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07/18/17

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Contact: Beth Wylie
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
beth-wylie@outlook.com
www.okgensoc.org

Oklahoma Genealogical Society and Oklahoma Historical Society Announce Genealogy Workshop

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS) and the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) Research Center are pleased to announce the Summer Sizzler: Genealogy All-Stars workshop Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Oklahoma History Center.

This program will feature an all-star team of local speakers, beginning with a general session presented by Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the OHS and the state’s leading historian. "OGS is proud to partner with the Oklahoma Historical Society for the 2017 Summer Sizzler. We are honored that Dr. Bob Blackburn is our featured speaker and we encourage everyone not to miss his talk,” said Mike Birdsong, OGS president.

“Of all of the partners who have helped the Oklahoma Historical Society achieve its mission of collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history, none has been more essential than the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, which has supported every effort not only to serve but also to expand the number of people who understand that family research is the building block of Oklahoma history,” said Dr. Blackburn.

Workshop speakers will include Bill Welge, Debra Spindle, Mahlon Erickson and Jim Ike. Sessions will explore topics including DNA testing, migration trails, adoption records, genealogy software and breaking through brick walls. The workshop hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days, and doors open at 9:30 a.m. Each day will begin with a general session followed by lunch and multiple breakout sessions. Seating for afternoon sessions is limited and registration is first come, first served.

Early registration is available through July 24. The cost is $50 for both days or $40 for one day, and lunch is included in registration. After July 24 registration will be $60 for both days or $50 for one day, lunch included. A complete schedule, online registration and printable registration forms are available at www.okgensoc.org. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society was established in 1955 to bring together interested persons for discussion and exchange of information, to study research methodology, to issue publications, to collect and preserve data and to assist members with their genealogical research and writing. Visit www.okgensoc.org for more information about the OGS.

The Research Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 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 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 about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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