The Allen County Public Genealogy Center crew is doing it up! They’ve started adding another collection of NARA microfilm to the Internet Archive. I’ve already posted about the following two collections
- Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards 1907-1933 (M850)
- Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War (M881)
The latest collection is that of the Eastern Cherokee Applications of the U.S. Court of Claims, 1906—1909 (M1104). This record set is a collection of 348 rolls of microfilm of applications submitted for by Cherokee tribe members for money appropriated for them by Congress on June 30, 1906. Applicants had to prove they were members of the Eastern Cherokee tribe during 1835, 1836 & 1845 treaties. More information about them can be found on the NARA website. The Eastern Cherokee Reservation consists of approximately 56,668 acres in five counties in North Carolina: Cherokee, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.
Just as I’ve done with the other collections, I’ve started a spreadsheet for tracking updates (at the time of this writing, there was only one reel, but ACPL should be adding more).
Similar to the Compiled Service Records, these too are also on Footnote.com. There are indexes to Volume 1 & 2 of the collection to make it easier to locate persons of interest. The index is in abc order by surname and provides name, state & application number. The applications are rich with genealogical data; often providing details of 4 generations. They are definitely worth taking a look. Here is a direct link to the first reel they’ve added.