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I am looking for information on my Great Grandmother

nightrose1981 nightrose1981

posted on December 29, 2010

Hi, I am looking for information on my Great Grandmother and her side of the family. I keep coming up empty.

Here is what I have so far

Minnie Arabella Eastsun
Born August 1889
Married Mike Borders in between the years 1900- 1910
Died August 1940 in Anniston, Alabama

I was told by her only living daughter, who is in her 90s, that she was either full or half blooded Choctaw. Everyone else on her side of the family is deceased. If anyone has any information on her or has any ideas as to which I can find any information on her please respond. I am not able to find anything on her before the year 1910.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 30, 2010

you can try the mississippi choctaw tribe and the MOWA tribe, links in this post. this is the choctaw tribe in oklahoma.

this post doesn’t give any information about where to find her except the death certificate. if you found other documents about her life, you should give the information. the first thing is to get census information 1900-1930, death certificate and obituary, cemetery record, then birth certificate. you should have the birth certificate of at least one of the children. the names of children would be helpful.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Mike M Borders
Name: Mike M Borders
Home in 1930: Silver Run, Talladega, Alabama
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Age: 48
Estimated birth year: abt 1882
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Minnie Borders
Race: White


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Mike M Borders 48
Minnie Borders 42
Mattie Mullican 24
James D Borders 19
Lorene Borders 8
Charley Borders 2 9/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Silver Run, Talladega, Alabama; Roll: 49; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 672.0.

boke mike and minnie’s parents were b. AL amd tjeu were b. AL.
mattie is a daughter, divorced.
all children b. AL.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Minnie Border
Name: Minnie Border
Home in 1920: Greens Schoolhouse, Calhoun, Alabama
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1888
[abt 1838]
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s name: Mike E Border
Father’s Birth Place: Georgia
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Mike E Border 37
Minnie Border 32
Mattie L Border 14
Thomas Border 12
Ory Border 10
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Greens Schoolhouse, Calhoun, Alabama; Roll: T625_5; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 310.

you can make a name correction to the census index so that others can find your family.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Mike E Borders
Name: Mike E Borders
Age in 1910: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Georgia
Mother’s Birth Place: Georgia
Spouse’s name: Mennie Borders
Home in 1910: Precinct 6, Cleburne, Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
Mike E Borders 27
Mennie Borders 21
Matty L Borders 4
Thomas Borders 2
Della Hensen 24
Myrtle Hensen 4
Robert Hensen 1

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Precinct 6, Cleburne, Alabama; Roll: T624_7; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 55; Image: 604.

minnie b. AL, father b. GA, mother b. AL.
mike and parents b. GA
della, myrtle and robert hanson were boarders.
they have been married 6 years.
they rent the house and mike manages a grist mill.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Mike E Borders
Name: Mike E Borders
Home in 1900: Morrison, Randolph, Alabama
[Randolph, Alabama]
Age: 17
Birth Date: Jun 1882
Birthplace: Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: Thomas E Borders
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s name: Franses Borders
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas E Borders 55
Franses Borders 55
William Borders 21
L Delolar Borders 19
Mike E Borders 17
Jane Hartsfield 60
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Morrison, Randolph, Alabama; Roll: T623_37; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 51.

Alabama Deaths, 1908-59
about Minnie Borders
Name: Minnie Borders
Death Date: 3 Aug 1940
Death County: Calhoun
Volume: 36
Certificate: 17847
Roll: 4

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Mike Borders
Name: Mike Borders
County: Calhoun
State: Alabama
Birth Date: 1 Jun 1881
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1509362
DraftBoard: 0
this card is available on your local public library might have a subscription.

you will need to ask for mike borders and minnie’s marriage certificate. if you get stuck, get a copy of minnie’s social security application. she would list date and place of marriage, maybe provide proof of 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.

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 tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

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, 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