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I would appreciate any help I can get.

Sherry Chambers Sherry Chambers

posted on September 20, 2010 and updated on September 20, 2010

My father has been slowly trying to prove our lineage. Most of his papers are in storage and he lives out of town. The way I understand it, my great or great great grandfather held a position as medicine man of the choctaw tribe. His name was William Chambers possible date he died is 1913 and is buried in babtIest oaklahoma “sorry for my spelling if its wrong”. He was on my dads side. My great great grandmother who was Margaret Macmillian was 100% choctaw. my dad says he has papers which state this. My grandpa on my dads side was Celdon Horas Chamber. I am currently trying to find all info i can until my dad can get me the rest. I would like to teach my children of our heritage. If any of these names sound familiar I would very much like your help in finding more about our family. My dad has tracked back 5 different family names, I just dont have those available at this time.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 20, 2010

william chambers d. 1913 OK?
m. margaret macmillan?
celdon horas chambers? b. 6/6/1906 AR d. 7/17/1970 CA

California Death Index, 1940-1997
about Celdon H Chambers
Name: Celdon H Chambers
Social Security #: 541122596
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 6 Jun 1906
Birthplace: Arkansas
Death Date: 17 Jul 1970
Death Place: Tehama

California Department of Health Services
Office of Vital Records
M.S. 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Please visit the following web site to obtain the necessary forms and current pricing information: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/CHS/Pages/default.aspx

Social Security Death Index
about Celdon Chambers
Name: Celdon Chambers
SSN: 541-12-2596
Last Residence: 96035 Gerber, Tehama, California, United States of America
Born: 6 May 1906
Died: Jul 1970
State (Year) SSN issued: Oregon (Before 1951)

cemetery record:
http://www.calarchives4u.com/cemeteries/tehama/tehama.txt

i wish i could help you more, but you need names, dates, locations, spouses, children in your post. it appears that there might have been a nickname used for census reports.

if your relative was born in AR in 1906, they probably didn’t apply for enrollment in the choctaw tribe in okklahoma. they might have been mississippi choctaw.

i am not sure if margaret was married to william. these are very common names. you need dates and specific locations to go with the names.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.

if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto