Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society will meet in the St. Clairsville Public Library's meeting room, 108 W. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Guest speaker will be Wheeling area resident and author, Alan Fitzpatrick.

The program titled "Captured by the Indians" will delve into Native American culture, captives and adoption into tribes.

Having been born and raised in Canada, Fitzpatrick has been a resident of West Virginia since 1973 when he graduated from Kent State University in psychology and became employed at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville as a Classifications Counselor.

Since then, he has made the Wheeling area his home and ran a retail carpet business for 33 years before retiring. Alan has always been fascinated by the early frontier history of the Upper Ohio Valley, and in 1997, he was a founding member of "Fort Henry Days," a yearly living-history commemoration and re-enactment of the 1782 last battle of the American Revolution.

The event is held at Wheeling's Oglebay Park every Labor Day weekend.

Alan has written four non-fiction early-American history books dealing with the conflict between Native-Americans and colonials during the tumultuous period of the late 1700's.

He is the author of: Wilderness War on the Ohio, In Their Own Words, The Place of the Skull, and The White Indians.

All CTGS meetings are free and open to the public.