28 September 2011

Oklahoma tourism recognizes genealogical tourism!

As genealogists we know that many of us “travel” to where our ancestors lived and to the repositories where we might learn more about them.

Now, the state of Oklahoma is making that even easier for those with Oklahoman ancestors!  It has created a website devoted to helping you more easily research in OK by letting you know what resources are where …

As stated on the website:

“Does your family have a connection to Oklahoma? Then take a journey of self-discovery and trace your family tree while connecting with the people, places, culture and landscapes that helped shape your ancestors.

Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the United States and as individuals across the nation catch the fever and begin researching their ancestry, many find that the road leads to Oklahoma. Home to 39 Federally recognized Indian tribes, countless waves of pioneer settlers and the genesis of the great Okie migration during the Dust Bowl days, Oklahoma holds the keys to unlocking many family histories.

We'll point you to research libraries that contain copies of the Dawes Rolls if you are tracing Native American ancestors, county courthouses that contain original land patents for pioneering settlers who made the land runs into Oklahoma and interment lists for many Oklahoma cemeteries. We'll help you find friendly genealogical and historical societies with a wealth of firsthand knowledge about the records and resources of their counties. And we've even provided recommendations for things to see and do in each county while you visit…”

The information provided for each county includes topics such as these found for Carter County:

·        Carter County Courthouse Information
·        Detailed Map of Carter County
·        Existing Towns in Carter County
·        Ghost Towns in Carter County
·        Cemeteries in Carter County
·        Libraries in Carter County
·        Historic Newspaper Archives of Carter County
·        Add'l Genealogy Resources for Carter County
·        Places to Visit in Carter County

Additionally, there is a collection of maps which includes:
·        Oklahoma Land Run Map

And an interesting article titled “Tracing Your Cherokee Roots.”

Does your state tourism bureau have resources to help genealogists?  If so, please let us know!

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