Tuesday, June 28, 2011


When I started my Cherokee research the first time around, my major concern was how our family survived the forced removal or "Trail of Tears".  At that time, the internet was very new and there wasn't a lot of information available.  I spent some time in libraries; visited a few historical sites and read books.  After comparing the birth dates and locations of our ancestors with the historical facts, I found that most members of our immediate family had moved to Arkansas and then Indian Territory (Oklahoma) prior to the removal.  This was a great burden off my shoulders!  I also learned that a few ancestors were actually involved in the treaties which resulted in the removal. 

When I learned that our ancestors did not suffer on the Trail of Tears, my interest waned some and life took over.  Now, my interest has been refreshed and I want to learn even more about our ancestors.  Mom and I will be traveling to Oklahoma in a few months to meet some of our relatives and to continue the research.  I will be sure to let you all know about our adventures!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Who Are Our People?

Do you sometimes wonder who your ancestors really were?  Sure, we know their names, dates of birth, dates of death and many times where they are buried.  We know who their mothers and fathers were and can even trace the names/dates back several hundred years.  But, really, who were they? 

The purpose of this blog is to share with each of you what I have found about who our people are.  To do that, I'll need to spend a lot of time researching historical data and try to place our people in that scenario.  Actually, this is extremely hard for me as I am NOT a historian.  I was not a great student of history and I still can't always keep my eyes open when I read historical books.  But, I'm curious and want to know this, so I will persevere.

I won't guarantee the facts in this blog but I'll do my best to make sure they are true and correct.  I can only rely on the information that I find to be correct.  That is my disclaimer.  In other words -- don't hold me to the facts!!

Please, if you read something here and know it not to be true or you heard it a different way, let me know.  Also, if you can add to what's here, we would all like to know.  I really want to interact with each of you and learn everything you know so we can get as complete a history as possible.

I've listed the family names that I'm researching above.  I'll try to stay on course as to direct ancestors, but sometimes distant relatives are way more colorful! 

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