Class at Stillwater Public Library for researchers beginning their Native American genealogy

nat am gen smaller(STILLWATER, OKLA. / April 3, 2015) – The Stillwater Public Library and Payne County Genealogy Society will present “Beginning Your Native American Genealogy Search” on Thursday, April 16, from 7-9 p.m. The free program will include instruction on basic searching and introduction to sources available through the Oklahoma Historical Society and Stillwater Public Library.

“Starting a search for Native American ancestry is one of the most often asked questions we get asked about,” said Stacy DeLano, adult services librarian. “It can also be a daunting and complex task if you do not have someone to lead the way.”

DeLano will provide basic information on beginning a Native American genealogy search, including use of the library’s genealogy databases and other online resources. Library volunteer Theo Yoast will introduce participants to the various roll books located in the Genealogy Room.

Special guest Dr. Mary Jane Warde will discuss the material in the Indian Archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society, including records of the Indian nations (Five Civilized Tribes), most of which post-date the Civil War and end with the federal dissolution of the Indian national governments on March 4, 1906. 

Warde will also present information about other records generated by the federal agencies in the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory, as well as land allotment records, student records and manuscript collections.

Warde is a former historian at the Oklahoma Historical Society and author of three books, including the recent, “When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory.” She is also a popular instructor with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Before and after the program, participants are invited to tour the library’s genealogy room, recently reorganized courtesy of a gift from the Payne County Genealogy Society. The room includes new signage and access to several newly acquired local genealogy collections.

“Beginning Your Native American Genealogy Search” is open to the public, but registration is requested. Participants may register by calling 405-372-3633 x8106 or emailing askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.