Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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looking for info

carol jones carol jones

posted on August 2, 2011

my childern’s great grandmother and father were charlie and airzona burgess, was told they were choctaw, but cant find any paper work, was wondering if anyone knew of the family name

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 2, 2011

no dates or location in your post. no children. so i don’t know which resources to use. these are somewhat common names.

is airzona really arizona?

1920 United States Federal Census
about Arizona Burgess
Name: Arizona Burgess
[Orianna Burgers]
Home in 1920: Huntington Ward 4, Cabell, West Virginia
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Charles Burgess
Father’s Birth Place: Ohio
Mother’s Birth Place: Ohio
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Burgess 35
Arizona Burgess 35
Hamilton Burgess 8
Martha Burgess 5
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Huntington Ward 4, Cabell, West Virginia; Roll: T625_1951; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 30; Image: 124.

if this is your family, the choctaw is a southeastern tribe. this is the choctaw tribe in oklahoma. does your family have a connection to oklahoma?

or maybe this is your relative?
California Death Index, 1940-1997
about Arizona B Allen
Name: Arizona B Allen
[Arizona B Burgess]
Social Security #: 572121577
Sex: Female
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1895
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Death Date: 10 Sep 1984
Death Place: San Diego
Mother’s Maiden Name: Kirby
Father’s Surname: Burgess
but this person appears to have been born arizona burgess and married a man named allen.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Zona Buegess
Name: Zona Buegess
[Zona Burgess]
Home in 1920: Wolf, Seminole, Oklahoma
Age: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Charlie C Buegess
Father’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charlie C Buegess 35
Zona Buegess 25
Jessie Buegess 11
Dallie Buegess 5
Girtha Buegess 3
Jim Buegess 0
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Wolf, Seminole, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1471; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 259; Image: 570.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Nona Burgess
Name: Nona Burgess
[Nona Ramsey]
Age in 1910: 20
Estimated Birth Year: 1890
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Daughter-in-Law
Father’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: Charles Burgess
Home in 1910: Richwoods, Stone, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Burgess 63
Dollie P Burgess 68
Charles Burgess 22
Nona Burgess 20
Birgie A Burgess 3
Jesse Parilee Burgess 11/12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Richwoods, Stone, Arkansas; Roll: T624_64; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0144; Image: 1360; FHL Number: 1374077.

California Death Index, 1940-1997
about Nona G Ramsey
Name: Nona G Ramsey
Sex: Female
Birth Date: 30 Sep 1896
Birthplace: Arkansas
Death Date: 10 May 1962
Death Place: Sacramento
Mother’s Maiden Name: Mitchel

1900 United States Federal Census
about Arizona Gibson
Name: Arizona Gibson
[Antons Gibson]
Home in 1900: Sylamore, Stone, Arkansas
Age: 9
Birth Date: Dec 1890
Birthplace: Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Father’s name: Wm Gibson
Father’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother’s name: Mary Gibson
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm Gibson 32
Mary Gibson 31
George A Gibson 12
Arizona Gibson 9
Oscar Gibson 7
James Gibson 5
Ollie Gibson 3
Andrew J Gibson 5/12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Sycamore, Stone, Arkansas; Roll: T623_77; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 134.

are any of these your relative?
the tribe held enrollment 1896-1906 in oklahoma. people had to be living in OK at that time.

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


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


helpful information about tribal enrollment


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

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you

have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage

to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen

DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final

Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting

Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The

tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents

(application, census card and testimony) may help you find out

more about your heritage.

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


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