EARLY FAMILIES OF THE UPPER GREAT LAKES
ARCHIVES & FAMILY HISTORY
Oconto County WIGenWeb Project
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RESOURCES FOR EARLY FAMILY RESEARCHERS

This page is dedicated to helping site researches contact other resources for more information:

RECORDS RELATING TO CENSUS ROLLS AND OTHER ENROLLMENTS - NARA
http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/native-americans/1885-1940.html

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75)

     "Because Indians on reservations were not citizens until 1924, 19th- and early 20th-century census takers did not count Indians for congressional representation. Instead, the government took special censuses in connection with Indian treaties. (The government made its last treaty with the Indians in 1871.) The result of many treaties was to extinguish Indian titles to land. Typically, the Indians agreed to reduce their landholdings or to move to an area less desired for white settlement. Some treaties provided for the dissolution of the tribes and the allotment of land to individual Indians. The censuses determined who was eligible for the allotments." 

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Native American Genealogy in the National Archives

http://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/index.html

 


SELECTED Books

As with all previously gathered genealogy and family history information, it is important to verify the findings from any source by sending for copies of the original documents before adding them to your research.


*A History of Oconto
 by George Hall
Contains the original history written by his grandfather, Richard Hall, in 1879 and works from there into the mid 1900's. This book is no longer in print and difficult to find in libraries. It is also not indexed which makes the offer to look up families even more special. This book is a family history resource of the county.
For an extensive listing of the surnames found in this book, click HERE.

Another book by George Hall, out of publication, also may be available through interlibrary loan is:

*Bicentennial Recollections of Oconto County


Dr. Lester and his wife Jeanne Rentmeester, authors of the following books, are no longer publishing their copyrighted books on early Upper Great Lakes families. The only book that is available for purchase now is the "Early history of Duck Creek", 2nd edition; A collaboration of the Rentmeesters and the Howard-Suamico Historical Society who has the copyright and sells it from our website which is www.hshistoricalsociety.org.
*WISCONSIN FUR-TRADE PEOPLE 

*WISCONSIN CREOLES
For an extensive listing of the surnames and place names found in this book, click HERE.

*TOMAH
For a listing of the surnames and place names found in this book, click HERE.

*DUCK CREEK FAMILIES
For a listing of the surnames and place names found in this book, click HERE.
 

These books may also be available to you on interlibrary loan or at your local library.

The Rentmeester's extensively researched and documented, books on the early families of the upper Great Lakes region (Native American, French, Metis {Creole}, and other mixed bloods) have the following titles and can be borrowed through interstate library loan programs through your local library:

* WISCONSIN CREOLES (Researched early families)
*WISCONSIN FUR-TRADE PEOPLE (the history of earliest European integration with Native American families)
*FAMILIES OF DUCK CREEK (Brown County. WI)
*TOMAH (Thomas Caron - Statesman, Menominee Chief - and his Menominee people, who were first described by fur trader, Radisson,  in 1654. )

As with all gathered information, it is important to verify the findings from all sources by sending for copies of the original documents.



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