October is important to family historians for several reasons

I live in the U.S. so this is from that viewpoint. It’s amazing to see how many different days and months are celebrated around the world. For me, the best is October 4th when I will celebrate what would have been my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary.  That’s important to my family history.  I have a […]

The Native American gems in manuscripts: Osage Nation finds Jesuit archives preserving its history

Native American genealogy research is more than locating a name on Bureau of Indian Affairs censuses, tribal base rolls*, or complete faith in a family story that you have a Indian ancestor in your background. It’s learning about how to research family history in general, finding out more about that person or person, proving the […]

Ancestry Academy courses: expert info on timelines, pensions, Native Americans, and more

The number of course offerings at Ancestry Academy continues to grow.  The categories and how many courses in each are listed below. Ancestry Products (14) Includes many areas of what Ancestry has to offer. Records (14) Includes early censuses, military pension applications, and the 1940 census! Methodology and Skills (8) Includes timelines obituaries, and resources […]

Quick update to my Ancestry Academy Native American course

When I did the Native American course for Ancestry, I truthfully stated that there were 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. A few others are recognized by states and many are trying to obtain federal recognition. It’s a long process that requires extensive research. Some of the Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines have […]

NARA Regional Fellowship research project winners

he National Archives announced the recipients and research topics for the 2013 Regional Fellowship Program. The winners will research at specific National Archives locations. The topics include several that intrigue me due to the connection to American Indian research which is one of my specialties. The Northern Cheyenne Homesteaders of Southeast Montana’s Tongue River and […]

Yale Library to Digitize Documents on New England’s Native Americans

The Yale University Office of Public Affairs released this press release on June 22nd. I found reference to it in several of the news outlets I follow. “New Haven, Conn. — Yale University Library has received a grant of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support “The New England Indian Papers […]