1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 23, 2022 10:34 AM by Elizabeth Hill

    Looking for information about John Boggs

    Caroline Williams Newbie

      I am looking for information on the Native American named John Boggs who signed treaties with the US as an Native American representative. What became of him after the Trail of Tears?

        • Re: Looking for information about John Boggs
          Elizabeth Hill Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Williams,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and have located the series Applications for Enrollment in the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898 - 1914 (also known as the Dawes Rolls) in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) that may include John Boggs. Most of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Fort Worth (RM-FW) at ftworth.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Depending on the time period or the tribe, he may be recorded in one of the following rolls; Census Rolls, 1815 - 1869, the Indian Census Rolls, 1885 - 1941 (National Archives Microfilm Publication No.595), and the Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835-1884 in RG 75. The last series has been digitized and is available for review in the National Archives Catalog. For more information regarding the digitized and non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov. In addition, we suggest that you review the National Archives websites about Records Pertaining to Cherokee Removal, 1836-1839

           

          We suggest that you review the NARA web page for Dawes Rolls as an overview of how to research that resource.

           

          In addition, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Indian Treaties, 1789-1869 (M668) in the General Records of the United States Government (RG 11). We were able to identify an individual named John Boggs but he does not appear to be Native American. This series has been digitized and is available for review from all National Archives research rooms. For more information regarding the digitized and non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.

           

          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 & RM-FW. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.

           

          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.

           

          In addition, the NARA Native American Heritage webpage, NARA Resources for Genealogists webpage, and the FamilySearch Research wiki for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Genealogy may be useful.

           

          You may wish to search Ancestry or FamilySearch for accessing online name indexes for Dawes Rolls and Guion Miller Rolls (Eastern Cherokee). There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.

           

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