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Re: Indian Territory
Posted by: neysa Date: June 19, 1998 at 15:43:12
In Reply to: Indian Territory by Twila Lueking of 32049

There are census available for year 1895 for the Indian Nations, which were Indian Territory. You don't mention where your family lived so I will use my family as an example. Some of the family moved into southern Oklahoma near Ardmore prior to 1895. They were of Indian descent but not Chickasaw so they were listed as intruders, living in the nation by permit. As I understand white people living in the Indian nations illegally generally avoided the census takers. Land records are on file at the Oklahoma State Historical library but you must know where your family was living in order to access the records for persons applying for homestead permits. There are numerous records available at the Indian Archives at the OSHL for the lands that were the Indian Nations prior to statehood. Your best bet is to locate where your family was living, locate that place on one of the older maps available and then begin your search from there. Remember that during this period in history many people who were of Native American descent did not acknowledge this heritage until the land distribution began along with the tribal rolls. There are documentated cases in the Cherokee Nation where people who made the tragic trip along the Trail of Tears applied for their roll number but were not eligible because they were not in physical residence at the Cherokee Nation at the time the rolls were closed, thereby not receiving a roll number even though there was no question as to their heritage.


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