Dear Mr. Wright,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Since the Cherokee were an Eastern tribal nation and part of the early removals, the U.S. National Archives (NARA) has custody of records for the tribe that date back to the 1830s when the first removal rolls were compiled. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835-1884 in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) that has been digitized and is available via the Catalog.
We also located a series titled Census Rolls, 1815-1869 in Record Group 75 that has not been digitized or microfilmed. For access to this series, please contact the National Archives at Washington - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com and also inquire about other relevant BIA series regarding the Cherokee..
If your Cherokee relatives moved west due to the removal, there are 115 additional series in Record Group 75 that you may wish to review. For access to these series, please contact the National Archives at Denver (RM-DV) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RM-DV. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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