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Old 12-28-2011, 01:38 PM   #30
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Some thoughts on this

In Oklahoma what was Indian Territory prior to 1907, Indians were not included on the Federal Census untill 1900. Actually that is what its named Indian Census.
Before that the Cherokee Nation had there own Census going back to 1840.
As for Rolls those were done by the Federal Government for various reasons mainly for payments and othere things and most of those Rolls only named the Head of Household and the number of people in the House. Of Course there are exceptions and that would be the Chapman and Drennon Rolls in 1851 again in Indian Territory. The earliest Rolls were in 1817 and those list Cherokees that took the 640 acres and moved to what became Arkansas which were moved again in 1828 to Indian Territory

I can trace about 8 Generations back but then it gets real murky Because Cherokees did not write down that kind of Information. And if they did it was typically because they had Married a White who wrote down that information in a Bible OR who had moved out of the Cherokee Nation east and taken up residence as whites. They were not subject to the Removal act of 1830 nor were they ever in fear of being rounded up. Only those that still lived in the Boundries of the Cherokee Nation East.

As for the Eastern Cherokees they had several rolls done after Removal one in 1848 and another in 1851 but they only counted those Cherokees that were living in and around the Qualla Boundry in North Carolina.

So when you tracing ancestry one of the things that you must do is start with what you know for sure
Dad and Mom then Grandparents Connect the Dots tracing back if that leads you to Indian Blood so be it if not well you will know!

Many Many Families have stories but Geneology is proof...
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