Genealogy Research Requests
Many people contact the
Penobscot Nation asking for information from tribal records that might
establish or prove Penobscot ancestry. In
some instances, their inquiries are documented with solid background
information but many are based only on a family tradition of Indian blood. For
example, there has always been a family story that great great grandma was a
full-blooded Penobscot princess.
Please note that, at
the very least, there is some minimum information that we need in order to search our
records. Please have this valid information prior to contacting the Nation.
names of the ancestor in question. Please
include the maiden name of any female ancestors in question.
of births, deaths and marriages. Or
at the very least a time period to search.
of birth, death or marriage.
Eligibility for an
You should note that every
tribe has different qualifications for enrollment.
The Penobscot Nation requires that:
1. The applicant possesses at least one-quarter degree Indian blood; and;
an active member of any other Indian Tribe or Indian Community: and;
Eligible by birth or Birthright which birth eligibility shall include siblings
and first cousins in the same Penobscot Indian Natural Biological line of
descent as members who were listed on the Tribal Census dated January 14,
Has been duly adopted into the Tribe. (This
has it’s own set of qualifications.)
All genealogical research must proceed from the known; you and your
parents, back to your grandparents, great grandparents, etc… There is
nothing more futile then trying to jump from the present to a remote ancestor!
Organize your records. Use
public records such as birth, death, marriage, wills, deeds, federal and state
census records; church records such as baptism, marriage, confirmation and
burials; family records such as Bibles, old letters, diaries and obituaries.
And remember to always document your source of information.
Note: The Penobscot
Nation will only check our records for Penobscot ancestry.
We do not research ancestry of other Native American tribes.
Also, the burden of proof is on the applicant to prove his/her
If you wish to contact the Penobscot Nation concerning your genealogy
request, please contact:
W. Binette, Historical Researcher
Coordinator, Ext. 7378