Cherokee Ancestry Conference



This summer we invite you to discover ways to learn about your family’s ancestors by attending the Fourteenth Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference on Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 13, 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 Tsa La Gi Community 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.

Keynote Speakers on Friday will be David K. Hampton, noted author, genealogist and historian, Marybelle Chase, noted author, genealogist and historian and Jerry L. Clark, retired Archivist, United States National Archives, genealogist and historian, all proud citizens of the Cherokee Nation. Keynote speaker on Saturday again will be Gene Norris and Benjamin Chasenah, Genealogists, Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc.

The Main Event will be from 3 pm to 4 pm on Friday June 13 with a Cherokee historian question and answer panel to include David K. Hampton, noted Cherokee historian and author; Jerry L. Clark, retired archivist US National Archives, Roy Hamilton, Special Projects Coordinator, Cherokee Nation, Catherine Foreman Gray, History & Cultural Specialist, Cherokee Nation and others.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include Friday presentations in regards to the 1851-52 US records for the Cherokee Nation, the removal records discovered in association with the US Treasury Department, the removal records concerning the Trail of Tears Detachments and concluding on Saturday with what various new Cherokee Nation records which have become digitized and now available online as well as other repositories from which Cherokee Nation records can be researched.

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 11, 2015.

This conference happens only once a year. Come see why the Cherokee Ancestry Conference is the one conference you don’t want to miss.

For more information please contact:

Email Genealogy Dept. or call 918.456.6007 x6159  or x6162 and leave a message.