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Cherokee Genealogy

Learn how to research your Cherokee ancestry, browse through online records for Cherokee research and discover other resources for Cherokee genealogy research.

1851 Census of Cherokee East of the Mississippi
Transcription of the 1851 census of over 1900 Cherokees who were entitled to a per capita payment pursuant to an 1850 act of Congress. This is indexed in Vol. I of "Cherokee Roots," on NARA Regional Microfilm Roll 1 of 7RA-06, and is available online here, organized by state.

Cherokee Indian Ancestry
The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides information on the various categories of people with Cherokee ancestry, and where to find records for each category.

Cherokee Genealogy Forum
This fairly active message board on RootsWeb is a good place for posting or browsing queries regarding Cherokee ancestry.

Cherokee National Historical Society
This private non-profit corporation, designed to preserve the history and culture of the Cherokee people, offers membership, a quarterly newsletter, and maintains the Cherokee Heritage center, including the Cherokee archives.

Cherokee Tribal Membership
Good information for those who seek a federally issued Certificate Degree of Indian Blood card ("CDIB") as a Cherokee.

First Families of the Cherokee Nation
An organization for recognizing those families who formed the Cherokee Nation. Membership is limited to those persons able to document that their ancestor was a lawful resident of the Cherokee Nation East or West before the time of removal on the Trail of Tears, 1838-1839.

Guide to Cherokee Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865
By Lars Gjertveit and the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Guion Miller Roll - Eastern Cherokee Roll of 1909
Online digitized index to the applications submitted for the Eastern Cherokee Roll of 1909. From the National Archives.

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