PLEASE READ: Updated Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The purpose of this website has always been to collect the stories and family histories of descendants of members of the historical Cherokee Nation. From this foundation, to develop ways to connect elements of one story with another so as to discover new clues and information not otherwise possible. Not only are the stories of tribal members important but those whose ancestors were a part of Cherokee history. An example would be the Rev. Evan Jones, or a soldier who was involved in the Cherokee Removal.
We have worked to develop software and phone applications that can aid in connecting story elements, locate and/or mark Cherokee family graves, and help people to correct their own family trees.
As has always been clearly shown below, we do not claim to be affiliated with or endorsed by the Cherokee Nation or any other tribe. However, only Cherokee Nation tribal members work with this registry. To be clear, this means that people who are not members of a federally recognized tribe do not work with this site.
While we've always provided free research help, we recently began offering paid options so that we could improve the software without the need for investment capital. This has proved to be more than we can provide with limited volunteer staffing. We will now refer research requests to other resources including Cherokee Nation tribal members unaffiliated with this registry who voluntarily provide free research assistance.
We will continue to focus on preserving family stories and developing new ways to connect events that were shared by our ancestors.
The Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center maintains a registry and database of descendants, events, and documents related to the historical Cherokee Nation. This site assists people in obtaining the documentation needed for tribal enrollment and operates as a repository of cultural, historical, anecdotal, and genealogical information. The public information on this website is provided as a free resource to aid in research, genealogy, and education about the Cherokee people.
The Cherokee Registry is an independent entity, not affiliated with nor endorsed by any tribe, heritage group, or government agency. Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center does not claim to be and is not considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian tribe or an Indian organization for any purpose and receives no federal or state funding. Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center, cherokeeregistry.org, and cherokeeregistry.com are owned and operated by members of a federally recognized Cherokee tribe. There is no connection either real or inferred between the Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center and the Cherokee Nation or Cherokee Heritage Center.