1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 21, 2021 6:05 PM by Hannah Reynolds

    Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe Census Records

    Jessica Garcia Newbie

      Does anyone know where I can get more information regarding their censuses after 1930?

        • Re: Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe Census Records
          Hannah Reynolds Wayfarer

          Dear Ms. Garcia,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          In 1851-53, three U.S. Government Treaty Commissioners appointed by President Fillmore signed the 18 “lost treaties”, setting aside 8.5 million acres in California for Indian reservations in return for the Indians’ quitclaim to 75 million acres of California land. The 1.2 million acres promised to the Gabrielino Tribe and other Mission Indians included 50,000 acres on the San Sebastian Reserve at the Tejon Pass at the edge of Los Angeles County. This 50,000-acre reserve was never officially taken into trust, but instead ended up as the private property of  the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Edward Beale, who incorporated it into his "Tejon Ranch". The 18 “lost treaties” recognized the Tongva but were never adopted. In 1950, under the Eisenhower policy of “Assimilation” of Native American Tribes, the Gabrielino-Tongva were effectively terminated.


          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, like the Gabrielino-Tongva tribes, they will not be recorded in NARA’s records and tracing their genealogy may be difficult.


          We suggest contacting the National Archives at Riverside (RW-RS) at riverside.archives@nara.gov. Though they may not have the records you are looking for, they might be able to assist you in your research with knowledge of the California area. NARA’s Native American Heritage, NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, and the FamilySearch Research wiki for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Genealogy may be useful.


          In addition, we suggest contacting the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe here.


          We hope you find this information helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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