Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Maud Savage

Roxann Buzick Lindeman Roxann Buzick Lindeman

posted on September 22, 2010

Does anyone know of or have information concerning Maud Savage? Or the last name of Merriweather? These women are said to be my Native American Grandmothers…which generation I do not know.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 23, 2010

you need more information here. names, dates, locations, children, spouses. there about a million people living in OK around 1900 and many have similar names.

you do genealogy one generation at a time. you start with what you know, gather your documentation,, then go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents.

i don’t know if savage is a maiden name or a married name and i don’t know how merriweather comes into it.

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#. 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.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native

marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.

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


mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251)

829-5500. E-Mail:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they

don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but

many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also

about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a

different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a

contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

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

Roxann Buzick Lindeman Roxann Buzick Lindeman

posted on October 7, 2010

Thank you suzanne. I will do that. I will gather as much information as I can and then get back to you.