From the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune of June 26, 2005:
Corps of Discovery descendants aboundI guess they'd try anything to win over the natives.
By ERIC NEWHOUSE
Tribune Projects Editor
Darlene Fassler of Great Falls has known all her life that she was the great-great-great granddaughter of Pvt. Patrick Gass of Lewis and Clark Expedition fame.
But last summer at a family reunion in Astoria, Ore., Fassler discovered Gass had 1,061 descendants over nine generations.
"I met 167 relatives in one day," said Fassler, who also volunteers at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
Fassler's not the only one with lots of famous relatives.
The members of the Corps of Discovery have thousands of descendants — both from their later lives and from sexual encounters during their passage two centuries ago, including many Native Americans with strong evidence of family ties.
The Clatsop Genealogical Society, a key repository of expedition records in Oregon, has identified 1,669 descendents of about half the expedition's 32 permanent members.
Many may not know of their heritage.
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