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Journals, newsletters from societies help in family history research

When doing family history research, we don't often think to look at journals and newsletters published by genealogical and historical societies. They are a great resource as many of them contain details that may be difficult to find elsewhere. And it does not matter how old they are as any one may have details about a long-lost ancestor.

The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library has many issues from around the country; for example, the Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] (1986-88); and The Quarterly, published by South Carolina's York County Genealogical and Historical Society (1989-2000).

There is a good collection of Oklahoma's societies, including Little Dixie News by the Genealogical Society of Carter County (1996-present); Cleveland County Genealogical Society Newsletter (1984-present); and Greer Frontier by Greer County Genealogical and Historical Society (1989-present).

Certainly not to be overlooked is The Tree Tracers, published quarterly by the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Its interests cover the counties of Beckham, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Stephens, Tillman and Washita. Contents focus on topics like abstracts of personal items from early newspapers, lists of marriages, military pension applications and other data useful to researchers. Best of all, each issue has a full-name index. And a list of books new to the Family History Room shelves is included.

A visit to the Family History Room may well be a bonus in your research. Begin at the shelves holding the books of the state of interest; counties are arranged alphabetically with that state.

Please remember that the books and other items in that room cannot be checked out; they must be used there. But you can make copies of pages of interest.

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