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My question is that I believe my great-grandmother was Native American. Her name was Katie Scarsbough. She married Grabriel Moore and my grandmother was born in Summter, NC, in 1909. How can I prove it?

Cheryl Tibbrine

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Dear Ms. Tibbrine,

There are several sites that offer services toward tracing one’s American Indian ancestry. One of those listed below should be able to help.



Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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Trace Indian Ancestry
To determine if you are eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe, contact the tribe, or tribes, you claim ancestry from. It is the individual tribes who set tribal enrollment requirements. Additional information on tracing American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry can be found below

Ancestry – General statement on tracing your American Indian ancestry for purposes of enrolling in a federally recognized American Indian tribe.
Genealogical Research –  Provides general information as to where individuals can look in order to find the appropriate information they need to support their effort.
Enrollment Process – Provides a general description on what the Enrollment Process to a federally recognized tribe involves.
Benefits & Services Provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives – Provides a general description on what benefits and services are available to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Cherokee Indian Ancestry – There are three federally recognized Cherokee Tribes that have different requirements for enrollment in their tribes.
Dawes Rolls -The Dawes Commission was organized in 1893 to accept applications for tribal enrollment between 1893-1907 from American Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes who resided in Indian Territory, which later became the eastern portion of Oklahoma.
Contacting a Tribal Entity – The BIA Tribal Leaders Directory (PDF, <1 mb) lists the name, address and phone number of all the Federally Recognized Tribes. Dated Spring, 2009.


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