1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 8, 2020 12:03 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking information about my Shawnee ancestor

    Debra Schmidt Newbie

      I have an ancestor, as the story goes, that is reported to be Native American.  It is reported that this person is part of the Shawnee Tribe.  How do I go about obtaining information about her since she is not part of the 5 Civilized Tribes and would not be on the Dawes Rolls?

        • Re: Seeking information about my Shawnee ancestor
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Schmidt,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you begin by assembling as much of your family tree as possible, as far back as you can go and see if any ancestors can be located on early census rolls.  Members of the three Shawnee tribes who were relocated onto reservations would have been enumerated in the Dawes Rolls. For an overview on how to begin, please review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists and Native American Heritage as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy and Indigenous Peoples of the United States Genealogy


          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.


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

          [Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]