Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives

The Dawes Rolls
(Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes
in Indian Territory)

Step 4: Look up the Person in the Final Rolls online

In the Final Rolls for Indians by blood, you will find the person's name, age, sex, blood degree, and census card number. For Freedmen, you'll find the person's name, age, sex, and census card number (no blood degree).


Step 4: Look up the Person in the Final Rolls online

The Final Rolls are available through NARA's Online Catalog.
In order to find the person in the Final Rolls, you will be searching in the Online Catalog.

  1. Go to the Online Catalog main page
    http://www.archives.gov/research/search/

  2. In the Search box, enter 300321 (this is the National Archives Identifier) and click Search.

  3. Click on the link that says The Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory., 03/04/1907

  4. Click on the Tab which says "Digital Copies"

  5. Note that the page says Digital Copies 1-10 of 634 (total pages).

  6. Scroll to the pages for the respective tribe you are looking for by either clicking on the forward arrows to jump ahead or by clicking on the page numbers.
    (Note: This may require patience and some trial and error to find it!)

    After you browse through the pages to find the tribe you are looking for, you can find the person listed in numerical order, using the Roll Number you obtained from the Index.

    Getting back to the previous example where we were looking for Napoleon Ainsworth of the Choctaws, we will browse through the images to find the Choctaw tribe, and then click through those images until we find number 8938 listed on image 54 (page 6).
Click on the image for page 54. This is what you will see at the top:
Final Rolls example
Napoleon is listed as number 8938, just as expected from the index, along with his age, sex, blood degree, and census card number.
  1. Write down everything that is listed on the line of the person you are looking for. You will especially want to write down the Census Card No. so you can continue research with records held in NARA's Fort Worth facility. You will find the Census Card number in the sixth column, after the person's age, sex, and blood degree.

    In this case, we write down Census Card No. 3055 for Napoleon Ainsworth.

    Next Step:

  2. Now that you have obtained the Census Card number from the Final Rolls, and have already checked to see if the Enrollment or Census card has been described in the Online Catalog (in Step 2), you can proceed to Step 5: What You Can Do Next.

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