Cherokee Connections
6/12/2014
You've got questions about discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history; our experts have the answers.
Q. I was adopted when I was 5 and had a wonderful blessing on Dec. 15, 2001, when my half sister called me from Massachusetts. My siblings (three brothers and two sisters) had been looking for me for many years. I have found out that I am a fourth-generation Cherokee on both my birth mother's and father's sides. How do I begin to trace my ancestors?

A: Congratulations on connecting with your birth siblings. To trace any Indian blood, you need to clearly establish your connection generation by generation to the Cherokee ancestry. This would include interviewing family members, checking state and federal census records, probate records, birth, marriage, and death records, tombstones, obituaries, and other records that will pertain to the time period and geographic location of the ancestors. Do some online checks to see if you can find others researching the same families.