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     The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) has scheduled its spring conference for 12-13 April 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton-Richmond Airport in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s theme will be “Laws and Wars that Impacted the Lives of Your Virginia Ancestors.” Featured speakers will be well-known genealogists Judy Russell and Craig Scott. For more details, send an e-mail to

     On 13 April 2019, the Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) will hold its spring seminar at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street in Dallas, Texas. Registration will begin at 9:30 a. m. The event will last from 10:00 a. m. to 4:50 p. m. Featured speaker will be Michael D. Lacopo, whose theme will be “A Method to Our Madness: Sound Methodology for Successful Research.” In four sessions, he will discuss deconstructing your family tree and re-evaluating the evidence, taking a case study approach to a difficult genealogical problem, identifying German origins of American immigrants, and incorporating social history into your research. For more details, go to the society’s website at

     Many genealogists are interested in the history of the Five Civilized Tribes, especially the Cherokee. Most people are familiar with the infamous Trail of Tears and Chief John Ross. But what do they know about his wives, particularly his first one? Dorothy Audrey Simpson attempts to shed some light on her life in QUATIE ROSS: FIRST LADY OF THE CHEROKEE NATION.

     Elizabeth Brown, known as Quatie, was a full-blood Cherokee, born in 1791 in what is now Tennessee. Since little is known about her early life, the author speculates what her activities might have been, based upon the few known facts. Quatie grew up in a world where the Cherokee and white cultures lived together in peace—at least for awhile. The white men’s lust for the lands inhabited by the Cherokee, however, eventually set the stage for the Trail of Tears.

     Quatie first married a Henley, who died soon after the birth of a daughter. Left a widow with one child, she then married John Ross, who became chief of the Cherokee. Although often in ill health, Quatie was supportive of her husband and gave birth to several children. She died in 1839 in Arkansas, another tragedy on the Trail of Tears.

     To help readers understand the world in which Quatie lived, Simpson provides basic background data on the Cherokee tribe, one of the largest and most progressive of the Native American tribes. She also presents a good account of John Ross’s activities and the two divisions that developed within the tribe. Although details about her life are sparse, QUATIE ROSS: FIRST LADY OF THE CHEROKEE NATION brings attention to an often overlooked woman who saw firsthand the events that affected her people in the early part of the nineteenth century.

     The soft-bound work has 83 pages, an appendix, and a bibliography. To the book’s price of $15.99, buyers should add shipping charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $7.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional book. The slim volume may be purchased by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express from Heritage Books, Inc., 5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-876-6103; fax 410-558-6574; e-mail; website

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