Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection includes records from 1911 to 1919. The collection consists of images of records created during enrollment and adoption proceedings for Washington Indian tribes.

Record Content

Records may contain any of the following:

  • English name of the primary individual or family members
  • Indian name of the primary individual or family members
  • Birth, marriage or death dates
  • Birth, marriage or death places
  • Place of residence
  • Ages
  • Number of children in the family
  • Occupation
  • Other biographical details about the family or individuals such as migrations
  • Tribal affiliation
  • Religious affiliation
  • General information about the tribe

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Names
  • Identifying information such Indian name, dates lived, tribe, or names of other family members

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use ages to calculate approximate birth dates
  • Use the names and tribe to search Indian census rolls
  • Use birth, marriage or death dates and places to search for tribal or government vital records or certificates
  • Use the name of the tribe to search for background and historical information about the tribe
  • Use the names, dates and religious affiliation to search for church records

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for both English and Indian names as well as nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Verify the tribal affiliation. The person recording the information may have recorded it incorrectly.
  • Your ancestors may not be Indian.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919.”Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.