Source:Starr, Emmet. History of the Cherokee Indians

Source History of the Cherokee Indians
And Their Legends and Folklore
Author Starr, Emmet
Place Arkansas, United States
Texas, United States
Georgia, United States
Oklahoma, United States
Year range 1700 - 1921
Subject Ethnic/Cultural
Ethnicity / Culture Native American
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Warden Co.
Date issued 1921
Place issued Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Starr, Emmet. History of the Cherokee Indians: And Their Legends and Folklore . (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Warden Co., 1921).
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Emmet Starr's "History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folklore" is the classic account of the early Cherokees, their constitution, treaties with the federal government, land transactions, school system, migration and resettlement, committees, councils, and officials, religion, language, and culture, and a host of other topics. More than half the book is devoted to genealogies and biographies, of which there are several hundred. The biographies in particular, each averaging a paragraph or more, are noteworthy for their focus on the genealogical events of birth, marriage, and death over a period of several generations.[1]


As one of the so-called civilized tribes, the Cherokee interacted with and even married non-Indians much more so than other Native Americans, so far more of their history is known. In 1921, Starr recorded the biographies and genealogies of as many Cherokees as he could find across the United States, generating many hundreds of such records. The information here will provide great fodder for anyone researching the Cherokee. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. --Library Journal[2]

This is an excellent refrence book for those researching their Cherokee ancestry. It contains the family pedigree's of the Old Settlers, e.g. those Cherokee's who arrived in Indian Territory (Oklahoma)prior to the Trail Tears including some who arrived later. A number of family histories are also included. Because Emmet Starr obtained most of his information from personal interviews with descendants, there are some errors, however the work is invaluable as a genealogy research tool.[3]

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Publication Details

  • ISBN: 0806317299
  • ISBN-13: 9780806317298
  • Format: Hardcover, 672pp
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Pub. Date: January 2006

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May be ordered through the nearest Family History Center.

  • 2067 Item 1


  1. Barnes & Noble book search.; accessed by BobC on 22 Jun 2009
  2. Barnes & Noble book search.; accessed by BobC on 22 Jun 2009
  3. book review.; accessed by BobC on 23 Jun 2009

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