Can anyone help with info on how to enter info on Husband 's Cherokee side family.

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in Genealogy Help by Tonda Fluke G2G Crew (950 points)
Happy to help, what are your questions?  Are you looking for records or help with names maybe?  Cherokee people who didn't have surnames should be listed as "Given Name" and "Cherokee" as the LNAB.
I have a lot of information on my husband's grandmother.Wilson 41495 and I have put in on Wikitree, but I don't know if done correctly.  last names? clan Little Buzzard.  Is that a last name?  some of the names are only one word. her roll number is 9298. One statement says ID 1835 lived in Cherokee nation east.  Little Buzzard AFN 90W3-2T Is that the one on the trail of tears?

thanks

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Lots of 19th century (and earlier) Cherokee people didn't have a surname; in those cases we use the tribe name, so the LNAB is "Cherokee."  "Little Buzzard" is a given name.  During the 19th century, when people began asking for surnames, children sometimes used their father's given name as a surname, so the daughter of Little Buzzard would be called Chah wah you kah Little Buzzard.  

Wilson-41495 looks fine.  Her mother is fine, but her mother's parents should be listed as

Father: Proper First Name:  Little Buzzard  Preferred name:  Little Buzzard, Last Name at Birth: Cherokee

Mother: Proper First Name:  Nelsey  Preferred name:  Nelsey, Last Name at Birth:  Cherokee

They are both listed on the 1851 Drennan Roll.  Their daughter's name is spelled Chah wah you kah on that roll.  

I can't identify Little Buzzard and Nelsey on the 1835 Cherokee census, he is probably listed with his name in Cherokee, but yes, that couple would have come to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears.

I can't connect Thomas Wilson to any parents.  He was apparently born after the 1851 Drennan Roll and died before the Dawes roll.  It's also possible he is on the Drennan with a Cherokee name, but the 1880 census lists him as 27 years old so born in 1852 or 53.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (306k points)
Thank you so much. a big help.What last name do I give Nelsy. We were told the one on the Trail of Tears was a young boy or girl.
Nelsy’s last name - and Little Buzzard’s - should both be Cherokee.  The Trail of Tears was 1838-39. There aren’t any documents that give ages for them, but by 1851 they had six children, so they must have been at least teenagers at Removal and married by 1840.  Nelsey might have been as young as fourteen or fifteen at Removal.

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