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Cherokee Genealogy

See Famous Cherokee People for genealogy trees and histories of specific Cherokee People.

Cherokee Rolls: East of the Mississippi

Reservation Rolls 1817: A listing of those desiring a 640 acre tract in the east and permitted to reside there.

Emigration Rolls 1817-35: Those who filed to emigrate to Arkansas country, and after 1828 to Oklahoma.

Henderson Roll 1835: A census of over 16,000 Cherokee residing in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina who were to be removed to Oklahoma under the Treaty of New Echota (1835).

Mullay Roll 1848: A census of 1,517 Cherokee people who remained in North Carolina after the Removal of 1838. John C. Mullay took the census, pursuant to an act of Congress in 1848.

Siler Roll 1851: A listing of some 1,700 Eastern Cherokee who were entitled to a per capita payment, pursuant an act of Congress in 1850.

Chapman Roll 1852: Prepared by Albert Chapman as a listing of those Cherokee actually receiving payment based on the Siler Census.

Swetland Roll 1869: Prepared by S. H. Swetland as a listing of those Cherokee and their descendents who were listed as remaining in North Carolina by Mullay in 1848. Made pursuant to an act of Congress (1868) for a removal payment authorization.

Hester Roll 1883: Compiled by Joseph G. Hester as a roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 1883. This roll is an excellent source of information, including ancestors, Chapman Roll number, age, English name and Indian name.

Churchill Roll 1908: Taken by Inspector Frank C. Churchill to certify members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Like the Hester Roll, it includes a lot of information, including degree of blood. Rejectees also are included.

Guion Miller Roll 1909: Compiled by Mr Miller of all Eastern Cherokee, not Old Settlers, residing either east or west of the Mississippi. Ordered by Court of Claims as a result of a suit won by the Eastern Cherokee. See Guion Miller Roll West for more details.

Baker Roll 1924: This was supposed to have been the final roll of the Eastern Cherokee. The land was to be alloted, and all were to become regular citizens. Fortunately, the Eastern Cherokee avoided the termination procedures, unlike their brothers of the Nation to the west. The Baker Roll Revised is the current membership roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.

Cherokee Rolls: West of the Mississippi

Old Settler Roll 1851: A listing of Cherokee still living in 1851 who were already residing in Oklahoma when the main body of the Cherokee arrived in the winter of 1839--as a result of the Treaty of New Echota (1835). Approximately one third of the Cherokee people at that time were Old Settlers and two thirds were new arrivals.

Drennen Roll 1852: The first census of the new arrivals of 1839. The New Echota Treaty group--"Trail of Tears."

The Dawes Roll 1898-1914: The final roll for allotting the land and terminating the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma. Senator Henry L. Dawes was the commission's chairman and consequently, the name Dawes is associated with the final roll. The roll turned out to not be as final as it was expected to be. Upon the reorganization of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in the 1970's, the Dawes Roll became the only means of certifying membership.

Qualla Boundary Public Library Holdings

These Cherokee reference books may be viewed at: Qualla Boundary Public Library, P.O. Box 1839, Cherokee, NC 28719, Phone: (828) 497-9023

Cherokee Emigration Rolls, 1817-1835, by Jack D. Baker.

Genealogy of "Old and New" Cherokee Indian Families, by George Morrison Bell, Sr.

Cherokee Roots, Volume 1 & 2. (2nd edition), by Bob Blankenship.

The Cherokee Indians and Those Who Came After, by N. C. Browder.

Cherokee Reservees, by David Keith Hampton.

Old Families and Their Genealogy, by Emmet Starr.

History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legend and Folklore, by Emmet Starr.

Those who Cried, the 16,000, by James W. Tyner.

Our People and Where They Rest, Volume 1, by James W. Tyner.

Cherokee By Blood, Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U.S. Court of Claims 1906-1910. Volumes 1-7, by Jerry Wright Jordan.

Exploring Your Cherokee Ancestry, A Basic Genealogical Research Guide, by Thomas G. Mooney.

The Heritage of Swain County, North Carolina, by Hazel C. Jenkins and Ora Lee Sossamon.

The Bone Rattler, the Bulletin of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society, Bryson City, NC.

Cherokee Genealogy Records

Cherokee Nation
Chad Smith, Principal Chief
PO BOX 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
Gift Shop: (918) 456-0511

Military Service Records
National Archives GSA
Washington, D.C.
*Send for form # NATF26 (800)

Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma
Gregory E. Pyle, Chief
PO Drawer 1210 (16th & Locust)
Durant, OK 74701
(800) 552-6170

Oklahoma Historical Society
Indian Division - War Records
2100 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Ok 73105
(405) 521-2491 (Archives)

Chickasaw Nation Of Oklahoma
Bill Anoatubby, Governor
PO BOX 1548
Ada, OK 74820
(580) 463-2603

FT Worth District Archives
PO BOX 6216
Felix & Hemphill
Ft. Worth TX, 76115
(817) 334-5525

Creek Nation Of Oklahoma
A.D. Ellis, Principal Chief
PO BOX 580 (Town Square)
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 756-8700

National Archives & Record Service
8th St. & Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20408
(202) 501-5385

Seminole Nation Of Oklahoma
Enoch Haney, Principal Chief
PO BOX 1498
Wewoka, OK 74884
(405) 257-6287

Northeastern State University/Indian Territory Genealogical Society
T.L Ballenger Reading Room
Tahlequah, OK 74464
(918) 456-5511 ext. 3221

Cherokee - Shawnee
Cherokee - Shawnee Business
Native American Coalition of Tulsa, Inc.

1740 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107

Muskogee Public Library
801 W. Okmulgee
Muskogee, Ok 74401
(918) 682-6657


United Keetoowah Band/Cherokees
John Ross, Chief
PO BOX 1329
Tahlequah, OK 74464
(918) 456-5491

Arts & Crafts Board
U.S. Dept. Of Interior,
Room 4004 M1B
Washington, DC 20240

Bureau Of Indian Affairs
Federal Court House Bldg.
101 N 5th
Muskogee, OK 74401
(918) 687-2314

Muskogee Genealogical Assoc.
Contact: Muskogee Public Library (Listed Above)

Oklahoma City Vital Statistics Office
Vital Records Section
PO BOX 53551
Okla City, OK 73152
(405) 271-4040

 Tulsa Office
108 North Greenwood
Tulsa, OK 74120

Cherokee Heritage Center
PO BOX 515
Tahlequah, OK 74465
(918) 456-6007

John Vaughan Library, Special Collections

Northeastern State University

711 N. Grand
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464

456-5511, ext. 3252

Cherokee Genealogy Reference Books

Cherokee Roots, Volumes 1 & 2
Cherokee Roots, Volume 1: East:
Includes the following rolls: 1817 Reservations Rolls, 1817-1835 Emigration Rolls, 1835 Henderson Roll, 1848 Mullay Roll, 1851 Siler Roll, 1852 Chapman Roll, 1869 Swetland Roll, 1883 Hester Roll, 1908 Churchill Roll, 1909 Guion Miller East Roll, 1824 Baker Roll.

Cherokee Roots, Volume 2: West: Includes the following rolls: 1851 Old Settler Roll, 1852 Drennen Roll, 1898-1914 Dawes Roll, 1909 Guion Miller Roll.

Dawes Roll Plus of the Cherokee Nation
The 1898 Dawes Roll plus Guion Miller Roll information for those that were on both rolls. One can look forward in time from 1898 to the 1906 Guion Miller Roll and see such things as a 1906 Surname change brought about from marriage, divorce or adoption. Also ages, addresses, relationships, Miller Roll Number, Miller Application Number, etc. This, in addition to all information provided in the original 1898 Dawes Roll. All 36,714 Cherokee Nation Citizens of Cherokee blood are included.

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Names and meanings of the months in the Cherokee language.

Little Carpenter, Peace Chief of the Cherokee, 1699-1797
According to his son, Turtle At Home, his father was originally a Mishwakihha, one of the divisions of the Nipissing Indians, and had been captured as an infant and adopted by the Cherokees.

Tsi'yu-gunsini - Dragging Canoe, Chickamaugas Chief
Tsi'yu-gunsini was a war leader who led a dissident band of young Cherokees against the United States in the American Revolutionary War. Dragging Canoe is considered by many to be the most significant leader of the Southeast, and provided a significant role model for the younger Tecumseh, who was a member of a band of Shawnee living with the Chickamaugas and taking part in their wars.

The Raven Mocker is the most dreaded of Cherokee witches
A Raven Mocker can be of either sex, and there is no real way to know one. They usually look old and withered, because they have added so many lives to their own.

Shadow of the Eagle
A Cherokee poem.

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