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Trace Your Native American Ancestry

Native American ancestry can be traced thousands of years.

Many people with Native American blood must prove their Native American ancestry in order to receive the benefits, if any, entitled to their specific tribe from the United States government.

There are many others who just want to uncover where they came from and find out if they do have Native American ancestry. Others simply want to find more information on their genealogy in order to learn how and where their tribal people lived.

There are hundreds of thousands of Americans with Native American roots.

Steps to Tracing Heritage
Most Native American genealogy records need to be obtained from the United States Government. When, and if, you do find Native American descendants, you may qualify for tribal membership and any benefits that come with it.

The majority of records you need to prove your Native American ancestry can be obtained through the United States Court of Claims. This office was in charge of the plots of land given to each tribe and maintained tribal member records.

Today, many records of Native American ancestry are also published, making genealogic research much easier.

Many tribal organizations can also help take care of all of the steps in obtaining tribal membership and the benefits of it.

Many of the treaties that were made among the government and the different tribes are still upheld to this day.

If you do want to start tracing your American Indian roots, there are many Web sites to help you find the answers to your questions and the information you desire.

Below are resource links that can help you get started with your research:

 

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