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J. Morrison J. Morrison

posted on August 10, 2010

I have recently discovered my great great grandmothers listing in the Final Roll! I am excited to learn more, adding to the few stories I have heard over the years from relatives. How do I begin verifying this is her, and connecting with the Choctaw community?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 10, 2010

there are many names on the dawes roll. first, you should try to figure out if this is your relative.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
when you find the record that you think is your relative, click on the # in the card column to see the family group.
the dawes roll contains names of people who applied for enrollment, not necessarily those who were accepted for enrollment.
then find her enrollment #
even if she was rejected for enrollment, you should get a copy of her enrollment application because it will have genealogical information on it.
places where you might get a copy of her enrollment application:
NARA http://www.nara.gov fort worth office
oklahoma historical society: http://www.okhistory.org/
http://footnote.com
maybe the tribe:
the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

you can verify some family history through the census. so find her in 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census. you can get access through your local public library to heritage quest or 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 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.

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 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