Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Chief William A Durant 1937-1948

Brent A Durant Brent A Durant

posted on November 26, 2010

Need info on geneaology of Chief William A Durant. I’m new to this so here goes.I need info on William A Durants Marriages, brothers, sisters, and hopefully his kids. I believe he would have been my G G Grandfather. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 27, 2010

the last public census available is 1930. the 1940 census will be available in 2012. since i won’t be able to find him, i can tell you how you can find him.

you should start with what you know, gather documentation, then go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you will have more information to find your grandparents. if you get stuck on a deceased relative who passed away after 1/1/1937, you can ask for their social security application.

you probably have a mistake in the years there. was he born 1937 and passed away in 1948? or was he alive earlier and you think he passed away sometime in that time period?

genealogists use dates, locations, children and spouses to match records.

this was an attorney in the 1930 census records:
1930 United States Federal Census
about William A Durant
Name: William A Durant
Home in 1930: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
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Age: 64
Estimated birth year: abt 1866
Birthplace: United States of America
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Ida May Durant
Race: White


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
William A Durant 64
Ida May Durant 56
James G Durant 31
William Durant 36
Elizabeth Durant 30
Mary Davidson 48
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; Roll: 1919; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 61; Image: 281.0.

his son, william, was an oil producer.

this was a roomer, born in OK.
Household Members:
Name Age
Maude Hiatt 52
Bernard Hiatt 20
Robert Hiatt 18
Andy Maxen 35
Edgar J Mallay 32
Merl Manell 25
James W Riley 22
William Durant 26
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas; Roll: 95; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 42; Image: 346.0.

maybe this is your relative:—-william-durant/

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Corber George 0 M 3433 P
Choctaw Corber Sarah 0 F 3433 P
Choctaw Durant Martha 0 F 3433 P
Choctaw Durant Sylvester 0 M 3433 P
Choctaw Durant James G 1 M 1/8 3433 NR DURANT BB
Choctaw Durant William E L 6 M 1/8 3433 NR DURANT BB
Choctaw Durant Ida May 26 F IW 3433 NR DURANT BB
Choctaw Durant William A 33 M 1/4 3433 NR DURANT BB
Choctaw Thompson Czarina 0 F 3433 P
Choctaw Thompson F A 0 M 3433 P
Choctaw Thompson Willie 13 M 1/8 3433 NR DURANT BB

and this is the family group for that person.

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

Vickie Coffey Stokes Vickie Coffey Stokes

posted on August 12, 2011 and updated on August 12, 2011

I am the ggrandaughte of Wilson Durant son of George Durant.
George Durant is the brother of Sylvester Durant.. I do have some information that I can share with you.. . There is alot of informaton on

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 14, 2011

i am not related. however, you should put dates and locations, children and spouse of the people in your line so that others can see the information.

yes, i would encourage you to post family trees on ancestry and/or rootsweb worldconnect records. rootsweb and have messageboards of tribe, location and surnames. rootsweb also has webprojects for tribe, location and surnames also.

you might also enjoy contacting the people who have posted their family trees on genealogists usually enjoy meeting cousins.