here’s the marriage:
Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935
about David M. Holt
Name: David M. Holt
Spouse: Henrietta Alexander
Marriage Date: 7 Aug 1873
This collection represents information originating on courthouse marriage licenses in various counties in Mississippi. Copies of these records may be obtained from the county clerk in the county in which the license was issued. This was usually the county that the bride was from. Microfilmed copies of these records may also be found at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City or possibly at the state archives.
Warren County Chancery Clerk
1009 Cherry St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Vicksburg Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1161
Vicksburg, MS 39181-1161
1870 United States Federal Census
about Henryetta Alexander
Name: Henryetta Alexander
Birth Year: abt 1855
Age in 1870: 15
Home in 1870: Township 9, Pontotoc, Mississippi
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Toccopola
Elizabeth Alexander 45
Martha Alexander 17
Henryetta Alexander 15
Virginia Alexander 10
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 9, Pontotoc, Mississippi; Roll: M593_746; Page: 293A and B; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 552245.
elizabeth owns a house worth $1,600, personal property worth $725, b. KY.
her children were b. MS.
this is quite a house in those days.
farmers live around her, in homes worth $200-400. i wonder if this was a plantation.
you can make a correction to the ancestry index so that others can find your family.
1860 United States Federal Census
about Henrietta D Alexander
Name: Henrietta D Alexander
Age in 1860: 6
Birth Year: abt 1854
Home in 1860: Pontotoc, Mississippi
Post Office: Lafayette Springs
Value of real estate: View image
D M Alexander 46
Elizabeth Alexander 36
Martha J Alexander 8
Henrietta D Alexander 6
Virginia A Alexander 1
John Sibby 61
Sarah Sibby 58
John Sibby 21
Missouri Sibby 22
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Pontotoc, Mississippi; Roll: M653_590; Page: 775; Image: 295; Family History Library Film: 803590.
he’s a farmer, owns a house $2000, personal effects $1725, b. NC.
it doesn’t say anything about the sibleys, as far as relation. they were b. NC.
1850 United States Federal Census
about Elizabeth Alexander
Name: Elizabeth Alexander
Estimated birth year: abt 1825
Birth Place: Kentucky
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Pontotoc, Mississippi
Family Number: 1840
Mckaim Alexander 36
Elizabeth Alexander 25
Ausry Alexander 70
Harnilton Alexander 12
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Pontotoc, Mississippi; Roll: M432_380; Page: 193A; Image: 392.
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.
start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.
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 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 advocacy.
mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: email@example.com
other choctaw tribes: http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html
some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.
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.
if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.
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
good advice about native research:
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, 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.
suzanne hamlet shatto