Cherokee Ancestry Conference


This summer we invite you to discover ways to learn about your family’s ancestors by attending the Thirteenth Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference on Friday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, 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 Osiyo Training 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 Jerry L. Clark, Cherokee Nation citizen, retired Archivist, United States National Archives and Candessa Tehee, MEd., Executive Director, CHC, & Cherokee Language Specialist. Keynote speaker on Saturday again will be Jerry L. Clark and also Gene Norris, Genealogist, 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 a presentation concerning deaths among the Trail of Tears Detachments and Cherokee removal records; what is needed to do to begin researching a Cherokee ancestor; connecting the Cherokee language to its influence on families in the Cherokee Nation and include a discussion as well as a look into what is new to research in regards to Cherokee genealogy on the internet.

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 12, 2014.

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