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An Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society Volunteer will open the Genealogy Room (Ballenger Room # 153) on Mondays, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Schedule is subject to change and appointments may be made for other times/days.

Office: 918-444-3220 or check in the Archives Office, next door.

The room is closed when NSU is closed for breaks or inclement weather.

Ballenger Room holdings: Microfilms of Guion Miller Applications, Indexes of Dawes Rolls, large number of Native American resource books, local obituaries and funeral home indexes, books on other topics and census records, internet access to and Family Search, genealogical periodicals and maps.

A genealogy information sheet is available at the lobby circulation desk in the main library for referrals, internet addresses, how-to information, maps, etc..


  1. Muskogee Public Library:
    801 West Okmulgee, Muskogee, Oklahoma
    Phone: 918-682-6657 or 888-291-8157
    Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-9 Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-5:30
  2. Cherokee Heritage Center:
    21192 Keeler Dr. Tahlequah, OK
    Phone: 918-456-6007
  3. Cherokee Nation complex
    Highway 62 South, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
    Phone: 918-453-5575
  4. Tahlequah Public Library:
    120 S. College Ave., Tahlequah, Ok
    Phone: 918-456-2581
  5. Muskogee FHC (LDS):
    3008 E. Hancock, Muskogee, Okla
    Phone: 918-687-8861
  6. Online access to Dawes Roll Cards: Access Genealogy , and Ancestry
  7. Oklahoma Historical Society


The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society meets in the T.L Ballenger Room (153) of the Northeastern State University, John Vaughan Library and maintains the Ballenger Room as a resource for Genealogical information. Volunteers open the Room when Northeastern State University is in session. The Genealogy room is open one day per week, Mondays from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. When volunteers are available, other appointments may be scheduled when the John Vaughan Library is open. The schedule is subject to change. For additional information please contact University Archives: 918-444-3220 or email:

The holdings of the Ballenger Room for genealogical or historical research include but are not limited to:


  • Select Census records of State, Federal and Indian Territory polls
  • Cherokee Census records
  • Records of Cherokee County, Oklahoma
  • Applications for Dawes Roll and Guion Miller Rolls (Five Civilized Tribes)
  • Miscellaneous Records

Reference Books

  • County and State histories, State and Federal census records and Topics of interest per states
  • Rolls/Indexes of Brennan and other Native American resources
  • How to research family roots
  • Heraldry, Foreign Countries, Quaker Meetings, Military and Land
  • Native American and other originations cemeteries, local funeral home indexes, and obituaries.
  • Topical Histories, Moravian histories and individual stories.

Family Genealogies: Donated by local families: Books, CDs and microfilms

Genealogical Magazines: Variety of County or State issued periodicals

Internet Access:,, etc.

Maps: local phone directories, USA Atlas, some city directories etc. Aerial Maps


A Society Volunteer will search the Dawes and the Guion Miller Roll and send either copies of the research by mail or by email. A request for a brief search for other genealogical information can be conducted upon request. Payment will be required before the search and may require additional payments based upon the results of the search. See the "Request form" for suggested information to include, to assist the volunteer in the research.

Unfortunately, there is not one, single source to search which can prove or disprove Native American heritage. There were approximately 40 rolls taken. Our resources, while extensive, do not include all the rolls. For most of the Five Civilized Tribes, the criteria was that persons must either live within the tribal land or have evidence that a direct relative was on the earlier rolls, for enrollment to have occurred in the 1899 to 1906 timeframe. If a person moved out of the tribal Nation, they lost their rights and privileges as a citizen of the tribe; they were considered to have become an U.S. citizen.

One of the major Native American rolls was the Dawes Roll (Final Roll of the Five Civilized Tribes) of 1899-1906. This roll was utilized for distribution of land for which not all citizens were eligible. Applicants were required to be living within the Nation of their tribe. For the Cherokee, that was in Indian Territory, now Northeastern Oklahoma. Applicants living in any other locations were not accepted. It also required the applicant had an ancestor on either the 1880 or 1896 Cherokee Roll taken in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory.

To obtain a CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card, please contact the Cherokee Nation, Registration, Box 948, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 74465 or the applicable tribe. One must prove direct relationship to a Cherokee listed on the Cherokee portion of the Dawes Roll with a blood quantum stated. The other tribes have a similar application requirement.

Copies of the applications filed for the Dawes Roll may be found at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Research Center, 2401 N. Laird, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 These records are gradually becoming available on-line at or These are viewable on microfilm in the Ballenger room or can be printed via the Foreman Room of the Muskogee Public Library. The applications for the 1906 Eastern Cherokee roll (Also called Miller Roll) can also be accessed at the same locations. In the Ballenger Room, we have access to as well as the Indexes on paper.

The Dawes Census card is a one-page summary for each family in the same household. These are on microfilm for all sections of the Dawes Roll. All persons who are on the Dawes Rolls, must have been alive during enrollment.

To obtain copies of any of these applications from ITGH&S, each copy is $ 0.15 plus the cost of postage (large manila envelope). The search cost is $5.00 per name.

You may also check for your ancestors on the 1900 Indian Territory and 1910 Oklahoma federal census. These two schedules asked those claiming to be Indian, to name their tribe, the tribe of their father and the tribe of their mother. The federal census records are available by print, microfilm, online (,, Oklahoma Historical Archives) and at many public libraries near you. If requested from us, the copy fees apply.

Please do not send photographs nor original documents. Send copies you do not need returned. Do Not send cash. Please write your check or money order to INDIAN TERRITORY GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Print off the request form, fill it in as completely as possible and either mail it to Ballenger Room, John Vaughan Library, NSU, 600 Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464 or email

Allow 3-4 weeks, since this is a volunteer organization, for the research to be completed. The initial fee must accompany the request or be received at the Ballenger Room. A final cost bill, if any, will accompany the information. You may remit payment to the same address as above.

When requesting copies of genealogical information, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (large manila if numerous names requested. Legal size envelope for a few copies of census records). The cost of the postage and envelop will be added if not included with the request. Good Luck with your family research.



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Last Updated: October 2, 2015