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Rick Sayre
Registration is now open
for our Spring Seminar scheduled for
Saturday, April 24, 2021
featuring Rick Sayre, CG®.

Changes to Ordering Birth and Death Certificates

Important changes have been made to the ordering of birth and death certificates effective 1 Jan 2021 as a result of a new vital records law. See WA Dept. of Health FAQ web page, birth certificate handout, and death certificate handout for more info. 

"Powerful Legacy – Fort Nisqually . . ." - Jan 14

“Powerful Legacy – Fort Nisqually and the American Settlement of South Puget Sound” was the title of our January 14 meeting presentation. Local historian Drew W. Crooks told us the exciting story of Fort Nisqually (1833-1870), a Hudson’s Bay Company post near the Nisqually River. Fur trading and farming were at the heart of the station’s activities and it had a significant and complicated relationship with Native Americans and American settlers (including the pioneers of Olympia and Tumwater). Fort Nisqually left a powerful legacy, which continues to the present day.
Great presentation!!  Link to Zoom meeting recording is posted for OGS members.  After logging onto website as a member, click on Community Events, click on Recordings* in the drop down menu.  You'll be directed to the Recordings page.

"Academic Archives and How to Use Them" - Dec 10

A recording of this presentation is available to OGS members who log in to this site; see Community Events / Recordings*.

Special Notices

  • 2020-2021 membership renewal grace period ended Oct 31; see Membership.
  • OGS events are being conducted via Zoom until further notice; see Community Events.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

OGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are open only to OGS Members as a benefit of membership. For more information on the five current SIGs, please see SIGs.

Welcome to Our Website!

The Olympia Genealogical Society's website is designed to allow our members to engage with each other as they trace their ancestors, fill out their family trees, and discover their family histories. We want to make this site a dynamic experience where members can share with and learn from one another. Here are just a few ways to engage on this site today:
If you aren’t already an OGS member, please consider joining and engaging with our community. To do so, see Membership in the menu in the left column.

OGS Newsletter

January 23
Ancestry.org SIG
OPEN to all members. Contact Greg Nordlund for more info or SIG group info page.   Zoom Online Platform.  Log onto OGS website, Click ...

January 28
Family Tree Maker SIG
Faciliator: David Abernathy Zoom Online Platform. Log onto OGS website, Click on SIGs on left handside green banner, click on FamilyTreeMaker for Zoom link. Can ...

February 1
Family Writing SIG
Open to anyone interested in writing their family story. Any questions feel free to contact Cindy Neff.   Zoom Online Platform.  Log onto OGS website, ...

February 9
Facilitator:  Kerry McHugh Upton Zoom Online Platform.  Log onto OGS website, Click on SIGs on left handside green banner, click on DNA for Zoom link.  ...

February 11
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: TBA; speaker: Joyce Ogden.
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