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Looking for Grandmother.

Penny Penny

posted on August 8, 2010

Looking for information on my husband’s grandmother Willie Comings and her father Jim Holmes. Willie was born around 1889 and died around 2002. (yes, the family swears she lived that long.) Lived in OK and TX. No information is know to us about Jim. Thanks… Penny

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 8, 2010

willie holmes b. 1889 d. 2002 m. ? comings

could this surname be cummings? while you have given states, you don’t indicate locations of birth/death.
no spouse or children for willie in your post.

these names are very common, and the possible misspelling makes the task more difficult. i am coming up with many possible records. you need to be more specific about locations and dates.

maybe you have an obituary, which gives, names, locations, and dates. a death certifricate might tell you birthdate information.
maybe a birth certificate?
if you don’t know a lot about this, you can ask for her social security application, which would name parents and spouse and dates and locations.
if you know where she was born, you could ask for a copy of her delayed birth certificate. people had to file those with social security to show proof of age.

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 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