Finger-Smith, Anita


Anita Finger-Smith is a full-time professional genealogist, an accomplished researcher, and a national lecturer. She specializes in Native American tribal records, focusing on Southeastern research from the pre-Removal period to the present. She is the North Carolina state genealogist for the Commission of Indian Affairs. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Trail of Tears Association and is the treasurer of the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and the Qualla Boundary Historical Society. She is the principal genealogist for Cherokee Genealogy Services, licensed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Anita has presented lectures at the Five Tribes Ancestry and NGS national conferences, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and is a frequent presenter at statewide and local organizations. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. When she is not researching or traveling, she serves as co-owner of Bearmeat’s Indian Den, an authentic Native American art gallery located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina.


  • Course Thirteen — The Five Civilized Tribes – Course Coordinator