I too, am of Cherokee descent...have worked on MY tree for 43 years. Found out in 1997 when my paternal ( Indian side) grandmother died at age 94...that I am Cherokee on BOTH sides of my father's family.
There are two books..." CHEROKEE ROOTS, Vol. 1" and "CHEROKEE ROOTS, Vol 2".....which have a great deal of info in them.. They give a list of all the "rolls" taken prior to the 'Trail of Tears"...that is where I found a great deal of info and place to write to for more information.
E-Mail me if you wish...TennesseeSilver@aol.com