I took a class on researching American Indian ancestors at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library. It was an introductory course, but I learned a great deal about the topic.
The instructor showed us how to use Ancestory.com to research federal and state census records. We also researched the Indian census rolls conducted by the Department of Indian Affairs. This department was founded in the late 1800’s, and was responsible for tracking the Indian population.
The teacher explained the significance of the Dawes Commission Records and showed us how to access that information. The Oklahoma Historical Society website has the completed records and provides an easy search engine for research purposes.
The class ended with a discussion about other records that might help people find information about their American Indian ancestors, such as:
- Indian Removal Records
- Indian School Records
- Will and Probate Records
- Church Records
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Records
- Military Records
- Employment Records