American Indian Research
Tracing American Indian ancestry can be a challenging process. There are a very limited number of professional researchers with extensive knowledge and experience in this area. Warren, Carmack & Associates offers a wide range of historical and genealogical services to individuals, tribes, law firms, and other organizations.
Some individuals have a family tradition that an ancestor was American Indian, while others know of specific family connections to a historic tribe. Many folks are simply interested in exploring that Indian ancestry along with their other genealogical lines, while others wish to determine their eligibility for enrollment with a present-day recognized Indian tribe. Whatever your reasons for researching your American Indian ancestry, Warren, Carmack & Associates can help you discover and document your heritage and American Indian ancestry.
Since 1997, much of Jim Warren’s client work has focused on American Indian research. He conducted extensive research and documentation from 1997 through 2003 as a consultant to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The results of that research form the basis for that Tribe’s extensive Archives. He has also conducted research, analysis, and genealogical writing for individuals and other tribes, and has provided consultation or expert witness testimony in Tribal Court, Federal District Court, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Administrative Law Judge proceedings. Jim is experienced in and knowledgeable about all levels of historical and genealogical records that pertain to American Indians.
That knowledge and experience combine with the capabilities that Warren, Carmack & Associates offers for research conducted in Washington, DC, at the National Archives regional facilities around the country, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and on-site at other repositories across the country as needed.
American Indian Research Services that Warren, Carmack & Associates can provide include:
- Survey and analyze existing information
- Identify resources that may be beneficial
- Recommend initial and follow-up research steps
- Conduct research as appropriate in historical and genealogical secondary sources (including online access)
- Coordinate or conduct the gathering of documents, photographs, memories, artifacts, or oral history interviews.
- Conduct on-site research as appropriate in primary source documents
- Evaluate records and genealogical relationships in historical context
- Make recommendations or provide contacts for access to materials or repositories
- Make recommendations for the preservation of documents, photographs, and artifacts
- Coordinate or compile brief or extensive histories, biographies, document or photograph collections
- Coordinate or compile brief or extensive family or tribal history audio tapes, videos or multi-media CDs
- Design, write, copy edit, layout, and publish brief or extensive family or tribal history pamphlets or pamphlets
- Prepare simple or complex displays of historical records or genealogical display charts
- Provide individual or group hands-on assistance, training, or classes on genealogical and historical research
- Provide expert witness court testimony in Tribal, county, state, or federal district court
- Provide consultation services or on-site guidance for individuals or tribes wishing to conduct most of their own historical and genealogical research, analysis, or writing.
Whether you are an individual curious about your American Indian ancestry, or a tribe or organization seeking consultative, research, or court-case assistance, Warren, Carmack & Associates will be happy to discuss options with you.
For additional information, send a brief description of your research needs to Jim Warren.