Genealolgy site Ancestry.com has added millions of new American Indian records for the use of those who think they may have American Indian blood, according to AP.
The idea came about due to a slim 5.2 million people identifying themselves as having American Indian or Alaskan Native ancestry on 2010 U.S. Census forms.
Estimates as to those who have American Indian in their genealogy were much higher.
Ancestry.com figured that a lot of times, people just don’t know their genealogy very well or that they have American Indian blood.
So, to help solve that problem, the genealogy website has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add the American Indian historical records, as well as images, to its website.
Ancestry.com will now have more than 10 million American Indian historical records. That makes it the largest online collection of American Indian genealogy out there.
The new info includes census counts, treaties, land allotments, marriage certificates and citizenship from over 570 tribes.
More specifically, records will include Oklahoma and Indian Territory Dawes Census Cards for Five Civilized Tribes from 1898-1914, Oklahoma and Indian Territory Indian Censuses and Rolls from 1851-1959, ratified Indian Treaties and Chiefs from 1722-1869, Oklahoma Indian Land Allotment sales from 1908-1927, and records related to enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller from 1908-1910.
Pretty amazing stuff going on the the world of genealogy!
Lisa Arnold, senior content strategist at Ancestry.com, said, “We were able to tell a more complete story by going back further. This will be the most comprehensive collection of Indian records.”
She added, “People are really, vitally interested in this.”
If you weren’t all that interested in your genealogy before, perhaps you will be now that there is a possibility that you could have American Indian blood. It’s worth a look, anyway!
What do you think of the huge new genealogy records addition?