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Research Notes 2018-11-5

Do you have Native American heritage? From now until November 15th is offering free access to its Native American records. If you aren’t already a Fold3 users, you will need to register for a free Fold3 account. After this offer ends, you will only be able to view Fold3 records with a paid account.

Included in this collection are:

Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): This collection contains ratified treaties that occurred between tribes and the US government. Also included are presidential proclamations, correspondence, and treaty negotiation expenses.

Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): An 1884 Act of Congress required agents or superintendents of reservations to submit annual census rolls. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

Dawes Packets: In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed the Dawes Commission to negotiate with members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes. They were promised an allotment of land if they recognized Federal law and abolished tribal governments. The Dawes records are applications from individuals in these five tribes to establish eligibility.

Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): The Dawes Commission recorded information about family groups within the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations. Also, known as “census cards,” the cards list family relationships, degree of native blood, tribal enrollment and include notations of actions taken.

Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The US Court of Claims appointed Guion Miller to determine who was eligible for funds under the treaties between the US and the Eastern Cherokee. An estimated 90,000 applicants provided family genealogies to document tribal connections, making this collection an important source for genealogical research.

Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): This collection contains the records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): A stunning collection by commercial photographer Frank A. Rinehart of Omaha, Nebraska. He was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

Get the details at the Fold3 blog.


Are you familiar with the project management platform called Trello? It’s a delightful way to keep your research organized and on track. Trello’s organization system is based around three tools: boards, lists and cards. Boards are projects. Inside each board are lists. I usually include three lists for each board – ToDo, Doing and Done. I know – it’s basic but it works. Each list can have any number of cards. Cards represent the tasks you need to complete. Using my basic workflow, each new task becomes a card located in the ToDo list until I am ready to start working on it. At that point, the card is moved to the Doing list where it resides until the task is complete. At that point it is moved to the Done list.

Trello sample

A sample Trello board courtesy of the Family History Daily

How your lists and cards are arranged is up to you. In this example you are looking at a board with three lists (Smith Family, John Doe Line and New Records to Add to My Tree). Each list has multiple cards. Cards can contain photos and text and there is no limit to the number of cards included in each list. When you click on a card, Trello will display the card back. The card back holds information like due dates, labels, and checklists. Once again, these settings can be changed to suit your work style. Card backs can be used to document sources and any additional information you want included on that card. Trello also has a social side. You can get other people involved in your research project – or maybe just a specific task. The comment box at the bottom of each card back can be used to communicate with your research cousins and even share attachments. Using Trello’s comment box, you are also capturing the entire conversation in one convenient location. Think about that . . . no more searching an overloaded email inbox.

Trello’s free plan includes unlimited boards, lists, cards, checklists, members and attachments. You can attach files up to 10MB from your computer or you can link to files in your Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive account. You can access Trello via the Web at There are also free apps for Apple and Windows desktops along with Apple and Android mobile devices.

If you would like to learn more about Trello, take the Trello tour and see for yourself.


Beginning January 8, 2019, Flickr’s free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos or videos. You can upgrade to the Flickr Pro plan with a 33% discount for your first year if you upgrade prior to November 30th. After that, it’s the full price for an annual Pro plan. There are a number of goodies included in the Pro plan including a 15% discount for Adobe Creative Cloud, get $35 off your Photo Book purchase at Blurb up to 4 times a year, 50% off the first year of a new SmugMug subscription and more.


How many times have you wished your ancestors had saved their letters, photographs and other ephemera? No official record can bring your ancestors to life the way a diary can. So, what are you doing to give future family historians a broader view of today’s family? The holidays bring families together and now is the time to prepare so you can capture and preserve those special moments.

Today’s journaling apps are amazing. A journaling app installed on your mobile phone makes it easy to capture your world and save it for future generations. Many of these apps not only take pictures, they also capture date, time and place. You can easily add a few notes to add even more to the story.

Final Notes

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