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Joe Waddell-Means Joe Waddell-Means

posted on November 20, 2010

Looking for information on a family member. His name is Iklannabee. Also spelled Ikenaby and Iklanby.

Iklannabee was born in 1758 in Choctaw Nation East in Marion County, Mississippi. He was on the Armstrong Rolls and on the Trail Of Tears and recieved a land allotment on standing White Oak Creek. Now days is known as White Oak Creek. He died about in 1855 in Oklahoma. Now days known as McCurtain County in Oklahoma. His wife name is Sarah “Sally” Carney. She was an Irish woman. She and their kids were there on the land allotment when he died. Trying to find out what happen to the family’s land allotment. Also find out where he and his wife was buried at. Trying to find information on his death records and his land allotment records. Where can I look or go to find this type of information on the internet or book form? Please if you can help me, please contact me by my email address:

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 21, 2010

you can try rootsweb:
they have location, surname and tribe webprojects, as well as cemetery projects.

rootsweb and have messageboards for tribes, surnames, locations also.

do you know who was living on the land in the 1900 census?

do you have the names of their children?

im not sure that the land allotments were finalized at this time. i think they were finalized in the 1900’s.

most records were kept at the county level. but oklahoma became a state in 1907 and so most records were at the tribe or federal level. NARA is the repository for the federal native records at the fort worth office.

it is extremely unusual for a birthdate to be this specific at that time. the natives only had an oral tradition, and became a written language in the mid-1800’s. the natives didn’t keep records. but sommetimes natives were mentionned in local history books or trading logs or other early records. the war department was keeping records at that time. there were ration books too.

do you have documentation about their children? their children’s documents point to the parents and fix the family to a location and date.

the website has many different kinds of records. i would urge you to look at the census records in the indian territory in the 1800’s.

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