Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Tribal Membership

Tracey Tracey

posted on August 13, 2011

On Monday I found out that my Great Great Grandparents were living in Township 5 of the Chickasaw Nation. The 1900 census also mentioned that my GGGrandma was an Indian. I then found out they were married a year prior on the Marriages in the Chickasaw Nation list. After looking up the Dawes Rolls I found that Annie Hibdon was registered at age 17 as coming from the Choctaw tribe. I’m not sure about my GG Grandfather yet. There children were written down as Indians on census forms there after. My question is as I live in Australia and I have never even been to America, would it be worth myself applying for Tribal Membership? I am very proud of this heritage and I would love to have written proof of being part of the Choctaw Tribe. Is it allowed for family that aren’t living in there?

Kind Regards,

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 14, 2011

in order to become a member of the tribe, you would have to be directly descended from an original member of the tribe. so you would have to prove that relationship.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

this person is a newborn, not 17 years old:
tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hibdon Emma Lively 0 F NB28 P
Choctaw Hibdon Henry 0 M NB28 P
Choctaw Hibdon Annie Avery 2 F 1/64 NB28 NB31 MCGEEE NB

maybe you mean this person:
tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hibdon Clay 0 M 90 P
Choctaw Hibdon Henry 15 M 1/32 90 170 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Hibdon Worley Annie 17 F 1/32 90 169 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Hibdon Fannie 20 F 1/32 90 168 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Leewright B T 0 M 90 P
Choctaw Leewright Milam 0 F 90 P
Choctaw Leewright Lizzie 7 F 1/32 90 167 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Leewright Pearl 10 F 1/32 90 166 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Leewright Fidy 48 F 1/16 90 165 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Leewright Minor 50 M IW 90 IW540 MCGEE BB
Choctaw Spain Mary 0 F 90 P
Choctaw Spain Thomas D 0 M 90 P
Choctaw Worley J A 0 M 90 P
Choctaw Worley Floyd Lonzo 1 M 1/64 90 171 MCGEE BB
IW=intermarried white, a general nontribal description
bb-by blood

i don’t know what you see in the 1900 census. i have tried looking for your relative but didn’t find it.

although i found a marriage here:
Worley, Jess Hibdon, Annie, Miss 11/15/99 A.B.S. Himkapillar, minister Pickens Co. Records
you apparently have to contact the resources for the chickasaw tribe in order to get a copy of this document.

i didn’t find it on this database:

1900 United States Federal Census about Annie Worley
Name: Annie Worley
Home in 1900: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 19
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Jessie L Worley
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jessie L Worley 22
Annie Worley 19
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1847; Enumeration District: 131.

California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Annie E Hibdon
Name: Annie E Hibdon
Sex: Female
Birth Date: 26 Apr 1885
Birthplace: Texas
Death Date: 20 Aug 1965
Death Place: Orange
Mother’s Maiden Name: White

Name: Annie Worley
[Annie Warley]
Home in 1920: Whitebead, Garvin, Oklahoma
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Jess L Worley
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jess L Worley 44
Annie Worley 37
Ray M Worley 15
Etta Worley 10
Chas R Worley 8
Jc Worley 4
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Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Whitebead, Garvin, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1464; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 30; Image: 269.

you should trace your family on the census 1900-1930, so you have an idea of the family members. the or heritage quest databases can help you there. you should request the dawes application, census card and testimony. NARA/national archives and records administration fort worth office and the oklahoma historical society have copies of those records, links in this post. may also have a copy of the dawes record online and that link is on the accessgenealogy webpage that shows the family group/card#.

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.

social security application for a deceased person:

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.

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.

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 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

Tracey Tracey

posted on August 14, 2011

Thank you Suzanne for replying. I’m sorry I didn’t write her correct name. She is registered under Hibdon Worley Annie. Her husband’s name on the marriage register is under Worley, Jess. I found the 1900 census record on They are listed under Worley Jessie L. My mother is the daughter of their son JC Worley.

I guess I was asking is it ok that I become a member of the tribe even though I don’t live in America. I’m from Australia.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 14, 2011

if you are a direct descendant of an original member of the tribe, you would qualify to become a member.

but i am not associated with the tribe.

you should contact them through the link at the top of my email.

Tracey Tracey

posted on August 15, 2011

Ok, thank you.