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United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970
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Record Description
Record Type Census and Enrollment
Collection years 1848-1970
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North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History, Raleigh

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains census and other rolls listing names of Cherokee Indians, primarily of the Eastern Band of that tribe. Each of the Eastern Cherokee census rolls was compiled for different administrative reasons, had a different format, and contained different amounts of information. Most of the rolls were made to determine eligibility for payments due under provisions of the 1835 treaty, or were receipt rolls for payments made to tribal members. Some of the rolls are copies that were used by enrolling agents to assist them in their work. Most of the rolls are arranged by geographical location of residence, and most include alphabetical indexes of the names of persons enrolled.

  • Baker Rolls, 1924
  • Revised Roll, 1924-1970
  • Census Roll, 1908
  • Churchill Roll, 1908
  • Miller Roll, 1909
  • Baker-Revised Roll, 1967
  • Henderson Roll, 1835

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • The Cherokee roll number
  • The Council roll number
  • The Native American name of the individual
  • The English name of the individual
  • Relationships to the head of household
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Parent's roll number
  • Present residence
  • Any remarks made by the census taker
  • The names of individuals
  • The number of males and females in the home
  • The number of slaves
  • The number of various livestock

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The Native American or English name of the person
  • The state where the individual or family lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Description to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If the individual or family or listed in the reservation rolls, check for additional tribal records
  • Learn about tribal customs such as inheritance
  • Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or an agency associated with the tribe
  • Contact Tribal archives and libraries

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The name of your ancestor may have changed from one Indian name to a different Indian name, consider alternative names
  • The name of your ancestor may have changed from an Indian name to a Christian name
  • The name of your ancestor may have been abbreviated

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