Share your family’s heritage with future generations by researching your roots and creating a family tree. Join Tulsa City-County Library’s Genealogy Center in July at its annual “Family History Month” series featuring a variety of programs for new genealogy researchers as well as lifetime enthusiasts.
Family History Month programs will be held at the Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St. The programs are free and sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.
Beginning Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, July 7 • 9:30 a.m.-noon
Learn how to start researching your family history and how local, state and federal records can assist you.
Free Genealogy Websites
Saturday, July 7 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Join Genealogy Center associate Liz Walker and discover useful free genealogy websites.
Information Overload: Organizing Your Genealogy Records
Saturday, July 7 • 3-4 p.m.
Discover solutions to managing all of your genealogy information at home, online and on the road.
Treasure Hunting in the Oklahoma Historical Society's Indian Archives
Saturday, July 14 • 10-11:30 a.m.
The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is home to one of the country's largest collections of American Indian materials. Join Mary Jane Warde, retired OHS Indian historian and archivist, as she takes us on a tour of the collection and highlights some of its most popular items.
Historygeo.com Historic Maps
Saturday, July 14 • 2-3:30 p.m.
Historygeo.com is a new family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research. Join software creator Greg Boyd and learn how to use this new groundbreaking tool.
Adoptees Have Rights, Too!
Saturday, July 21 • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Many adoptees would like to know their family history but find it difficult because records are sealed in most states. Join adoption researcher Linda Colvard to learn the steps necessary to open the records and gain access to your family history.
Navigating the Genealogy Center's New Web Page
Saturday, July 21 • 11 a.m.-noon
The Genealogy Center will tout a new virtual look in July, along with Tulsa City-County Library's new website design. Let Genealogy Center associates Liz Walker and Carissa Kellerby be your guides to navigate our new layout. They will show you how to find the genealogy resources and databases you've come to know and love.
Tulsa Area Genealogy Libraries and Museums
Saturday, July 21 • 1:30-3 p.m.
Join representatives from the Broken Arrow Genealogical Society, the Sapulpa Public Library and the Sand Springs Museum for an overview of their genealogy collections and services.
What's Coming on the Internet
Saturday, July 28 • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Learn about the new players and websites coming to an online site near you. Join popular genealogy speaker and lecturer Mark Lowe and discover what the big guys are saying and what sites are becoming quick favorites with genealogists.
Locating Online Manuscripts
Saturday, July 28 • 11 a.m.-noon
Discover the wonderful letters, diaries, family histories and documents that tell the story of early families and pioneer settlers. Certified genealogist and Tulsa favorite Mark Lowe will show you how and where to find these items to further your research.
Beginning to Understand Land Records
Saturday, July 28 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Join popular genealogist Mark Lowe and learn the basics of following an individual through property records and how to trace a specific property over time.
Sift Through South Carolina
Saturday, July 28 • 3-4 p.m.
Understand how this colony began and the strategies you need to find ancestors there. Popular genealogist Mark Lowe will show us how to make every record count.
Step-by-Step: Finding Ancestors in the Civil War
Sunday, July 29 • 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Using a record-based approach, learn to find the basic records of your Civil War ancestor, both Union and Confederate. Genealogy researcher and lecturer Mark Lowe will review basic military records and follow a soldier throughout all available records (online and textual). He will discuss and share a variety of alternate records, including local civil records, state agency records, home guard and militia records, manuscripts and newspapers.
After attending these programs, stop by Tulsa City-County Library’s Genealogy Center to get started on your research. Located at 2901 S. Harvard, the center has one of the largest genealogical collections in Oklahoma. Plus, it is designated as an official FamilySearch Center, enabling it to borrow resources from the largest genealogy collection in the world – the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more information about Family History Month programming or the Genealogy Center, call 918-549-7691 or visit http://tulsalibrary.org/genealogy.