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. ┬áThe 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 […]

You can’t see the forest ….. Cherokee genealogy myths

Imagine that in 100 years your descendants are trying to locate some information about you but just can’t find any. Maybe you’ve gone to a lot of trouble to stay private and don’t even give your social security number to anyone. You were born at home, evaded every census, never committed a crime, never owned […]

The Cherokee and the Responsibility to Protect

From the Trail of Tears to Wounded Knee, the federal government has taken action against sovereign indigenous nations that has cost countless lives. Even today as children are taken from their parents and Native people are left on barren reservations, people ask where does this government get the right to do this? The three pillars […]

What you don’t know about the Cherokee, and why it’s important.

Most people have heard that the Cherokee Nation was driven from their homelands in what is called the Trail of Tears. Once in the new lands (Indian Territory) the Cherokee created a new constitution for the tribe in 1839. But few know that within about sixty years of their arrival the federal government decided to […]

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We’ll use this area to provide new and interesting information on resources, tools, and tips on how you can best document your Cherokee heritage.