More Native American Resources

Continuing our honoring of Native American Month, here are some more free genealogy resources for your Native American research.

The US Army Center for Military History has a page for Native American recipients of the Medal of Honor. Names are organized by conflict, which include the Indian Wars, World War II and the Korean War. Most names have basic information such as rank, organization, date and place of service, place and date they entered service, birth information and citation information. Some entries, mostly those from World War II and the Korean War, have more detailed information about their citation.

If an ancestor is rumored to have Native American blood, but you are not sure what tribe they were part of, your first step will be to determine that. The American Indian Resource Directory can help with that. Simply pick the region where your ancestor lived, either on the map or through the links below the map. This will take you to a page that lists the tribes found in specific states, along with contact information for those. Keep in mind that this only lists federally recognized tribes.

The Native Languages website has a more detailed map. Just click on the state that your ancestor lived in to get a map showing the various tribes and areas of the state they inhabited. To the right of the map, many of the tribes are hyperlinked, which takes you to a page that offers more information on them, including websites, traditions, language, culture and more. I really like this free genealogy resource as it allows you go beyond just locating potential tribes your ancestor may have been part of and actually offers the opportunity to learn more about that specific tribe.

If your ancestors were Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida or Tuscarora and served in the War of 1812, you may find them on this page from the NYGenWeb Project. The data was compiled from claims on file with the Bureau of War Records. Names are organized by tribe. The data for the Seneca Nation is further organized by reservation. The first column lists the claim number, the second the individual's name, the third the claimant and the final column the amount of tte land grant awarded for service.


  • Greta Koehl says:
    November 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    These are helpful resources - thanks for posting them.

  • Amy Coffin, MLIS says:
    November 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    These are great. Thank you!

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