Tracing Your Roots in Cherokee County, Georgia
Beginning your Research
If you are just beginning your research of an ancestor in Cherokee County, the first things you should view and understand are the county transformations. Cherokee County was part of the Cherokee Indian Territory, and thus so named for it. Check the links under Maps and Cherokee Indian Nation on the site map. You will see how Cherokee and the surrounding counties evolved over the years, and how the boundaries changed. One of the most helpful tools is the militia and land district map. If you are researching where someone lives and know the land lot number, you can track through the numerical index the owners of the property, and backtrack to the deeds, grantor/grantee indexes, etc. This is a wonderful tool. You should also take note that the Militia Districts did not always remain the same "area of coordinates", someone could be living in one District one year and next year be living in another District (they did not move, the District changed names); the same can be said for counties, as the boundaries changed, so did where the person lived, although they did not move. As you research across Georgia pay particular attention to the boundary maps for the different years, as land was taken from one county to merge with or create others. This makes the research a bit tedious, but it is decipherable if one will look at the maps.
Marriages - In Georgia the records seem to follow a generic pattern of filing in the county where the Bride lived, however that is not always the case, but as a rule of thumb, start there first if you know that location.
Cherokee Heritage Research
There are several people that can help you if you are tracing your Cherokee Heritage. Mr. Lamar Sneed from Cumming, Georgia is the Director for the Eastern Band of Cherokee's and very knowledgeable in all aspects of this research. You will want to view the Siler - (2) Chapman & Dawes rolls to see if you have anyone listed on those. Those are one of the best tools for research.
The resources below are courtesy of Comanche Lodge - please visit there for more helpful tools and information on the rolls. You will also find that there are many helpful people on the links.
JOIN THE MESSAGE BOARD - http://www.comanchelodge.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi
Additional query boards are available for the following locations:
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