The website of the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department is an interesting experience. It’s  simple yet displays a measure of creativity with a great visual impact and it’s easy to read. As a member of the Nation Genealogical Society (NGS), I check in often to see latest news.  Today it led me to Oklahoma’s Tourism and Recreation’s interest in the promotion of genealogy as follows:

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.

Use the map below to select a specific county you are interested in researching, or use the article library on this page to learn more about the resources and ancestral tourism opportunities available to genealogy buffs in Oklahoma.

There’s also an interesting article on how to trace your Cherokee roots if you believe you have them. The Cherokee Nation resides in present day Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has many descendents of the old Cherokee Nation who were forced by President Andrew Jackson to relocate to Oklahoma (The Trail of Tears). The move was then finalized by Martin Van Buren when he became president in 1838.

I wrote a piece on this tragedy back in November 2010 and, if you’d like to read it, click on A history lesson provides an illustration of how some things never change.


Here’s the link to the Oklahoma Tourism Department.


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