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We the People: Detailed tribal records found in 'The Complete Seminole'

Sharon Burns: “The Complete Seminole” by John E. Ernest provides the integration and analysis of Seminole records concerning enrollment, allotment, distribution; and civil records developed by the Dawes Commission.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: January 21, 2013
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“The Complete Seminole” by John E. Ernest provides the integration and analysis of Seminole records concerning enrollment, allotment, distribution; and civil records developed by the Dawes Commission.

The purpose of the book is to provide helpful information about the sources of Seminole records that were created because of the General Allotment Act of 1897 and to assist researchers and family historians by providing a comprehensive every-name index. Seven sources used to create an every-name index include:

The 1897 census cards (aka Dawes enrollment cards) on NARA film series M1186, film roll 92 and 93 titled “Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes 1898-1914.”

NARA film series M1301, film roll 400 and 401, contain backup documentation supporting comments made on the enrollment cards. For most (but not all) enrollment cards, there is a “jacket” file containing associated documents.

Film roll 7RA 20, Record Group 75 contains the approved Seminole allotment schedule. The land descriptions describe the allotted land down to “quarter-sections” (160 acres) and “quarter quarters” (40 acres), and these into lots.

Microfilm No. T 529 (Record Group 48), roll three, Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedman of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory, which includes both Seminoles by Blood and Freedmen,

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