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Cassie Hoyle Cassie Hoyle

posted on July 26, 2011

I my name is Cassie Hoyle and I am looking for my grandmothers family hertitage. My Great Uncle and his family has their CDIB cards and I am trying to apply for ours. I know that I need my father’s birthcert Kenneth Wayne Hoyle ( which I have) my grandmothers birthcert, Judith Ann Ainsworth ( which I have) my g grandfathers Birthcert and Death Cert, James Drennan Ainsworth, born 12-10-1907, died 6-4-56, ( which I CANT find ) He was married to Theresa Bennett Ainsworth, born 1-10-1911, and had a son James Donald, Ainsworth, born 8-15-42, died 6-29-02.
I believe that my gg grandfather is Thomas Garrett Ainsworth but I have little information on him …

If my Great Uncle applied and recieved their identification cards then why cant I provide my grandmothers birth cert showing direct relation to James Drennan Ainsworth, and get our cards???

Thank you for any help..

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 28, 2011

no locations in your post.

anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has a social security application on file, which would reveal birthdate, locations, and parents names. in addition, james would have had to show proof of age. he most likely did with with a delayed birth certificate. you have to ask for a delayed birth certificate AND a birth certificate so that the vital records office would know to look in a later date as well.

you should get census information for this family. i could not find james drennan ainsworth, btw.

Name: Thomas G Ainsworth
Age in 1910: 28
Estimated Birth Year: 1882
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)]
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s Name: Etta W Ainsworth
Home in 1910: Spiro, Le Flore, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas G Ainsworth 28
Etta W Ainsworth 23
Earnestine C Ainsworth 3
Garrett D Ainsworth 2
William A Baker 58
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Spiro, Le Flore, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1258; Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 0162; Image: 741; FHL Number: 1375271.

Name: Thomas A Ainsworth
[Thomas G Ainsworth]
Home in 1920: Spiro, Le Flore, Oklahoma
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Marital Status: Widowed
[Widow]
Race: Indian (Native American)
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John Wm Gordan 42
Janie Gordan 38
Mark P Gordan 18
Ethel F Gordan 16
Mary Anne Gordan 12
John Willie Gordan 8
Elber King 43
Thomas A Ainsworth 37
Guy King 18
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Spiro, Le Flore, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1468; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 120; Image: 782.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Thomas Garrett Ainsworth
Name: Thomas Garrett Ainsworth
County: Le Flore
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 28 Sep 1882
Race: Indian (Native American)
FHL Roll Number: 1851803
DraftBoard: 0
he was married to etta 9/12/1917.

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 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. 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.

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 the name is common, you may find too many possible records.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

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

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 22
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 23
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

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

Cassie Hoyle Cassie Hoyle

posted on August 10, 2011

Thank you so much for all this advice I am going to start searching :)