Native American Heritage

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Researching an Individual or Family

Records relating to American Indians at the National Archives may help you locate information about an individual or family such as names, dates, location, and more. A variety of Federal agencies created these documents in the course of daily business.

Click on one of the tabs below to learn about the research process and documents associated with each: Census Records, Bureau of Indian Affairs Records (BIA), School Records, Employment Records, and Military Service Records. These links are not name indexes and do not link to individual documents, but instead are pathways for general information that will help you access the records available through the National Archives and our partner websites. Note: some records may not be available in a digital format.