5 Clues You May Have American Indian Ancestry

1. In the 1860 and later US censuses, an I or In designation appears in the "race" columns for your ancestor.

The first census to identify Indians residing among the general population was in 1860. 

2. On an Indian reservation census or tribal enrollment, a confirmed blood relative is listed.

In the Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian Censuses and Rolls, 1851-1959 collection on Ancestry.com, you can look up censuses for 16 tribes. Annual Censuses taken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are also available on Ancestry.com and Fold 3. 

Using the links on Access Genealogy, you can look for annual Indian censuses for free.

Land distribution in Indian Territory was based on tribal enrollment, which included the Dawes and Guion-Miller rolls. The Oklahoma Historical Society and Ancestry.com have many of the resulting records.

3. Your ancestors lived in places where they might have come into contact with Indians, as proven by family stories and documentation.

It is very crucial to know the history of the places you’re researching. It could link you to information about your ancestor(s) that you'll would of never camer across.

4. Your ancestor lived in Indian Territory by 1900.

This raises the chance that your ancestor belonged to a tribe that was exiled to Indian Territory, which historically covered much of what is now Oklahoma.

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