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We the People: Cherokee rolls from 1817-1914 available for purchase

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By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: November 19, 2012

“Cherokee Genealogy Research” by Myra Vanderpool Gormley is Genealogical Publishing Company's newest edition in its “Genealogy at a Glance” series to cover basic elements on selected topics. This research aid provides information about Cherokee history, surnames, migrations and basic genealogical resources found in original documents and online.

The Cherokee Nation is the largest Native American tribe associated primarily with Oklahoma with smaller groups in North Carolina and elsewhere. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (North Carolina) are the only three groups with official status.

Cherokee membership rolls that were designed to allocate reservation lands, provide annuities and pay compensation are the most useful records. However, not all Cherokees are named on the rolls because they did not meet specific requirements for enrollment.

The guide identifies the most important 20 rolls pertaining to Cherokees beginning with the 1817 Reservation Roll and ending with the 1898-1906, 1914 Dawes Roll and the 1909 Guion Miller Roll.

The four-page, laminated folder is available for $8.95 plus $4.50 from Genealogical Publishing Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953, or call (800) 296-6687 or go to

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