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Selected List of Genealogy and Family History Resources Located in The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society Room


The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society's collection contains a wide range of genealogy and family history resources on microfilm, with an emphasis on Cherokee and other Oklahoma tribes. The contents of some of these microfilmed collections can be found indexed online, including on Ancestry.com. Below is a partial list of the Society's resources on microfilm, including links to selected online indexes:

  • Chapman Roll (1852). List prepared by Albert Chapman of Cherokee receiving payment based on the Siler's 1851 census.

  • Cherokee Census of Intruders (1893). The Cherokees compiled a census of non-Indians living on their lands.

  • Cherokee Censuses (1880, 1886, 1890, 1893, 1896). Some include Delaware and Shawnee censuses.

  • Cherokee Land Lottery (1832). Georgia.

  • Cherokee Pioneers. Biographical information and Cherokee history.

  • Chickasaw Rolls of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1878-97). Ledger rolls of the Chickasaw Indians and Intruders.

  • Creek Rolls of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1857-59). Ledger rolls and payrolls of the Creek Indians.

  • Delaware and Shawnee Rolls (1896-1904). Ledger census and payrolls of the Delaware and Shawnee tribes for 1896 and 1904.

  • Drennen Annuity Payment Roll (1852). List prepared by John Drennen of new arrivals (1839) of Cherokees in Indian Territory (Cherokee tribal lands in present Oklahoma and Kansas).

  • Eastern Cherokee Applications of the U.S. Court of Claims or Miller Roll (1906-9). Prepared by Guion Miller of "Eastern Cherokees" who applied for compensation because of a 1906 lawsuit and judgment in the tribe's favor. The roll is useful for identifying members of the Cherokee tribe who were alive in 1906, members of the tribe at the time of the treaties of 1835, 1836 and 1845, and descendants of members of the "Eastern Cherokees" during the years of the treaties. There are two National Archives online name indexes to this collection, including one through the National Archives Catalog and another through the Researching Native Americans and Alaska Natives gateway.

  • Enrollment Cards of the Five Civilized Tribes (Dawes Records). An act of Congress on March 3, 1893, established a commission to negotiate agreements with the Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, Seminole and Cherokee tribes. Eventually named the Dawes Commission, after Senator Henry Dawes, it was to divide tribal land into plots which were then divided among members of the tribe. Applicants were categorized as Citizens by Blood, Citizens by Marriage, Minor Citizens by Blood, New Born Citizens by Blood, Freedmen (African Americans formerly enslaved by tribal members), New Born Freedmen and Minor Freedmen. Search the Dawes Final Rolls through the Oklahoma Historical Society's Research Center web site.

  • Henderson Roll (1835). List of 16,000 Cherokees living in the southeastern U.S. to be removed west. Search the Cherokee Census of 1835.

  • Mullay Roll (1848). List of Cherokees living in North Carolina after Agent John Mullay took the census in accordance with an 1848 act of Congress.

  • Old Settlers Payment Roll (1896). The 1896 Payment Roll is based on the 1851 Old Settler Roll.

  • Payment of Destitute Cherokees (1902). During the spring of 1902 the Bureau of Indian Affairs made a payment to certain destitute Cherokees.

  • Powell Roll (1867). R. J. Powell's Bureau of Indian Affairs census of Cherokees.

  • Records of BIA - Emigrants/Cherokee Muster Rolls (1817-1838). List of some emigrants and conducted parties going west to present Arkansas and Oklahoma.

  • Siler Roll (1851). David Silar was appointed to take a census of eastern Cherokee entitled to a payment in accordance with an act of Congress in 1850.

  • Tompkins Roll (1867). List of Cherokees in northeastern Indian Territory showing their names, sex, age and race.

  • Wallace Rolls (1890-96). Revised copies of the rolls for Authenticated and Admitted Cherokee Freedmen, 1890-93, and for Delaware and Shawnee Cherokees, 1890-96.

  • In addition to the above, the Society holds various microfilmed records concerning Cherokee County, Oklahoma, between 1907-1931. The Society's collection also includes microfilmed records containing local family histories, church records, tribal records not listed above, and many other types of material. Beyond microfilm, the Society's print collection contains many useful publications that provide a wealth of genealogical and biographical information, including Emmet Starr's History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folklore, name indexes, and other print material.



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