1922 Michigan census Betty Ruth tisdale

I’m seeking information on my maternal grandmother Betty Ruth Tisdale as she was the last registered Cherokee Indian that I know of in my family. I pretty much have a family tree created. Other than that I have just started the quest. I am trying to also register as a Cherokee Indian. It would make me feel full when it comes to my heritage considering that the father that raised me is not my biological father. My mother will not tell me anything when it comes to my biological father’s side of my heritage. 
PLEASE HELP, very desperate as I have 4th stage breast cancer and this would help me so much to RIP

  • Jamie, the U.S. Census is taken every 10 years since 1790.  There is a 1920 U.S. Census, and a 1930 U.S. Census that is available online.  There is no U.S. 1922 census.  I also checked a book on state censuses and Michigan did not have a state census after 1904.  


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    Unfortunately, we do not have a simple way to help you research your Native American heritage. You may want to begin your search by using the Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835–1884 (Microfilm M1773). These records are digitized in the Catalog https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2110769. Please note that the Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls only document individuals who maintained a formal affiliation with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Please note, that census rolls do not exist for every tribe for every year and only document enrolled members of federally recognized tribes.

    For more information on the Indian Census Rolls, please see our website: https://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/census/research-indian-census.html

    When using the catalog, you could search further by using the “Advanced Search” feature and search for “75” in the Record Group Number/Collection ID field (which signifies the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs). Please be mindful that there is no simple way to begin nor is there a single list of everyone of Native American Heritage. Records of Native Americans maintained and housed by NARA are generally records of those that live on reservations or are being administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. These records are scattered throughout multiple series, record groups, and even NARA facilities. It is also possible that records may be difficult to trace if your ancestors left the reservation or did not have any interaction with the federal government.

    Consequently, tracing Native American ancestry can be very difficult. Please keep in mind that there are well over 500 tribes today, and those are only the ones that are recognized by the Federal government. The only Federal records that exist are for those people who were part of a recognized tribe, lived together with their tribe, and were under the supervision of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). it is possible that there may not be any records for your ancestor.

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