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Cherokee blood

Cherokee blood

Posted: 17 Feb 2010 9:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Speary, Tracewell
I've always heard from my Grandmother that she is half Cherokee. Making my dad 1/4 and me 1/8th. I just can't seem to find any information proving that this is true. Does anyone know how to go about searching?

Re: Cherokee blood

Posted: 19 Jul 2012 7:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Well the easiest way to find out is to check Indian rolls. One example is the Dawes which enrolled Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek signed between 1898 and 1914 in Oklahoma aka Indian territory.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalindex.php

That link gives you access to searching the Dawes, check to see if any of your grandmothers parents or grandparents appear on it. Also check Indian census records here on Ancestry and at
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native
there are a bunch of different rolls that you can check to see if you have an ancestor that was listed on it.

Re: Cherokee blood

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 12:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, the easiest way is to check the rolls. However, not everyone is on the rolls. In 1896, there was a roll done, but it often included people that were NOT of NA descent and the tribes fought this roll as accurate, because they weren't the ones allowed to determine who was "tallied" as NA. So it was overturned, and another roll was taken and finished about 1906, I believe. However, many of those originally on the 1896 rolls, even if they were supposed to be there, may not have known that they needed to apply again, and so weren't included on the new/ finished rolls. Also, it was NOT something many wanted to admit to, back then... so some just didn't. There were also some that didn't register as a pride thing (they didn't trust the government, and can you blame them?) Finally, there were MANY NA children removed from their parents and sent to boarding schools to "take the indian out of the man." Many were never returned to their parents, and many were adopted out to white families to be raised as white (or they were simply exploited as laborers in the family.) Which is why we now have the Indian Child Welfare Act. To keep NA children from being adopted outside the tribe, when there is an appropriate tribal home available. Anyway, definitely check the rolls, but if you don't find anything, don't give up. Check the overturned rolls too. And then if you still don't find anything, do some family genealogy research, and see if you can find anyone that HAS been able to prove NA ancestry and that you have a common ancestor with. The DNA test *might* be helpful, in that it will show whether you truly have any NA blood, but it won't tell you which tribe, or even whether there is more than one. BUT you might also learn of other relatives you didn't know previously that may be able to help your search. Good luck! (I supposedly have Cherokee on both my mother and father's side, but I can't find any proof anywhere for either side!)
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