Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Finding Gold in Our Research Workshop

The flyer and schedule for our Fall Workshop, Saturday October 3, 2009 is on the Society website:

Don't miss this great educational opportunity!!

September 24, 2009 Society Meeting

Don't forget the September Society Meeting on Thursday September 24, Muskogee Public Library, 6-8 p.m.
Jere Harris will present a program on accessing and using the Library databases which include Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest an among others.
Jonita Mullins, local author and historian will talk about Downtown Muskogee, Inc. which is a part of the Main Street Program and Muskogee I.T. Heritage Day (October 24) sponsored by the Promotions Committee of Downtown Muskogee, Inc.

For information call: 918-682-6657.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Program

Where Are Those Civil War Soldiers Now?

Mahlon Erickson of Oklahoma City will speak on "Finding your Civil War Veteran's Burial" at the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS) regular monthly program at 6 pm on September 14 at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird Ave, Oklahoma City.

Erickson's interest in genealogy started in 1975 when he learned he was born on his second great grandfather's birthday. Then he learned that another grandfather served with the 23rd Iowa Infantry and was fatally wounded at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge in Massachusetts -- and Mahlon Erickson was hooked on Genealogy. When Erickson inherited his ancestor's dress sword, he joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and founded a camp in Stillwater, served as the first commander; founded the Department of Oklahoma SUVCW and served as that first commander also.

On Monday September 14, Mahlon will present facts on Civil War Soldiers, describe the SUVCW national graves registration database, give insight into some of the local and nationwide databases on Civil War soldiers and give us pointers on finding where our CW Veterans are buried. He will give an overview of specifics about the war and facts on the soldiers, sources to use to verify your ancestor's service and burial site, reasons the veterans moved to Oklahoma and how that might help track them down. He will discuss how to ask the RIGHT questions by not making the WRONG assumption.

--from the OGS press release. Visit the OGS website at:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

African American Resources & Podcast

My friend Angela Walton-Raji has been creating podcasts for those doing African American research. She has a group devoted to it on GenealogyWise (, the social networking site for genealogists.

Check out the group on GenealogyWise at: . Both the group and the podcast are devoted to African American genealogy, news, events and resources.

I met Angela several years ago when she came to Oklahoma to help with the clean up of Old Agency Cemetery.

Knowing What Records Exist is Important

Research involves more than just looking at records. You have to find them first! There are resources that can help you find the records but sometimes the information about where to find things is just not available. Wally Waits passes along information that he has found regarding Oklahoma's birth records. He wrote about "Oklahoma's Delayed Birth Records" in his Muskogee History & Genealogy Blog:
Researchers like Wally help make it alot easier for the rest of us!

Help Save the Library of Michigan

Read the article about the Library of Michigan in the Lansing State Journal:

The governor has proposed to do away with this library that has the #10 ranked best genealogical collection in the country.

If you feel inclined you can also sign the petition to save this wonderful resource:

Many other libraries are also feeling the pinch but reducing costs in many other (more sensible) ways.

Freedom Walk 2009

Downtown Muskogee Inc. asks you to join in on Friday, September 11 for Freedom Walk 2009. We'll begin with a brief ceremony by the flagpole at the north entrance to the Civic Center at 7:00 a.m. Then we'll walk 2 miles on the Centennial Trail to commemorate the events of 9/11/...01 and in a show of support for our troops. Come sign a thank you card to the troops for their service. The event should last about an hour.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Next Quarterly to Focus On Ancestor's Occupations

The next issue of our society Quarterly will focus on our ancestor's occupations. Since Labor Day is in September and the Quarterly will be published during that month, occupations as the theme seemed appropriate.

If you would like to contribute information, pictures, articles etc. for this issue or a future issue please contact Nancy Lasater, Quarterly Editor for the society. You can contact her through the society email at:

Putting together the Quarterly is a big job so help Nancy out by contributing material for her to use!

You can look at the table of contents of previous issues of our Quarterly (clear back to 1983!) and also access the indexes to every issue on our website:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Joining the 21st Century

We've been needing to do this for awhile...moving on along with the changes on the Internet. Blogs have become a popular way for people to talk about things that interest them. For our genealogical society of course there are lots of things to talk about that interest us. We hope that this will be a good way for all of us to keep up with what is going on in the world of genealogy and for those who are not (dues paying) members of our society to know what we are doing and join us in the effort to preserve our area history and help others learn about it too.

At our Board meeting tonight, we talked about blogs. There are hundreds! of genealogy blogs online now ranging from the 'how to do' genealogy type to those discussing the research of individual genealogists. The general agreement was that most of the group aren't very familiar with them so Carol asked me to send her a list of my favorites. I thought it would be a good idea to start off sharing them here, so below is my list. I know you will enjoy them but don't stop with these! Each one provides links to more blogs that will tickle your interest.

Sue's favorite genealogy blogs: