Dawes Commission Search FamilySearch

Two step process to search Dawes Final Rolls using FamilySearch approach.

Step 1: The first step is to identify the Dawes Roll Card number for the particular person of interest.  In this example we will find the card number using FamilySearch website.

Step 2: Once you have identified the tribe name and card number you can can select the appropriate Enrollment reel from our listing then flip to the appropriate page to see the detailed information.

In our example we will search for Eli Jacob who was in the Choctaw Tribe and obtain documents related to his son Henry Jacob.

Step 1 search-within-FamilySearch: Launch the FamilySearch webpage using this link => FamilySearch – Search the Final Rolls Index

On their website run a name-specific-search using last name Jacob and first name Eli.

FamilySearch will return several possible results.

You can then click through each to review the details.  Our happened to the the first entry (How rare is that!).  If you click on the first entry for Eli Jacobs FamilySearch will provide additional information shown below.

This page provides the Card number necessary for step 2 along with other helpful information including the person’s age and Roll number.

This shows that Eli Jacob’s information can be found on card 843 and/or roll 2173 and that he was a member of the Choctaw Tribe.

If you happen to have a pre-paid subscription to Fold3 you can immediately view the document via the FamilySearch screen.  If you don’t have a pre-paid Fold3 subscription, no worries, you can view the document by continuing on and following step 2 shown below.

Recap:  We acquired two critical pieces of information.  Eli Jacob was in the Choctaw Tribe and his card number is 843.

Step 2 Enrollment Document:

We now go back to our site and find the appropriate link the enrollment reel for Choctaw by blood with a card number of 843.


Once on that page, scroll down to the Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,1898-1914 and look for the Choctaw by Blood reel that would contain card number 843.

Reel 0005 Choctaw by Blood 537-857  <= look for this Enrollment Reel

Reel number 0005 contains Choctaw by Blood cards ranging from number 537 to number 857 so our card can be found in that book and will be quite far toward the end.

Last step:  Click on Reel 0005 which will open up the book and and flip toward the end to find Eli Jacob on card number 843.  Because the book is quite long, you can click on the lower section of the book to advance to a page further into the book.  Information for Eli Jacob and his son Henry start on page 1,920 out of 2,107.