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“Ancestry Day in Oklahoma”

An event so big it takes two days! Join us November 7 and 8, 2014, as we celebrate the release of the largest collection of Native American records on Ancestry.com! Collections from the American Indian Archives at the Oklahoma History Center and from the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas, have been digitized for the first time. Come celebrate with us.

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Events on Friday, November 7, 2014

1. Take your choice of three all-day bus tours departing from the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City (northeast corner of the state capitol complex) at 9 am and returning at 4:30 pm. Lunch is included in the $69 fee. Choose one:

Chickasaw Country Bus Tour - Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Bedre Chocolate Factory, the shops at the Artesian Hotel, the Rusty Nail Winery; lunch at the Chickasaw Cultural Center included. (limit 45 people)

Historic Guthrie Bus Tour - Visit the Oklahoma Territorial Museum the Drugstore Museum, with free time for shopping in downtown Guthrie; lunch is included. (limit 45 people)

Oklahoma City Bus Tour - Visit the Centennial Land Run Monument, SkyDance Bridge, Bricktown, Stockyards City, the Boathouse District and the Oklahoma City National Memorial; lunch at Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante included. (limit 45 people)

2. Or take your choice of two educational half-day programs from 1 pm to 4:45 pm. Each is only $5. The History Center will also offer free admission to museum galleries for class attendees, including the award winning “We Are Who We Were”, American Indian museum gallery. (Normal fee $7.00) Choose one.

Session #1 Metro Technology Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City (Martin Luther King between N.E. 36th and N.E. 50th) - Learn about the resources of the Oklahoma Historical Society, researching with historic newspapers, the history of Indian Territory and openings of Oklahoma Territory, land records, and finding American Indian ancestors from speakers Debra Spindle, Ph.D., MLIS, and Billie Fogarty, M.Ed. (limit 275 people)

Session #2 - Oklahoma History Center - Explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole. Learn about the heritage, culture, and records of these tribes with speakers William D. Welge, Gene Norris, Kenneth Sivard, and Mary Jane Warde, Ph.D. (limit 325 people)

3. Native Reflections: Experience Tribal Traditions - Friday, November 7, 5pm 7pm Cost: $20
Join us for a special reception at the Oklahoma History Center. Enjoy a demonstration by traditional Chickasaw dancers and demonstrations of American Indian finger weaving, beadwork and other native craft techniques. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and History Center galleries will be open so visitors may view the current exhibits. (limit 450 people)

Events on Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ancestry.com presents Ancestry Day in Oklahoma - Renaissance Ballroom at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, downtown Oklahoma City. 8am 4:30pm Cost: $40

Attend classes presented by experts with the Ancestry team including:

  • Ancestry 101: New & Review
  • Getting the Most from Ancestry.com
  • Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
  • The exciting new American Indian Collection
  • Q&A with the Experts
  • Sharing Your Family Story

Ancestry.com presenters who will be here include: Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist; Brian Peterson, Sr. Content Manager; Lisa Arnold, Sr. Content Strategist; and Ann Swayne, Ancestry DNA Product Marketing. In addition, Meg Hacker, Archival Operations Director, National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas will be presenting. Door prizes awarded throughout the day! (There is plenty of room for all at this location!)

Lunch with Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle - 12 1:30pm Cost: $35
A limited number of seats are available for a special lunch program featuring award-winning Choctaw author and Storyteller Tim Tingle. As a storyteller, Tingle brings the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories. He often plays the Native American flute and an assortment of gourd rattles and drums; Choctaw vocal chants and hymns compliment his stories. (limit 315 people)

Hotel accommodations have been arranged at the Renaissance Hotel,
10 N. Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City (attached to the Cox Convention Center). A very special rate of $119 per night from Thursday, November 6 thru Sunday, November 9, 2014. For reservations click this link:

Book Your Hotel Rate Here

or call the hotel at 1-405-228-8000 and ask for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society/Ancestry Day special rate by October 10th.

Use this email address: conferences@ancestry.com to submit your “brief” question to the expert panel. Please submit your question by October 24th.

Door prizes awarded throughout the day!

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