Bradley County Historical and Genealogical Society will host Anita Finger-Smith the principal genealogist for Cherokee Genealogy Services, licensed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as their guest speaker on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. at the History Branch of the Cleveland Public Library. She will present “The Basics of Cherokee Genealogy”. The meeting is open and free to the public.
Ms. Finger-Smith is a researcher focusing on Cherokee resources, manuscripts, methodology, and record analysis. Anita has lectured at numerous conferences on various topics related to the Cherokee, their geographical and historical migration, and their customs.
She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, a board member of the National Trail of Tears Association, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Cherokee Historical Association. She and her husband, David are owners of Bearmeat's Indian Den, an authentic Native American art gallery.
Bryan Reed, president of the Bradley County History and Genealogy Society, said, “We are excited about having a speaker of Anita’s experience and knowledge of Cherokee history here in Cleveland. Prior to the forced removal, thousands of Cherokees lived in Southeast Tennessee. I think this program will be of great interest to the people of this area.”
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