This certification is based on the premise that the person providing the pertinent information was born in the 1940’s since younger people applying much has relevant information from additional generations. Depending on your reasons for determining your Native American heritage applying for a Cdib Card may help you trace your family tree if nothing else. But, if you’re considering applying for a Cdib card consider the following before submitting your application:
• Original State Certified Birth certificate; death and marriage certificates must also accompany the application.
• Must have your complete full name, current address, valid phone number and birth certifications and or marriage certification. (if born before or by 1940)
• Complete Cdib Card application- You can receive a Cdib Card application by sending a request in writing from the local tribal counsel in your area.
• There must be complete and accurate information on your parents including; full name, birth records, death and marriage documentation of both parents. This information is required to prove your Native American heritage even if it’s just on one side of the family. Heritage can be documented in any of the following forms:
? Proof of family residence for the past 50 or more years
? Tribal records
? Final Roll records
? Census records, wills and/or property deed documentation.
• The application should also include full name, birth records, and death and/or marriage certificates for both grand parents. In some states this process is much harder because they don’t have the proper document dated further than the 1900’s. This is when tribal rolls, census property deeds, probate or baptismal records can be used. Be advised in order to use census information you’ll need to know exactly where the family lived, however there’s the off chance the census information in inaccurate because your Native American family avoided the census by deception and conversion.
• You’ll also need to know the exact tribal name your grand parents dissented from as well. Again Census records can be helpful with the pertinent information.
The Cdib Card application will allow for information to provide on all maternal and paternal linage up to the great grand parents. Follow the same procedure and information provided for great grand parents as well. Make sure to include information for both great grandparents. There is no need to go beyond your great grand parents, since researching beyond this point is purely based on personal needs of your Native American Heritage. Not to mention if you have to trace beyond the great grand parents you’re considered only 1/128th Native American, which is not enough to be eligible for a Cdib Card.