Indian Tribes of the United States

Indian Tribes of the United States: The largest online collection, providing the history, location, customs, and society, of each Native American tribe.

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Powells Map showing the Lingusitic Families of the Indian Tribes of the United States

An extensive cross reference to our tribal pages on AccessGenealogy. What was initially a large exhaustive list of resources found at AccessGenealogy for each tribe in the United States is being converted into a cross reference for the tribal pages themselves. The list of resources for each tribe being now found on the tribal page. In this way, we can concentrate on providing more obscure tribal spellings while still directing you to the appropriate tribal page. On the tribal pages you will find a description of the tribe, villages which the tribe was known to reside, gens and clans, culture, religion, as well as references to other works found on our website. This is a large work in progress, and you’ll see much movement of information in the coming months from these pages to their specific tribal page. Still use this as a cross reference when you get that tribal spelling you’re unsure of.

Tribe name ~ Links to Tribe Online Page

Tribal information extracted from the following manuscripts (Just click on the author’s name to view what they have written on a tribe) :

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  • The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico was compiled by some of the best and well known Indian researchers of that time.  Many of which wrote only about specific tribes.  The work began in 1873 and was submitted to the Bureau of Ethnology for publication in 1905.  There are approximately 2,500 tribes listed in the book, most of which you will find on our pages listed as Indian Tribal Histories or Indian Bands, Gens and Clans
    Because this book is so extensive we have included other sections which we felt would be of interest to our readers: Indian History, Indian Facts and Fallacies, Indian Chiefs and Leaders, Indian Reservations, and Indians of Canada and Mexico (in progress).
  • Villages of the Algonquian, Siouan and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi by David Bushnell.  Bushnell paints a vivid picture of the homes, camps and travels of our Indian Ancestors.
  • The Aboriginal Races of North America by Samuel G. Drake, provides the reader with an enumeration of the tribes known at that time and endeavors to divide North America into certain districts, each which include all Indians speaking the same or dialects of the same language.
  • The Indian Tribes of North America, by John R. Swanton, the author divides the United States by regions and places the many tribes in that area.  This work is not completely accurate and many of the tribes moved in a wide area especially for hunting and winter camps. This book provides more information than just the history of the tribes, we have made pages that contain additional information.  We have also built pages that will provide you links to other pages on our site that contains additional information on specific tribes (some still in progress). If you use the search on Access Genealogy, using terms like Tribal names, Indian Dance, Indian Customs and more, you will find pages within books on that subject. Be sure to put the specific tribe in your search like Blackfoot Indian Customs.
  • A Guide to Tracing American Indian & Alaska Native Ancestry
    When establishing descent from an American Indian/American Native tribe for membership and enrollment purposes an individual must provide genealogical documentation that supports his or her claim of such ancestry from a specific tribe or tribal community. Such documentation must prove that the individual is a lineal descendant of an individual whose name can be found on the tribal membership roll of the federally recognized tribe from which the individual is claiming descent and is seeking to enroll.

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9 thoughts on “Indian Tribes of the United States”

  1. Franklin Mato'opi D Charlton

    i’m trying to find john charlton born shawnee indian on cencus it appears ancestery has gotten complycated over time.
    john charlton born 1855

  2. seeking info on Laura E Smallwood or there suggestions she as possibly an Anderson, said to be 1/2 Chickasaw. ( written on back of photo.) Born c 1838 in TN or GA.

  3. Anna-Marie Keeling

    Hi I am looking for information on my great-grandmother Edith Maureen Moon (might be Edith Marie Moon….the family is hard of hearing and documents seem to never be correct around here) Edith was born in South Dakota on a Reservation according to the family stories and I’d like to find out more about her. Where can I start?

  4. Christin Carlson

    I am trying to trace my Indian heritage as I found out that my fathers, mothers parents were 100%, I know my dads name, I know his dads name, I do not know their parents names and I know that we are Cherokee but it means pride to me in this hostile world and I would like to know a legit inexpensive ways to find out. I am from Tuckerman Arkansas. Used to dig out arrowheads from the back yard, I lived in Stillwater for a while and had a tribal friend and family we did the gatherings and healing ceremonies and I would truly like to teach this heritage to my children!!! Please if you can help, I am in Oklahoma for two days, I’m visiting from Florida!

    1. Barbara Darling

      Seeking information on Esther Juda Indiana Stalcup 1857-1946.
      Lived in Macon Georgia. Moved toward Arkansas about 1870-1880.
      Married Young Andrew Abercrombie
      About 1887. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
      Esther’s mother died along the route and father was killed by bushwackers.
      She had told my mother and others that she was raised by a ‘white’ family. Esther was my great grandmother and she was a Native American. Any info would be great. Thank you and God Bless!!! Email : [email protected]

  5. I would like to know if Chief strange horse, Upper Brule Sioux was involved the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

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