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Need help with birth certificate Lindsy Cann

D Robertson D Robertson

posted on August 29, 2010

Hello, my great grandmother was born on the Choctaw Nation according to the records I have found. I have found her on the Dawes roll and need to get her official birth cert to apply for CDIB card and to go further with putting family history together. Her info is Lindsy Cann born Oct 9 1902 and died Oct 9 1956. Her parents wer George Cann and Manalie Anderson. I don’t have more info beyond that. I was going to send a request OKC vital records but wasn’t sure if they would have birth certs from that year for births on Indian Territory. Any help would be appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 30, 2010

you should get a copy of the enrollment packet for her and her family because her affidavit of birth might be in there. you should also get in touch with the genealogy advocate because someone in your line might have already submitted the required information for enrollment. you onlly have to submit the documents that they don’t have.

oklahoma probably would have a delayed birth certificate that she might have filed. to prove her age for social security. oklahoma became a state in 1907.

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.

2 ways to search:
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
this will let you enter partial names to get card#
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.

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, 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.

suzanne hamlet shatto

D Robertson D Robertson

posted on August 31, 2010

Thank you. I have emailed a request to Choctaw Nation for the census card and applications. I will also contact the advocate. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.