Indian Roll Number from the 1800s

  1. I have an Indian roll number from the 1800's that belongs to a relative of mine is there a way of searching this number to find out exactly who's it is as well as finding out what tribe their blood belongs to I believe it to be Seminole but am uncertain
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    The Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940 (Microfilm M595) in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) may be a good place to start. These rolls include individuals and families who maintained a formal connection with federally recognized American Indian tribes, although there is not a census for every tribe for every year. These records contain census schedules for the Seminoles living in Florida for the period 1913 to 1940. Roll 486 includes schedules of Florida Seminoles for the period 1913 to 1929, while roll 487 contains schedules of Florida Seminoles for the period 1930 to 1940. For more information about the records, including ways to access them online, see the National Archives page on Indian Census Rolls.

    When embarking on Native American genealogy, please note that the records in the custody of NARA often only detail those living on the reservations or being administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. If an ancestor was Native American and left the reservation or did not have interaction with the United States Government as such, they will not be recorded in NARA’s records and tracing their genealogy may be difficult.

    For additional rolls and indexes there are key elements that will assist in navigating you to the correction institution and collection. During your research you will want to determine your ancestors: name(s), the individuals/family tribe and roughly when and where the individual/family lived.

    For more information on individual families found within our Native American records or for tips on genealogical research, please visit our website: Researching an Individual or Family | National Archives or Start Your Genealogy Research | National Archives

    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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