Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

James Gregory

Sabrina Price Sabrina Price

posted on November 8, 2010

I have been told that my great grandfather James Gregory was full blooded Choctaw. I am trying to research my family tree and would like to verify this information and continue tracing my family history. Thank you for any help that you can give me in my quest.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 8, 2010

this is a common name. you will need:
date born, location
date died,, location
children with birthdates and locations, if you have this information.

there were almost a million people living in oklahoma in 1900.

this was the only james gregory on the dawes roll that i could see:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Creek Ay-e-chi-che John 0 M 126 P
Creek Besey 0 F 126 P
Creek Gregory Edward W 0 M 126 P
Creek Gregory Eliza 0 F 126 P
Creek Gregory Arthur V 14 M 5/8 126 459 BB
Creek Gregory Archie A 20 M 5/8 126 458 BB
Creek Gregory Albert R 24 M 5/8 126 457 BB
Creek Gregory Gilbert R 26 M 5/8 126 456 BB
Creek Gregory Annie 54 F FULL 126 455 BB
Creek Gregory James R 57 M 1/4 126 454 BB
Creek Hill Tom 1 M 126 475 F
Creek Hill Henry 2 M 126 476 F
Creek Hill Linda 23 F 126 474 F
Creek Hill Frank 28 M 126 473 F
Creek Thomas George 1 M 126 211 FNB


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:

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 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

Sabrina Price Sabrina Price

posted on November 13, 2010

Thank you so much. You have given me great information to work with.

Sabrina Price