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From: The Grove Sun Daily Oct. 8, 2002

Genealogical workshop in Wyandotte to focus on Native Americans

*Webmasters note: Also includes information on Volume 1 of the Ottawa County Families project.*

A Native American genealogical workshop will be presented by Gregath Co. of Wyandotte Oct. 25-26 at the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Center, focusing on Native American history and research.

On Friday, the workshop will start with a beginning genealogy session conducted by members of the Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars to get beginners off on the right foot.  The session will run from 2-4 p.m.

Following a dinner break, a Native American forum will take place from 7-9 p.m.  A moderated panel discussion of various tribal representatives, the forum will include brief histories, followed by questions and answers.

The goal of the session is not to provide specific information on how to become a new tribal member, but to address useful historical and genealogical information for all Indians and researchers.

The keynote speaker on Saturday will be William Welge, Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives.  A published author, Welge has been with the Society since 1977, and is responsible for the storage of holdings and continual development of research materials.

The cost of the two-day workshop is $25, with reservations made before Oct. 15, and includes sourcebook, refreshments, door prizes and a Native American lunch on Saturday.  Entry at the door without reservations is $35 and does not include the lunch.

Vendors will also be available with books and other Native American items.

Anyone desiring further information may visit the website at, or phone 918-542-4148

*Webmasters note: For these archival pages, go to*

The workshop is part of a series of events designed to educate and assist researchers in their genealogical pursuits.

A new book, "Ottawa County, Oklahoma Families," is now ready for production.  The compilers, Fredrea Cook, rural Miami, and Carrie Ann Cook, rural Fairland, have undertaken an ongoing project to preserve and share as much local history as possible.

The book includes information about Ottawa County families, submitted by family members.  Additional information about some families who lived in what became Ottawa County has also been included in this book in the form of family names appearing on some Native American tribal rolls.

The book includes family information, photos, some tribal information and an index.

*Webmasters note: For more information on this ongoing project, go to*

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