Please join us on Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 pm for Beginning Cherokee Genealogy with Ashley Thirsty-Vann from the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  This class will assist family history researchers by introducing the resources and processes used to start researching Native American family lines. 

Following the workshop a talk about the Cherokee Orphan Asylum will take place.  Built in Silina, OK, to help house the approximately 7,000 families that were left half-orphaned during the Civil War, the Cherokee Orphan Asylum was built in 1873.  According to Vann, that was around 3,000 to 4,000 more than occurred during the Trail of Tears.

Ashley Thirsty-Vann was raised in the small Cherokee community of Rocky Mountain in Adair County, Oklahoma. She has always had close ties to family, even receiving her Cherokee name U-s-di from her grandmother. This deep connection fostered her desire to preserve family history and began her journey into Cherokee Genealogy.  She has been doing genealogy for over twenty years and strives to continue preserving the Cherokee ancestral records for many generations to come. She began working at the Cherokee Heritage Center as the Associate Genealogy Assistant. She is now a member of the Goingsnake District Heritage Association, National Trail of Tear Association and the Oklahoma Chapter of the Trail of Tears. She is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.