16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference, Tahlequah, OK

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Discover your family history and Cherokee ancestry at the 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference hosted by the Cherokee Heritage Center.

The two-day event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.

Participants will also learn about various Cherokee Nation records that are now available online as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.

A discount is given to those who register before June 3.
Pre-registration is $60 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $75 for nonmembers. The deadline is June 3. Registrations after June 3 are $70 for CNHS members and $85 for nonmembers.

For more information, including accommodations and registration, please call (918) 456-6007, ext. 6162, or e-mail ashley-vann@cherokee.org.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

For more information, go to http://www.cherokeeheritage.org/cherokee-ancestry-conference/

OK – 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference Friday June 10-11

 2016 06 10-11 Cherokee Ancestry Conference
Discover ways to learn about your family’s ancestors by attending the Sixteenth Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference on Friday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is at 8:45am and sessions start at 9:30am each day. Lunch is on your own. The conference will be held in the Osiyo Room, in the same building as the Restaurant of the Cherokees/Cherokee Nation Gift Shop Building, Tahlequah, OK, capital of the Cherokee Nation. The location is a part of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex on Hwy 62.

Speakers include Jerry L. Clark, Cherokee citizen, retired Archivist, United States National Archives, volunteer genealogist, Gene Norris, genealogist and Ashley Thirsty-Vann, Cherokee citizen, associate genealogist, all associated with the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. All three speakers are noted authors and historians in regards to genealogy with a combined experience of nearly three quarters of a century in the field of Cherokee ancestry research.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include Friday presentations in regards to DNA and its effect on genealogy, a history of the orphanages of the Cherokee Nation previous to statehood, resources available in your local area for Cherokee ancestry research as well as a beginning genealogy session and concluding on Saturday with what various new Cherokee Nation records which have become digitized and now available online.

Conference attendees will each receive a free Cherokee Heritage Center tote. Each attendee is invited to a research session at the Cherokee Family Research center in the Cherokee Heritage Center museum on Friday evening where they will have an opportunity to meet the speakers. The conference will conclude Saturday with an additional question and answer session with the Saturday speakers. Door prizes will also be given between sessions.

Pre-registration fees are $60 for CNHS members and $75 for non-members. Post-registration fees are $70 for CNHS members and $85 for non-members, pre-registration deadline is June 3, 2015.