Ashley Dawn Thirsty-Vann

PO Box 515
Tahlequah, Oklahoma Cherokee
Cherokee Heritage Center

21192 South Keeler Drive
Park Hill, Oklahoma 74451

Business Phone: 918-456-6007

Contact between 8:00am to 5:00pm Central


Bachelor of Arts-General Studies: Minor in Cherokee, History and Social Science, Northeastern State University (Oklahoma). AA in Liberal Arts, Haskell Indian Nations University


Red-Bud Award for 2017 Outstanding Media Coverage Online


1. 1900-1906 Dawes Roll Index (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole) 2. Cherokee Dawes Application 1900-1906 3. 1896 Rejected Dawes Applications 4 Guion Miller Roll 1909 5 Eastern Cherokee Applications 1909 (Admitted/Rejected) 6 1880 Cherokee Nation Census 7 1890 Cherokee Nation Census 8 1851 Drennen Roll 9 1851 Old Settler Roll 10. 1852 Chapman Roll 11. Oklahoma Indian Pioneer Papers (WPA Project) 12. Our People and Where They Rest


Cherokee Genealogy: Where Do I Begin? The History of the Cherokee Orphan Asylum and the Genealogical Records Associated

Speaking Conditions:

Digital Projector & Screen Podium Microphone & Sound System Honorarium + reasonable travel expenses

Previous Engagements:

Goingsnake District Heritage Association April Meeting: Presenting the Dawes Commission and Unusual Cases of Cherokee Citizenship. DAR-Gilbert Marshall Chapter in Little Rock, AR Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, AR Fresno County Public Library, Fresno, California


Ashley Thirsty-Vann was born and reared in the small Cherokee community of Rocky Mountain, Adair County, Oklahoma. Ashley is a Cherokee Nation Citizen. After high school, Ashley went for higher education; she obtained an AA in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University and Bachelorís in General Studies from Northeastern State University. Ashley spent most of her childhood with her grandmothers (U-li-si) and the family origins were passed down to her. She began to preserve the family history in high school and fell in love with genealogy. She has been working with Cherokee records for twenty plus years. Ashley is a member to Goingsnake District Heritage Association and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Trail of Tears Association. Ashley is currently the Genealogy Associate at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Ashley has been published in The Goingsnake Messenger and TL & M Genealogy Magazine. Ashley has also been featured in the OSIYO Television Season 3 Episode 1 for Journalist Graham Lee Brewer genealogy and The Daily Oklahoman Article Knowing my familyís origins by Graham Lee Brewer.

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