April 11, 2018
Genealogy event scheduled for June 7-9 at Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur
PARK HILL, Okla. – Explore your American Indian heritage at the Five Tribes Ancestry Conference presented June 7-9 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.
The conference is the first of its kind and is endorsed by the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, whose mission is to unite the tribal governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole Nations.
“The Five Tribes have a shared history due to the creation of the Dawes Rolls at the turn of the last century,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “The vast majority of our visitors at CHC are interested in researching their family heritage, but they just aren’t sure where to start. Working with the Five Tribes, we have created a one-of-a-kind conference that will provide a better understanding of genealogical methodology and introduce available records to aid individuals in their family research.”
The three-day event provides participants with the tools to research their American Indian ancestry and features a variety of discussion topics with special guest speakers, including keynote speaker Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., director of the Sequoyah Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“Archives, historical societies and other genealogical institutions, especially in the south-southeast, have all seen an increase in the number of people seeking information about their family ancestry,” said Littlefield. “The majority of researchers are focused on validating their family’s claim to Indian ancestry and, thus, tribal citizenship. It is our responsibility to assist these individuals to the best of our ability while educating the public about the realities of the search.”
The cost to attend the conference is $150 and includes a conference bag and a flash drive with digital copies of presentation materials. Registration forms are available online at www.CherokeeHeritage.org. The deadline to register is May 31.
The Five Tribes Ancestry Conference is hosted by the Cherokee Heritage Center and will take place at the Chickasaw Cultural Center located at 867 Charles Cooper Memorial Rd. in Sulphur.