1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 16, 2020 1:44 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking why family status changed on Creek Dawes roll


      My family was once listed as full blood on Creek Nation Dawes rolls. But now when I look up the roll number it gives my family and another family and they are listed as full blood and my family is listed as freedmen. How and why did it get changed?

        • Re: Seeking why family status changed on Creek Dawes roll
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Arnold,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Dawes Final Rolls have not changed. The Creek sections are arranged first by blood, then newborns, then minors, & then freedman. The term “Dawes Rolls” is often used to refer to all of the records the Commission created such as the census cards, the applications, enrollment packages, and the final rolls. It is possible that you may have been looking at other Dawes-related records.


          We suggest that you review NARA’s Five Civilized Tribes: Dawes Records website for additional information. We also suggest that you contact the National Archives at Fort Worth (RM-FW) via email at ftworth.archives@nara.gov to inquire about the records and about your ancestors' listings.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


          [Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]