Need a program speaker?
M. Carolyn Steele
An award winning author, M. Carolyn Steele is available for
presentations to church, genealogy, library, writer and reader's groups.
Her most popular program, titled, "Capture Your Family's Past,"
can be tailored to fit the audience.
Why consider a program on family history? Because in this world of
television and mega-movies with fantastic visual effects, sometimes
the best stories are left untold. These are the stories told years ago by
mothers and fathers about their parents and grandparents or some
distant relative. Soon, they will be forgotten unless descendants take
pen in hand and record the events that helped to shape each family.
Carolyn will show you how to bring that distant ancestor to life again
using examples and helpful genealogy tips. She will discuss the value
of historical research and encourage each person, regardless of
writing ability, to record the stories from his or her past.
Carolyn combines her love of history, writing, and genealogy to inspire
others to preserve their own family legends for the generations that
follow. The question and answer sessions following each presentation
inspired her recently published book, Preserving Family Legends for
In addition to her passion for recording the lives of ancestors, Carolyn
reminds us that history lives everywhere, including valued heirlooms. In
a program titled, “Trinkets or Treasures,” she details the various
ways to preserve the story behind such artifacts.
For a brief description of all the programs available, click here.
For questions or to arrange any program, contact Carolyn at
"One of the most beneficial opportunities that I have given my
genealogy class was when I invited M. Carolyn Steele to be the
program guest speaker. She enticed our creative writing juices to
resurrect the skeletal bones of our family trees and turn them into
real living people for future generations to get to know. Everything
you need to know from A to Z, Carolyn covers in her book. No
excuses, buy the book, read the tips, and get going. Your ancestors
deserve more than cold facts on a family group sheet." June Hurst
-Genealogy Class Instructor, Bristow Public Library, Bristow, OK
"Carolyn brings life and veracity to the past, initiating a respect for
our family histories and a sense of continuity and importance to the
family structure." Mary Patterson - President of Madalene Women's
Club and English Educator, Tulsa, OK
"Carolyn's presentation for family historians is captivating and
inspiring along with being an intriguing subject for a public library
evening event." Kay Jabusch - Library Director - Irene Ingle Public
Library, Wrangell, AK
"Carolyn's unique and spellbinding approach to recording family
legends made a perfect program for 'Primetimers." Jonnie Nelson -
Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, OK
"Carolyn's presentation took shadow to none. So extremely poised,
clear in meaning and enunciation. A work of art--more importantly, a
work of love."
Joyce Cook - Recording Secretary, Laclede County Genealogical
Society, Lebanon, MO
"Carolyn Steele's presentation at our dinner club has convinced
many of us that digging into our ancestors' stories is important as
well as exciting. She is an accomplished speaker with a winsome
personality." Herb Jelley - Program Coordinator, Kirk of the Hills
Dinner Klub, Tulsa, OK
“Our Southwest Tulsa Historical Society members thoroughly
enjoyed Carolyn Steele’s presentation on preserving family
memories! She has been one of the most talked about speakers this
year. I’ve heard from several people who read her book and used it
to jump start their own work. That is something I have tried to do for
Roy Heim - President, Southwest Tulsa Historical Society, Tulsa,
To order the book, Preserving Family Legends for Future
Generations, click on the Publications & Stories button at the top of
this page, or return to the home page.