Genealogy inquiries require a fee of $100.00 for this service. Please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your formal request for a genealogy search:
Submit your request to:
THE ONONAGA NATION WATERWORKS
PO Box 85 Route 11 A.
via-Nedrow, NY 13120
In your request, include ONLY the pertinent data of the individual(s) for whom you are searching, such as: full name, maiden name, (if applicable) birth date and/or death date. If possible, please submit it in a “family tree” format. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE A RETURN ADDRESS.
In order to be considered Onondaga, your line MUST be enrolled by 1875, as all those considered legitimate were already tracked. Also, enrollment/membership in the Onondaga Nation is based on MATRILINEAL descent. In other words, the mother must be an enrolled member in order for the children to be enrolled. Keep in mind that our records list ONLY members. If an enrolled Onondaga man married a non-Onondaga woman, the names of the wife and the resulting non-enrolled children DO NOT APPEAR in our records.
As an additional point of information, too often we receive inquiries from individuals who erroneously believe they descend from the “Iroquois Tribe”. Please note that “Iroquois” is a non-Native term which is used collectively to represent six aboriginal nations which united to form a confederacy, a.k.a. “The Iroquois Confederacy”. These six aboriginal nations are: The Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida , Mohawk, and Tuscarora. Each is a separate political and geographical entity with its own government, land base, and membership.