Native American Research (Cherokee) at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

This is by no means an exhaustive bibliography of Native American material found in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It is intended only as a guide to original source material needed for basic genealogical research on families that maintained their political ties to the Indian Nation.

For a more complete listing of available materials visit the library and consult the library's online catalog and terminals in the Reading Rooms and the guides in the microfilm and manuscript sections.

1817-1819 REMOVAL - SOURCES

(A) Reservations

  • National Archives. Records of the Cherokee Agency in Tennessee, 1801- 1835. NA #M208, TSLA Mf. #52, reel 13.
  • Hoskins, Shirley. "Reservations." Cwy Ye: Cherokee Blood Newsletter 14 (1987): 13-23. E99.C5 C99.
  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992.

(B) Surveys (incomplete)

  • *Cherokee Collection. TSLA Mf. #815, reel 1.

(C) Emigration Rolls.

  • Baker, Jack D. Cherokee Emigration Rolls, 1817-1835. Oklahoma City: Baker Publishing Co., 1977. E99.C5B27
  • Blankenship, Bob. Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition 1992 (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992.

(D) Spoliation Claims.

  • *Cherokee Collection. TSLA Mf. #815, reel 1.
  • List of Persons Who Have Not Received Any Compensation for Improvements Removed, 1824.

1835-1838 REMOVAL - SOURCES

(A) Census, 1835 Henderson Roll

  • National Archives, Census Roll, 1835, of Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi. NA#T496, TSLA Mf. #273
  • *Walker, Homer A. Cherokee Indian Census of 1835 for the State of Tennessee. Washington, n.d. E99.C5W32
  • Walker, Homer A. Cherokee Indian Census of 1835 for the States of Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. Washington, n.d. E99.C5W33
  • *Tyner, James. Those Who Cried: The 16,000. Chi-ga-u, 1974, E99.C5T98
  • Blankenship, Bob. Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition 1992 (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992.

(B) Removal Rolls.

  • Baker, Jack D. Cherokee Emigration Rolls, 1817-1835. Oklahoma City: Baker Publishing Co., 1977. E99.C5B27
  • Blankenship, Bob. Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition 1992 (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992.

(C) Claims

  • *Hoskins, Shirley Coats. Cherokee Property Evaluation, 1836. Chattanooga, Tennessee: S. C. Hoskins, 1984. E99.C5C54.
  • McGhee, Lucy Kate. Cherokee and Creek Indians. Returns of Property Left in Tennessee and Georgia, 1838 . . . (Washington, 1957?) E93.M32
  • Chase, Marybelle W. Cherokee Claims, Going Snake District. Tulsa: M.W. Chase, 1989. E99.C5C25
  • Chase, Marybelle W. 1842 Cherokee claims, Saline District. Tulsa: M. W. Chase, 1988. E99.C5C392
  • Chase, Marybelle W. 1842 Cherokee Claims, - Skin Bayou District. Tulsa: M. W. Chase, 1988. E99.C5C392.
  • Chase, Marybelle W. 1842 Cherokee Claims, Tahlequah District. Tulsa: M.W. Chase, 1989. E99.C5C393
  • *Cherokee Collection. TSLA Mf. #815, reels 1-7.

EASTERN BAND of CHEROKEE (East of the Mississippi after 1838)

Enrollments - Sources

(A) 1848 Mullay Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992

(B) 1851 Siler Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992
  • Siler, David W., The Eastern Cherokees: A Census of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia in 1851. Fred B. Kniffen, ed. Cottonport: Polyanthos, 1972. E99.C5S49.

(C) 1852 Chapman Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992.
  • National Archives. Records Relating to Enrollment of the Eastern Cherokees by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. NA #M685, TSLA Mf. #864, reel 12.

(D) 1869 Swetland Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992

(E) 1884 Hester Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992
  • Crumpton, Barbara. 1884 Hester Roll of the Eastern Cherokee. Duncan, 1986. E99.C5H4

(F) 1908 Churchill Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992

(G) 1924 Baker Roll - Final Roll of Eastern Cherokee.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992

CHEROKEE NATION OF OKLAHOMA (Western Band of Cherokees)

Enrollments - Sources

(A) 1851 Old Settlers Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992
  • National Archives. Records Relating to Enrollment of the Eastern Cherokees by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. NA #M685. TSLA Mf. #864, reel 12.

(B) 1852 Drennen Roll.

  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992
  • National Archives. Records Relating to Enrollment of the Eastern Cherokees by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. NA #M685. TSLA Mf. #864, reel 12.

(C) 1880 Census

  • Timmons, Boyce D. and Alice Tyner Timmons. Authenticated Rolls of 1880 Cherokee Nation - Indian Territory. Chi-ga-u, 1978. E99.C5A97

(D) 1880 Census/1890 Census (Canadian District only)

  • Ashton, Sharron Standifer. 1880 and 1890 Census Canadian District Cherokee Nation - Indian Territory. Oklahoma City: Okla. Genealogical Soc., 1978. E99.C5A83.

(E) 1895 Old Settler Roll / 1896 Index to Payment Roll.

  • National Archives. Old Settler Roll/Index to Payment Roll, NA #T985. TSLA Mf. #1033.
  • Blankenship, Bob, Cherokee Roots. 2nd Edition, 1992. (Index only) E99.C5B5 1992

Claims - Sources

(A) Applications

  • Eastern Cherokee Applications of the United States Court of Claims, 1906-1909. Roll of Eastern Cherokees - Entitled to Participate in the Fund ... of the Court of Claims, May 28, 1906. (Miller Roll). National Archives. Eastern Cherokee Applications of the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1909. NA #M1104. TSLA Mf. #864. 348 reels with index and roll on reel 1.
  • National Archives. Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. NA #M685. TSLA Mf. #864, reel 1.
  • Hoskins, Shirley, Cwy Ye: Cherokee Blood. Chattanooga, 1982. E99.C5H67.
  • Jordan, Jerry Wright. Cherokee by Blood. Bowie, MD.: Heritage Books, 1987. 8+ vols. (In progress) E99.C5J67.
  • Bowen, Jeff. Eastern Cherokee by Blood. Baltimore, MD.: Clearfiedl, 2005-2009. 12 vols. E99.C5E378.

 CHEROKEE - GENERAL

Biography/Genealogy

  • *Cherokee Collection. TSLA Mf. #815, reel 8. (Ridge, Ross, Sequoyah (George Guess), Lillybridge, Lovely, Meigs,Clingan, Heldebrand, Lowrey, McLemore, McNair, Parks, Taylor, Vann, Walker.).
  • Rogers, Mary Evelyn. A Brief History of the Cherokees,1540 - 1906. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1986. E99.C5R55.
  • *Starr, Emmet. Old Cherokee Families. Norman: University of Oklahoma Foundation, 1972. E99.C5S82 1976.
  • Hoskins, Shirley. Cwy Ye: Cherokee Blood Newsletter. Chattanooga, 1983. E99.C5C99.

Marriages

  • Bogle, Dixie and Dorothy Nix. Cherokee Nation Marriages, 1884-1901. Owensboro: Cook & McDowell, 1980. E99.C5B62.

FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, Seminole)

Enrollment Cards for the five Civilized Tribes, In Indian Territory 1898-1914.

(A) Index - (Alphabetically by tribe)

  • National Archives. Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914. NA #M1186. TSLA Mf. #939, reel 1.
  • *U. S. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Index to the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory. Cat. Film #73

(B) Dawes Roll - (Arranged by number)

  • National Archives. Enrollment cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, (see above index). Follows index on reel 1.
  • U. S. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. The Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory. Washington, 1907. E78.I5 U27

(C) Census Card

  • National Archives. Enrollment Cards ... (see above) 93 rolls.

Biography/Genealogy

  • Martini, Don. Southeastern Indian Notebook: A Biographical and Genealogical Guide to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1685-1865. Ripley, Mississippi: Ripley Printing Company, 1986. E78.565 .M376 1986.

CHICKASAW

  • Lemons, Nova A. Pioneers of Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. Miami, OK., Timbercreek, 1991. F693.L45.

CREEK

  • National Archives. Census of Creek Indians taken by Parsons and Abbott, 1832. NA #T275, TSLA Mf. #1035.

 
HOW TO" GUIDES

  • Barr, Charles B. Guide to Sources of Indian Genealogy. Independence, MO, 1989. CS21.B37
  • Carpenter, Cecelia S. How to Research American Indian Bloodlines. South Prairie, WA.: Meico Associates, 1984 CS49.C37.
  • Eakle, Arlene and Johni Cerny, eds. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Chapter 17. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub. Co., 1984. CS49.S65
  • Mooney, Thomas G., Exploring Your Cherokee Ancestry. Tahlequah: Cherokee National Historical Society, 1987. E99.C5M788.
  • Walton-Raji, Angela Y. Black Indian Genealogical Research. Bowie, MD : Heritage Books, 1993/
  • Witcher, Curt B. and Nixon, George J. "Tracking Native American History". In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, revised. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1996. CS49 .S65 1997

 *Indicates this title may be borrowed on interlibrary loan.

Prepared by Ann Alley,  Tennessee State Library and Archives

Tennessee State Library and Archives Reference Librarian
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