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Native American Indian and Alaska Native E-Resource Guide: Genealogy Research

Created in honor of Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month, this guide is a compilation of online resources provided by the New York Public Library to help you research all aspects of this topic. Guide by Rhonda Evans.

Genealogy Research

These two online resources, Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3, are excellent starting points for genealogical research in this area of study.

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to census records for selected Native American Tribes, U.S. Indian Wills archives, Index to Indian War Affidavits for selected states and the U.S. School Yearbooks for Native Americans for selected years.

Fold3 includes historical primary documents featuring U.S. city directories, naturalization records, and Revolutionary War Pensions. Collections include Native American Archives. 

Collection Highlight: Fold3

White Buffalo, Cheyennes

White Buffalo, Cheyennes, from the Photos - Native Americans (Rinehart) Collection in Fold3

Available Collections from Ancestry Library Edition

  • U.S., Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
  • North Carolina, Native American Census Selected Tribes, 1894-1913
  • U.S., Native American Citizens and Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes, 1895-1914
  • U.S., Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes (overturned), 1896
  • U.S., Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
  • Native Soil Manuscripts Index

Available Collections from Fold3

  • Cherokee Indian Agency (TN)
  • Eastern Cherokee Applications
  • Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926
  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
  • Indian Wars Service Record Index
  • Michigan & Illinois Indian Wars Service Records
  • Photos - Native Americans (Rinehart)
  • Ratified Indian Treaties