It is a common belief that records do not exist for World War I due to the mass destruction of military records, especially World War I, due to fire at the National Archives in St. Louis.
Nancy Calhoun, head of the Genealogy and Local History Department, will explore some of the other resources that are available when "Researching World War I Service." Case studies will be included. Those attending will be treated to doughnuts and coffee.
Nancy holds a B.A. with a double major in English and history, a B.S. in vocational home economics with a minor in photography, and a M.S. in curriculum and instruction. She has held her current position since 2007 and recently completed a three year tenure as president of MCGS. She says, "her work fills her with a desire to bring history to life, to make it personal."
January 24th meeting will be in the Southeast Room of the Muskogee Public Library
Monthly programs are free for members and non-members alike, but we encourage you to join! Your membership dues help us to provide more and better resources for the area's genealogical community. The regular meeting is the 4th Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 6:00 p.m. in the Grant Foreman Room of the Muskogee Public Library, unless announced otherwise.
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Spaulding Institute (above) aka Spaulding Female College was built by the Methodists in 1901. The building had a long and interesting history before it was demolished by the City of Muskogee in 1965. More information is available in Muskogee Public Library's Genealogy and Local History Department.
The Local History & Genealogy Department has one of the largest genealogical collections in Northeastern Oklahoma. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is experienced in all areas of research including Native American and Freedman research. The department has the Dawes Rolls, enrollment cards, applications and other rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes as well as local newspapers, and court records. Visit their website for databases you can search from home using your MPL library card
MPL is an affiliate of Family Search making it possible for you to view digital images not otherwise available on your personal computer. There are also other databases available only on computers in the department.