Lectures from DNA to African American Genealogy to Preserving Heirlooms! Read the course descriptions below, and click on the instructors link to learn more about them!

  • Beginning Native American Genealogy: Beginning Native American Research, I will utilize the records of the Dawes Commission, which consist of enrollment testimonies for citizenship into the Five Civilized Tribes, land records, roll numbers, Dawes census cards, 1900 & 1910 U.S. census and other vital records.
    Instructor: Ron Graham
  • Genealogy Research in Oklahoma: Where are the goldmines for family history research in Oklahoma? We’ll focus on the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Research Division but also address some of the other great places to get help with your genealogical research.
    Instructor: Debra Spindle
  • Google: Google is a wonderful tool for genealogical research. During this session, we will discuss various search tools and strategies to get the most out of using Google for family history.
    Instructor: Beth Wylie
  • Land Reocrds: This class will discuss what land records are, types of records, what can be found in them, where to find them and how to use them.  Also the two basic survey systems, the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and Metes and Bounds Survey System will be discussed.
    Instructor: Walt Stoyanoski
  • Migratory Patterns: This class will help you see how important it is to study and learn the migratory patterns of your ancestors, which in turn can help you find you ancestor’s vital records. Migratory pattern clues can help you narrow down the gap between what you know and what you do not know about an ancestor. During times of War, your ancestors may have lived in several locations as they often traveled with their wives and children to various encampment locations. For more detailed information about the course, visit her bio page.
    Instructor: Helen A Lehman.
  • Newspapers: Detailed information about the free and pay sites that allow for newspaper research online.  This will include The Gateway to Oklahoma History (free), Chronicling America (free), and other sites that are free to use. In addition, I will show subscription sites and locations where newspapers are available on microfilm.
    Instructor: Chad Williams
  • Oral History: Oral history is important for all, but especially for African American families.  Learn how to preserve and document those family stories and how to conduct an interview with living ancestors.
    Instructor: Billie Fogarty
  • Preserving Documents/Family Heirlooms: Preserving Documents/Family Heirlooms session will focus on basic preservation techniques that genealogists and family historians can use to preserve their documents and photos. We will discuss environmental control, proper storage of documents and photos, and stabilization of damaged items.
    Instructors: Mallory Covington and Patricia Jones

  • Passenger Lists: Discover how your ancestors came to the United States by learning about the history of ship passenger lists. Tips for where to find them and how to read them and what to do if the names are not included.
    Instructor: Billie Fogarty
  • Probate and Wills: Records that can be found in County Court Houses with examples showing some items that tell a story about our ancestors.
    Instructor: June Stone
  • Using Ancestry.com: Getting started with some basics in Ancestry. Learn about what’s free for those without an account, the home page, search, family trees, hints, and other important items in Ancestry.
    Instructor: Pam Kirkland
  • Vital Records and Their Substitutes: What if you cannot locate a birth certificate or the marriage record for your grandparents? This session focuses on other records that can document the vital events in the lives of your ancestors.
    Instructor: Debra Spindle
  • What Race Are My Ancestors:  In genealogical research, sometimes we uncover information we don’t understand or doesn’t make sense. This is often attributed to mistakes and errors but sometimes the information is correct but still doesn’t add up. In this case study, Rick Fogarty will demonstrate through records and DNA that appearances aren’t as them seem, especially when looking at “race” in genealogical records. This lecture will explore a variety of records, show the inconsistencies, and how to resolve those issues.
    Instructor: Rick Fogarty


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