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Kevin D. Smith Kevin D. Smith

posted on June 23, 2010

It is said that all Choctaws who trace their lineage back through the Folsom name are related so any of my relatives out there?

Dennis Ferguson Dennis Ferguson

posted on June 25, 2010

I am from the Choctaw NAIL family. There were at least 12 inter-marriages between the Choctaw FOLSOM family and the Choctaw NAIL family. I know many of them if you are interested.

Miko Miko

posted on June 26, 2010

What about Greenwood Gardner, he married Arabella Folsom.

LeFlore/Gardner Descendant Debi LeFlore/Gardner Descendant Debi

posted on June 27, 2010

Col. David Folsom was my 4th great grandfather. Are you the Kevin Smith related to Leslie Clay?

Miko Miko

posted on June 29, 2010

Debi through what Gardner are you from?

Karen Folsom Simmons Karen Folsom Simmons

posted on July 1, 2010

http://www.folsomfamily.org/harry/choctaw%20folsoms/index.htm
go here for the Choctaw Folsom Genealogy rom the Folsom Family Association!

LeFlore/Gardner Descendant Debi LeFlore/Gardner Descendant Debi

posted on July 3, 2010

I am descended from Noel Gardner and Henrietta LeFlore; through their son Jerry Gardner and Jennie James ; through their son Alfred T. Gardner and Mattie Bartee; through their daughter Susie Mattie Gardner and Ernest Murphy; through their daughter Hazle Murphy and Ray West. I am married to Leslie Clay, which is why I asked Kevin if he was related.

Steven Harris Steven Harris

posted on September 21, 2010 and updated on July 29

Hello Dennis or anyone who can help, My 5th gr Grandparents were Col. David Folsom and Rhoda Nail daughter of Henry Nail and Molly, 4th gr Grandparents Chief George W Harkins and wife Lily Folsom, other 4th Gr grandfather Joel Henry Nail ,son of Henry Nail and molly . Looking for any information on Joel’s wife her name is said to be Lucinda “Sina” Smith I have been unable to find information, I believe she was Choctaw but not sure………….Thanks

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Linda Griffith Linda Griffith

posted on September 23, 2010

I am looking for parents of Amzie Robinson who married Emily Folsom daughter of Nathanial Folsom. He traveled to OK from Miss. in Trail of Tears along with Emily and her father Nathanial

David Harkins David Harkins

posted on January 26, 2011

To STEVEN HARRIS,
Halito to another descendent of Chief George W. Harkins. I am David Harkins, descended from Chief George and Salina Gardner.
E-mails welcome at Dharkins2291@yahoo.com

Richard Richard

posted on January 26, 2011

Looking for any information on Nat Folsom married to Susan Impson, they had a daughter named Lucinda. She would be my kids gg grandmother.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 27, 2011

you might try here:
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~impson/josiah.htm

also here:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Cole Roebuck 0 M 1797 P
Choctaw Cole John 10 M FULL 1797 5100 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Fulsom Nat 0 M 1797 P
Choctaw Lewis Jesse 0 M 1797 P
Choctaw Lewis Isom 5 M FULL 1797 5099 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Napier Fannie 0 F 1797 P
Choctaw Napier H L 0 M 1797 P
Choctaw Napier Fannie 1 F 1/2 1797 5098 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Napier Mary 1 F 1/2 1797 5101 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Napier Wyly 1 M 1/2 1797 5097 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Napier Thomas B 23 M IW 1797 IW95 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Napier Lucinda 31 F FULL 1797 5096 KOSOMA BB
Choctaw Snipson Susan 0 F 1797 P
this is the dawes roll card for that family.

the lady who posted this chart on rootsweb is a professional genealogist.

Ancestors of April (Wharton) Makerney and Connected Families
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If there is no source or census info then I am in the process of researching the information. Also I am researching a lot of Choctaw Indian names, ie: Oakes, Everidge, Ervin, Cole, Belvin, McCurtain and several others. Please contact me with any questions, additions or corrections.
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  1. ID: I27430
  2. Name: Susan IMPSON
  3. Sex: F
  4. Name: Sally IMPSON
  5. Birth: ABT 1857
  6. Census: 1855 (1855 Choctaw Census) Kiamichi, Pushmataha District, Choctaw Nation, IT

Father: Josiah IMPSON b: ABT 1824 in MS
Mother: Jane FLETCHER b: BET 1835 AND 1839 in MS

Marriage 1 William FLETCHER b: ABT 1847

Children

1. Has No Children Amanda FLETCHER b: 1870 2. Has No Children Cillin FLETCHER b: 1872 3. Has No Children Lucinda FLETCHER b: 1872

Marriage 2 Noel HARRISON b: ABT 1860

Children

1. Has No Children Amos HARRISON-FLETCHER b: 1883 2. Has No Children James HARRISON-FLETCHER b: 1883 3. Has No Children Sophia HARRISON-FLETCHER b: 1885

Marriage 3 Nat FOLSOM

Children

1. Has No Children Lucinda FOLSOM b: 1877

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

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:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes: http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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, shamlet76@gmail.com 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

francesbates francesbates

posted on February 1, 2011

I am decended from leflour floson gardner My gg uncle was cheif his name was jefferson gardner and david gardner was also cheif he was a cousin .greenwood gardner was my .my grandfrather was edward nail gardner gm was roseetta riddle gardner.any one out there knowmany of them

chahta ohoyo chahta ohoyo

posted on February 6, 2011

halito
this is for dennis ferguson and kevin smith
i am the gggggrandaughter of capt jeremiah and mary nail folsom
would love to talk to you…my only ‘carded’ relation is emeline folsom robinson, one of the daughters of jeremiah and mary…another daughter, melinda folsom dean, who is not ‘official’ is my ggggrandmother
as to the folsom connection…type ‘folsom family association’ into your search and get in touch with cousin harry who’s email address is in several places on the site
would really appreciate you both emailing me at ddredjwt@hotmail.com…have info and sources that may help
yakoke!!! your cousin, janice lee weiss truitt
the photo is my ggrandmother, nancy jane dean…she is the granddaughter of melinda folsom dean, the great granddaughter of jeremiah and mary nail folsom
her husband is lorenzo dow castilaw/smith(a mystery there) and her three daughters

attached:

Alice Courtney Alice Courtney

posted on June 3, 2011 and updated on June 3, 2011

My daughter’s great grandmother was Mattie L. Nail,born 1880 in Fannin Co., Texas, married to James Hardy (Hard) Courtney. Mattie’s father was Mathew C. Nail, born 13 Jun 1841 in Arkansas City, Benton Co., Arkansas. Her mother, Mary Jane Chandler, was born Apr 1842 in Cherokee, GA. Her grandfather, Matthew C. Nail, was born in 1782 in Knox Co., TN and her grandmother was Nancy Butler, born 1796 in Campbell, VA. Her great grandfather was Nicholas Pope/ Pone Nail, born 1754 in Albermarle Co., VA. Her great grandmother was Mary Ann Whitefield, born 1751 in Chrisp, GA. Right now I believe her ggreat grandfather was Nicholas Nail, born 1704 in Devon, Devonshire, England, arrived in VA in 1727 and died 1758, Albermarle Co., VA and her ggrandmother was Ann Folsum, born 1704 in England and died 1757 in VA. In addition to other children, they also had a child named George. Is it possible that this is the George that was the first Nail in the Choctaw nation?

My daughter’s aunt tells me that Mattie Nail looked like she was pure blood Choctaw but refused to talk about any Indian heritage. Who could blame her with all that the Indians went through.

I don’t know if any of this is accurate, so any help you can give me will be appreciated. Alice

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on June 3, 2011

alice, please put your message on a new thread. i will answer it. others might answer also, if they see they are related to you. this is an older thread and people might not notice your post.

what are you trying to find?
location, children, spouse and dates are very helpful.

Mark O'Connor Mark O'Connor

posted on April 6, 2012

I am the grandson of Virgil Folsom from Springfield, Mo. His father, best I know, was a preacher and Choctaw from Oklahoma, but I don’t know where or much more about him. His name was George Folsom. I have his death certificate that says “Indian” in the race section. I’m trying to find out more about where I come from.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 7, 2012

no dates in your post. general location in oklahoma. no spouse in your post.

1930 United States Federal Census about Virgil L Folsom
Name: Virgil L Folsom
[Virgie L Folsom]
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1929
[abt 1928]
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Home in 1930: Springfield, Greene, Missouri
View Map
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Mother’s Name: Joy Folsom
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Joy Folsom 36
George Folsom 13
John Folsom 11
Vivian Folsom 9
Carl Folsom 7
Bobby G Folsom 3
Virgil L Folsom 1
[1 5/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Springfield, Greene, Missouri; Roll: 1189; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 32; Image: 76.0; FHL microfilm: 2340924.

joy might be ivy.

http://health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords/applications.php
vital records for missouri

Social Security Death Index about Virgil L. Folsom
Name: Virgil L. Folsom
Last Residence: 65802 Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States of America
Born: 2 Nov 1928
Died: 9 Jan 2004
State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951)

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Virgil L Folsom
Name: Virgil L Folsom
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1928
Residence: Springfield, Greene, Missouri
Spouse’s Name: Norma Peak
Spouse’s Age: 18
Spouse’s Residence: Springfield, Greene, Missouri
Marriage Date: 4 Nov 1950
Marriage License Date: 4 Nov 1950
Marriage County: Boone
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 2026579

1920 United States Federal Census about George W Falsom
Name: George W Falsom
[George W Balsam]
Age: 43
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1920: Franklin, Greene, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Iva Falsom
Father’s Birthplace: United States of America
Mother’s Birthplace: United States of America
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
George W Falsom 43
Iva Falsom 25
George L Falsom 2
[2 11/12]
John A Falsom 0
[3 11/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Franklin, Greene, Missouri; Roll: T625_915; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 1073.

i would start on this by looking for the death certificate of virgil, the birth certificate or delayed birth certificate of virgil, then the death certificate of george folsom/folsum. then i would look for the obituary of george folsom and cemetery record.
then the marriage certificate of george folsom and ivy/iva.

http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/resources.asp
missouri state archives

Birth: Nov. 2, 1928
Death: Jan. 9, 2004

Burial:
Bass Chapel Cemetery
Strafford
Greene County
Missouri, USA

iva sarah folsom
Birth: Apr. 3, 1894
Death: Jul. 15, 1956

Burial:
Clear Creek Cemetery
Springfield
Greene County
Missouri, USA

these are on findagrave.com

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 agency for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have submitted 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, names of family members. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

obituaries through the oklahoma choctaw tribe is through the history link for the tribe:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/

social security application for a deceased person:
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm
form SS-5.

your public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and ancestry.com. fold3.com is another useful database for native records and military records, but they are a subscription. however, many times their month’s subscription price is less than the price of a dawes packet, however check with accessgenealogy’s database to see if your relative’s dawes packet is exists or is available at fold3.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/dawes.php?s_last=green&s_first=mart&s_middle=&s_tribe=
partial names are allowed.

bear in mind that many records are not online. always collect documents, as just the reference to a relative in an index informs you that a document is available.

death records:
death certificate: state vital records or if very old, state archives. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. you can look at death indices, such as the social security death index 1964-present for a date of death on rootsweb.com or ancestry.com.
obituary: see your local public library, interlibrary loan program. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. approximate date of death is helpful. if old, state historical society or state archives might have historical newspapers.
cemetery record: try findagrave.com or interment.net. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. if you find a relative, you can click on the county or cemetery to see if others with the same surname are buried there.

marriage records:
state vital records office, county clerk or if old, state archives or state historical society.

birth records:
state vital records office, or if old, state archives or state historical society. if the birth was before 1940, ask for a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate. many people had to get delayed birth certificates when social security came into effect because they had to show proof of age. this will be under the name used at the time of birth.

census records:
you will want to search for census records 1940 on down to the birth of your relative. the federal census was taken every 10 years, however the 1890 census was largely destroyed by fire. there are also some state census records and native census records and native rolls. ancestry.com and heritage quest are two databases that include many census records. many native census records kept by NARA (http://www.archives.gov) are transcribed at accessgenealogy.

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.

history of the dawes roll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Commission
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment
http://www.felihkatubbe.com/ChoctawNation/TribalMembership.html

2 ways to search:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if your relative was enrolled by court action, their name might not be on this list.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.
you can order the dawes packet from the oklahoma historical society website.

if you find a relative listed on the dawes roll, fold3 may have filmed the record and could be available online.
http://www.fold3.com/documents/46580455/dawes-packets/
other resources are NARA http://www.archives.gov

the five civilized tribes book put out by the department of the interior has testimony.
http://books.google.com/books/about/Five_civilized_tribes_in_Oklahoma.html?id=chATAAAAYAAJ
and you can read it online

and these are the microfilms at fort worth TX archives.
http://www.archives.gov/southwest/finding-aids/native-american-microfilm.html

there may be additional records about your relative:
contact NARA http://www.archives.gov for these and other records listed on this webpage.

75.23 RECORDS OF THE COMMISSIONER TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES 1852-1919
75.23.1 Records of the Dawes Commission
75.23.2 Records of the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory
75.23.3 General records of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes
http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/075.html
(Record Group 75)
1793-1989

http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary loan/public library.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/
some obituaries:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/obituaries/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from nara.gov.

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents (application, census card and testimony) may help you find out more about your heritage.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears
http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

chickasaw historical society
Historic Preservation and Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

chickasaw genealogy archive center Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society
marriage records
http://www.okhistory.org/research/library/marriage.html
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/chocmarriageindex.htm

other historical societies:
http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-OK-NDX.html
some oklahoma genealogical societies:
http://www.censusfinder.com/oklahoma-genealogy-society.htm
http://www.geneasearch.com/societies/socokla.htm

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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
and you can read this book online. your relatives’ testimony might be in the book.
http://www.archive.org/details/fivecivilizedtr00statgoog
see the menu at left. you can download it.

you should look at the enrollment application, census card and testimony. this post will tell you how to do that. these documents will tell you more about your heritage, but it won’t help you if your goal is to be enrolled in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. some people were classed as mississippi choctaw if the family had a native heritage but didn’t qualify for enrollment in the tribe.

there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the five major tribes are on the dawes roll. look at your family’s location around 1900-1930 time period (census will help you there) and see if there was a tribe located nearby. it is possible that your relatives were affiliated with another tribe.

if they were mississippi choctaw, there is probably a land grant in MS/AL to a head of household called choctaw scrip land. this was given in lieu of tribal enrollment 1830-1880 time period. ancestry.com has a database of the MS and AL choctaw scrip land records, called mississippi or alabama land records. there are other land records in those databases too,, so you have to look at the authority/source cited. NARA http://www.archives.gov has those land record packages.

the mississippi choctaw was not removed from oklahoma. but they were largely rejected for tribal enrollment.

this website might help you in your search. some people are trying to transcribe applications.
http://www.us-census.org/native/choctaw_dawes.html
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page
http://www.us-census.org/states/graphics/status.htm

and this might be of interest to you:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw/rights-of-choctaws.htm
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalrolls/
Index to the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory
the dawes roll is composed of applications to the five major tribes in oklahoma.

good advice about native research:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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.

this page can help you set up a targeted google search.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/special/ppcs/ppcs.html
if you have a penny postcard, you can click on submissions to add your penny postcard to the collection.

these searches will combine several possible search terms and give you the best matches.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com 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

Heather McClung Ashworth Heather McClung Ashworth

posted on April 12, 2012

I am! Pearl Folsom is my 2x’s grandmother. Her father was Dr. Israel Folsom, and mother Louis “Dovie” Nail. So, Rev. Israel Folsom was my 4x’s great grandfather, and Nathaniel Folsom my 5x’s great grandfather.

Frank Richardson Frank Richardson

posted on April 23, 2012 and updated on April 23, 2012

Can you tell me if Pearl was Maud Folsom’s sister? Maud is my great grandmother.