do you have her on the 1880 census?
re tribes. there were many tribes in oklahoma at the time. the dawes roll has the five major tribes. but there are state recognized and federal recognized tribes. you might not find out your ancestor’s native heritage if they didn’t apply for enrollment.
unfortunately, allen is a very common surname and louisa is a common name. are you positive this is your louisa allen?
did she marry? who are her children? where did she live? when did she pass away/ these are all questions that are not answered in your post.
this is listed as a choctaw marriage:
ALLEN, SQUIRE 50 RILEY, IDA MRS 23 28 JUL 1895 BOKOSHE MC6İ308
i would say that you have to go back to the beginning and get documentation on her children, such as dates and locations, children and spouse. then you can start on louisa. if you get stuck and they passed away after 1/1/1937, you can ask for a copy of their social security application. parents would be listed on that. marriage license, obituary, childrens’ birth certificates might have her maiden name and more detail.
genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.
first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.
the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.
the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, firstname.lastname@example.org and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.
i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.
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