1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 9, 2020 2:53 PM by Legislative Archives

    Creek Indian War Records


      I am searcing for frontier claims of the Creek Indian residents of the Alabama and Tombigbee River area which date back to approximately 1815, prompted by loss of family and belongings at the Fort Mims attack in 1812.  These claims were submitted along with petitions by these individuals and were documented in a book "Frontier Claims" by Richard S. Lackey".  The records are supposed to be in the NARA Record Group 233, though I cannot locate any index.  They are toatlly different records from similar claims from the Treaty of Fort Jackson which are a part of the American State Papers.  I would like to find out how to access the index of these claims, and how to order/purchase individual claims/petitions.  Thank you.

        • Re: Creek Indian War Records
          Legislative Archives Scout

          Dear William -- thank you for posting to History Hub!


          NARA Record Group 233 are records of the U.S. House of Representatives, held by the Center for Legislative Archives -- a unit within the National Archives.


          Indexes to private claims submitted to U.S. Congress have been published as a part of the U.S. Serial Set. The indexes generally provide the name of the claimant, the nature of the claim, committee of referral, Congress and session, number and nature of report, number of bill, disposition in the other House, and date of the act or other remarks.


          The private claims indexes can be found online through Hathi Trust (and other sources, for example I believe they're also available through Ancestry). For House records in the time period you're interested in, see the Alphabetical List of Private Claims presented to the House of Representatives from the 1st to the 31st Congress.


          Another resource is A Century of Lawmaking, a website of the Library of Congress which brings together online legislative records from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress -- including the House and Senate Journals, and the Debates of Congress.


          If you're interested in more background on the private claims and private legislation in the records of Congress there is an excellent article in Prologue Magazine on the topic.


          To request a specific petition, please email legislative.archives@nara.gov.