Celebrate Family History Month with the Genealogy Center

   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.

   The series culminates with a two-day workshop on July 27 and 28 presented by certified genealogist Mark Lowe. Come and discover why Lowe is so popular with Tulsa researchers as he shares insights and solutions to difficult genealogy challenges.

   All 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 6, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Join Kathy Huber, Genealogy Center managing librarian, and learn how to begin your family history research.


·         “Start Your Research @ the Library,” Saturday, July 6, 1:30-3 p.m. Tulsa City-County Library offers many helpful services to family history researchers. Join Lisa Hansen, Genealogy Center library associate, for an overview of these useful resources.


·         “Using the Federal Census to Locate Your Ancestors,” Saturday, July 6

3:15-4:30 p.m. Census records contain valuable information about our ancestors. Join Kathy Huber, Genealogy Center managing librarian, and discover why census records are a foundational part of genealogy research.


·         “The Talbot Library and Museum,” Saturday, July 13, 10-11:30 a.m. The Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Okla., specializes in historical and genealogical research material of northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Join library and museum representatives for an overview of the collection, services and activities. 


·         “The American Indian Archives,” Saturday, July 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Since 1934, the Oklahoma Historical Society has housed the state's largest collection of American Indian records. This important collection contains a variety of records relating to tribal history and culture. Join Bill Welge, archives director, for an overview of this historic collection.


·         “Gateway to Oklahoma History,” Saturday, July 13, 2:45-3:30 p.m. The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains the largest collection of Oklahoma newspapers and is now making this digitized collection available online. Join Bill Welge, American Indian archives director, as he discusses the project and explains how to access this free online collection.


·         “Publishing Your Family History Made Simple,” Saturday, July 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Publishing your family history may be easier than you think. Author Hugh Keen will break down the process and discuss how to easily and inexpensively create a credible publication.


·         “Free Genealogy Websites,” Saturday, July 20, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Not all genealogy websites require a subscription. Join Liz Walker, Genealogy Center library associate, and discover many free websites that contain original records, useful data and information that can help you document your family history.


·         “Streaming Genealogy:  Using Webinars, Podcasts and YouTube as Genealogy Resources,” Saturday, July 20, 2-3 p.m. Join Genealogy Center staff Kathy Huber and Carissa Kellerby to learn where to find free genealogy webinars and podcasts and helpful genealogy videos on YouTube.


·         “Adventures in D.C.:  A Look at the National Archives and Other Research Facilities,” Saturday, July 20, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Fresh from a trip to the National Institute of Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C., Carissa Kellerby, Genealogy Center library associate, will share her experiences touring and researching in the National Archives, the DAR Library and the Library of Congress.  Kellerby will share insights on what records you can find there and how to access them.


·         “Out on a Limb, Trapped by Bad Research,” Saturday, July 27, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Feeling trapped with nowhere to go? Bad, weak or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research. Join certified genealogist Mark Lowe and review your research findings, sharpen your techniques, evaluate your sources and map a new course.


·         “Documenting the ‘Right’ Family While Staying on Track,” Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Join certified genealogist Mark Lowe and learn simple techniques for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments, including the basics of documentation and why it is an important family research tool.


·         “Using Genealogical Software as a Tool,” Saturday, July 27, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Join certified genealogist Mark Lowe as he reviews software that may help you manage your genealogical projects. He will share basic features and the most useful tools.


·         “Help Me Please! Government Claims and Other Unusual Requests,” Saturday, July 27, 3-4:15 p.m. A request for recognition or payment for services rendered typically related to damages created by war or government intervention are examples of requests that can help you with your genealogy research. Join certified genealogist Mark Lowe and learn to find government claims and other unusual requests by your ancestors.


·         “Research in the South and Everywhere Else: Review, Prepare and Plan,” Sunday, July 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Major concepts to consider with your family research projects include migration, settlement patterns, religion, land and geography. Join certified genealogist Mark Lowe and learn how to find available resources and develop a strategy to find ancestors.



      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.




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