Dawes Commission Case Files

The Dawes Commission was setup by Congress to enroll Native Americans into one of five tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, or Seminole. During the process of enrollment, Native Americans submitted many personal documents (if available) and received an interview in person, which was then recorded on paper. A determination was eventually made by this commission, using the information submitted, and the Commissioners own prejudices, on whether the applicant had the right to be part of that Nations Tribe. All the information was compiled into a packet of material and assigned a Case Number. Without discussing the injustice of such a move by the American Government, some valuable material is left for Native American researchers inside those packets.

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The information found below is relevant to the specific card/case number used to identify each Dawes Packet. This is an index of the census card, and not a complete index of the Dawes Packet. But it should give you an idea of the people who may be mentioned inside the packet.

Dawes Commission Case Files

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15 thoughts on “Dawes Commission Case Files”

  1. Looking for descendants of Mashburn (?) Rodgers (Eastern Band of Cherokees-Trail of Tears May 26 1838) from NC–his daughter lived in Butler, GA in the middle of the Creek reservation–Lucinda (Cindy) Rodgers–born approx. 1812-1816– and her son Thomas Jefferson Rodgers. Her children are possibly Creek(Muscogee) and Cherokee.

    1. I am editing this information to read South Carolina not North Carolina–Also Lucinda lived in Reynolds GA. Taylor county GA. 1880 census has her living with Thomas Jefferson and wife Liz Ann Hortman–Essie Childs states Lucinda as “Indian maid” mother of TJ. Mary Ila Bandy

  2. I am looking for Elizabeth Spangler (1765, Alabama). I have hit a dead end on lineage for the Cherokee Nation and was wondering if anyone might have information?
    Another name is Elizabeth Taylor, and Mary Frances “Polly” Baugh.

    Thank you!

  3. christina ritchie

    trying to find my great grandfather name ernest spohn as far as i know. wife named myrtle spohn. my grandmother says he was a chief back then. i’m adopted so i want to find my family and my heritage

  4. Mary Francis Anderson Potter born 1872 Kully Chaha I T. Died 1944 Oklahoma
    Married Alfred Whitfield Potter born 1868 TN died 1939 Oklahoma
    Next
    Lizzie potter born 1845 TN DIED? Oklahoma

    Etc

  5. Kimberly Carden

    looking for Barto Wildon Linder said he full blood Cherokee, his was adopted by the Linder Family, I think in Oklahoma and was brought to Orangeburg SC where he lived and died.. I’m looking to see if he had siblings, or other family who are also full blood..

  6. Melissa Davis

    I have traced my ancestry and found Indian in my mothers side ….how do i find out what tribe and if her family is on the Dawes Rolls?? I am new at this and completely confused

    1. Fold3.com has some excellent records. It is a paid site. Also Ancestry.com has excellent records. What tribe were they part of.

  7. Richard F. Johnston

    You should go to your grandmother’s tribal website and see which requirements for enrollment you’ll need to follow.

  8. SO, I FOUND MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHERS NAME AND ID CARD NUMBER ON THE ROLLS, BUT THERE IS NO OTHER INFORMATION.
    WHAT SHOULD MY NEXT STEP BE?

  9. My father’s grandmother was Lucia (Lucy) Jenkins . Her Father was William Jenkins. It shows Lucia’s mcr card number as mcr2554. Choctaw Tribe on the Dawes Commission file cases. How can I apply for a roll number under her name? Thanks. Vicki Feuerborn.

    1. Richard F. Johnston

      When researching my family roll numbers, I came across an MCR number – what does this mean? MCR stands for
      Mississippi Choctaw Removed/Rejected and means that at the time the final rolls were closed they were not enrolled. You cannot
      be issued a CDIB card with any roll number containing MCR.

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