Jim Ike will discuss “City Directories and County Histories: Great Sources for Ancestral Information” at the Computer Club of Oklahoma City Genealogy Study Group at 9 a.m. Jan. 11 at the CCOKC Resource Center, 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 201.
City directories were usually published annually by governmental and civic groups over the years. In addition to information about the head of household, they can include names of household members, occupations, and occasionally the former address of the family.
Older directories can be found in archives, public and college libraries as well as museums.
County histories are a source of information on the environments where your ancestors lived and worked.
Publications can include information about how the town was established, histories of the first settlers, major events, religious organizations, as well as photographs and articles about families who resided in the communities.
“Legacy” or “The Master Genealogist” genealogy database program forums will meet at 11 a.m. The workshops help family history researchers use computers to assist in the search, organization and publication of information about their families.
For more information, email Jim Ike at email@example.com or Walt Stoyanoski at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the club's website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okggccoc/. The website also has handouts from past programs, links to genealogical and computer websites and membership surname and location research lists.
The Oklahoma Home and Community Education Genealogy Group will meet at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 15 in the Leroy H. Fisher Board Room, Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.
Attendees will discuss programs and activities to be presented during the year so bring your ideas, possible speakers and their contact information. The focus project for the society is the completion of the Oklahoma County cemetery transcriptions and posting the information online.
Cemetery hops begin at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, weather permitting. The location of cemetery hops and additional information is posted on the societies' website listed below.
For more information about programs and activities, go to www.ohcegenealogy.com or email Jan Beattie at email@example.com or call 513-4014.
If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.