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Beginning in 1930, the rolls also include the degree of Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, and sometimes other information.
However, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs sent a directive in 1885 (Circular 148) that reiterated the statement and added further instructions: "Superintendents in charge of Indian reservations should submit annually, a census of all Indians under their charge." He told the agents to use the plan he had prepared for gathering the information.
The sample showed columns for Number (consecutive), Indian Name, English Name, Relationship, Sex, and Age.
*The Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940, (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595) are indexed and available online at and Fold3
Prior to digitization, these records were only available via microfilm publication M595.