= Tribes of the United States =
Many "tribes" have existed in what is now the United States. Some have existed and become extinct. Some are federally recognized. Some are state-recognized. And some exist without official recognition
. It is important to determine the tribal affiliation of supposed ancestors, since most of the records are associated with the tribe. If the tribal connection of an ancestor is unknown, sometimes it can be identified by determining the residence of the ancestor and studying the history of that locality to find tribe s that resided in that locality. There are several lists of tribes available for various localities -- country, state, or local.
Native Tribes of the United States (includes federally and state recognized) -- http://www.dickshovel.com/trbindex. html
Indian Tribes of the United States -- http: //www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/<br>
While these lists differ in their completeness, they are important tools to help identify the names of the tribes and where they resided. However, since this Wiki site is focusing on the records of the various tribes, their location, and their use, an additional list will be compiled with links to the tribal histories, offices, and records. It is hoped this will make it easier for genealogists and family historians to find the records needed to trace their ancestry and prepare the histories of those ancestors. It will be an ongoing and lengthy process. In the meantime, the above lists should prove helpful.
[[Indian Tribes of the United States and Their Records|Indian Tribes of the United States and Their Records]]
[http://www.connerprairie.org/HistoryOnline/policy.html American Indian Policies.]
= References =