Olympia Genealogical Society

About Us

The Olympia Genealogical Society (OGS) was founded in 1974 to promote the study, interest and research of family and local histories, and to encourage assistance, cooperation and guidance in those efforts to members, friends, and the community.
OGS is a non-profit society based in Olympia, the State Capital of Washington.  We are located in Thurston County, at the southern end of Puget Sound.  We are approximately 60 miles south of Seattle, and 100 miles north of Portland, Oregon.  Although based in Olympia, OGS serves all the communities in Thurston County, including: Bucoda, Grand Mound, Lacey, Littlerock, Rainier, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm.  Our area is bounded by Mason County to the northwest, Grays Harbor County to the west, Lewis County to the south, and Pierce County to the northeast.
The society has transcribed and published many of the available Thurston County records of interest to genealogists. Many have been published in our Quarterly journal, some as individual books, and on the Internet.
We hope that interested genealogists will join us at our regular meetings, annual seminars, beginner's workshops, and other events sponsored by the society.

OGS Bylaws

Please see the OGS Bylaws (11 Oct 2018 Revision).

Operating Year: September 2018 - August 2019

Elected Officers
President: Kathy Erlandson
Vice President: Greg Nordlund
Secretary: Judi Hine
Treasurer: Judy Artley
Past President: Nancy Cordell
Community Partners
Timberland Library: Juliet Lawson-Hall
Committee Chairs
Beginners Workshop: Ann Olson
Book Manager: Nancy Cordell
Drop-In Genealogy Help: Eileen Dodge
Facebook: Kerry McHugh Upton
Historian: Joyce Ogden
Membership: Bob Monn
Memorials and Gifts: Vacant
Multi-Media: Rebel Romero
Newsletter: Eileen Dodge
Outreach: Vacant
Publicity: Joyce Ogden
Refreshments: Diana Bargmann
Research: Jerri McCoy
Seminar: Peggy Cooley
Sunshine: Gayle Strom
Website: Bob Monn

Meeting Info

The Olympia Genealogical Society normally meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, unless noted otherwise.
Directions to the Thurston County Courthouse:
Coming from either north or south on I-5: Take Exit 104 off I-5 onto Highway 101. From Highway 101, take the Cooper Pt. Road, Automall Drive, Crosby Blvd. exit. Stay in right lane and at stop light turn right onto Evergreen Park Drive. Continue approximately ¾ mile to Lakeridge Drive. Turn left onto Lakeridge Drive and go approximately 2 blocks; just before going down the hill, turn right into the Courthouse campus.  Building 1 is the second building on right.  Enter into room 152 through meeting room door, just off of parking lot, by the main entrance to building.