Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Moore Family...

Joyce Ingraham Joyce Ingraham

posted on March 25, 2011 and updated on March 26, 2011

We just found out that my great grandmother was Choctaw, her name was America Elizabeth Moore. Does anyone have her listed in their geneology?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 25, 2011

america elizabeth moore, but no dates, no spouse, no children, no location in your post. when someone has a common surname, you need to provide more information.

this name is more common than you think. i count 48 america moore records in 1900, for instance.

you should have her death certificate, her obituary, her marriage license, and her birth record or newspaper mention of her birth. if she was alive 1/1/1937, she would have had to provide proof of age. this could be a birth record of a delayed birth certificate.

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 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

Joyce Ingraham Joyce Ingraham

posted on March 26, 2011

She was my grandfather’s mother, my great grandfather, Ziba Wilkinson, worked for the railroad, he met her and married her and brought her to West Virginia. Her maiden name was Moore. I hope to find out more from the family.

Joyce Ingraham Joyce Ingraham

posted on March 26, 2011

Had 12 children: Walter Lee, Robert, Luster, Siebert, Violet, Earl, can’t remember the rest…more to come…

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 26, 2011

west virginia is kinda far from oklahoma. you have posted on the oklahoma tribe of the choctaw. i don’t think anyone reading your post would have guessed you were talking about someone in west virginia.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Ziba Avry Wilkinson
Name: Ziba Avry Wilkinson
County: Kanawha
State: West Virginia
Birth Date: 29 Jun 1874
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1992559
DraftBoard: 1
this card says he is married to a dottie ethel wilkinson.

this must be the family.
1920 United States Federal Census
about Walter L Wilkinson
Name: Walter L Wilkinson
Home in 1920: Elk, Kanawha, West Virginia
Age: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1913
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Robert L Wilkinson
Father’s Birth Place: West Virginia
Mother’s Name: America E Wilkinson
Mother’s Birth Place: West Virginia
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert L Wilkinson 41
America E Wilkinson 37
Luster D Wilkinson 17
Obert A Wilkinson 15
Seibert M Wilkinson 14
Violet E Wilkinson 11
Robert C Wilkinson 9
Walter L Wilkinson 7
Fred W Wilkinson 5
Cecil D Wilkinson 0
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Elk, Kanawha, West Virginia; Roll: T625_1957; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 115; Image: 153.

1920 United States Federal Census
about America E Wilkinson
Name: America E Wilkinson
Home in 1920: Elk, Kanawha, West Virginia
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: West Virginia

you might look at the west virginia state archives, vital record for west virginia, and the tribes in west virginia.

1910 United States Federal Census
about America E Wilkinson
Name: America E Wilkinson
Age in 1910: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: West Virginia
Mother’s Birth Place: West Virginia
Spouse’s Name: Robert L Wilkinson
Home in 1910: Charleston Ward 3, Kanawha, West Virginia
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert L Wilkinson 31
America E Wilkinson 37
Dwight L Wilkinson 6
Arnold O Wilkinson 5
Sebert A Wilkinson 3
Violet E Wilkinson 1
Emily Wilkinson 65
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Charleston Ward 3, Kanawha, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1684; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0064; Image: 824; FHL Number: 1375697.
map of tribal areas here.