Please note that it may take between three and six months to process your application. When sending in your application, it is necessary to provide documentation to prove your relationship to the Abenaki ancestor. This would include your birth certificate. Also include other documentation such as a copy of your genealogy or other proofs of origin, such as marriage certificates of ancestors, birth and death certificates, or other items that tie you to such ancestor(s). Thank you. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the Tribal ID Card Application Form below is for those who are already enrolled in the tribe. For example, children who have turned 16, someone who has not previously had a card, or someone who needs a new card. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to: email@example.com
We've also provided some resources to help with researching your ancestry. Please scroll down to view a video or to join a weekly chat group about genealogical research.
People are always asking about researching Native American ancestors. This video is good - 10% applies to researching your Abenaki Ancestors. It never made sense to me to get certified in Native American research, Abenaki records are not found in the sources that are so helpful in other tribes to the west. Unless your family went to the Reserves in Canada, or merged into one of the recognized neighboring Tribes, you are going to focus on getting your genealogy back to the 1700's to get records that have not been white washed, or the race has not been changed arbitrarily in the records. Basically you start with you and go back. If you hit a wall in your line from the primary records, poke around in where your ancestors lived. Is there history of Abenaki there in that time frame? Are there alternative sources of family history you can search for that place? For the helpful areas this video does hit on, it's worth the watch.
Finding Native American Ancestors
The American Canadian Genealogical Society is very experienced in researching records in Quebec and New England where our Abenaki Ancestors lived. They have many electronic source materials available to members online. These free zoom sessions on Thursdays will help you learn what they have and how to find your ancestors.
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