and stayed there long enough to determine if they might have potential in helping folks in their research for identity. There will, along the way, I am positive, be sites that do such and such for a fee, or whatever: I did not put those sites here because I get any type of "payback" from them, again - the sites are listed simply as a tool, what you do there is up to you. 

http://users.usinternet.com/dfnels/

http://www.othermetis.net/AboGene/genelink.html

http://www.ojibwe.info/

www.archives.ca/02/0201200109_e.html#Aboriginal

  www.accessgenealogy.com/native

  www.african-nativeamerican.com

  www.hanksville.org/Naresources/indices/Nagenealogy.html

  www.choctaw-web.com/genealogy.htm#Indian

  www.members.aol.com/bbbenge/page13.html

  www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_natam.html

  www.wilson.lib.umn.edu/reference/ntvamer.html

  www.members.aol.com/tawodi

  www.the-seeker.com/cover.htm

  www.nativeweb.org

  www.u.arizona.edu/~ecubbins/useful.html

    Good Hunting! And remember: Caveat Emptor! (Buyer Beware!)

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