November is Native American Heritage Month! Native American resources available in the Grosvenor Room include, but are not limited to: how-to guides; select census records; directories; maps and atlases that show Cattaraugus, Tonawanda, and Tuscarora Reservation residents; and Seneca history books. Read more about the Grosvenor Room collections in our Native American Genealogy finding aid.
Ancestry Library Edition
The Ancestry Library Edition database has dozens of Native American Resources. Ancestry is available for research at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library location. A few of its key Native American resources are:
Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 – name, age, birth date, marital status, tribe name, reservation name, relationship to head of the household. Read more about Indian Census Rolls.
U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914 – name of applicant, age, gender, degree of Indian blood, parents’ names, relationship to the head of the household. Read more about Native American Enrollment Cards.
U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930 – Ancestry includes an every name index to these records. Read more about Native Americans in Federal census records.
Other Native American Resources:
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (genealogy records, family papers, manuscripts)