Bill Welge, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division director, will speak to several genealogical societies in May about the new Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center in the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird. Welge's presentations will provide information about new features and materials available to researchers. He will also discuss the new rules and regulations for using the center. They include:Comments
All researchers will be required to have a photo I.D. and obtain a library card before entering the research center. Library card applications are available at the table near the research center entrance.
Researchers will be allowed to take paper, pencils and laptop computers into the center. All bags, briefcases, notebooks, purses and folders will need to be placed in lockers.
All patrons must sign a register.
Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.
Before using Federal Indian Records, a research application form must be completed.
Saturday access to oral history, manuscripts and maps must be requested by 3 p.m. Friday.
The reading room is monitored by security cameras.
The research center opened April 20 and will be available to researchers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will be closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information, call the History Center at 522-5225 or go online to www.okhistorycenter.org and click on "research."
Welge will discuss the research center at the Edmond Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum, 431 S Boulevard, Edmond.
For more information, call society President Sharon King Burns at 348-3162, e-mail sharon_burns@ hotmail.com or go online to www.rootsweb.com/âokegs.
Welge will speak at the meeting of the Garfield County Genealogists at 1:30 p.m. May 13 in the Great Plains Room of the Enid and Garfield County Public Library, 120 W Main, Enid.
For more information, call Harold or Marilyn Cooper at (580) 237-1756.
The Kingfisher-Blaine Counties Genealogical Society meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Ave., Kingfisher.
Claudia Meyer will present a program on "Organizing Your Family Research."
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, e-mail the society at email@example.com or go online to www.rootsweb.com/âokkbcgs/index.html.
There are many ways of writing family histories for future generations, from vignettes of family members to a complete book. This program is designed to help you get started writing a legacy of your family.
Emma Jean Stover will present "How to Record Your Family History" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 18 at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.
For more information and to register, call 606-3856. For parking information go to www.metrolibrary.org, select "library information," click on "library location and hours," select "downtown library," and click on "parking map."
If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, e-mail Sharon Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.