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September 16, 2014

Contact: Laura Martin
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5225

Ancestry Day in Oklahoma set for November 7-8, 2014

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Ancestry.com, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society present Ancestry Day in Oklahoma, two days of genealogy and native culture November 7-8, 2014. Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event. Registration to the main event is $40 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry.com. Participants may also attend optional activities for an additional charge including Friday sessions, bus tours, a reception, and a Saturday lunch program.

Friday, November 7, will include activities exploring the history and culture of Oklahoma. Participants may choose from three bus tours exploring Historic Downtown Guthrie, Chickasaw Country, or Scenic Downtown Oklahoma City. Bus tours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and the cost is $69 per person.

Friday sessions include two concurrent tracks. Debra Spindle and Billie Fogarty will present sessions on the resources of the Oklahoma Historical Society, historic newspapers, Oklahoma and Indian Territory history, land records and more at Metro Technology Center's Springlake Campus Conference Center from 1-4:45 p.m. At the Oklahoma History Center speakers William D. Welge, Gene Norris, Kenneth Sivard and Mary Jane Warde will explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes from 1-4:45 p.m. The History Center will offer free admission to museum galleries for class attendees. Registration to either of the Friday sessions is $5 per person.

Friday evening the Oklahoma History Center will host "Native Reflections: Experience Tribal Traditions," a reception from 5-7 p.m. featuring Chickasaw dancers and demonstrations of American Indian finger weaving, beadwork and other native craft techniques. The reception is $20 per person and refreshments will be served. History Center galleries will be open for this event.

On Saturday, November 8, all activities will be held in downtown Oklahoma City at the Renaissance Ballroom in the Cox Convention Center. Classes will be held from 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. and include Ancestry 101: New & Review; Getting the Most from Ancestry.com; Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research; the exciting new American Indian Collection on Ancestry, and Sharing Your Family Story. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Participants have the option of enjoying lunch on their own in nearby Bricktown or purchasing tickets to a special lunch on location. The lunch program will feature Choctaw author and storyteller Tim Tingle; tickets are $35 per person and seating is limited.

For complete conference details and registration information visit www.okhistory.org/ancestryday or contact Laura Martin at 405-522-5225 or lmartin@okhistory.org. Ancestry Day in Oklahoma is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 32 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.

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