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Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 18:13:24 EST
Historical society hopes to provide links to Native American genealogy
A new branch of the Etowah Valley Historical Society will help Bartow
Countians research their Native American genealogy for years to come.
Because of the highly popular Native American genealogy classes offered this
spring, EVHS member and local genealogist Linda Gossett Cochran helped
organize the Principle People's Clan of the Rainbow, a new group that is open to
descendents of all Native Americans.
"The reason it's named the Clan of the Rainbow is because it covers the clans
of all Native Americans. You don't have to belong to a specific group,"
Cochran said. "If they're interested in proving their genealogy and want to learn
more about the traditions of Native Americans, they're welcome to come."
Since January, Cochran has taught beginning, African American and Native
American genealogy classes in which about 100 people have attended. The two
Native American classes have been extremely popular among local genealogists, she
During the classes, Cochran teaches people how to follow Native American
family lines through the Dawes and Guion rolls, two census-type records that
traced Native Americans who were forced out through the Trail of Tears and who
lived in the eastern, North Carolina areas.
Many class participants often have questions that Cochran doesn't have time
to answer during the public workshops, but she hopes the new group will help
people seeking more information about their heritage.
EVHS is a member of the National Trail of Tears Association, and subsequently
the Principle People's Clan of the Rainbow will also become a member of this
group as well. This will allow group members to know what's happening
nationally among Native Americans.
"All we're wanting to do is show our pride in our Native Americanism,"