People who are, or think they are, descendants of the Lewis and Clark party can read up on their family line at the Clatsop County Historical Society Heritage Museum thanks to a recent donation.
The Clatsop County Genealogical Society presented the museum with a copy of "The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery: Their Lives and Their Lineage." The newly completed, two-volume book traces the direct and "collateral" descendants of the 33-person party.
Genealogical Society President Mary Lovell and member Jean Ter Har presented the book to Historical Society Executive Director McAndrew Burns and curator Liisa Penner. The book will be placed in the museum's research center and archives, where it will be available to the public.
The Genealogical Society began tracing Lewis and Clark relatives back in 1999 as part of a Clatsop Community College class project, and eventually compiled a list of 1,669 names of descendants. The group hosted a nationwide gathering of descendants in August that drew almost 500 people from around the United States and several foreign countries.