Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Celia Jane and Anolah

Darla Gordon Darla Gordon

posted on June 12, 2011

Working on my family tree and found 2 Choctaw relatives, but no parents for either one. The first is “Celia Jane” born in 1760 in Oklafalya, Choctaw, Mississippi. She was married to Daniel J McCurtain Sr., and Celia had a son, Daniel J McCurtain Jr. who was born July 6, 1777 in Oklahoma. Celia Jane died in 1814 in Chocktaw, Alabama.

The second is a woman, Anolah, which is Choctaw for black fox. She was born in 1769 in Choctaw, Alabama. Anolah was married to William Hardy Perry (he was born in 1770), they had a son, Hardy Perry who was born in 1808 in Mississippi. Anolah’s death is unknown. If anyone has any information, I would appreciate it. Thank you!

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on June 12, 2011

this is generally earlier than most records. the war department kept records 1800-1880 or so. NARA/national archives and records administration has those records.

it is doubtful that people were really born in oklahoma on a particular date in the 1700’s, since there only natives may have lived away from the coastal areas before the american revolution. natives didn’t have calendars nor any way of recording a birth, since all native languages were oral traditions.

natives did move around in communities called tribes, but a better term for their communities would be describing them as bands of natives. their hunting grounds spanned several states. the tribes were associated bands of natives.

if your relatives were born in AL and MS, they may be mississippi choctaw or MOWA tribe.

if any information exists, you should look at NARA records or journals or local history books or newspapers or state archives. there might be trading post logs.

there are several websites that have interment records. and are just a few. further, has messageboards, webprojects and email lists for tribe, location, surnames, events. also has messageboards with these categories.

i see there are several people speculating about this particular family line. perhaps some of them have sources of information. i would urge you to collect your own documentation.

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 submitted 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


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


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

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


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


check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage


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

Darla Gordon Darla Gordon

posted on June 13, 2011

Wow Suzanne!

Thank you so much for all of the info. I will start researching today!

Darla Gordon