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National Archives and Records Administration

In 1896 the U.S. Government authorized the creation of the Kern-Clifton Roll. The Kern-Clifton Roll is a schedule of names of Cherokee Freedmen in order to fill the holes in recordation left when enumerating the Wallace Roll.  The names on The Wallace Roll were initially gathered following a dispute by the Cherokees about the citizenship of the ex-slaves living among them.


Researchers not finding a Cherokee Ancestor in the Wallace Roll should immediately begin a search of this roll.  

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