Genealogy Request Form

Several collections at Marquette University contain Native American genealogical records. Generally, the most useful are sacramental and church census records, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs census records, high school transcripts, and mission school attendance records, which are highlighted here. Several collections contain photographs of children and adults, but they are not described here. Records that are not restricted are available to archives visitors or borrowers of the corresponding microfilm via interlibrary loan. Under limited circumstances, on-site visitors may be permitted to conduct research in some restricted records.


Sacramental and Church Census Records

To protect personal privacy, records after 1930 are restricted and the corresponding microfilm will not be loaned. Also, records (originals and microfilm) from 1930 and earlier may be restricted if co-mingled with later records. However, archives staff at Marquette University will conduct genealogical searches for patrons who fill out the Genealogy Request Form (below). The following collections contain sacramental and church census records:

Kansas: St. Mary's Mission Records, 1851-1871 (no restrictions), available via interlibrary loan

Michigan: Sacred Heart Franciscan Records, church census and sacramental records, 1840-1947, reels 5-6 and 8 (no restrictions), available via interlibrary loan

Montana: Diocese of Helena Records, sacramental records, 1855-2003, reels 1-3 (restrictions apply), not available via interlibrary loan

North Dakota: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Pembina, baptismal records, 1856-1862, in the Julius M. Belleau Papers, reel 3 (no restrictions), not available via interlibrary loan

Wisconsin: The Sacred Heart Franciscan Records, sacramental records, reel 28 (no restrictions), available via interlibrary loan

South Dakota, Pine Ridge Reservation: Holy Rosary Mission-Red Cloud Indian School Records, sacramental records, and church census records, 1884-1987 (Series 2-1 and 2-2 (restrictions apply); not available via interlibrary loan; Episcopal Church in South Dakota, Pine Ridge Reservation sacramental records, 1879-1908 (microfilm reel 1, Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota) (no restrictions), not available via interlibrary loan


School Records

Restrictions: FERPA governs access to these records. Please contact the archivist for more information.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 governs access to student-related educational records. Legal interpretation has weighed in favor of applying a personal right to privacy to these records, and generally that privacy lapses with the death of the individual. In standard archival practice, restrictions on life-long records are lifted 70 years after their creation. Furthermore, FERPA's restrictions do not apply to student records held by non-educational institutions such as the branch repositories of the U.S. National Archives, which also hold copies of these student attendance records in its Indian agency records. It is possible that gaps among the copies in the Marquette Archives may not exist or may exist elsewhere among the copies at the National Archives branch repositories.

For more information about access to these records and other genealogical records at Marquette University, please submit an Application for Genealogical Query (below). Archives staff at Marquette University will conduct genealogical searches for patrons who fill out the form. The records often list individual names, dates of school attendance, tribal affiliation, degree of Indian blood, and comments explaining attendance and performance in school. The holdings of the Marquette Archives contain school records from these states:

Arizona: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

California: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Idaho: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Kansas: Osage Mission School Records

Michigan: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1 and Sacred Heart Franciscan Records, Series 1 (reel 9)

Minnesota: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Montana: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

New Mexico: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

North Dakota: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Oklahoma: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Oregon: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

South Dakota: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1, Holy Rosary Mission-Red Cloud Indian School Records (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Series 2-1 and 2-2, and the St. Francis Mission Records (Rosebud Indian Reservation), Series 2-1 and 2-2

Washington: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1

Wisconsin: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1, and Sacred Heart Franciscan Records, Series 1, reels 15-16 (Menominee Indian Reservation)

Wyoming: Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Series 2-1


U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Census Records

South Dakota: Holy Rosary Mission-Red Cloud Indian School Records (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Series 2-2 Restricted Reports Indian Roll Census, boxes 3-5 and 10: Per agreement with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Enrollment Office, January 26, 1996, certified copies of two forms of personal identity documents must be presented in person for each genealogical request using these records. For further information, contact the Oglala Sioux Tribe Enrollment Office, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770, telephone (605) 867-1321.


Red Cloud High School Transcripts

South Dakota: Holy Rosary Mission-Red Cloud Indian School Records (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Series 2-2 Restricted Reports, boxes 10-16 and Series 0: Per agreement with Red Cloud High School, all requests for transcripts must be made through the Red Cloud High School Office during regular business hours. Facsimile copies may be sent to any third party authorized through Red Cloud High School. For further information, contact Red Cloud High School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770-2100, telephone (605) 867-5888.


Requesting a Genealogical Search

Please fill out the form below as best you can and return via e-mail to Mark Thiel or U.S. Postal Service.

After reviewing your request, if we determine that the information you need is within records not restricted, instead of conducting a search, we will notify you about borrowing the records on microfilm via interlibrary loan according to our Guidelines for Interlibrary Loans.

Because our staff time is limited, please allow up to 6 to 8 weeks for your response. We will conduct up to two hours of complementary searching per year per patron at no charge, however donations are always appreciated. Fees may be charged for copies (see fee schedule) and additional research time. Please make checks payable to Marquette University (Federal EIN #39-080-6251) in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. For more information, please contact archivist Mark Thiel.


Navigational Resources

Marquette University Links
Guides to Catholic-Related Records for the United States about Native Americans

See also Reference Publications, Notable Works on African Americans and Native American Using Marquette University Archival Collections, and Afraid of Bear to Zuni: Surnames in English of Native American Origin found within Marquette University Archival Collections.

Portal Websites
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet, http://www.hanksville.org/NAresources/
National Indian Law Library, http://www.narf.org/nill/index.htm
Native American Home Pages, http://www.nativeculture.com/lisamitten/indians.html
Native Web, http://www.nativeweb.org/

Print Publications
Humling, Virginia, comp., U.S. Catholic Sources, A Diocesan Research Guide. Ancestry, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1995
Kirkham, E. Kay, comp. Our Native Americans, Their Records of Genealogical Value, Vols. 1 and 2. The Everton Publishers, Logan Utah, 1980 and 1984

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