How to Use All Things Cherokee in Your Genealogy Search
by Christina Berry
This website is a great starting point for those chasing down their Cherokee ancestors. This article will help guide you through the different resources available to you on All Things Cherokee.
Customized Cherokee Rolls Reports
All Things Cherokee offers custom Cherokee rolls reports, which provide you with tons of genealogy information. You provide the surname of an ancestor you're looking for and receive back a custom report with results for that surname on all of the Cherokee rolls. In addition to this personalized information, the report also includes historical information about the Cherokee and many helpful tips and hints for tracing your Cherokee genealogy.
Enrollment Genealogy Research
Want to know if you are eligible to join one of the federally-recognized Cherokee tribes? This genealogy research service is the perfect tool to help you with your family tree and enrollment research.
In-Depth Genealogy Research
This research entails 8 hours of dedicated research into your family tree using the usual genealogy records (birth, death, marriage, military, census, etc), and then compare multiple generations of your family to the information found on the Cherokee rolls as well as old mission records and a series of old Cherokee family trees.
All Things Cherokee contains several helpful genealogy articles. Learn about what is required to join one of the Cherokee tribes. Find out why DNA testing is a problematic method for proving Indian ancestry. Learn about important historical events and how they impacted Cherokee genealogy and history.
The Query Boards are basically the community of this site. The Query Boards are where any Cherokee can post a question, or information, about his/her ancestor(s) for others to read. You can browse or search the boards to find other people who are searching for your ancestors as well. Or you can post your own query for free in order to allow others to contact you if they have information on your ancestors. I've heard from several people who have found distant cousins and lots of information after posting their query on the board.
Books & Gifts
Browse books related to Cherokee genealogy, history, language, and culture.
Genealogy Discussion Lists
All Things Cherokee provides a list of Cherokee related e-mail mailing lists available online. The lists range in topic from general Cherokee related discussion to very specific discussion of a particular theme. Be sure, when joining the lists, that you are aware of what topics are allowed to be discussed and what topics are off limit. For example, CHEROKEE-L is for the discussions of Cherokee topics other than genealogy, where as the CherokeeGene-L is just for the discussion of Cherokee genealogy.
Links & Resources
If you can't find what your looking for on All Things Cherokee, try the links section. Find links divided into several sections including: maps, tribal membership, history, museums and more.
All Things Cherokee has helped over 3,000 families with their Cherokee genealogy research. We offer three great services to help you find answers to your genealogy questions.
Cherokee Roll Report - this service is a great start for DIY researchers, with tons of Cherokee genealogy plus custom surname searches of all the Cherokee Rolls.
Tribal Enrollment Research - this service helps determine if you are eligible to enroll with one of the federally-recognized Cherokee tribes.
In-Depth Genealogy Research - this service is the most detailed, providing 6-hours of dedicated genealogy research into your family tree.
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Cherokee Roots: Eastern (Volume 1)
A great genealogy resource indexing those Cherokee living east of the Mississippi River.
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