Carrie Ann Cook

PO Box 505
Wyandotte, Oklahoma 74370
USA

Phone: (918) 542-1160

Business Phone: (918) 542-4148
Fax: (918) 542-4148

Email: carrie@gregathcompany.com
URL: http://www.gregathcompany.com/carrie.html

Contact between 09:00 am to 09:00 pm Central Time


Certifications:

National Institute on Genealogical Research 2004
Federation of Genealogical Societies Librarian's Day 2006
Federation of Genealogical Societies Librarian's Day 2007


Specialties:

Basics in Genealogy, Writing, Publishing, Technology, Historical, Education and Youth


Lectures:

GENERAL Examples:
Barnstorming With Brainstorming
Dress for Success and Your Audience
Hunting the Female Ancestor
Money for Nothing: Making Money with Volunteers
PR 101: Strong Response with the Basics
Recording the Family Jewels: An Organized Oral History Approach Slowing the March of Time (Materials Conservation/Preservation)
Selecting a Long Term Publisher
Publishing for Beginners - What' the best way to get a book it published?
WRITING Family History for Pleasure and Profit Series (or overview)

  • Format: Backbone of a book - What to use?
  • Clips & Tips - cutting the book size without cutting quality
  • Hybrid Books: Offer (almost) everything you always wanted in your book
  • Publishing: Paper or Plastic
  • Publishing for Pennies Electronically
  • Captivating Captions
  • Saddled with Combing the Spiral of Soft Cover Design Choices
  • Be Prepared! Manuscript Mechanics
  • Slashing a manuscript's size without killing the message
  • Self Publishing: Group DIY
  • Publishing by Committee: Where to Start
    What’s in a NAME? Series
  • Archival Quality
  • Self Publishing
  • Vanity Publisher - A Case Study: Gregath Company, Inc.
  • Basic Branding
    What’s ONLINE for the Genealogist Series (computer{s} optional)
  • Mining for Rare Gems in the Oklahoma Indian Pioneer Histories
  • Specific Search Engines
  • Cyndi's List
  • Rootsweb
  • US GenWeb
  • World GenWeb
  • Using E-lists, Bulletin Boards and Usenet
  • Using eBay to enlarge or complete a collection
  • eBay tools and tips
  • Online searching & Researching (detailed or quick)
  • Expand your search using email and forms
  • Power Search
    Maximizing your Genealogy SEARCH Online (computer{s} optional)
    Know Your Computer Genealogy TOOLS Series (presentation can by Individual computer{s} available, digital projector, or handouts)
  • Basic Microsoft Windows (from version 98 to 7)
  • Utilizing Microsoft Office (from version 98 to 2010)
  • Basic Microsoft Word (from version 98 to 2010)
  • Basic Internet Browser (Explorer)
  • Basic Internet Browser (Netscape)
  • Basic Internet Browser (Firefox)
  • Email and Beyond (Outlook)
  • Basic PowerPoint
  • Making PowerPoint Unique not Distracting
  • PowerPoint: from scrapbooks to presentations
  • Basic Microsoft Excel
  • Make your computer perform - Often overlooked tricks of the Microsoft Windows Operating System (up to version 7)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop
  • Photo Magic with Photoshop
    TECHNOLOGY
  • Blogs and Content
  • Organized Blogs
  • Meat and Potatoes Websites
  • Getting the most from Facebook
  • Are PC's contagious and do I (or my organization) want to catch one?
    Youth & Education
  • Children and Oral History
  • Family History: Scout Badge of Honor
  • Genealogy in the Classroom
  • Halloween Equals Family History Month
  • Pioneers in the Classroom
  • Pow-Wows and Students
  • Using Multi-Media to bring Genealogy to the Classroom
    Historical & Fun
  • Pioneering from a Woman's Perspective (Oklahoma Land Run/Lockhart Case Study)
  • The Peoria Spook Light


  • Speaking Conditions:

    Will Travel
    Can provide laptop/digital projector
    Requests microphone/PA system provided for large venues
    Provides either reproduction master, or actual handout material
    Limited recording possible
    May accept home stays
    Develops new topics upon request
    Compensation negotiable


    Previous Engagements:

    2010-2012:
    Baxter Springs Museum Education (Living History) Week, Baxter Springs, Kansas, May 2010 and 2011
    Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Museum Genealogy Saturday, Enid, Oklahoma, October 22, 2011
    Genealogical Retreat 2011, Cave Springs, Quapaw, Oklahoma
    Genealogical Speakers Guild, August 21, 2010, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Genealogical Speakers Guild, September 9, 2011, Springfield, Illinois
    Northwestern Arkansas Genealogical Society, October 22, 2012, Bentonville, Arkansas
    Oklahoma Genealogical Society Skill Building Workshop, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - August 6, 2011
    Ottawa County Genealogy Society, May & July 2011, Miami, Oklahoma
    Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 8-9, 2012, Burbank, California


    Bio:

    Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary grades as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma. She has also served the Miami (Oklahoma) Public Library as Genealogy and Local History Specialist. Currently, she is the owner of Gregath Company, Inc. and Webmaster of assorted sites. Carrie has been active in various genealogy, speaking and history organizations (including service and lineal) throughout the years. She served the Oklahoma Division UDC for the 2008-2010 administration as state Historian as well as currently holding several assorted chapter offices in other organizations. At the age of 40, she had already been public speaking on genealogical, historical and writing/publishing topics for nearly two decades. A life long learner, she enjoys new insights offered while attending educational opportunities such as Historical Preservation Conferences, NIGR, and recently, the National Land and Genealogical Record Symposium, Beatrice, Nebraska, 2011.

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