The group later came up with the fun name of Tree Stumpers. Their goal is to help people climb their own family trees by assisting them in locating birth, marriage, and death records.
They also get together on the third Thursday of each month. During their meetings they exchange ideas, share experiences, research for others, compile and index genealogical records. They also have a workday once a month where they will clip birth, death, and marriage information from newspapers.
Often people will mail or email them letters seeking help in looking up information about particular family members who where originally from Cherokee county.
To their credit they have sponsored workshops conducted by Everton, a genealogical company in Utah, walked cemeteries and recorded tombstone information, copied birth, death, marriage index records at the county courthouse, copied naturalization records at the courthouse, and indexed them use in research by those seeking out their family history.
With the help of funding from the Cherokee County Historical Society they are also able to purchase census microfilm for the Cherokee Public Library.
In 1987 they were responsible for starting the Genealogy Department with the Cherokee County Historical Society at the Cherokee County Fair in the Arts and Crafts building.
Up until 2002 the Cherokee County Historical Society was located in a building in Cleghorn. When they had to vacate the building they donated many of their records to the Cherokee Area Archives located in the Cherokee Public Library. The rest remains in the home of Pat Behrens of Cleghorn.
The Tree Stumpers want to invite the public to their next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Public Library. They will be celebrating their 25th anniversary of service to the genealogy community with an anniversary cake.