Native American Research in Ancestry LE 

Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes numerous record collections that deal with Native Americans. Nearly forty record collections provide access to approximately 9 million records of Native Americans.

It is fairly easy to locate record collection that focus on Native Americans, but making sure that you’ve examined everything of possible interest can be more complicated and time consuming. Search terms really do matter, as illustrated by results of these searches of Ancestry LE’s Card Catalog (case does not matter):

SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE native american 5 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE native americans 0 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD native american 34 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD native americans 24 hits

SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE indian 30 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE indians 7 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD indian 39 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD indians 12

Note that even the decision to use the singular rather than the plural can have a dramatic effect on search results.

A number of unexpected record collections were discovered while doing these Card Catalog searches, including the following:

Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian Photos, 1850-1930

This record collection includes 800 photographs selected from the extensive collection of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Photographs may depict groups or individuals. Some are captioned with names of subjects, but many subjects are unknown.

When searching this collection, enter names and keywords such as the name of the tribe (which is typically included), schools, or other agencies. You can also browse the collection without entering a search term.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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