Wednesday, December 8, 2021

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Native American Research with Judy Nimer Muhn


The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Laura Hedgecock,  Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy and I welcome Native American research specialist Judy Nimer Muhn.  

Watch as Judy shares resources for locating records,  using DNA and methodologies for finding information on your Native American ancestors.

Links in this Episode:

Researching Indigenous Peoples

Judy Nimer Muhn, Lineage Journeys      




        List of Federally-Recognized Tribes, by state: The process for recognition by the states and federal government are complicated and lengthy.  Groups seeking recognition must prove historical/anthropological/archeological evidence of their existence as a community within a geography, documentation of those who are affiliated with the community and more.  ( 

        Oklahoma Historical Society ( – Indexed records especially of the Five “Civilized” Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole) but also other tribal groups.

        A Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry – Department of the Interior  This guide discusses how to begin genealogy research.

        Starting Genealogy and Family History Research - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

     NARA explains what types of information are needed for genealogy research and highlights books that focus on the research process and document collection. 

        Native Americans – “Specific Tribal or Nation Resources” and “USGenWeb Project”

     Vital Records – Native American Directory                                       

     This website offers a search feature by tribe. Each tribal section contains contact information for genealogical records or information and links to online and other resources (some are advertised as free and some are advertised for sale).

        The Genealogy Page – National Archives and Record Administration (NARA)    This section contains links to websites of census rolls, military records, photos, and more. NARA also provides publications for sale and information about workshops offered at various regional locations.  


National Archives, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rolls:   There are many “rolls” or census records of native people in the United States (Baker, Guion Miller, Kern-Clifton, Roblin, Wallace, etc.)  


     Maps:  Mentioned in the presentation, the maps by Aaron Carapella -

     A map APP:    Created in 2015, it continuously is being updated as tribal groups and researchers submit more information.  FREE.  Covers the whole world where Indigenous peoples live and are documented.  Gives tribal names as the People say them (our own languages), a separate tab for the language spoken, and another tab for treaties for specific territories.


Book: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz  

  The "Works Cited" list in the back is awesome!!!

 Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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