First Nations Resources
St. Clair County, Michigan
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First Nations Research

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As with any genealogical research, the place to start when researching Indian ancestry is with what you know right now. Talk to family members and gather as much information as you can, including native names, places of birth and migration patterns. It's very important to view as many documents, such as letters, family bibles, civil records, church records, census rolls and photographs, as you can get your hands on. It's also important to know that many of the First Nations peoples of the USA were relocated by the US government far from their ancestral lands to remote places such as Oklahoma (Indian Territory) during the 1800s when European settlers began spreading across the land. Because of this relocation, you may have to research other places, such as Kansas and Oklahoma. Be sure to review the various rolls that were created. In Michigan, a primary source is the Durant roll, a census of Indians from 1870 and their known descendents living on March 4, 1907.

This is just a starting place; there are countless web sites with a wealth of information out there. I will add additional resources and information as I gather it and as time permits. In the meantime, if you have personal genealogical information or other materials regarding Native Nations genealogy and history for the St. Clair County area, and would like to share it with others, please email me.

Email the county coordinator any obituaries, photographs or other materials you wish to have posted at this site.

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This page was last updated Saturday, January 25, 2014