MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 2, 2013

A new season of genealogy awaits at EOPL locations

By Nancy Calhoun
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— Most people think of flowers and warm weather with spring looming on the horizon, but it’s a new season of educational opportunities for the genealogist who frequent Muskogee Public Library and other libraries in the Eastern Oklahoma Public Library System.

Almost year-round meetings are held by the Muskogee County Genealogical Society. Scheduled on the fourth Thursday of the month (except July and August), the meetings at 6 p.m. in Muskogee Public Library feature a variety of educational programs. Bring your favorite snack and questions for educational conversations with other genealogist.

The next meeting will be March 28 when Diane L. Giannini of Fayetteville, Ark., will present the program at the March 28 meeting. Her topic will be “National Archives in Your Pajamas.” She will present tips on how to research from home using online resources from this often overlooked facility.

Dr. Brad Agnew of Oklahoma will discuss the Civil War in Oklahoma at the April 25 meeting. In addition to his education career at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Dr. Agnew has written several books, many articles and book reviews, and a half dozen slide-tape and television documentaries.

The May 23 program features The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University. It will be presented by Juliana Nykolaiszyn who has served as an interviewer on several oral history projects including the inductees of the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Centennial Farm Families, O-STATE Stories, and the Spotlighting Oklahoma series.

An all-day Genealogical Workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 30 by Cowskin Prairie UDC Chapter in Grove. The registration fee is $20 or $25 with lunch included. The event is a fund raiser for the group’s scholarship fund. They have supported a senior history major each semester who will be graduating this spring with a 4.0 GPA and as the recipient of a Smithsonian internship. Speakers will be James Rollins on the Civil War; Nancy Calhoun, “Researching Female Lines,” Carrie Ann Cook, “Citing Double Standards: Genealogy Proof Standard and Preponderance of Evidence,” and Jordan Boyd, “Preserving Our Past for Future Generations.”

There also will be vendors present with a variety of books and other genealogy temptations. While in Grove, stop by Grove Public Library, another branch of Eastern Oklahoma Public Library System, for a visit to its outstanding genealogy collection.

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society will host its annual all-day workshop April 6 in the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City. National speaker Dr. David McDonald will be the presenter. His topics include “What Happened to Grandma’s Church?” “Overview of The Old Northwest Territory,” “Transcription and Analyzing,” and “Using Documents and Records to Construct the Ordinary Story of an Extraordinary Family.” The fee includes lunch. Registration information is available on the organization’s website or at Muskogee Public Library.

“Finding Families, A Genealogy Workshop” will be hosted Saturday by the Kansas Public Library, a branch of EODLS. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and speakers will be from the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord.

Noted Cherokee historian Dr. Daniel Littlefield will be the speaker March 16 at Hardesty Regional Library, Tulsa, presented by Tulsa City-County Library System’s Genealogy Center. He is director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and he will discuss its resources documenting the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes. He will also focus on records relating to researching Freedmen members of the tribes. His presentations begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

The Indian Territory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a workshop for prospective members, also on March 16. This event will begin at 9 a.m. in Lucy Peters Hall, Bacone College. Participants can bring information they already have and get guidance from seasoned DAR members for climbing their family trees and in preparing DAR membership applications.

A Muskogee Local History and Genealogy Department staff member will present two programs in the area on Native American Research. The first will be 7 p.m. March 11 in Pryor Public Library. The same topic will be offered at 2 p.m. May 9 in Eufaula Public Library, another branch of EODLS.

Those with a yearning to travel may want to attend one or both national conferences being held this year. The National Genealogical Society’s National Conference is scheduled May 8-11 in Las Vegas. As though four days packed with genealogy sessions isn’t fun enough, the recreational aspects of Las Vegas will also be available to attendees. Local residents are already planning to attend the National Federation of Genealogical Societies National Conference, Aug. 21-24, in Fort Wayne, Ind. In addition to four full days of educational sessions, those attending will have the opportunity to research at Fort Wayne Public Library, one of the 10 top genealogy research collections in the United States. Information on both of these conferences is available on the organization’s respective website.

Brick wall busting techniques may be only a short drive away. Put a spring in your research this spring by planning to attend an educational opportunity.

Nancy Calhoun works in the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Muskogee Public Library. Reach her at (918) 682-6657.