Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Morrison Family

Mistey M M orrison Mistey M M orrison

posted on October 26, 2010

My family says we come from Choctaw’s and I am really interested in finding out where and how so that I can teach my children their family history. Please Help me find out some body ….

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 26, 2010

you start with what you know. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and their marriage license and then you can go backward in time to find your grandparents’ documentation. if you get stuck on someone that passed away after 1/1/1937, you can ask for a copy of their social security application. this can help you find documents, give you significant dates, locations, names. and people often filed a delayed birth certificate to show proof of age for social security. so when you ask for a birth certificate, also tell them there’s a possibility that a delayed birth certificate was filed.

when you are trying to find someone, it is very helpful to start at the closest time period to you. this often means that an obituary, a cemetery record, a death certificate are good documents to guide you. you can get a copy of a local newspaper’s obituary often through interlibrary loan. see your local public library for that. childrens’ documentation, such as a birth certificate, often points to the parent and fixes the family to a location and date.

when you get to the 1900-1930 time period, you can find your family with census records. your local public library probably has subscriptions to heritage quest and maybe too. these are websites that have databases and census records.

let’s say you found your family in the 1900 census. now you know names that you can look for.on the dawes roll. if you find a name, you can click on the # in the card column and see the family group.
if you find your relatives, you can get a copy of the enrollment application from fort worth office or the oklahoma historical society or a subscription website
you will want the enrollment application, the census card and any testimony.

you should search for your ancestors using google too. often putting the name of the spouse and the person can get you some information about your family, some documents.

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

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 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.

since you mentioned that you want to pass this information on to your children, you might search for genealogy on the brigham young university website. most of the classes are free, online, and you can do them at your own pace. one in particular might be helpful, writing your family history. you can create a heritage book.

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

suzanne hamlet shatto

Mistey M M orrison Mistey M M orrison

posted on November 4, 2010

Thanks a lot this was very helpful I will start right away.