"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
21 August 2003

Book Review: Native American Research

Page, Jo Ann Curls, Extract of the Rejected Applications of the Guion Miller Roll of the Eastern Cherokee, Vol. 3, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2003, Paper, [ISBN: 0-7884-2350-9] $38.00, softbound, telephone: 1-800-398-7709 or on-line at: http:www.heritagebooks.com.

In 1906, the Guion Miller Rolls was created to distribute over $1 million dollars to individuals who could prove they were members of the Eastern Cherokee tribe at the time of the 1835, 1836 or 1845 treaties, or were descended from members of the tribe.

Over 45,000 applications were filed, representing 90,000 individuals. Only 30,840 individuals were found to be eligible. Almost 60,000 individuals were rejected, many of them African Americans who were members of another tribe (Creek, Choctaw, etc.) and some identified as "white" only.

Volume 3 contains the abstracts of rejected applications found on the National Archives (NARA) microfilm M685 rolls 283-348 (application number 36051 to 45856). Volumes 1 and 2 of this set, previously published, contain the abstracts of rejected Guion Miller Rolls applications (NARA microfilm rolls 1-282 - application number 1 to 36050).

The original records are contained in NARA Record Group 75: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793-1989.

Each applicant was asked to provide their name, residence, age, place of birth, name of husband/wife, names of children, place of birth and date of death of parents and grandparents, names and ages of brothers and sisters, and names and residence of grandparents' children.

This abstract is in alphabetical order by the surname of the applicant. The format consists of nine columns of information, including the application number (when available), state of residence, year of birth, names of spouse, father, mother, paternal and maternal grandparents.

However, there is no index to the volume to help you locate maiden names or the names of maternal grandparents. For example, if you know maternal grandmother's maiden or married name but do not know the married name of the granddaughter, you are out of luck because there is no way to cross-reference any other surnames contained within the numerous columns of information.

This is a grievous oversight and hopefully will be remedied in future volumes or a cumulative surname index volume will greatly improve this impressive research collection.

Search the Guion Miller Rolls On-Line at NARA

The complete digitized image index to the Guion Miller Rolls are available free on-line at the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) website using the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) at: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/.


1. To begin your research, click on yellow search button.

2. Type GUION MILLER ROLL in the first Keywords box. Do not enter anything else in any of the other boxes

3. Click on - Title: Index to Applications Submitted for the Eastern Cherokee Roll of 1909 (Guion Miller Roll)

4. Click on - All Images

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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