GN 00302.650 National Archives Indian Records
The National Archives in Washington, D.C. has extensive records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Two types of records are especially helpful for establishing age for Indian claimants:
B. Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940
Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940) are grouped by families. They show the age or DB of each person and his/her relationship to the head of the family.
The records are not complete because:
A census was not taken for every reservation or group of Indians for each year
Some Indians are not listed because they did not maintain a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision
Few records are kept for the following Oklahoma tribes:
C. Quarterly Reports of Indian Schools, 1910 - 1939
Quarterly Reports of Indian Schools (1910-1939) involve both Federal Government - operated and private contract schools.
They list students and their ages.
The records are not complete in that they do not list all schools or even all students in a given school.
D. Other records
For a particular tribe, other types of records may be available Because of the variety of information contained in the National Archives, it is best to consider each case on an individual basis. If enough information about a claimant is known, the personnel at the National Archives can determine what types of records might list the claimant.
Make requests for information from Indian records in the National Archives on Form SSA-562-U3 through the Washington (Downtown), D.C. District Office, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20203.
The request should contain the following information regarding the claimant:
Name (including Indian name and nicknames(, and
Tribe, band, reservation, or agency if known, and
Date and place of birth, and
Parent's names (including Indian names and nicknames), and
Place(s) of residence as a child, and
Siblings' names, and
Name and location of In school(s) attended, and
Approximate dates of school attendance.