Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Reener OK 1904

Claudie Cline Thompson Claudie Cline Thompson

posted on September 23, 2010 and updated on September 23, 2010

My daddy Claude Cline was born on the Choctaw Reservation April 17, 1904.
We were told he was born in Reener, OK. However we have not been able to locate such a place. Any help would be appreciated.
Claudie Marie

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 24, 2010

claude cline b. 4/17/1904
an obituary, a death certificate, or a delayed birth certificate might have this information.
is thompson his surname?

claude cline and claude thompson are more common than you think. and since you don’t give a county or any other information it makes this narrow this search down.

Social Security Death Index
about Claude Cline
Name: Claude Cline
SSN: 449-20-9649
Last Residence: 75771 Lindale, Smith, Texas, United States of America
Born: 17 Apr 1904
Died: Apr 1986
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951

if you get stuck, you can get a copy of his social security application. anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 ha a social security application on file and they had to submit a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate to show proof of age.

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
about Claude Cline
Name: Claude Cline
Death Date: 22 Apr 1986
Death County: Smith
Gender: Male

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 give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
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