Fort Gibson woman wins Cherokee Phoenix’s genealogical report giveaway

11/06/2020 02:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – As part of National Family History Month, Cherokee Nation citizen Debra Hartman, of Fort Gibson, was chosen as the Cherokee Phoenix’s genealogical report winner during a Facebook live event on Nov. 5.

As the winner, Hartman will have her Cherokee ancestry researched by CN citizen David Hampton.

Hampton, who researches the Cherokee genealogies for the cyclists of the CN’s annual “Remember the Removal” Bike Ride, has researched Cherokee genealogy for more than 50 years and has a database with more than 120,000 names and information pieces. 

“Not all are Cherokee, however,” Hampton said. “Many of those are spouses of Cherokees and their parents. On Cherokee lines we can trace back, in some cases, to the early 1700s. Most full-blood lines trace back only to the early 1800s or later 1700s.”

The genealogical report is valued at approximately $200. For information on Hampton’s Cherokee genealogy research services, email

Hartman said her sister has performed genealogical research for her Cherokee family in the past, including with Hampton, but hopes to use the free service she won to connect her family to Nancy Ward’s lineage.

“My sister knows David, and I know that he already knows about our family,” Hartman said. “And my sister is the one who does all the genealogy in our family. I do know that one thing, in my sister’s research and everything, we are trying to find a connection to us to Nancy Ward. That would be really important to my family if we could find that connection. I think we are like real close there, but we just haven’t got there yet. On the Nancy Ward Facebook site, they have gone ahead and accepted us because they believe we are part of that family group, but we haven’t just got that evidence out there. So that would be really important for my family.”

The Cherokee Phoenix’s drawing attracted 158 entries from those who subscribed in October. To enter, subscribers bought or renewed an annual $15 print subscription or took advantage of the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veterans or At-Large subscriptions funds.

The Cherokee Phoenix prints twice monthly.

To order, subscribers can pay with a credit/debit card by phone at 918-207-4975, online at or mail a check or money order to Cherokee Phoenix Subscriptions, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK. Subscribers who mail payments must include the name, address and CN citizenship ID number, if applicable of the person who will receive the subscription. The Cherokee Phoenix also accepts in-person subscription purchases in its office at 22210 S. Huckleberry Circle, Room 231 in Tahlequah.

The get a free subscription via the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veterans or At-Large subscriptions funds, call BJ Frogg at 918-207-4975 or email The Elder/Veterans Fund provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are 65 or older, as well as those who are military veterans or active duty personnel. The At-Large Fund provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens living outside of the tribe’s jurisdiction in Oklahoma. There are no age requirements for this fund.


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