Reviewing the records
No one likes government red tape and bureaucracy, but you must admit that you smile upon discovering it created a record with your ancestor’s name on it. Though Indian tribes didn’t often keep early records on themselves, the US government did its best to document tribes, especially from the 1880s on. These massive collections, combined with standard genealogical resources, make Indians living with tribes the most extensively documented post-1885 US ancestors. The records that were created and their availability today varies depending on the tribe and the time period.
The commission rejected more than 200,000 applicants. Rejected Cherokee and Choctaw applications and census cards are at NARA’s Southwest regional facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
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From the November 2009 Family Tree Magazine