Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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Mohawk History & Genealogy
My ninth great-grandmother, Ots-Toch or Alstock, who was born circa 1620 in the Mohawk village of Canajoharie, New
York, was the reason for my delving into the culture and traditions of the Mohawk nation. Ots-Toch married a Dutch settler,
Cornelis Van Slyke, but never left the Mohawk village. I became intrigued with her story and wanted to know more about her
heritage and mine. Brian Brown generously shared his own research, much of which you can read on these pages.
The Mohawk (Kanien'kehaka) were one of the tribes within the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy . The names of Mohawk sachems, or chiefs, were traditional and were passed down from generation to generation within the same matrilineal family. There were three clans with three sachems each:
From the Turtle Clan:
From the Wolf Clan:
- Ayonhwathah (Hiawatha)
From the Bear Clan:
The spelling of the nine chiefs' names of course, varies a lot from one
translation to another. The Mohawk lords were the heads and leaders of the original Five Nations (now Six) and no council was considered legal unless all the Mohawk lords were present.