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Registration for 2023 Spring Seminar is now open

Seminar is April 15. See 2023 Spring Seminar for more information.

"Faith Of Our Fathers" - Feb 9 Meeting

Our country is one of religious diversity. Except for the very early days in the colonies, there has never been a "state religion". A number of different religions and their beginnings will be discussed. Before state and vital records were mandated, churches were valuable information that can be used as substitutes for vital records.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, has an amazing ability to bring laughter into the lives of her audience members. She is a frequent lecturer at many local societies in Ohio, as well as Family History seminars. She has presented at Brigham Young University, and ICAPGen, and taught Continuing Education classes at several community colleges and The Ohio State University. Peggy is a featured columnist in Reminisce magazine, has written several Legacy QuickGuides, and has filmed as an instructor for Ancestry Academy, and worked as a researcher for Ancestry ProGenealogists. She was award the title of Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 2018.
OGS members, do you have a favorite photograph, artifact, or story of one of your ancestors? Bring it to share at the meeting so we can get to know each other better!  (How to share your screen.)

"Immigration and Naturalization" - Jan 12 Meeting

When researching an immigrant ancestor, finding information here in the U.S. is the necessary first step. This presentation identified immigration and naturalization resources and provided tools and strategies to help you make the leap to the “old country” as accurately as possible.
Janice M. Sellers is related to actor Peter Sellers and to John of Gaunt, son of a king and father of a king. At least that’s what her grandparents told her. Unfortunately, they were wrong, but that’s why she has researched her family for 47 years and now helps others find the right pieces to fit their genealogy puzzles. She specializes in Jewish, Black, forensic, and newspaper research and has taught at local to international levels. Her site is http://ancestraldiscoveries.com.
A recording of this meeting is now available for OGS members through 21 February 2023. Log onto website.  Click on Community Events / Recordings* and click on "Immigration and Naturalization" to view recording.  Program material available under Publications / Downloadable Files / OGS Programs.

"Holiday Social" - Dec 8 Meeting

Reliving the past tradition of our December meetings, members enjoyed a holiday social and shared stories.
The program began with a short presentation about the WSGS WA Pioneer Pursuit project concerning those Washington ancestors who lived in Washington when it was a territory. WSGS is hoping to raise interest and volunteers to work on the project.  A recording of the announcement is included with the general membership meeting recording.
A recording of the Zoom meeting is available for OGS members.  Log in to the website and click on left side banner Community Events / Recordings*. 

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) updates for 2022-23

It’s that time of year again to start up SIGs for the year.  Make this year the year to attend a SIG meeting or two!  This is a great venue to get to know more about genealogy software, DNA, how to write your story or ethnic research.  The plus side is getting to know fellow members in a small group setting.  Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a benefit of membership so make sure your membership status is updated to access this wonderful benefit.  As we have been doing the last couple of years, the meetings will be held virtually.  However, we are switching the platform for our meetings to Google MeetGoogle Meet functions much like Zoom for the attendees.  You’ll find similar buttons that Zoom has.  The gain for changing over is that the SIG facilitator will be the one sending out invites and creating the meeting links.  The links will still be found on the corresponding SIG webpage.  If you would like to be on the SIG list, please send an email to the facilitator to be included on their list of members.  You’ll find their email contact on the Membership List.
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!!
Special Interest Groups and Facilitators:
  • ANCESTRY - Greg Nordlund; meets 4th Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • DNA - Nancy Cordell; meets 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm
  • FAMILY HISTORY WRITING - Laura Carroll meets 1st Monday 7:00 - 9:00 pm (note change in start time)
  • FAMILY TREE MAKER - David Abernathy; meets 4th Thursday 10:00 am
  • FAMILY SEARCH.org – Carolyn Gibbons; meets 4th Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • GENEALOGY CHAT - Peggy Cooley; meets 3rd Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • ITALIAN - Greg Nordlund; meets quarterly (Nov, Feb, May, Aug) 1st Saturday 11:00 am.
  • LEGACY FAMILY TREE - Jerri McCoy; meets 3rd Saturday 1:00 pm
OGS is always interested in starting new SIGs, if you have a topic in mind please contact Kerry Upton. Every SIG needs a coordinator, please let Kerry know if you are willing to be a SIG coordinator. All SIG meetings will be hosted on Google Meet.

1950 U.S. Federal Census Data has been released!

See the National Archives website for more information.

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.

OGS Newsletter

February 6
Family History Writing SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Family History Writing SIG for Google Meet link.  Can access 10 mins before ...

February 9
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: Faith Of Our Fathers Our country is one of religious diversity. Except for the very early days in the colonies, there has never been ...

February 14
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on DNA for Google Meet link.  Can access 10 mins before start of meeting.  Also ...

February 15
Genealogy Chat SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Genealogy Chat SIG for Google Meet link.  Can access 10 mins before ...

February 18
Legacy Family Tree SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Legacy Family Tree for Google Meet link.  Can access 10 mins before start of ...
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