The Cherokee Nation doesn’t do genealogy or family history research for the public. However,there are many places that do. Many other locations for information on genealogical research may be found on the internet.
Remember that there is a great satisfaction in doing the research yourself, and remember the burden of proof lies with you, the applicant.
For further information or to receive a hard copy of Cherokee Nation citizenship application(s) by U.S. Postal mail please contact the Registration Department at [email protected] or by calling 918-458-6980, during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, CST.
The Cherokee FIRST program has a volunteer initiative for free Dawes Roll lookups by email. You may send Dawes Roll lookup requests to [email protected].
You are welcome to visit the Registration Department and research the index and rolls yourself from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The index and rolls are also available at other locations. For the research facility nearest you, please consult the Cherokee Nation office or you may wish to contact a professional genealogist or your local library for help with your research.
Helpful Research Sites
To search the Guion Miller and Dawes/Freedman rolls yourself (no waiting on an email reply), please visit:
Dawes/Freedman Roll Search – NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL):
You can also search the Dawes Rolls at Access Geneology
The Cherokee Heritage Center also has a genealogist available to assist people in researching their Cherokee ancestry for a fee. You can reach them at 918-456-6007 or by visiting their website at www.cherokeeheritage.org
If tracing to an ancestor that came from around Tennessee, Georgia, Eastern Alabama or South Carolina, you may want to correspond instead with:
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
PO Box 455
Cherokee, NC 28719
For additional researchers, you may request a list of professional, certified genealogists who specialize in Indian research from the following website:
The Board for Certification of Genealogists
If you need further genealogy assistance at other times, the Muskogee Public Library, 801 West Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK, may be able to help. 918-682-6657 (68-BOOKS). It contains most of the Cherokee Dawes applications & the Miller Roll applications, as well as additional federal census records.
Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
General Contact for Cherokee Nation Registration
[email protected] 918-458-6980 OR 800-256-0671