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Depicts the routes taken by each of the five civilized tribes.

The Trail of Tears Roll is the name given by researchers to two different lists, both individually important, which provide an early glimpse into the Cherokees who went west in the early 1830’s. Lending to the confusion is the fact that both lists were created in 1835.


  1. I was told that James l Brock was on the Oklahoma Indian Rolls.if anyone has any information it would be appreciated.

    • A quick search came back with just one James Brock on the Dawes Roll (Final), listed under Cherokee, blood quantum 5/16, age 3.

      Here is a link for that:

      The National Archives in Seattle has two ladies who are the Native American specialists. I don’t know what the fee is to have them pull that for you, but making a Certified Copy costs $8 and comes with a red ribbon, etc.–it isn’t just embossed or stamped. It was a 4-hour round trip for me to go get mine. You can find their phone number online. You may need to leave a message for them. I’m not sure if other National Archive locations have any Native American specialists.

      Former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller (deceased) did away with all their blood quantum requirements. She said, “If we enrolled everyone with Cherokee ancestry, we would have as many citizens as China, and we would be a formidable nation.”

      Because of this, there is a 2-3 year wait for your enrollment. Cherokee (Oklahoma) do their own CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) cards—that, enrollment, and photo are all on one ID card. They do collateral enrollment—it doesn’t have to be directly from a great-grandparent but can be a great-aunt or uncle. You will need to have either birth or death certificates showing the path from you back to your Brock ancestor that was on the Rolls. Don’t be discouraged if some of them say “white” for race—there wasn’t an option to list American Indian; the only options were: white, black, and in some states mulatto (black/white mixed). The tribe knows this, and it will not be counted against you. If you have recognition of any other organizations, tribes, government entities, you may send it as supplemental. They aren’t interested in family histories, and only include photographs that would back up any supplemental recognition or showing that you’re keeping the culture even though you’re off-rez. Vital Source is the best way to get your certified copies of the birth or death records—-it cannot be a photocopy but has to be the actual certified one. They get it to you in 2 days to 2 weeks. If you order it from the state directly, that will take 12-13 weeks.

      The application for enrollment is at their website. Just type in Cherokee Nation enrollment form Oklahoma into your search engine.

      Make a checklist for your enrollment packet, including: enrollment application, birth/death certificate (and whose it is), plus any supplemental information. Have 3 columns on one side: one for have-it, one for copied-it, one for in-packet/envelope. Make 3 photocopies of everything you send in! One for you, and then pick 2 other people not in your house to keep a set. This is in case they have any questions, you have a physical copy in front of you, and someone else has a set you can easily access in an emergency. Mail it via Priority Mail–comes with confirmation of delivery. There’s no point in overnighting it—Oklahoma is a 2-day delivery regardless.

      Good luck, and feel free to ask me any other questions. I didn’t want to link through here on my profile, but you can message me via FB messenger (it’s set to anyone): Diana Schooling. I’m in Washington State, although I doubt there’s another one on there.

  2. Looking for information on James l Brock, and or James l bushyhead Brock , and Delbert Brock.

  3. My ancestors are from Ky. My great gma was Beth R. Skinnerhorn ,my father was Stanley S. Gilstrap, Ohio Co. Ky.would like any information you may have! Thanks in advance! Rose.


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