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Oklahoma Applications for Enrollment to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
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Oklahoma, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Land Allotments
Record Group RG 75: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Collection years 1898-1914
Microfilm Publication M1301. Applications for Enrollments of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,1898-1914. 468 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 404
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records cover the years 1898 to 1914. They list the individuals who were accepted as eligible for tribal membership in the "Five Civilized Tribes": Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Seminoles. This record set is also known as the "Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes" and make up NARA publication M1301: Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914. The records include 101,000 names from 1898-1914 (primarily from 1899-1906) and provide the enrollee's name, sex, blood degree, and census card number. Index provided by Fold3.com.

This index covers the collection titled "Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914" which was created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It is housed by the National Archives and Record Administration, Fort Worth, Texas. The NARA publication number for that collection is M1301.

A Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole, also called the Dawes Commission after its chairman, Senator Dawes, was established by Congress in 1893. Its purpose was to exchange Indian tribal lands in the southeastern United States for new land allotments to individuals in Oklahoma. More than 250,000 people applied to this commission for enrollment and land. Just over 100,000 were approved. The rolls do not include the applications that were rejected, stricken, or judged to be doubtful. Those found eligible for the final rolls were entitled to an allotment of land, usually as a homestead. These records were created to provide a final list of those individuals who were enrolled as members of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole). They are generally reliable.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Enrollment

  • Name of individual applying for enrollment
  • Tribe or Nation
  • Sex
  • Blood degree
  • Census card number
  • Case number
  • Film number
  • Image number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith Oklahoma Applications for Enrollment to the Five Civilized Tribes
Name John Smith
Event Type Application
Tribe or Clan Cherokee
Case Number D2002

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The tribe affiliation.
  • The census number assigned to your ancestor

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records
  • Use the Indian census card number to help you locate your ancestor in the Indian census

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Oklahoma.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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