Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New IGHR Course on the Five Civilized Tribes

I am excited to feature a guest post by Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL on her new course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. This course will be held June 9 - 14, 2013 and registration opens on January 22, 3013.

IGHR Course 9, “The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records and Where to Find Them”


Linda Woodward Geiger, cg, cgl
Coordinator of IGHR 2013 Course 9

Many family historians and genealogists are not aware of the methodology used to document Indian heritage or the steps needed for individuals to apply for citizenship (tribal registration) in a federally recognized tribe. Even when researchers know some of the records, they frequently do not understand the historical background that is needed to interpret the records. This course will introduce individuals to the records, what they mean, and where to find them. 

Few people are eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe, but that does not mean that they do not have Indian Heritage. This course will help genealogists document their heritage in relationship to any of the Five Civilized Tribes—Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.

As the title indicates the course will focus on pre-removal records available for the Five Tribes but will also discuss some of those created following removal. The week promises to be full of valuable information.

The team of faculty consists of individuals with extensive knowledge of and experience with records the Five Tribes: Rachal Mills, Lennon, cg; Debra Osborn Spindle, cg, Angela Walton-Raji, Craig Scott, cg, and Linda Woodward Geiger, cg, cgl.

For a detailed list of classes in this course click here.

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