Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

wanting to see if you can tell me if any one listed is indian at all?

samuel h grever sr samuel h grever sr

posted on March 17, 2011

curiosity has got the best of my my great grand mother had a MCR then a number does this mean Mississippi Choctaw?

additionally i have names and dates i was curious if you might be able to tell me if they were Choctaw or Indian .

Mary E. Elliott
Your great grandmother

Birth abt 1867 in Iowa
Death 1925

Henry R Elliott
Your 2nd great grandfather

Birth December 1835 in Berlin, Knox county, Ohio
Death 20 March 1900 in Knox County, Ohio

Elma Eliza Willits
Your 2nd great grandmother

Birth 10 August 1837 in Fredericktown, Knox, Ohio
Death 27 December 1923 in Berlin Township, Knox County, Ohio

Lamira Elliott
Your 3rd great grandmother

Birth 1808 in Belmont Co., Ohio
Death 1855 in Knox, Ohio, United States

now mary elliotts siblings are

* * Lamyra Elliott 1860 – 1927 * * Ellie Elliott 1862 – * * Ellie Elliott 1862 – * * Mary Ellen Elliott 1862 –

this is all information i have sorry to bother you with this but i know i have Indian in me somewhere this is for a tree i can pass to my children and thier childrens children thank you so much may you be blessed many time

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 18, 2011

MCR means mississippi choctaw refused. some were enrolled but not many. i think you are looking up a common name and thinking that it is your family. you should look up the name, click on the # in the card column and see if this is your family.

but you are giving a mix of maiden names and married names in this list.

the choctaw tribe came from the southeastern united states to oklahoma. few went north.

try the ohio tribes:

you should use the geographic location of your relatives to try to figure out whether they were affiliated with a tribe.
these are state archives and historical archives websites.

the information you gave is somewhat difficult, since there is little information such as maiden names or relationships. first, you should find your family. then you can ask about native information. these are very common names, so you need to narrow down information before you look for native records.

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.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate,

your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone

passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government

for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate.

death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary,

newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local

public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records

and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census

records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public

information in 2012.

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.

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma

and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed

records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

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:

other choctaw tribes:

chickasaw historical society 22
Historic Preservation and
Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw genealogy archive center 23
Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
oklahoma historical society

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


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