[APG Public List] Oklahoma Censuses, Tax Lists, Etc.?

Billiefogarty billiefogarty at aol.com
Mon Jun 7 11:14:40 MDT 2010

"Are there any tax lists, tribal censuses that included the non-native population, etc., that might help me search for this couple 1870-1880?"


There are census rolls from some of the various tribes in Oklahoma that include tribal members, but not Intruders.  You would need to determine the tribe to access the records. There are also lists of Intruders on tribal lands and lists of those who were allowed onto tribal lands for various reasons.  There are also lists of those who were expelled from tribal lands.  Each set of records is tribe specific or sometimes listed in the federal court records of the area.  Some have been transcribed and printed, some are on microfilm.

The area nearest the Missouri border would have been the tribal lands of the Quapaw.  Further away would have been the Peoria, Miami, Ottawa, Modoc, and Eastern Shawnee.  The Cherokee lands were beyond these tribes but there were a great many non-natives who were living in the Cherokee lands at the time, both legally and illegally.

The records that you seek may be at the Indian Archives, an affiliated branch of the National Archives, located in the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.  Their website at www.okhistory.org has a lot of information about what they have and how to access their records.  You will also find much at the Southwest Regional branch of the National Archives in Fort Worth, TX.  The records relating to the Indian tribes of the area that are microfilmed are available at the National Archives in DC and may also be available at the regional archives nearest you.  The Family History Library has some of the microfilm, but when I tried to access the card catalogue just now I received an error message.

Hope this helps a little.  Good luck with your search.


Billie Stone Fogarty
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Oklahoma City, OK 73118
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Affiliations: Association of Professional Genealogists Board of Directors, Oklahoma Genealogical Society Board of Directors, Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society Family History Writers & Editors, National Genealogical Society

In a message dated 06/06/10 11:00:25 Central Daylight Time, donna316 at tx.rr.com writes:

I am trying to find a family which should be listed in Missouri (or elsewhere--I've searched all states) in the censuses of 1870 and 1880.  I have searched literally everywhere within the U.S. for the family as a group, as well as for individuals in the family who might be living apart from the main family.  I have done all the wildcard searches, variant first and last names, mis-spelled names, etc.

Their daughter married in Lawrence County, in the southwest corner of Missouri in 1885.  This is one county away from the Oklahoma border.  I am wondering if this family might have been in Oklahoma (i.e., one of the Indian Nations/Indian Territory) in 1870-1880.  She was underage, and the marriage consent in Missouri was given by a person apparently not her parent.  She married a man of her same surname, and I am wondering if she was actually visiting Lawrence County relatives when they met.

I have consulted Red Book, Val Greenwood's guide, etc., and am not getting leads on anything that might help.  Perhaps even there I'm missing something.

Are there any tax lists, tribal censuses that included the non-native population, etc., that might help me search for this couple 1870-1880?

They might have been Native American in part, but I doubt it.  However, I understand that non-natives made agreements with the Indian tribes to use farmland and pastureland before non-native settlement officially was allowed in 1889.

Any suggestions very much appreciated.

Warmest Regards,

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