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 to learn about the research process and documents associated with each: Census Records, Bureau of Indian Affairs Records (BIA), School Records, Employment Records, and Military Service Records. These links are not name indexes and do not link to individual documents, but instead are pathways for general information that will help you access the records available through the National Archives and our partner websites. Note: some records may not be available in a digital format.

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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