Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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vicky willis vicky willis

posted on October 7, 2010

I have been looking for my Choctaw blood family tree. I have not been able to find info on my great great grandmother who was suppose to full blood Choctaw who married my great great grandfather who was suppose to a full blood African. Her name was Mary Bradley …His name was Elbert Hall. I don’t know exactly where they lived where they lived but I know two of their sons…Calvin Hall my great grandfather and Elonzo Hall my great great uncle who raised my grand mother and my mom in Marshall, Texas. My great grandfather Calvin Hall was born in Arkansas Sept.9th 1903 and died in Harrison Co. Texas in 1925. The story is told that my great great grandmother(Mary Bradley) was from Oklahoma but on my great grandfather’s death certificate Calvin, my great-great grandmother was born in Texas (no city listed). My great-great grandfather (Elbert)was born in Marion Co. Texas.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 8, 2010

elbert hall b. marion, TX m. mary bradley
calvin hall b. 9/9/1903 AR d. 1925 harrison, TX
elonzo/alonzo hall

look at the texas tribes in this post. she may have been mississippi choctaw or another tribe. the location will give you clues on one of the maps.

what records do you have? if you had given your grandmother’s name, i might have found her in the 1930 census. i have been looking but this is a very common surname. elonzo is likely alonzo. elbert could be albert. obituaries, a social securiity application might point you in the right direction. many filed delayed birth certificates when social security came into effect 1/1/1937 and you can get a copy of that and the social security application.

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:
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.
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.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, 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