USGenWeb Cherokee County, NC genealogy research site

Cherokee County, NCGenWeb, a Part of the USGenWeb Project

Welcome to Cherokee County!

Proud, resourceful people -- many descended from the Cherokee Indians who once lived in the region now known as Cherokee County -- welcome visitors to share their peaceful spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, if only for a little while. It is no wonder why the Cherokees made the area their home or why they hid in the mountains when the Indian removal took place in 1838.

Hundreds of waterfalls and creeks, forests filled with wildflowers and tall pines wrapped in mountain breezes invite strangers to stay awhile and enjoy one of Mother Nature's finest creations.

Descendants of hearty Scottish and English settlers who married fine young Indian maidens carry on traditions from generations past. Descendants who never lived in Cherokee County venture back "home" to find their roots. Murphy, the county seat, offers a wealth of history at its courthouse, library and the Cherokee County Historical Museum which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Travelers passing through the small communities surrounding the town of Murphy such as Hanging Dog, Culberson and Grape Creek may want to stay and experience the warmth of the people at the spring festival or the Christmas parade in Murphy or the fall festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School in nearby Brasstown.

Queries Links
Lookups NC Archives-Cherokee County Digital Library
Research Help Indian Families
News Surnames, Researchers, & Web Sites
TVA Cemetery Listings Photo Gallery
Civil War-39th Regiment Death Certificate Transcriptions


While researching your Cherokee County ancestors, keep in mind that Cherokee County was formed from Macon County in 1839; Macon was formed from Haywood County in 1828;Haywood County was formed from Buncombe County in 1808, and Buncombe County was formed in 1791 from Burke and Rutherford Counties. Clay County was formed from Cherokee County in 1861. It is possible that your ancestor did not really move but actually lived in a portion of Buncombe County that later became another county.

Clay County, NC Graham County, NC Jackson County, NC
Macon County, NC Swain County, NC Fannin County, GA
Union County, GA Monroe County, TN Polk County, TN
Cherokee Reservation
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About the NCGenWeb Project

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.

At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The NCGenWeb Project is an extension of the KY GenWeb Project. My name is Crystal French and I'm responsible for this Cherokee County site. Please contact me if you have a desire to add your data to the database.

We have a mailing list for Cherokee County history and genealogical research. To prevent spamming, postings to the list are limited to submitters only.

Murphy Library
101 Blumenthal St
Murphy, NC 28906-3029

Cherokee County Clerk
75 Peachtree Street-Rm. 201
Murphy, NC 28906

Family History Center
LDS, Murphy Branch
Highway 141
Peachtree, NC 28906

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Last updated July 25, 2017

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