Cherokee Heritage Center 12th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Finding family has never been easier when attending the Cherokee Heritage Center’s 12th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference on June 14-15 at 8:30 a.m. each day in the Osiyo Training Room at the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex at 17725 S Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464.

The one-of-a-kind Cherokee Ancestry Conference provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and documents.

The Cherokee Ancestry Conference Friday keynote speaker will be Roy Hamilton, Cherokee Nation history course instructor and president of the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Gene Norris, senior genealogist for the Cherokee National Historical Society Inc. Several guest speakers will be featured, including Benjamin Chasenah, associate genealogist for the Cherokee National Historical Society Inc., and Ryan B. Mackey, language specialist for the Cherokee Nation Immersion Program.

Topics for discussion include an overview of the new Cherokee Nation History Course, Cherokee clans and family relationships, the resources of the Cherokee Family Research Center, what is needed to begin researching a Cherokee ancestor and the techniques on how to utilize the Internet for genealogy research in regards to Cherokee ancestry.

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 a question and answer session. Door prizes will be given between sessions.

Registration is $60 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $75 for nonmembers. The deadline is June 8.

For more information, including accommodations and registration, please call (888) 999-6007, ext. 6159 or e-mail

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. For information on the 2013 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit It can also be found on Facebook by searching “Cherokee Heritage Center.”

Cherokee Nation News Release
Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896 

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