August 6th, 2009 Posted in Speaking, Tulsa Events | Comments Off
From all that I’ve heard, the Family History Month programming at the Tulsa City-County Library’s Genealogy Center was a great success! I had three large groups for my three presentations, including faces both familiar and new.
There were many interested in Oklahoma’s settlement July 23, when we explored a little history of Oklahoma and her two territories, Indian allotment records, and homestead records. I described the history of the settlement of the different areas of the state, then I explained how to locate land entry case files, which contain documentation of purchases of land from the federal government, as well as how to access Indian allotment files.
I had an even larger group on the morning of July 25, to learn about the resources of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We spent two hours and some would have stayed longer, I think. The Genealogy Center is now a Family History Center lending library, and therefore a new place to access microfilms and microfiche of original records from all over the world. I described using Family History Centers, ordering microfilm listed on the Family History Library Catalog, and visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I described the various databases on FamilySearch, the website of the LDS Church, and the new Record Search feature, which allows study of digital images of original records that have been indexed by volunteers. I showed a video of an interview with David Rencher, the Chief Genealogical Officer of the Family History Library. The link to the RootsTelevision interview is available at Dick Eastman’s recent blogpost.
On Saturday afternoon, about 80 attendees came (or in many cases, stayed) to hear my presentation on organizing genealogy records. I described several different considerations to trying to get control of the piles of paper that we collect as we learn more about our ancestors. Because there is no one organization scheme that will work for everyone, each person needs to determine his or her own best system. I had some recommendations about a variety of different techniques and resources.
I hope to post the slides from one or more of these three presentations, but it may be a few weeks before I have them ready, so check back for a later posting. The Genealogy Center has my extra handouts for those who may be interested.
June 30th, 2009 Posted in Speaking, Tulsa Events | 1 Comment »
If you have found yourself in the mood to get into your family history work this summer, or even if you are not, July offers some great genealogy programming in Tulsa. The Tulsa City-County Library celebrates its own “Family History Month” in July again this year, with over twenty scheduled programs. I will present three of the programs, and members of the Genealogy Center staff will present nine programs, some of which will involve a mobile computer lab set up right in the Harmon Foundation Meeting Room at the Genealogy Center. In addition Kathy Huber, genealogy librarian, has arranged for several interesting guest speakers, including the return of J. Mark Lowe, a very popular and talented, nationally-recognized Certified Genealogist, who will present five programs during the weekend of July 18 & 19.
I will be presenting:
- Thursday, July 23, 4:00 – 5:00 pm — Oklahoma Settlement: Territorial Homestead and Allotment Records
- Saturday, July 25, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm — Genealogical Resources of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and
- Saturday, July 25, 1:30 – 2:30 pm — Information Overload: Organizing Your Genealogy Records
Here is a link to the flyer: Family History Month July 2009.
February 15th, 2009 Posted in Tulsa Events | Comments Off
Kathy Huber, MLS, Genealogy Librarian for the Tulsa City-County Library, will present a mini-workshop for the the Tulsa Genealogical Society on Monday, February 23 at the TGS Library, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The mini workshop, “Early Oklahoma Records,” will include land run records, marriage records, Indian Territory records, and Native American records.
I had mentioned in an earlier post that Janice Meredith, FTGS was scheduled to present a mini-workshop on 26 January, but on that date Tulsa was hit by icy weather. That event has been re-scheduled for Monday, 20 May. Her topic is, “Tracing Your Ancestor Using Land Records.”
The suggested donation, for either of these fundraisers for the society, is $7.50. TGS is located just east of 31st and Mingo in Tulsa. For a map to the library, or to read more about the Tulsa Genealogical Society, visit their website.
January 23rd, 2009 Posted in Tulsa Events | Comments Off
The Tulsa Genealogical Society will be offering a mini-workshop on Monday, 26 January, at the TGS Library, 9136 Briar Village Shopping Center. Janice Meredith, FTGS, TGS Librarian, will be presenting the topic, which is entitled, “Tracing Your Ancestor Using Land Records.” TGS offers these mini-workshops periodically as fundraiser events, asking for a donation of $7.50 to attend.
Land records of our ancestors can be the solution to difficult genealogical puzzles and they provide insight into the lives of our ancestors. The records are very important yet they can be confusing. Janice is an excellent speaker and I encourage you to attend if you get the chance.
I have been asked to present a mini-workshop for TGS on Monday, 27 April, on one of the topics I will be presenting at the FGS Conference in September — “How To Be a Power Hitter: Improve Your Online Searching Skills.” I’ll write more about that soon. Both workshops will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. To watch for other mini-workshops, or for a map to the TGS Library, visit the Tulsa Genealogical Society’s web site.