You’re running out of time.

I’ll bet you’re like me.  Whether you’re Cherokee or not we have a few very important things in common.  Let me tell you just a little about myself and see. One of my earliest memories is sleeping on a cot in front of the fireplace of a very old and cold log house. I was […]

DNA tests for Cherokee ancestry?

If you are considering a DNA test, joining the Cherokee Nation, or simply tracing your own Cherokee blood line, here is important information you should know. According to U.S. Census data, Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country. For many, this can mean losing tribal citizenship and federal benefits. The […]

These Baptist preachers were also Cherokee medicine men.

Jackson Standingdeer (or Jackson Blood) was a medicine man from the community of Gwagwohi near Barber, Oklahoma. He was born June 1, 1870 and arrived in the Cherokee Nation from North Carolina on June 8, 1881. On July 9, 1921 he was ordained a minister of the gospel at the Sycamore Tree Baptist Church in […]

Belle McGhee – Grandmother’s story

As told by Polly Fields.                               My grandparents were Richard Fields, early Chief of the Texas Cherokees, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Blagg Fields; George Howard and Mary Carrol Ward. My parents were Ezekiel J. Fields and Sabra Elizabeth Howard. They were […]

Where was your family’s land allotment and why you should care.

Many families falsely believe their ancestors were not on the Dawes rolls. By accepting this mistake as a historical fact they not only lose benefits for themselves but for all their descendants. Here is why you may need to let us help you with your family tree research.  The United States government attempted to finally […]

Inali Manuscript

The Inali Manuscript – Cherokee spirituality and medicine

While in the midst of this work she brought out another box nearly as large as a small trunk, and on setting it down there was revealed to the astonished gaze such a mass of material as it had not seemed possible could exist in the entire tribe Below are the words of James Mooney, […]

The sale of Cherokee articles left behind – Trail of Tears

Gold was discovered near Dahlonega, Georgia within the Cherokee lands in 1829. President Andrew Jackson wanted the Cherokee moved East. Congress passed the Indian Removal Bill in May 1830. The Cherokees appealed to the United States Supreme Court without satisfaction, the Court ruling that they had no legal right to bring suit against Georgia laws. […]

Memoirs from 1760 – visiting the Cherokee

Lt Henry Timberlake met with Chief Ostenaco when he visited the Cherokee Overhill towns for three months in 1761-62. He later accompanied three Cherokee leaders to London to meet with King George III and other political figures. Below is an excerpt from his memoirs in which he describes the tribe and people. —————————– The Cherokees […]

Share your family stories

Do you have family history that you want to share with others? Oral history contains information not found in census data, rolls, or land deeds. It’s an important way to preserve the history and culture of Cherokee people. If you’d like to share your own stories in text, audio, or video well be happy to […]