If you wish to research your Cherokee Native American genealogy, there are a few different routes you can take to do so. Of course, you can hire a professional genealogist to do the work for you. This will save you time, energy, and ensure that a good job will be done.
Cherokee Native Americans
Or you can tackle the task yourself, finding free or other web sites and organizations to help you along the way. Taking on the task of researching your Cherokee genealogy can actually be fun and the knowledge you will gain can both surprise and enlighten you. You may have an eye-opening experience as you discover who you truly are, where you came from and the legacy of your ancestors. You may discover surname meanings you never thought to consider previously.
Create your own family tree web site. Check with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to discover the records for the various tribes, in this instance, the Cherokees. The United States Department of the Interior has published a Guide to Tracing Your American Native Ancestry that can be downloaded from the Bureau’s web site. If you are in or near Oklahoma, visit the Watt Christie Cemetery located in the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. There is also the Cherokee Heritage Center located in Park Hill, Oklahoma. There you will find archives and records of the Cherokee people to help you trace your Cherokee genealogy.
There are some companies that offer to confirm your Cherokee heritage by using DNA testing. You swab the inside of your cheek and send it off to be tested. The results can quite possibly tell you where your ancestors originated from. This can be a fascinating way to help you discover your true roots.
You can do research online at home by logging onto the site www.recordsbase.com. This is a web site where you can instantly look up your heritage by entering a first and last name. There are a billion different records on this site. Research your heritage if you have a name to put into the search engine here. Try searching the United States Indian Census Rolls, dated from 1885 to 1940, for free on Ancestry.com, when you try out the site (they have a free 14 day try). Here you will find the name, gender, age, birth date, relationship to head of the family, marital status, tribe name, agency and reservation name. Basically, what is needed, is a search of the United States Census records, generally from 1900-1920. There are also the final Cherokee rolls that can be searched which date back to 1896. You may need a professional researcher to help you with this. The Cherokee Native Americans people historically settled in the Southeastern United States (principally East Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia).
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by Leonard Smith