1950 U.S. Federal Census Data has been released!
"You Joined What?!" - May 12 Meeting
People choose genealogy as a hobby for many different reasons: to find out how an ancestor was involved in history, to explore family stories or to honor and preserve family culture and heritage. Some, however, pursue genealogy in order to join a lineage society. What is a lineage society? Which ones could I join? Jerri McCoy acquainted us with the major societies as well as a number of regional and offbeat groups. She followed that up with concrete examples of applying for membership and how to prove your eligibility.
A recording of the Zoom meeting is now available for OGS members. Log in to the website and click on left side banner Community Events / Recordings*.
"Genealogical Forum of Oregon" - Apr 14 Meeting
The GFO: Brick & Mortar and Virtual
Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) and its library houses one of the largest genealogy research collections in the Northwest. Laurel Smith, acting president and long-term library chair, told us about the library - what it contains, what you can use, what is available remotely, and what reopening their doors might look like. Located in Portland, it's a jewel found right in our back yard!
A recording of the Zoom meeting is now available for OGS members. Log in to the website and click on left side banner Community Events / Recordings*. Recording will only be available through May 22, 2022.
Spring Seminar 2022
DNA: Today's Matchmaker
Our Spring Seminar
featuring Diahan Southard
occurred Sat., April 9, 2022.
Registered attendees had access to recordings
of the four sessions thru April 17.
"Newspaper Research" - Mar 10 OGS Meeting
Newspapers are one of the unsung sources of genealogy research. At March’s monthly meeting we heard a presentation called, "Read 'Em or Weep - Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR." Seattle genealogist Mary Kircher Roddy talked about using newspapers, where to find free and pay newspaper sites online and how to put OCR (Optical Character Recognition) mistakes to work for us to increase search results. In no time, you’ll be doing thorough searches in newspapers every time.
OGS members who login to this site can access the handout for this meeting under Publications/Files / Downloadable Files / Program Materials - OGS Only.
A recording of the Zoom meeting is available for OGS members at Community Events/Recordings*.
Special Interest Groups 2021-2022
With the beginning of the new year, our SIGs are getting started up again. SIGs are open to all current members. Feel free to contact the facilitator to learn more about a group. More information is shared on the SIG pages and the related Forums once you have logged onto the OGS website. Access to the SIGs and Forums is a benefit of membership; if you aren't a member yet, join up and start taking in all that OGS membership offers!
We have a few changes to this year’s SIG line-up. Our current line-up of SIGs and facilitators is as follows:
- Ancestry.com – Greg Nordlund; meets 4th Saturday 11 am - 1 pm
- DNA – Nancy Cordell; meets 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm
- Family History Writing – Laura Carroll; meets 1st Monday at 6 pm
- FamilySearch.org – On hold indefinitely, or unless we have a facilitator
- FamilyTreeMaker – David Abernathy; meets 4th Thursday 10 am
- Genealogy Chat (NEW) - Peggy Cooley; meets 3rd Wednesday 1:00 pm beginning in October
- Italian (NEW) – Greg Nordlund; meets quarterly (Nov, Feb, May, Aug) 1st Saturday 11 am
- Legacy Family Tree (NEW) – Jerri McCoy; meets 3rd Saturday 1:00pm
- MyHeritage.com (NEW) – Jan Wells-Minzel; meets 3rd Wednesday 6:30 pm beginning in October
A special thanks to the above SIG facilitators!
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 Surname Database
OGS provides a searchable public database to which an OGS member can add the surnames of their ancestors. At this writing, the database includes 348 entries. See OGS Surname Database
for more information.