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searching Chak-Tau Indian heritiage

Zanell Zanell

posted on March 17, 2011 and updated on March 17, 2011

My grandmother is 1/2 Chak-Tau Indian at 89 years old, her father’s name was Chester Crockett, his mother was full blood Chak-Tau her name was Jo Emma Crockett from Newelton Lousiana. Are there any records available on file. How do I find what percentage (we) the grandchildren are? Also, I would like to do a Genealogy search and see how far back I can go.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 17, 2011

? crockett m. jo emma ?
chester crockett

you might want to contact the jena choctaw tribe in louisiana.
also, if you do that, tell them that their website has to be renewed.
1052 Chinaha Hina Street LA 71371 – (318) 992-2717

this is not much information in order to find the family. i would suggest you start collecting documentation, such as your grandmother’s birth certificate, as this would list her parents’ names, fix the family to a date and location. you can use the public library for much information, as they probably have a subscription to, which has census and other records. they can get historical newspapers so that you can get obituaries through the interlibrary loan program.

i often start with the death and work backwards in time. cemetery record, obituary, death certificate. then i can try the marriage license and birth record. if you get stuck on an ancestor who was alive 1/1/1937, you can ask for their social security application, which would list dates and names and locations.

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.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate,

your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone

passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government

for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate.

death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary,

newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local

public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records

and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census

records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public

information in 2012.

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.

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma

and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed

records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

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:

other choctaw tribes:

chickasaw historical society 22
Historic Preservation and
Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw genealogy archive center 23
Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
oklahoma historical society

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will

improve some of these categories.

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.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

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

good advice about native research:

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


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

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 19, 2011

this must be your family. it was in a different location, used a slightly different spelling for the name.
1930 United States Federal Census
about Joe E Crockett
Name: Joe E Crockett
Home in 1930: Morrow, St Landry, Louisiana
View Map
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: Chester Crockett
Mother’s Name: Maggie Crockett
Race: Negro


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Chester Crockett 36
Maggie Crockett 34
Lilian Crockett 16
Selma Crockett 15
Avie Crockett 14
Arthur Crockett 13
Georgette Crockett 11
Joe E Crockett 9
Thomas Walker 19
Robert Johnson 23
William C Harris 3/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Morrow, St Landry, Louisiana; Roll: 820; Page: 1A and 1B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 203.0.

walker and johnson are boarders. william harris is a grandson. the family moved from MS to LA in the last 10 years.
“joe” was b. MS
they rent a house for $5/mohth. chester and maggie were b. MS, and their parents were b . MS. chester is a lumber stacker in a sawmill. chester was first married age age 21, maggie at age 15. they don’t have a radio.

since chester and maggie came from MS, you might look at the mississippi tribes, like mississippi choctaw.

if the family didn’t apply for enrollment, tribes wouldn’t have records. however, maybe the family received a choctaw land grant in the 1830-1870 time period. you would have to look up the head of household in the mississippi land records and see if any received a choctaw scrip land grant. this would show affiliation with the tribe.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Chester Crockins
Name: Chester Crockins
[Chester Crickins]
[Chester Crockens]
Home in 1920: Beat 3, Clay, Mississippi
Age: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse’s Name: Maggie Crockins
Father’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Mother’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
[Colored (Black)]
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Chester Crockins 25
Maggie Crockins 24
Lilian Crockins 6
Selma Crockins 5
I V Crockins 4
[4 5/12]
Arthur Crockins 2
[2 10/12]
George E Crockins 0
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Beat 3, Clay, Mississippi; Roll: T625_873; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 221.
1920 United States Federal Census
about Maggie Crockins
Name: Maggie Crockins
[Maggie Crickins]
[Maggie Crockens]
Home in 1920: Beat 3, Clay, Mississippi
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Chester Crockins
Father’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi

you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.

chester hauls lumber.
the geographic location will be very important when trying to find out about tribes.
mississippi choctaw tribe

map of tribes:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Chester Crockett
Name: Chester Crockett
County: Chickasaw
State: Mississippi
Birth Date: 20 Jan 1894
Race: Black
FHL Roll Number: 1682705
DraftBoard: 0
you can print a copy or save it to your puter from

1900 United States Federal Census
about Chester Crocket
Name: Chester Crocket
Home in 1900: Houlka, Chickasaw, Mississippi
Age: 7
Birth Date: Jan 1893
Birthplace: Mississippi
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s Name: Bill Crocket
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Name: Joe Ella Crocket
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Bill Crocket 31
Joe Ella Crocket 23
Chester Crocket 7
Ann Crocket 5
Loice Crocket 3
Gorgia Crocket 2
Safrona Cooper 60
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Houlka, Chickasaw, Mississippi; Roll: T623_803; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 13.
safrona/lafrona cooper was bill crocket’s mother-in-law.
1900 United States Federal Census
about Safrona Cooper
Name: Safrona Cooper
[Lafrona Cooper]
Home in 1900: Houlka, Chickasaw, Mississippi
Age: 60
Birth Date: Jan 1840
Birthplace: Mississippi
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Mother-in-Law
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother: number of living children: 6
Mother: How many children: 9
Marriage Year: 1870
Marital Status: Widowed
Years Married: 30
1900 United States Federal Census
about Joe Ella Crocket
Name: Joe Ella Crocket
[Joe Ella Cooper]
Home in 1900: Houlka, Chickasaw, Mississippi
Age: 23
Birth Date: Nov 1876
Birthplace: Mississippi
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Name: Safrona Cooper
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama
if the mother was born in AL and these people are native, you might look at the MOWA tribe.
1910 United States Federal Census
about Chester Cookette
Name: Chester Cookette
[Chester Crockette]
[Chester Crochette]
Age in 1910: 15
Estimated Birth Year: 1895
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Mother’s Name: Jadie Taylor
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Home in 1910: Beat 1, Chickasaw, Mississippi
Marital Status: Single
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jadie Taylor 32
Chester Cookette 15
Beshie Deloach 16
Loise Crookette 12
George Crookette 10
Jewel Burned 28
Thedie Burned 17
Jimmy L Burned 5/12
Arthur Covington 26
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Beat 1, Chickasaw, Mississippi; Roll: T624_735; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0041; Image: 77; FHL Number: 1374748.

you will have to find out maggie’s and jo ella’s maiden names from an obituary, a death certificate, a birth record or the social security application.