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Jerri Chasteen, our First People of Tennessee and the American Southeast Co-Coordinator, died 21 July 2009 in Oklahoma. See her obituary in our Memoriam section.

  Requiescat in Pace 

Contact: TNGenWeb State Coordinator

“If the very old will remember,
the very young will listen.”

Chief Dan George, a Coast Salish


TNGenWeb Guest Projects

Jerri Chasteen’s Cherokee Archival Project
Jerry Wright Jordan’s Cherokee By Blood


1817 Cherokee Reservation Roll and the 1881 North Carolina to Oklahoma Immigration Roll
~ From Glen Davis ~

Click Here to See Them!


So, who are, or were,
The First People of the American Southeast?

Click Here to Find Out!



New! First People Query Boards
Cherokee Nation Queries
Chickasaw Nation Queries
Creek-Muskogee Nation Queries

Search This First People Site,
“Indian Land Cessions in Tennessee”
and “The Intruders”


First People Papers & Research Sites

Cherokee Nation

Tennessee 1783
Tennessee 1783, the Reality.

Tennessee 1783
Tennessee 1783, as seen by North Carolina.

Cherokee Rolls
An Overview

Federally Recognized Cherokee
An Overview

Federally Recognized Tribes
In the Southeast United States

Cherokee Citizenship Primer
An Example

Old Cherokee Town Names
From the 5th Annual Report of the
Bureau of Ethnology, 1883-’84

Tolerably Accurate
Persons Residing in the Cherokee Country
Not Natives of the Land ~ 1797
An Old Letter in our Letters Project

Chickasaw Nation

Chickasaw Cessions in Tennessee
A Paper with Maps

A Stipend for a Kingdom
An Old Letter in our Letters Project

Stands of the Natchez Trace
A Map of Stands Through Chickasaw Country

Choctaw Nation

One Sick Sister in the Nation
An Old Letter in our Letters Project

Yuchi (Uchee)

Yuchi, a.k.a. Hogologe, Uchee
An Overview

General Interest

Bibliography, Books &c.

John Smith’s Map of Virginia, 1624 Edition
Large Image,  1 Meg.

Virginia - Discovered and discribed by Captayn John Smith, 1606;
graven by William Hole

From our Library of Congress, a Reformated Image

Indian Tribes of the Lower Mississippi
A Map, 238k

John R. Swanton, 1909. Bureau of American Enthology, Bulletin 43

Catholic Indian Missions of the Southeast, &c.

First People Gallery
McKenney & Hall
Portraits of Southeastern Native Americans

Traders in Some Southeast Indian Nations
1750-1754,  A List

Colonial Period Indian Land Cessions in the American Southeast
An Overview

Indian Land Cessions in the American Southeast
Treaties and Maps, 1785-1835

The Intruders
(White Intruders on Indian Land)


     First People of Tennessee and the American Southeast” is a TNGenWeb website. It was created to provide a forum for both those with native roots that reach back into that most difficult to research time, the period before the removal, a.k.a., the trail of tears; and also to help those whose ancestors avoided that removal.
     Without written records from the elder times, the genealogy of the native peoples becomes a difficult study. In a non-materialistic society, the need for a written language is considerably reduced. It was the white man that kept the early written records. The treaties wherein the native peoples relinquished their lands are well preserved, and the well documented names of the various Chiefs appear repeatedly. There are also some written histories where the names of some warriors, both famous and infamous, do appear. After the smoke cleared in southeast, when the fighting between the native peoples and the whites stopped, some few native names appear, but more often, you will find an European name; that of a man whose wife was “Indian.” Indian men who married white women sometimes assumed the wife’s maiden name; sometimes for convenience, sometimes for protection.
     Nobody ever said this study would be easy. You might not be able to establish the “Preponderence of Evidence” used by some in genealogy, but if you are not there already, you should at least learn to respect the Elders, the Ancestors, and the Great Spirit.
     Today, First People of Tennessee and the American Southeast has three query boards: Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Creek Nation. Please follow the link to most appropriate Nation for you. We recognize that over the course of time, and so we are able to add new Query Boards as needed.
     If you can identify a county in which your ancestor might have lived, consider placing an additional query on that TNGenWeb County Query Page. We have along with those county pages, a Query Page called “County Unknown.” It is there for you if you need it.
Good hunting!

About First People of Tennessee

          TNGenWeb has provided services to genealogists studying Native American family history since Billie R. McNamara founded Tennessee Genealogy, TNGenWeb Project  in 1996. Originally Ms. McNamara established a series of First People query boards based specific locations inhabited by Tennessee’s First People. In 1997, Ms. McNamara and Fred Smoot reorganized those query boards in a newly formed First People of Tennessee, thus establishing TNGenWeb’s first Special Project. During 1998, Ms. G. Kay McGee joined the project and maintained the query boards and the website, and helped folk with their personal questions until 2001. Jerri Chasteen and Glen Davis are the current Co-Coordinators.
          Our scope has broadened here. We now publish online our information based on ethnic groups, not by state boundaries. Therefore, we published work from the American southeast, westward to Texas, Oklahoma, &c., in addition to Tennessee publications.

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