Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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desperatly seeking info on g-grandmother

donn griffith donn griffith

posted on August 5, 2010

i am trying to find anything about my g-grandmother. full blood chocktaw, name of mary jane spence. she passed on in 1959. all i have is a pic. any info would be great

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 5, 2010

mary jane spence d. 1959
genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouse to match records.

this has a different date of death, but i don’t know if this is your relative.

there aren’t enough clues in your post to find your relative. i’m finding too many records, rather than too few.

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.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

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

donn griffith donn griffith

posted on September 14, 2010

sorry its been a bit, am workin on more info and should have some real soon. will post /edit entry as soon as i find out thanks donn

Barbara Barbara

posted on January 26, 2012

I found her on trees on Married to a William Augustus Griffith? I can hook u up if u can just email me at