Find Your Ancestors: Researching Native American Ancestors

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Find Your Ancestors presentation for November was “Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors” presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant. Paula covered a wide range of resources in her two-hour presentation, ranging from the obvious census records to the hard-to-find private sources and manuscripts that may be in archives or libraries. In addition to sharing the resources, she also shared the historical context around the records, such as Indian school records, so researchers could look at them with an understanding of the time period in which they were created. One attendee said the presentation was “very thorough and filled with excellent sources and research tips.” Friends provided financial support for this series and an honorarium for this speaker.