NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY RESEARCH
WILLIAM T. CROSS, Ph.D.
Many seek to document their Native American descent for possible tribal enrollment, access to scholarships, contracting or, other business opportunities and others for purely informational reasons. Regardless, searching for your Native American ancestry can be challenging and for some impossible. The assistance of an experienced genealogist with knowledge and experience working with tribal histories and records can be instrumental to your success.
Remember when researching your Native American genealogy the burden of proof lies solely on the individual as neither tribes nor the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs does ancestry research. No ethical genealogist can predict or guarantee to identify American Indian ancestry or to find a specific document or result." we can only go where the documents take us."
"Many people think that the BIA retrieves genealogical information from a massive national Indian registry or a comprehensive computer database...the BIA does not maintain a national registry. The BIA does not conduct genealogical research for the public." -Bureau of Indian Affairs."