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David M. Wallace, Belle Wallace

andrew didway andrew didway

posted on July 24, 2010

My great grandmother was Belle Wallace and her father was David M. Wallace. I have found both of them on the Dawes application and have found a David Wallace on the final index of the Dawes. My family has and still lives in Choctaw Nation area. Does anyone have any information on these people and how exactly do I prove my native heritage to join the Choctaw Nation?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 25, 2010

see the link about advocacy in this post.
you should request a copy of the census card and enrollment application.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather thann 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.

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

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