Am I Native American! How To Find My Indian Ancestors – Native American Genealogy

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Finding Your Native American Heritage

Many people in the US and Canada have at least one Indian ancestral line in their family. Lots of people grew up hearing the family legend about a family member that was Native American. Proving that legend to be true or false can be tough. There is very little official records about early Native American. Starting your search on Native American Genealogy can be very challenging.

You will need to build a family tree using a multitude of resources. Research the deaths, births, and marriages of your family. Use these records to build links from yourself back to your ancestors. Next research documents that record Native Americans.

In some years the United States conducted separate censuses of Native Americans. In 1896 a Congressional law was passed that gave the Dawes Commission authority to oversee applications for tribal citizenship into the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.

Proving that you are related to a Native American is only the first step to being enrolled with a tribe. In the US there are over 500 federally recognized tribes. Each tribe has their own requirements for enrollment. Use our Native American Tribal Directory to contact your tribe for more information.

Start your search now!
Begin building your family tree by using Ancestry.com’s tool.

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  1. I would like to find out about my Indian Ancestry- but I was Adopted at 7 years old, I’ve been told I’m of Cherokee decent- I’ve been told my real mother was Cherokee but do not know her last name, not sure if My real Dad was Indian or even what he was- I’ve been trying for years to get copies of my adoption papers- but because I now live in 🇬🇧- no one seems to want to help me- my email- ljarvis12@sky.com
    When my real parents married- last name was Culpepper- can anyone please help me!!

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