HIST 4023 - Seminar in American Studies: Family History and Genealogy Resources

The following is a selected list of resources for researching genealogy and family history, with an emphasis on Oklahoma.

Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society

The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society is located in the T.L. Ballenger Room in the east wing of the NSU Library, and is staffed by volunteers from the community. The Society's holdings include books and microforms that can be used to conduct family history and genealogical research pertaining to Indian Territory and Oklahoma. To learn when the Ballenger Room is open, please visit the Society's web site linked above.

Special Collections

Special Collections focuses on supporting research on Native American Studies and the history of Oklahoma. Special attention is also given to the Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. In addition, the Special Collections includes a wide range of documents that are useful for conducting genealogical research, including books, maps, National Archives records on microform, and other materials.

Family History and Genealogy Resources

Castle Garden (Information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892)
Family Search (Nonprofit family history organization)

General Biographical Resources

Biography & Genealogy Master Index (Online index to biographies found inother resources)

American National Biography (Ref. CT 213 .A68) - 24 volumes + Supplement
Dictionary of American Biography (Ref. E 176 .D56) - 20 volumes + Supplements
Encyclopedia of World Biography (Ref. CT 203 .E56) - 17 volumes
National Cyclopedia of American Biography (Ref. E 176 .N27) - 63 volumes


Digital Sanborn Maps (Late 19th and early 20th century Oklahoma maps)
Geographic Names Information System (U.S. Geological Survey)
Harvard Digital Map Collection (Historic maps of the U.S.)
McCasland Digital Map Collection (Historic U.S. and Oklahoma maps)
Oklahoma State Highway Map Archive (Oklahoma maps dating back to 1873)

Special Collections holds many historic maps of Indian Territory and Oklahoma.

Interviews and Oral Histories

Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History
Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection

Examples of resources found in the NSU Library:
Cherokee Nation Papers (Special Collections) contains personal, family and business papers (1830-1907).
The Slave Narratives (Federal Writers' Project) series of books are found in the Library print collection.

Finding Articles

America: History & Life (Articles on U.S. and Canadian history topics)
For example, the names of Cherokee tribal members who lived on the Cherokee Neutral Lands in present southeastern Kansas before and during the Civil War are listed in an article that is available in full text through America: History & Life: Cheatham, Gary L. "'If the Union Wins We Won't Have Anything Left': The Rise and Fall of the Southern Cherokees of Kansas." Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 30, no. 3 (September 2007): 154-177.

Chronicles of Oklahoma (Articles on the history of Indian Territory and Oklahoma)
For example, Carter, Kent. "Wantabees and Outalucks: Searching for Indian Ancestors in Federal Records." Chronciles of Oklahoma 66, no. 1 (March 1988): 94-104.

Historical Abstracts (Articles on history topics outside the U.S. and Canada)
For example, Historical Abstracts indexes an article concerning the descendants of the passengers on the Mayflower ship who married into the Everson family: Edwards, Mary Blauss. "Descendants of John Everson of Plymouth, Massachusetts." New England Historical & Genealogical Register 169, no. 673 (Winter 2015): 35-50.

Historical Full Text Newspapers

Chronicling America (Full text U.S. newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries)
Gateway to Oklahoma History (Full text Oklahoma newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries)
Historical U.S. Newspaper Collections (NSU Library resource page)

State and National Digital Resources

Making of America Collection (Cornell University's digital library of primary sources in American social history)
Oklahoma Digital Prairie (Oklahoma documents and images spanning more than 100 years of history)
State Digital Resources (Library of Congress) (State and regional digital projects documenting America's history)
State Historical Digital Collections (NSU Library resource page)

Finding and Borrowing Books

The NSU Library catalog (OPAC) or the NSU Library Catalog (Discovery) can be used to identify and locate a wide variety of resources that can be used in genealogical and historical research.

WorldCat can be used to find books not owned by the NSU Library.

If a book is not available at the NSU Library, it may be avilable through interlibrary loan.

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