The Cherokee (Tsalagi/ᏣᎳᎩ)

One of my Cherokee ancestors, "Aunt Penny" (1807-1880), in an undated photo taken probably c. 1870, whom I was incredibly lucky to find a photo of online.  Sadly, no photos survive in our family of her brother, who was my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather.  I'm still looking for a photo of him, and for further genealogy data about his mother, Mary Ann.  Mary Ann (1780-1842) was a part-blood Cherokee from North Carolina who married into the family in 1796--at just 16 years of age! She and her husband relocated from North Carolina to Mississippi in the early 1800s, so Mary Ann and her children (Penny and my 3x Great-Grandfather among them) would not have been among those who suffered on the infamous Trail of Tears.  I couldn't believe there were genealogy resources for my family going back so far, online no less!!  Hooray.

One of my Cherokee ancestors, "Aunt Penny" (1807-1880), in an undated photo taken probably c. 1870, whom I was incredibly lucky to find a photo of online.  Sadly, no photos survive in our family of her brother, who was my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather.  I'm still looking for a photo of him, and for further genealogy data about his mother, Mary Ann.  Mary Ann (1780-1842) was a part-blood Cherokee from North Carolina who married into the family in 1796--at just 16 years of age! She and her husband relocated from North Carolina to Mississippi in the early 1800s, so Mary Ann and her children (Penny and my 3x Great-Grandfather among them) would not have been among those who suffered on the infamous Trail of Tears.  I couldn't believe there were genealogy resources for my family going back so far, online no less!!  Hooray.

I am a sixth generation Cherokee.  Here I'm collecting resources for those interested in learning about this incredible people who have suffered so much collective cultural, spiritual, and physical trauma, yet have persevered and kept their legacy alive to this day.  Currently, the Cherokee are the largest surviving Native American tribe in the United States.  

 

-GENERAL REFERENCE-

Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center

Cherokee Nation (Western Cherokee)

Cherokee Preservation Foundation (Eastern Cherokee)


-BLOG POSTS ABOUT MY CHEROKEE HERITAGE-

Tracing Rumors of Cherokee Ancestry (January 2017)
Inspiration: A Native American Food Educator (January 2017)
March, "The Windy Month" (March 2017)
April (ka wo ni/ᎫᏬᏂ), "Month of the Flower Moon" (April 2017)


-BOOK REVIEWS-

Mankiller A Chief And Her People (Wilma Mankiller, 1993)

Indian Recipes (Nettie Wheeler, 1967)


-CHEROKEE LANGUAGE-

Cherokee/English Translation Tool (scroll to the bottom of the page to find it)

The Cherokee Syllabary

First Language: The Race To Save Cherokee (2014 video)