Cherokee Rolls: Baker Roll
In 1924, an Act of Congress enacted the final dispensation of the affairs of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina. This Act conveyed to the United States all land, money, and other property held by the tribe, where the land would be held in trust by the US government, forming a reservation called the Qualla Boundary.
In association with this Act, a final roll was conducted which would list all living tribal citizens and this was the “final roll” of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
This final roll of the EBCI was called the Baker Roll, named after Fred A Baker who oversaw the enrolling commission and finalized the results. There were 3,146 persons accepted onto the Baker Roll.
Today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians bases there enrollment on the Baker Roll of 1924. To be eligible you must have a direct lineal ancestor on the Baker Roll, and must possess at least 1/16 degree of Eastern Cherokee blood.
Please note: Blood quantum is calculated from your ancestor as they are listed on the 1924 Baker Roll. DNA is not acceptable for enrollment purposes.
You can find original images of this and many other Cherokee rolls and tribal records at Fold3.
Elements of the Baker Roll:
Churchill # – If this individual was listed on the Churchill Roll, the number will appear here.
Hester # – If this individual was listed on the Hester Roll, the number will appear here.
DOB – Date of birth.
Quantum – Blood quantum of enrollee, 4/4 indicates full blood.
Family Number – This is an All Things Cherokee number, not part of the original roll, helpful for identifying people who were members of the same family.
Relation – The relationship of an enrollee to the other members of their household.
Notes – Any details included on the roll which didn’t fall within the other fields.
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