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Cherokee Team

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Associated with the Native Americans Project


Welcome to the Cherokee Team

This team is for those members of the Native Americans Project who are researching and working on profiles of Cherokee individuals or who have an historic interest in the Cherokee Nation. The scope of the team is pre-contact to present day.

Team Links


Team leader: Kathie Parks Forbes

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following
1.Add the line [[Category:Cherokee Tribe Project]] to the text area of your profile page. This will add you to the list of participants on the Category Page .
2.Add Cherokee_Tribe to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
4.Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.
  • Duane Poncy - I am an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma) and my goal is to document my ancestors, as well as related lines. As someone who has studied Cherokee history and culture, I am keen about the veracity of sources and clearing up misconceptions about the Cherokees and native Americans in general.
  • Brian Wagnon- citizen of the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma and working on ancestry in Oklahoma.
  • Darlene Cypser -- Adding profiles of relatives of Susan (Willis) Russell from sources found in research on her husband William Greeneberry Russell and Cherokees who went prospecting with him at the start of the Colorado Gold Rush; Also researching and adding my own Cherokee relatives.
  • Kimberly Spaulding - following my Cherokee ancestors through my Great Grandfather WJ Pryor.
  • Kenneth Shelton -- How do you know where you're going if you don't know where you have been? Just trying to put it all together. Trying to find my Cherokee ancestors.
  • Jim Monday - Looking to flesh out Cherokee heritage. Specifically looking for lineage of Nancy Adair that married Chalres Reese and then Alexander Mcpherson. Need to find her parents....
  • David Selman - Researching our families Cherokee ancestors connection.
  • Cindy Cloyd – Researching Cherokee ancestry and Family of Wahunsenacawh (Powhatan)
  • Kathryn Parks – researching Cherokee ancestry and working on Myths & Legends; I am a citizen if Cherokee Nation, descendant of Nancy Ward and Ludovic Grant. I have been working with Cherokee genealogy for over thirty years and am most concerned with accuracy and documentation.
  • Steve VanHorn -- I'm a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation and have a keen interest in learning and passing on the true stories of my Cherokee ancestor's lives to my children and grandchildren.
  • LaMyra Morton I work on Cordery/Rogers and under-represented families. Basically anywhere I see a need or can fill a gap.

Team Goals

Any improvements you can make to the profiles of Cherokee people are welcome, but here are some specific goals we're working towards:

  • For each person:
    • All duplicates merged into the final lowest profile ID number. (Remember: in the era before Cherokee adopted surnames, we use the "Last Name at Birth" field to record their tribe or nation-- i.e., Cherokee.)
    • Sticker (or template if project protected) included on the page
    • All relevant categories are added
    • At least one documented source (Cherokee roll or census, historical document) is listed
    • Parents are correct and documented
    • Biography is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, Ancestry trees, etc., and ideally has an actual written biography.
    • If person is on the Dawes Roll that information is included as:
Dawes Enrollee
Cherokee (category, e.g. By Blood, Freedman, etc.)
Dawes Card Number (number)

Project Sticker

The Native Americans Sticker should be used for profiles of members of the Cherokee tribe who do not require Native American Project Protection. The sticker should be entered below the == Biography== line.

Sample usage:

{{Native American Sticker |tribe=Cherokee}}


... was Cherokee.



Federally Recognized Cherokee Tribes / Nations

[[Category:The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma]]
[[Category:Cherokee Eastern Band]]
[[Category:The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma]]

State Recognized Tribes

State-recognized "Cherokee" tribes are Native American Heritage Groups that do not meet the criteria for federally recognized Indian tribes but have been recognized by a process established under assorted state government laws for varying purposes. They have no connection with, and are not recognized as Cherokee by any of the three Federally-recognized Cherokee tribes.

[[Category:Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama]]
[[Category:Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee]]

Seven Clans

[[Category:Cherokee Blue Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Long Hair Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Bird Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Paint Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Deer Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Wild Potato Clan]]
[[Category:Cherokee Wolf Clan]]


[[Category:American people of Cherokee descent]]


WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.

Finding Your Cherokee Ancestors

Click here for more information on searching for Cherokee ancestors.

  • Dawes Resources Information concerning the Dawes Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes may be found on the following WikiTree pages:

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Hi! I don't see The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in our active categories. Could you suggest (or just add) a category or sticker to the enrolled Oklahoma freedman Delmer Groomer? Thanks!
posted by Karen Lowe
All set, added sticker and Dawes
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Thank you again, but no Patents

at all. Not in His married papers Noting about His Patents. I well see. Looking for His Patents many , many Times, noting. Mmh ,thank you for your time greatings from Germany 👋

posted by Petra Linkenheil
He died in Guntersville Al 1959

And all so it says Native from Dalton Georgia .thank you Kathie

posted by Petra Linkenheil
He was white. Unfortunately he was born after the 1880 census and the 1890 census was lost to fire so we don't find him in the census with his parents. He did register with Social Security, so I suggest that you order a copy of his Social Security record from the Social Security Administration. He would have needed to document his age and the names of his parents were also requested, so that may help you in your search.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Here's a web page about ordering his social security application :

posted by Jillaine Smith
Hello my Name ist Petra from

Germany. Im looking for my Ggfather John Mitchell Holder Born 17.1.1883 maybe Cartersville. We now born Georgia.In His Draftcard 1917/18 it says born Native. All so in so News papers when He died.We cant find anything about His Patents. Maybe He was adopoted. Any Help is very Welcome . Pleased excuse my english. Greatings Petra

posted by Petra Linkenheil
"Native" on a draft card means the person was born in the United States, not that they were Native American/Indian. The question meant "Are you an immigrant or were you born here?"

Here is his Find-A-Grave information: Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 24 September 2022), memorial page for John Mitchell Holder (17 Jan 1883–26 Jun 1958), Find a Grave Memorial ID 63347561, citing Happy Home Baptist Church Cemetery, Guntersville, Marshall County, Alabama, USA; Maintained by Johnny Tidmore (contributor 47270806) .

And a link to his marriage record: "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967", database, FamilySearch ( : 11 January 2020), John Holder, 1903.

And the family in the 1920 U.S. Census: "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 February 2021), John M Holden, 1920.

posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
edited by Kathie (Parks) Forbes