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NGS Research in the States Series

New Releases: The American Indians of Oklahoma and Research in Mississippi

NGS is pleased to introduce two new books in our Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 U.S. states released so far. Each guide book covers research in a specific state. Our latest releases are The American Indians of Oklahoma and Research in Mississippi.

The American Indians of Oklahoma

By Kathy Huber, MLS

The complicated history of the American Indian has been written, depicted in film, and taught in American history classes to many thousands of school children. Authors, historians, researchers, and teachers have all contributed to America's image of her native peoples. The American Indians of Oklahoma tells the story of the sixty-seven tribes that were removed or relocated to the area once known as Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Their stories, revealed through tribal records, historical documents, and federal legislation tells of heartache, challenges, and long-suffering. Tribes include American Indians from the Northeast, like the Delaware, Shawnee, and Sac and Fox; the Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapaho from the Plains; the Prairie tribes Kaw, Ponca, and Ottawa as well as the five tribes known as "civilized," the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. They and many others just as important have all contributed their own unique history and culture to this story told here in The American Indians of Oklahoma. This guide book can be purchased in our online store in either a print or PDF version beginning 10 May. Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017

About the Author

Kathy Huber, MLS, has been the genealogy librarian for the Tulsa (Oklahoma) City County Library for twenty-five years where she manages the Genealogy Center. She oversees all aspects of the center, including its the Family History Month series. She also serves on the board of the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives. She is a member of the Texas States Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. Huber lectures on Oklahoma related topics at the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences. She has attended the Salt Lake Institute, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and was the 1998 recipient of the Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship.

Research in Mississippi

By Lori Thornton, MLS

The publication of the first edition of Research in Mississippi coincides with the bicentennial anniversary of Mississippi's admission as the twentieth state in the Union on 10 December 1817. Since the sixteenth century, Mississippi was ruled at various times by the French, British, and Spanish until it became a territory of the United States in 1798. Yet, it wasn't until the invention of the cotton gin in the early nineteenth century that its population reached more than 100,000. Research in Mississippi provides major research resources for each of these periods as well as a discussion of boundary changes prior to statehood. Also included are descriptions of collections found in research repositories, including Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections; University of Mississippi's Special Collections; and McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, readers will find information about out-of-state repositories with major Mississippi collections such as Natchez Trace Collection at the University of Texas. Court, land, and probate records are discussed as well as institutional records, including asylums, hospitals, and prisons. Ethnic records include African Americans, American Indians, and the Chinese communities of the Mississippi delta. Also of value is an extended discussion of genealogical and historical periodicals. This guide book can be purchased in our online store in either a print or PDF version beginning 10 May. Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017.

About the Author

Lori Thornton, MLS, is associate professor of Library Services and Technical Services Librarian at Carson-Newman University's Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library. A professional genealogist, she specializes in research in Southern states, particularly Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and in religious records. She provides lectures to local, state, regional, and national conferences and has authored articles for Federation of Genealogical Societies' Forum, Itawamba Settlers, The Septs, and Wake Treasures. Thornton is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and its North Carolina chapter, National Genealogical Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society, and Itawamba Historical Society.

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