The Erie Indian Moundbuilders Tribal Nation is pleased to offer charter life memberships recognizing the families who formed the Erie Nation.
Instructions: To receive membership in the Erie Nation you must complete the
Sources of Proof:
Photocopies of all verifying materials accompanying the application will be required. No original copies of documents should be sent. Please underline all pertinent information in red, such as name of ancestor, birth date, etc. Do not use a highlighter because it will render the information illegible if microfilmed. We encourage the use of extra sheets of paper or family group sheets to include, when known, names of all children in all generations in direct descent, and whom they married, down to and including your own family.
SOURCES are defined as contemporary and/or government records made at the time of the event by the parties involved. These records are deemed acceptable in proving relationship from one generation to another. Supplemental or secondary Sources in print that do not come from a contemporary or government record.
Certification: Your proof must be sufficient to prove that the person you claim membership through is unquestionably your direct ancestor.
You should include documents to show your relationship to your ancestor for each generation proof will include birth and death certificates and other official sources.
The Erie Nation will be responsible for certifying all applications and may request additional information when needed.
Eligibility will be determined by the Erie Nation Committee. The committee's decision will be final.
- Bible Records. Date and/or updated. Include photocopy of the page showing publisher, date of publication, and the actual pages showing names, dates, and events. Identify current owners of Bible when known.
- Birth Records. Division of Vital Records; Dawes Applications Guion Miller.
- Census Records.
- Church Records. Church records often contain birth, death, marriage, and funeral information of their membership.
- Court Records. Civil and criminal records begin from formation of the county and may be located in circuit court or superior court where the event occurred.
- County Histories/Portraits and Biographical Histories, Published. Many counties have at least one history with biographical sketches.
- Death Records. Records are available from the county court clerk in the county of death. County probate records are available from the county court clerk. Cherokee dates of death are recorded in the Dawes and Guion Miller Applications.
- Family Histories/Genealogies Published. When submitting this type of material include a copy of the title page, photocopies showing direct ancestral descent and state location of this book.
- Land Records & Plats. Purchase or sale of property shows residency and marital relationships. Available from time of county's formation.
- Obituaries. Dated and identified, when known, name of the newspaper and location. Most libraries contain copies of local newspapers.
- Marriage Records. Dawes and Guion Miller Applications. Marriage records are available from the county court clerk in the county where the marriage occurred. Marriage records are usually complete from the formation of each county except in case of courthouse fires, etc.
- Military Records. Records include muster-in and muster-out, pay vouchers, pension papers, military bounty land warrants , for WWI (1914-1918); Spanish-American War (1898-1899); Civil War (1861-1865); Indian ; Other Wars (1816-1898); Mexican War (1845-1849); War of 1812 (1812-1815); Revolutionary War (11775-1783). Records available from the National Archives & Records Service; 8th and Pennsylvania, N. W.; Washington, D. C. 20408.
- Newspaper clippings. Dated and identified, when known, name of newspaper and location. Clippings may include anniversaries, biographical sketches, awards, marriage notices, reminiscences, etc.
- Personal Papers. Unpublished written data include letters, diaries, journals, reunion records, and manuscripts.
- Probate Records. Wills/estates. Guardianships, available from county court clerks. Records begin with formation of counties.
- Tombstone Inscriptions. Submit photographs or transcriptions of the stone. Also include the name and location of the cemetery.
Submitted Materials: All materials submitted will become the property of the Erie Nation and may be made available to genealogical researchers and/or published. It should also be understood that this membership is separate from membership in any other nation.
Fees: A $25.00 application processing fee [non-returnable] should be enclosed with the application.
For further information, email
Tecumseh Brown-Eagle Chief/Chairman.
Please submit a self-addressed stamped envelope when requesting an application form, or print and complete our application.