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Native Americans: Resources in Local History and Genealogy

External Websites and Databases

The following external websites contain primary source and educational materials helpful in researching Native American history and genealogy.

The following links include selected blog posts about research strategies, DNA discoveries, and seeking tribal membership.

Genealogical records will be found across a range of repositories. These are some of the places where you might find important information.

Archival Collections

Government Offices

Library Collections


Museum Collections

Tribal Leadership

Tribes: Genealogy Resources

The suggestions below are only a sampling of the possibilities. Please be sure to search for tribal information about any band that interests you. Note that 574 tribes are recognized by the U.S. Government and there may be other subdivisions of those tribes that are not officially recognized.

Research Guides

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Learn from the experts about incorporating both traditional and genetic genealogy into your research strategies.