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 Searching Your Lenape Heritage

We receive requests from many people seeking to verify a family tradition (belief, fact or fiction) that they descended from a Lenape/Delaware ancestor.  Other individuals are just seeking to enroll as a member of the "Lenape Tribe".

If you are looking for possible Indian ancestors in your family background, here are some steps that might be helpful:

  1. Start by identifying and recording your ancestors

  2. Begin to build a family tree (a local genealogy society can help with this)

  3. Search through local and county historical and census records

  4. Contact the official site of the Delaware Tribe (www.delawaretribe.org) about their enrollment requirements and procedure.

The internet is a good place to start looking as there are numerous sites that specifically deal with the subject of "Indian Ancestry" and "Genealogies."

Please note:  Lenape Lifeways, while doing research on the prehistory of the Lenape people, does not determine individual ancestry or provide lists of family names or genealogies.

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