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Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Launches New Genealogy Section on TravelOK.com
By Austin Tackett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Austin Tackett
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is pleased to announce a brand new feature on TravelOK.com which assists visitors seeking to connect with their familial ancestry.
The Genealogy Section on TravelOK.com is a user-friendly tool that guides visitors through a wealth of ancestral research destinations and resources all throughout Oklahoma. Searches on the site are broken down by county with quick links and information available on research libraries that contain copies of the Dawes Rolls, as well as county courthouses that house original land patents dating back to the land run. The new section on TravelOK.com will also direct visitors to genealogical and historical societies, cemeteries, ghost towns and historical school houses, as well as tourism destinations in each county.
Genealogy has recently become one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. As home to 39 federally recognized Indian tribes, countless waves of pioneer settlers, and the genesis of the great Okie migration during the Dust Bowl days, many people tracing their ancestry are finding their ancestors’ footprints right here in Oklahoma.
“With genealogical tourism on the rise nationally, it’s important that Oklahoma be on the forefront of this emerging trend”, said Deby Snodgrass, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “The new genealogy resources on TravelOK.com make us a major contender by allowing visitors to find their connection to Oklahoma’s rich history.”
To experience what the Genealogy Section of TravelOK.com can do for you, make sure to visit www.TravelOK.com/Genealogy .
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit www.TravelOK.com or follow us at Facebook.com/TravelOK and Twitter.com/OklahomaTourism.