The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
Our purpose, as stated in the EGS Constitution, adopted in December, 1991:
- Bring together persons interested in the field of genealogy
- Assist members and visitors in their research
- Issue publications when deemed beneficial
- Collect and preserve material and historical data
- Work with other groups and libraries in the state
We are here to encourage the science of genealogy; to help others gather genealogical information; and to preserve, protect and publish information of importance. We are here to serve visitors as well as our members.
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Program for January 16, 2017: "Freedmen in Indian Territory."
RONALD GRAHAM SR. was born and raised in Okmulgee, OK. He graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1982 and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK, and Langston University. Mr. Graham is a very energetic man who is passionate in the efforts of educating others on the history and genealogy of the Five Civilized Tribes through the Dawes Commission, and particularly the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. His father, Theodore BLUE Graham, was an original allottee, Roll Number Creek Freedmen Newborn 671. He's also a direct descendant of: Hutton/Grayson, Johnson, Corbray, and McGilbray. All were Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens.
Mr. Graham currently serves as Genealogy Chair for the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, and Vice President of the Black Genealogy Research Group of Oklahoma. Also, he was formerly the President of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band and the former President of the NAACP, Okmulgee, OK County branch. He has been involved with genealogy and the history of the Freedmen for 30+ years. He also has traveled to: Washington, DC; New York City; Cincinnati, Ohio; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Tuskegee, AL and numerous other places to educate people about the plight of the Freedmen.
Mr. Graham has been featured or referenced in publications such as: Ebony Magazine, The Crisis and Wired magazines, the "Tulsa World" newspaper in 2009 and 2012, the "Muscogee Nation News" in March 2012, "The Cherokee Phoenix" in February 2011, and "The Daily Oklahoman" in July 2016. He has also been featured or referenced in "The Muskogee Daily Phoenix," "The Oklahoma Eagle," "The Okmulgee Times," "Indian Voices" in March 2012, as well as in the film "Bloodlines" by Get Focused Films (www.indianz.com), and in Indians In Contemporary Society:The Freedmen, pp.282-283, by Circe Sturm and Kristy J. Feldhousen-Giles, Smithsonian Institution: Washington, DC, 2008; and the books: Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family, by Claudio Saunt; and Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement, by Hannibal B. Johnson, 2012.
Mr. Graham has given Freedmen presentations for the Oklahoma Historical Society's Indian Archives 75th Anniversary at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, OK, as well as at: The University of Oklahoma, College of Law; Langston University; University of Tulsa; Tulsa Community College; North Tulsa Historical Society at The Rudisill Regional Library, Tulsa OK; University of Central Oklahoma; Bacone College; Connors State College; Northeastern State University; Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, OK; College of the Muscogee Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma National Council Fact Finding Committee, Okmulgee, OK; Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association; Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma National Council; Rose State College, Oklahoma City, OK; Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City, OK; as well as other numerous libraries, churches, and community centers.
Mr. Graham works diligently to educate and inform mainstream America about the important roll the descendants of Freedmen have had on the history of this country.
The EGS meeting will be held at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1315 E. 33rd Street. The meeting is free and open to the public, beginning with a social time at 6:15 p.m. The program will start promptly at 6:30. Enter through the doors at the rear of the building. The church offers plenty of parking and is fully handicap accessible.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists and historians.