African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Native American Roots
In Response To: Native American Roots ()
Not sure what you mean exactly--but in general, standard genealogy methodology is what you need to practice. Document your line from the present, through your parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc.
Use the right records--census, vital records (birth, death, marriage) military.
After those records, if your ancestors lived in or near Oklahoma--the Dawes Commission records from the Five Civilized Tribes may help you--Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole). If they did not----those records will not reflect your family.
If they lived in the southeast, you may check the Guion Miller Rolls of the Eastern Cherokee. For other nations, you may want to find out what records pertain to them.
However, your FIRST process is to use the standard genealogy records listed above. Do not start with Dawes Rolls, or Guion Miller Rolls. Native Americans will be found in the Federal Census---and as you will start in 1940 and work back--if there is native ancestry there, the records will reflect it.
I hope this is helpful.