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There are some DIFFERENT RULES for this mail-list!

PURPOSE: The Indian-Territory-Roots-L Mailing List is an e-mail list to assist and encourage genealogical research in the old Indian Territory, an area that was located in the east and southeastern section of what is now the State of Oklahoma. Before statehood (1907), this area was under the control and the laws of  The Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole. These were sovereign Nations and as a result of this tribal sovereignty and the tribal laws, many of the research methods used in the United States do not work here.

The importance of these difference becomes even greater when you consider that by 1890, Indian Territory had been virtually "invaded" by 130,000+ non-Indians, most being emigrants from the adjacent states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. At that same time the Indian population was only 28.11% of the total, being just over 54,000.

By 1900, further immigration had swollen the non-Indian population of Indian Territory to well over 250,000.


While most of us have activated the e-mail option "Quote original message in reply" on our own program (and it is helpful), you SHOULD realize that to quote, re-quote, RE-re-quote (etc) ALL of the different messages in that thread can be VERY exasperating  to other members of the mail-list, and force the people who subscribe to the Digest version to have to page down several times, just to reach the next message!

PLEASE -- block and delete all non-critical information from the previous posts that you are answering.  Everyone will thank you for being that considerate, I can assure you


    NO off-topic subjects: chain letters, virus warnings, recipes, "roll calls" or chatting-(take that to e-mail!).
    NO advertising of good, services, new mail-list, new or upgraded home pages.
    NO multiply addressed posts (see below).
    NO "attachments" on messages sent to the mail list (see below).
    NO "flames"!
    NO off topic subjects of ANY kind not covered above!

Any person replying back to the mail list on these off-topic subjects will be treated as if they had originally posted the message themselves.

Please do not use your subscription to this mail list to announce the opening of your own mail list or "updating you pages". That would not be "of general interest" to the subscribers of this list.


Our purpose on this mail list is to exchange genealogical and historical information, as well as resources. It does NOT include debating "unfair tribal policies on enrollment" or "a sure-fire way of establishing your native American ancestry" by having "pointy-toes", "unique teeth", "blood type" or any other body parts. If this is what you want to discuss, then you are on the WRONG mail list!

Messages "not being of general interest to ALL subscribers" should be sent to the individual and not to all of the mail list. You can do this by selecting "Reply to Sender", rather than "Reply to Sender and All Recipients". PLEASE be considerate of others.


DO NOT post "Warnings" about real or imaginative viruses, two year old FCC rulings, or  "Pass it on" chain letters to this maillist. Chances are that most of us who are on here have checked out and discounted the same story two or three years ago!

Before you send these message, even to your friends,  I would suggest that you look at:



No advertising of goods and/or services, whether offered by you or on behalf of others. No advertising of new mail lists, new or upgraded home pages. There are special mail-lists for these, and it is not this one!

NO "MULTIPLY-ADDRESSED MESSAGES" (Sending one message to several addresses at the same time)

PLEASE do not include Indian Territory Roots in a multiply addressed message. Post to Indian Territory Roots as a separate message ONLY. There are several technical reasons for not doing this - and one very important social one-- IT IS RUDE!


While we all understand and respect differences of opinions, I also know that many people are very passionate and protective of their ancestry. Please use common courtesy to others (who are not interested in your argument) and take any disagreements to private e-mail. Continued abuse of this on the mail list will cause you to be unsubscribed and barred.


In case you are new to mail lists; you should never send any message that includes an attachment or Gedcom files. Save these to e-mail to an interested person. But common courtesy would dictate that you ask their permission first.


When there are violations of these rules, let ME handle it via personal e-mail to the violator! If you feel that there has been a violation that I may not be aware of, then send ME an e-mail. But DO NOT post a message to the list on the subject (that is MY job!).

     Thank you very much for your cooperation

     Jerri Chasteen
     List Owner


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