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Dear Ms. Nault,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
When embarking on Native American genealogy, please note that the records in the custody of NARA often only detail those living on the reservations or being administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Since your ancestors remained rather than being part of the Cherokee Removal, they did not have any interaction with the United States Government and they will not be recorded in NARA’s records. Therefore, tracing their genealogy may be difficult.
We suggest contacting the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe in Virginia for assistance.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
[Some information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]