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Special Interest Genealogy Resources

These are resources for genealogy research with a specific focus. Like always, is used for for international resources and for US only resources. If you would like to suggest a resource for this page, please fill out this form.

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 Applications for Enrollment in the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914 (The Dawes Rolls)

This collection that was the product of a commission headed by Henry L. Dawes has records for everyone who applied for membership into the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Native American tribes between 1898-1914. It includes former slaves with native blood or who were previously enslaved by a native tribe as well as the non-native spouses of native people. The tribes still use these records to verify ancestry for membership applications. The digitized version of the Dawes Rolls is on the NARA website and it’s partially indexed. Even if your target person’s application was ultimately rejected, the application itself reveals valuable information such as parents, spouses, children, former slave owners, etc. Here is a RootsTech 2022 video on the subject.

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 Immigration Passenger Lists

Multiple records collections related to arriving immigrants from Russia, Ireland, Germany, Italy, etc. (1834-1900).

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 Immigration Passenger Lists (Ellis Island)

This is a searchable database of passengers by the The Statue of Liberty—Ellis Island Foundation who arrived in the US via Ellis Island from 1820 to 1957.

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 Japanese-American Internee Data File

These records contain information about Japanese-Americans who were forcefully relocated from Washington, Oregon, and California between 1942-1946 (WWII).

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 Prisoners of War, Missing in Action, and Casualty Records

Records mostly related to WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. There is also a record collection documenting deceased, wounded, ill, and injured army personnel along with their dependents and civilian employees (from 1/1/1961 to 12/1981).

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