Who was keith Duane Smith of unionville iowa great grandmother she was a full blooded Cherokee indian wapallo iowa

  • Keith Duane smiths father was Paul Smith of unionville iowa who was his great grandmother she was full blooded indian
  • Keith Smith dad Paul Smith Unionville iowa great grandmother full blooded Cherokee indian  we dont havre tribal number or name


    Unfortunately, we do not have a simple way to help you research your own Native American heritage. There is no single list of everyone of Native American heritage that we can consult. Consequently, tracing Native American ancestry can be very difficult. To locate the great grandmother of Keith Duane Smith you may want to start your research by using the Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835–1884 (Microfilm M1773). These records are digitized in our Catalog. 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.

    If you believe your ancestor was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and you have not already checked Ancestry's database "Oklahoma and Indian Territory, U.S., Indian Censuses and Rolls, 1851–1959" it may be beneficial for your research. This database includes Cherokee Nation censuses from the 1880s and 1890s.

    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.

    We suggest that you also check the Dawes Rolls. These rolls were finalized in approximately 1914, listing enrolled members of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole).

    The Dawes Rolls, and their associated enrollment cards and applications, have been digitized and made available online through the National Archives catalog. (https://catalog.archives.gov). Our catalog is free to access from home. Please see the Dawes tutorial on our website (https://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/dawes/tutorial/intro.html) for more information on using our catalog to find Dawes-related records. For additional information about Native American genealogy at Archives I please email us at archives1reference@nara.gov.

    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow-up questions for the staff at Archives 1, please email us at archives1reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further.

    We hope this assists you with your research!


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