Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940

Records: 424,217 · Complete: 100%

NARA M595. Most rolls include the English and/or Indian name of the person, roll number, age or date of birth, sex, and relationship to head of family. Beginning in 1930 the rolls also show the degree of Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, and sometimes other information. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls. There is not a census for every reservation or group of Indians for every year.

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Fold3, Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (/title/84/indian-census-rolls-1885-1940 :accessed September 27, 2020), database and images,

Publication Title
Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
Total Records
Records: 424,217 · Complete: 100%
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Published on Fold3
January 16, 2009
Last Updated
May 29, 2009
NARA M595. This title consists of census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress.