Fold3 provides free access to its Native American collection

To celebrate National Native American Heritage month, Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American collection through November 15. You need to create a free account on Fold3 to access the collections.

Titles in this collection include:
*Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): This collection contains ratified treaties that occurred between tribes and the US government.

*Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

*Dawes Packets: In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed the Dawes Commission to negotiate with members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes. They were promised an allotment of land if they recognized Federal law and abolished tribal governments. The Dawes records are applications from individuals in these five tribes to establish eligibility.

*Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): The Dawes Commission recorded information about family groups within the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations.

*Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

*Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The US Court of Claims appointed Guion Miller to determine who was eligible for funds under the treaties between the US and the Eastern Cherokee. An estimated 90,000 applicants provided family genealogies to document tribal connections.

*Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): This collection contains the records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

To start searching, go to: https://go.fold3.com/native_americans_records

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