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Looking for the family of Ida Mae Browning-Grisham

Cindy Cindy

posted on August 16, 2010

I am looking for any family member of Ida Mae Browning Grisham. She married Lonnie Grisham. Can anyone help?Thanks

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 17, 2010

ida mae browning m. lonnie grisham

no dates or location or children in your post. genealogists use dates, locations, children, spouse to match records.

i don’t know if this is your relative:
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  1. ID: I6648
  2. Name: Lonnie GRISHAM
  3. Sex: F
  4. Birth: ABT 1877 in Texas
  5. _UID: F1716A8A30294CC48691549614CBA5E92D4D
  6. Change Date: 5 MAY 2005

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1 possible matches found on

Father: J. W. GRISHAM b: ABT 1845 in Tennessee
Mother: H. E. ? b: ABT 1857 in Arkansas

looking further, there are many people with similar names. none of them appear to be exactly right. so you will need to get dates, locations in your post.

try a death certificate or, if they passed away after 1/1/1937, their social security application. when people applied, they had to submit either a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate. if you try to get the birth certificate, also mention that they might have a delayed birth certificate on file.

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.

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