This blog features a bit of what I found in the U.S. Serial Set about the Tanners and Foutzes in Tuba City, Arizona.
Congressional records are a rich source of valuable information for settlers in the Western States. That’s because there were so many issues involving land, Native Americans, settlers, and the Federal Government. Much of it ended up in the Congressional Record, found in the U.S. Serial Set, which is available in libraries which are federal repositories. University of Utah Marriott Library is one of these, and I was able to find an account of the federal government’s buyout of the Tuba City settlers. These two pages give the names of the settlers, the amount they were paid, and the agreement they signed 30 May 1899:
Senate Documents, v. 8, 56th Congress, 1st session, 1899-1900, #3850
This published version of the Congressional Record after 1817 is called the Serial Set; prior to 1817 the record is called the American State Papers. There are various indexes you can utilize to find things in them:
- Internet Access http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html indexes the Serial Set by heading/title
- www.heritagequestonline.com U.S. Serial Set
- www.genealogybank.com American State Papers
- Microfiche index to Serial Set is available at larger libraries
- Lexis Nexis online access to Serial Set at law libraries and some universities.
Stay tuned for more items from the Serial Set…