American Indian Genealogy Toolkit

By Paula Stuart-Warren Premium

Researching your Native American family history? These genealogy and history resources will get you on the right track. 

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Web Sites
Cyndi’s List:  Native American category
Indians of the United States and Canada Research Outline Click Search, Research Helps, Sorted by Document Type, then Research Outlines.

Native American Genealogy

Access Genealogy

Native American Resources


Tribal Ties Toolkit

Tribal Ties

Tracing Indian Ancestry

Department of the Interior


American Indian Archival Material: A Guide to Holdings in the Southeast compiled by Ron Chepesiuk and Arnold Shankman (Greenwood Press)

American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications (National Archives and Records Adminstration): Also available online at NARA.

Cherokee Connections by Myra Vanderpool Gormley (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Guide to Catholic Indian Mission and School Records in Midwest Repositories by Philip C. Ban tin with Mark G. Thiel (Marquette University)

Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, 3rd edition, edited by Anne Bruner Eales and Robert M. Kvasnicka (National Archives Trust Fund Board)

Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians by Edward Hill (National Archives and Records Adminstration)

The Handbook of the American Indians: North of Mexico edited by Frederick Webb Hodge (Greenwood Publishing Group)

How to Research American Indian Blood Lines: A Manual on Indian Genealogical Research by Cecelia Svinth Carpenter (Heritage Quest)

Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1875-1926 by Virgil D. White (National Historical Publishing Co.)

The Indian Tribes of North America by John R. Swanton (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Native American Genealogical Sourcebook edited by Paula Byers (Gale Group)

Preliminary Inventory 163 Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs by Edward Hill (National Archives and Records Administration, free by writing to Research Support Branch, Room 406, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408 or calling 866-325-7208)

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, 3rd edition, edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Ancestry): See the chapter “Tracking Native American Family History.”

Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal by Rachal Mills Lennon (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Native American tip


Denver Public Library

10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204, (720) 865-1821 website

Family History Library

35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, (801) 240-2331 or (800) 453-3860 Ext. 22331 website

Marquette University Library

355 W. Wisconsin Ave., Box 3141, Milwaukee, Wl 53201, (414) 288-7256 website

Mashantucket Pequot Museum &. Research Center

110 Pequot Trail, Box 3180, Mashantucket, CT 06338, (860) 396-6897 website

Minnesota Historical Society

345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102, (651) 296-2143 website

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, (866) 272-6272 website

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560, (202) 287-2020 website

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library

1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 628-1776 website

Newberry Library

60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 943-9090 website

Oklahoma Historical Society

2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, (405) 521-2491 website
From the April 2004 Family Tree Magazine; updated November 2016