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Finding Your Cherokee Ancestors

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Finding Your Cherokee Ancestors

"There are at least 17 Cherokee censuses and rolls dating from 1817 to 1927 available. Four rolls were created in 1851/52 for different groups of Cherokee; as a result, those rolls included almost all Cherokee people living at the time. Those were also the first rolls to list all family members by name. The Eastern Cherokee payment in 1907 identified about 30,000 Cherokee and Cherokee descendants. If you have a Cherokee ancestor, he or she should be pretty easy to find on a roll.

"Until forced removals from the 1820s through 1839 sent most of the Cherokee to what is now Oklahoma, the Cherokee all lived along the streams and rivers flowing south and southwest from the lower Appalachian Mountains. Although the Cherokee claimed territory which included Kentucky and the southwest tip of Virginia, their towns were mostly in the area where North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina come together. The Cherokee were forced out of South Carolina before the Revolutionary War and a few towns were established in Alabama in the early 1800s.

"Between 1,000 and 1,500 Cherokee remained in the East after Removal; about two-thirds of those lived in the North Carolina mountains."

-- Kathie Parks Forbes, G2G response, May 2020

Cherokee in London

See Also:

  • Fold3 Cherokee $
  • Leeds, Georgia Rae. "The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma." American University Studies. Series IX, Vol. 184, 199.
  • Meredith, Howard L. Bartley Milam: Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Muskogee, OK: Indian University Press, 1985. ISBN 978-0-940392-17-5
  • 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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