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its not, I was only hoping to find some information about my moms dad., actually she told me he was last known to be in California., he would have been born in about 1932. I checked the Dawes roll, I didnt see anything, but maybe I am not searching the right way. What types of information can I collect that might be of of help, and where can I look. I know he was also in the military and he was stationed in Colorado when he met my Grandmother. He was her birth father not on birth certificate and she never knew him or his family
Dear Ms. Abosida,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
For an overview on how to begin your research, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for Colorado Genealogy. In addition, the document Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers may be useful.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that should include a record of your grandfather. These schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. See NARA’s 1940 Census Records web page for more information. Also, the 1940 U.S. Federal Census is available online for free through FamilySearch and Ancestry.
We suggest that you use the 1940 Census to locate your grandfather and his family before checking the Indian Census rolls for that state. 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 yet left the reservation/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.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
[Some information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]