Saturday, May 8, 2010

Surname Saturday...List of persons who should be entitled to enrollment...

Senate Document 1139 62nd Congress, 3rd Session

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The Congressional Serial Set has become some of the best genealogical records for me as a researcher of Indian Territory. Some of the reasons have to do with the adversarial relationship the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen had concerning their fight for rights as citizens in the nation of their birth.

These records cover a wide range of topics and include a great deal of first person testimony regarding the affairs in Indian Territory. In some of the records like Senate Document 1139, there occasionally is the discovery of rich genealogical material that may be overlooked if one is not familiar with this unique and voluminous record set.

Senate Document 1139 (62-3) is one of those amazing discoveries that I’m happy to present to anyone who has not had the opportunity to locate and read through the material. Contained in the 1139 are various records of people who never made it onto the Dawes Rolls for various reasons.

For some people who have heard stories of their ancestors who lived in Indian Territory this might become the one record that will connect family members who were lost or unknown.

Over the next few weeks as part of the “Surname Saturday” series I will present this information with the hopes someone will discover a lost ancestor. Hopefully it helps someone and the effort will have been worth the time and energy to reconnect a family member to their past. I should also state this information includes “Citizens by blood” as well as “Freedmen” from all of the Five Slave Holding Tribes.

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