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FamilySearch Learning Resources
On the Wiki page use the search box to find information on ethnic genealogy or browse the country list to find detailed research guides for countries around the world. Along with information on a country's records of genealogical value you will often find foreign word lists and form letters.
Under Research Courses find videos on doing ethnic or country research. Under Discussion Forums see and join in discussions on research topics of interest to you.
Cyndi's List
Enter the name of an ethnic group or a foreign country to find a variety of web sites to help your research.
National Archives National Heritage Page
Special coverage for federal archives material on African Americans, Chinese Americans, Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Native Americans, and Other Ethnic Groups/Nationalities (Canadian, Eastern Europe and Russia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Jewish, Western European)


African American

Afrigeneas & Its Top Ten Best Sites
On the main Afrigeneas page click on the Menu items at the very top of the screen to find content.
Christine's Genealogy Website
Christine's personal page has lots of links to sites she has used in her research.
FamilySearch Learning Center
Enter African American in the search box to find almost two dozen videos on doing African American and African American/Native American research.
National Archives African American Heritage Page


Asian

Cyndislist for Asia
As usual Cyndi's list offers a wide variety of web sites.
National Archives Online Public Access Search
Enter the name of a nationality like Japanese to find online images and text and lists of other documents in the National Archives collection. You may add a family name to see what you find. Also see the two special pages shown below.
Chinese Immigration and Chinese in America
Japanese American Records


Hispanic

CyndisList.com
Look for "Central & South America," "Mexico," and "Spain" as topics on Cyndi's List to find useful web sites for the many Spanish speaking countries.
FamilySearch.org
Scroll down to "Browse by Location" and choose "Mexico," "Carribean, Central and South America," or "Continental Europe" (and then Spain).
Remember to click on LEARN at the top of the screen to find research guides to countries, language help, and forums in which to share your questions.
National Archives Hispanic American Heritage


Jewish

JewishGen Inc.
JewishGen, Inc. features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research.


Native American

AccessGenealogy – Native American Page
Links on the left to transcripts of some Indian censuses, transcriptions of major treaties, and a variety of other information. In the center, you will find the enrollment lists for the Five Civilized Tribes. The Dawes Rolls in Oklahoma, 1898-1914 are the rolls needed to apply for membership in one of these tribes. The other rolls will prove Indian blood at earlier times and in other places. The Dawes Index here will give you both the person's roll number and his or her card number, BUT not all people are listed. It appears the Freedmen are not listed here, though the Freedman Minors appear to be included. On the right are histories of Indian tribes with their locations through time and the numbers that remained in 1906 when the source of these article, The Handbook of American Indians, was written. If you do find your person the Dawes Index here, you can go to Ancestry to see the actual Census Card for your family. Ancestry also has a searchable index to these records.
FamilySearch Learning Center
Enter Native American in the search box to find almost two dozen videos on Native American and African American/Native American research.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
The BIA's list of documents includes a list of federally recognized tribes with contact information, a guide to establishing your Indian ancestry, a Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood Application and Instructions, and a variety of other useful guides.
U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940 [not 5 Civilized Tribes]
Ancestry Library Edition***if you are in the Library OR Ancestry.com
Choose the Indian Census Rolls collection shown above from the Census & Voter Lists accessed through the SEARCH drop-down box. You will see it in the list on the right side of the census page. Though Ancestry doesn't say so, some of these lists are indexed by name and some are not. If the search box doesn't work, choose a tribe and census roll from the right side of the screen
U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes [in Oklahoma], 1896–1914
Ancestry Library Edition***if you are in the Library OR Ancestry.com
Go to the Card Catalog in the SEARCH drop-down menu. On the Card Catalog screen type "Dawes" in the keyword box. Choose the first item, the title listed above.
First, search for a name or names in the search box on the left. After obtaining the tribe category and roll number and census card number for a person use the "Browse This Collection" column on the right to choose a tribal category from the drop-down menu. Then choose a range of census card numbers. You then must browse for the card number you found in your search on the left. You now have the census card you need to prove citizenship in one of the five civilized tribes.
National Archives Native American Page
The National Archives is a major source of historical Indian records. This page has an overwhelming selection of records and search tips.
National Archives Online Public Access Search
Enter the name of a tribe like "Apache Indians" to find online images and text and lists of other documents in the National Archives collection.
Fold3.com Subscription or available free at Family History Centers
Fold3.com has the Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 for most U.S. Tribes. Besides the Dawes Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Nations, Fold3 has images of the enrollment application packets for the Five Civilized Tribes, the Guillon Miller Roll for the Eastern Cherokee, and records of the Cherokee Indian Agency in Tennessee, 1801-1835.

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