Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives

Researching an Individual or Family

Records relating to American Indians at the National Archives may help you locate information about an individual or family such as names, dates, location, and more. A variety of Federal agencies created these documents in the course of daily business.

Click on one of the tabs below: Census Records, Bureau of Indian Affairs Records (BIA), School Records, Employment Records, and Military Service Records and to learn about the research process and documents.

Census Records

Indian Census Rolls and Federal Population Censuses

Bureau of Indian Affairs Records (BIA)

Allotment Records, Case Files, Employment and Financial Documentation, and Reports

School Records

Student Case Files

Employment Records

Headquarters and Field Office Employees, Agents, Superintendents, and Officials

Military Service Records

Discharge Papers, Official Military Personnel Files, and Pension Files

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