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We the People: Researcher shares discoveries of Hungarian lineage

Sharon Burns: Gene Streller will discuss the research trail he followed on his paternal father's family who were German ancestors that emigrated from Hungary in 1887, at the Edmond Genealogical Society meeting.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: January 20, 2014
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Gene Streller will discuss the research trail he followed on his paternal father's family who were German ancestors that emigrated from Hungary in 1887, at the Edmond Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond.

“When I was very young I spent time with grandfather on my father's side of the family, Streller said. “I knew he came to the United States when he was 6, and that he had a red ball that was washed overboard and lost, but he never talked about where they came from. I also knew the family homesteaded in the very northwest part of Kansas in 1892. They moved to find something better, settling in 1900 near Perry, Oklahoma.”

In addition to personal experiences, Steller will discuss specific sources and informational tools he used. For more information, go to the Edmond Genealogical Society website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/, www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc, or call the Edmond Historical Museum at 340-0078.

Genealogy notes

Sometimes the richest and most revealing genealogy records are created after a person's death. The process of proving a will or being granted administration of the estate of a person who dies intestate often generates a series of probate records that can answer questions and/or provide leads to new trails to follow.



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‘Beginning Genealogy' to be focus of workshop

Residents who are interested in learning how to discover their family history should plan on attending this workshop.

The Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) “Beginning Genealogy” seminar will be held Thursday, January 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland.

This workshop will be sponsored by the Oklahoma County Oklahoma Home and Community Education organization and is open to interested residents free of charge.

“I treasure my ancestors. They give me a sense of self and have defined who I am. I have loved every minute of finding my family,” stated Jan Beattie, OHCE Genealogy group member and workshop presenter. “Genealogy can seem overwhelming to new genealogists. There is a lot to remember, and so many places to search for records. You may not know where to begin or how to get started.”

“Personally, I have found that genealogy is part persistence, part skill and part serendipity. But, it is a fun and totally enjoyable pastime — and such a wonderful legacy to leave your family their family's story. I'll warn you, though — it just may become addictive!”

Plan now to attend this one of a kind workshop that will cover the basics and give the needed tools to begin your own genealogical adventure. For more information about the workshop or about the OHCE organization, contact Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 713-1125 or go to http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma.

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CONTACT

If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at sburns@opubco.com.

Personally, I have found that genealogy is part persistence, part skill and part serendipity. But, it is a fun and totally enjoyable pastime — and such a wonderful legacy to leave your family their family's story. I'll warn you, though — it just may become addictive!”

Jan Beattie,
OHCE Genealogy group member and workshop presenter

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