Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Amanda Brousseau Amanda Brousseau

posted on September 10, 2010

Hello All! I am looking to find out more about my mother’s lineage. Her maiden name is Martin. My great great grandmother was 100% choctaw. Would anyone have any suggestions on how and where a good place to start would be?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 10, 2010

there are 2,155 martins on the dawes roll. the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you have to have a direct relation who lived around the 1900 time period and then you can check to see if they were listed on the dawes roll.
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful. partial names can be entered for this search.

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.

you should also look at the census records for 1900 and see their entry.

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.

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