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Issue 2 - August 2002




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    Published in: UGANEWS - News of the
    Utah Genealogical Association
    March-April 2002 Volume 31, Number 2, Front Page

    Working in a family history center, I frequently get the opportunity to work with groups of scouts who are working on their genealogy merit badges. Up until about a year ago I would always cringe when I saw that a group of them were coming, all these guys seemed to worry about was getting home early, or what kind of ice cream they were going to get from their leader after they were finished. I never saw any of them back into the family history center, and I never heard any of them say a simple, "thank you." It was then that I began to realize that they thought of genealogy just as I thought of some sports, boring and pointless. So I decided to change the way I approached the idea of getting teenagers excited about genealogy. Here are 3 tips on encouraging kids and teenagers to participate in genealogy.

    Step #1 - Think as a kid. What interests them? Most teenagers are interested in the internet and computers. I have sold many a friend to the idea of genealogy because of the internet. They would much rather sit and "surf" the net for genealogy than do research in a library. I have friends who email me daily with new genealogy things they found on the internet. Some kids like to research and like history. Let them see the parallel between history and genealogy. In addition some teens are interested in famous ancestors. This is usually an easy way to catch their interest and make them want to find more and more.

    Step #2 - Don't teach them how-teach them WHY! Teenagers always seem to ask, "Why?" Be prepared to share with them your love for genealogy. Let them know that there is really a "purpose" other than just looking for dead people! Let them go with you to the library if they want to go. Let them help!

    Step #3 - DON'T PRESSURE-Teenagers don't like to be pressured into doing things, believe me I know! Maybe take a trip once a month to a family history library, or at least encourage them to keep a journal, daily, weekly, or even monthly. Imagine how you would like it if your ancestor had kept a journal once a month or even once a year! Your goal in working with youth and family history shouldn't be to make an avid genealogist out of them. It should be to help them understand the importance of genealogy, the importance of keeping records.

    Will every youth want to begin doing genealogy? Sadly the answer is no, but one day they will probably get the genealogy bug. The U.G.A. would like to start a Virtual Youth Chapter, some place for youth and adults to get together and work together as one. If you have any ideas or would like to participate please let the U.G.A. know! Wondering how I fared with the scouts? With these techniques I finally started seeing them back, and the ice cream flavors didn't matter!

    D. Joshua Taylor
    ID, LA, OK, OR, MN, MO, MT, NV State Coordinator
    USGenWeb Census Project
    USGENWEB Census Kidz Project Coordinator
    Nobles, Minnesota USGENWEB County Coordinator
    U.G.A. Youth Chapter President

    State Spotlight:
    Oklahoma USGenWeb
      Oklahoma   Indian Territory

    Where is the first place a researcher goes when looking for their ancestorís county?? They start with the state site and proceed to the county site from there.

    The state site is the first impression in the USGenWeb.

    Before moving on to the county site needed, many folks will look around the state site. Hopefully the site will have great information.

    One state genweb site that needs recognition is the Oklahoma GenWeb. I do not have any research needs in that state (that I know of yet), but I really like going there just to look around. Never have found any other site that is so much fun and a great learning experience.  I am a big fan of history and included in that is of Indians and of course the move to the West.  Oklahoma was a major crossing for many pioneers traveling to the West.  And of course Outlaws.  OKGenWeb has a site for their Outlaws and Lawmen.  This page is a fun one to go through. 

    As for the Indians in Oklahoma.  There were lots and the OKGenWeb created the OKITGenWeb (Oklahoma Indian Territories GenWeb).  This is another interesting site to see if you are into Indian history of the United States or maybe you have ancestor's from those Territories.  You are sure to get alot out this site!

    The following is a bit of history of state of Oklahoma. And it is the same history listed on the OKGenWeb site.

    The name "Oklahoma" comes from the Choctaw words: "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red. With the discovery oil, people came from all parts of the world to Oklahoma in hopes of striking it rich. The promise of a black paradise brought tens of thousands of former slaves from the South. By the time Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907, African Americans outnumbered the Indians. Some who were former slaves of Indians, took part in the runs or accepted their allotments as tribal members. Indians from more than 67 tribes, including the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, Osage, Cheyenne, Sac and Fox, Delaware, Apache, and Pawnee, numbering 252,420, call Oklahoma their home today, many are descendants from the original tribes inhabiting Indian Territory. Oklahoma is comprised of 77 counties with a land area of 69,919 square miles. According to 1990 U.S. census data, Oklahoma's population is 3,258,000. Of those, 82.1 percent are white, 8 percent American Indian, 7.4 percent African American, 2.7 Hispanics, and 1.1 Asian. The present day Oklahoma State Flag adopted by the State Legislature in 1925, is Oklahoma's 14th flag. 

    The OKGenWeb is neatly organized for the researcher to easily navigate.  The site contains lots of information (really is so much I do not have the room to mention it all here!). 

    Good job to the OKGenWeb, and great job to Marti Graham the State Coordinator!! Thank you for making your state a wonderful state site to see.

    --Submitted by Sundee Maynez

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    There is something there for everyone including her radio show with rebroadcast of previous shows. Be sure and spend a lot of time looking in every nook and cranny.

    Castelton, Rutland County, VT
    I'm very pleased to announce that the Castelton, Rutland County, VT. section of the Vermont Web Site has been expanded and now includes the complete text of "History of the Town of Castelton" (pages 516-547) from the "History of Rutland County Vermont: With Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men And Pioneers", edited by H. Y. Smith & W. S. Rann, Published 1886.

    This section is accessible from the main gateway page, by clicking on the "Latest Additions" button (located in the middle of the page):

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