Two Cheyenne River women share passion for genealogy

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By Kathy Nelson

In Elko, Nevada live two women who share ancestral roots on the Cheyenne River Reservation and a passion for genealogy. The two family history “detectives” spend hours a day searching Census records, cemetery records, and data bases to help people connect to their relatives.

“I was first introduced to genealogy through the Ancestry.com website on November 2, 2006,” said Cheryl Randall, a bookkeeper by profession presently at home raising her three young grandchildren. “I had traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for a doctor appointment. While staying in a motel, the show Good Morning America aired a segment with two representatives from Ancestry.com. I was immediately drawn to the stories they shared — although I don’t remember what they were about! But I remember them stating that for the next two weeks it is free.”

 

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