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More than 450 people gathered in Oklahoma City for the Treasure Your Roots Genealogy Conference on February 10, 2018.

The conference, cosponsored by the Oklahoma City Family History Center of the Church, the Black Genealogy Research Group (BGRG), and seven other Oklahoma genealogy organizations, provided resources, tools, and opportunities for participants to begin, continue, and extend their family trees.

Keynote speaker Thom Reed, global outreach manager for FamilySearch International, drew upon his experiences researching his own family history to share how “Connecting with Ancestors Completes Us.” Reed, who was instrumental in the indexing of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project records, shared examples of the understanding that changes people as they come to know their heritage.

Hosting the conference at St. John Missionary Baptist Church during Black History Month provided an opportunity to build relationships with the African American community in Oklahoma.

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