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Cherokee Genealogy Services
4199 Wolfetown Road
Cherokee, North Carolina

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Biographical Information

Anita Finger-Smith is the genealogist/researcher for Cherokee Genealogy Services. She is also the instructor/facilitator of the Qualla Family History Research Group, which is a service of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Experienced researcher of the Eastern Cherokee, their geographical and historical migration, she has lectured at numerous conferences on a variety of topics pertaining to the Cherokee. Additionally, she has worked with the Cherokee Nation's neighboring non-Indian settlers genealogical and historical records for over 20 years.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, North Carolina Association of Professional Genealogists, National Trail of Tears Association, a board member and Treasurer of the North Carolina Trail of Tears Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Macon County 2005 Chapter - United Daughters of the Confederacy, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee National Historical Society, Cherokee Heriitage Center, Smokey Mountain Historical Association, Jackson County Genealogical Society and National Education Association.

Anita recently retired after 33 years of teaching high school mathematics, and operates a home based genealogy business on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Cherokee Genealogy Services is granted a license authorized by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She and her husband co-own Bearmeat’s Indian Den, an authentic Native American art gallery.

Anita is married to David Smith, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who contributes the photography and technical skills necessary for Cherokee Genealogy Services.