Olympia Genealogical Society

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:
  • Go to the Members Only area and log in.
  • Review your Profile and provide any appropriate revisions to your Contact Info and Member Settings.
  • Under the Surnames tab of your profile, add the names of your ancestors. Your entries automatically will show up in the Surname Research area where visitors to the site can find them and share information they may have.  Users of search engines like Google and Bing also will be able to discover these names.
  • Join a Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • Submit feedback, topic ideas or tips to Webmaster@OlyGenSoc.org.
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.
Come back frequently and watch for further enhancements to this site!

Special Interest Groups

Come One, Come All!  A Special Interest Groups Fair was held at the General Membership meeting on September 13, 2018.  It was a great way to kick off the year with six groups started.  Facilitators gave a brief introduction about their SIGs.  After the introductions, members mingled around the room, spoke with the facilitators and signed up for the groups that they were interested in. Treats and sharing were enjoyed by all.
Special Interest Groups and Facilitators:
  • ANCESTRY -  Greg Nordlund
  • DNA -  Vacant; volunteer needed
  • FAMILY SEARCH - Scott Morrison
  • FAMILY TREE MAKER - David Abernathy
  • LEGACY - Gayle Strom
  • ROOTS MAGIC - Rosemary Walrod
Special Interest Groups are open to all members as well as visitors.  Meeting location and time to be set with the facilitator.  Please contact the facilitator to learn more about the group. More information shared on the Forum page once you have logged onto the OGS website, Members Only section.  Access to the Forums is a benefit of membership, if you aren't a member yet, join up and start taking in all that membership offers!
Other committees that were started up this year: Cemetery Project and Outreach.  Members will update our Cemetery page, working with the local cemeteries.  If you are interested in learning more about this project contact Eileen or Norman Dodge.  It's been 40 years since OGS has added to the content of the cemeteries database!  The Outreach committee will share to the community about the Olympia Genealogical Society via local community events, schools, and other opportunities the group identifies.  Please contact Nancy Cordell or Kathy Erlandson.

OGS Newsletter

WSGS Honors Ann Olson, OGS Charter Member

2018 President's Award for Outstanding Achievement

Ann Olson's Award
Also see Recognition for information on other WSGS awards received by OGS in 2018 and earlier.

Grays Harbor Gen Soc's Library Destroyed by Fire

The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society’s Research Library, housed in the Aberdeen Museum of History, was one of the victims of a devastating fire on June 9. For more information, see http://wasgs.org/blog/2018/06/13/grays-harbor-research-library-destroyed-by-fire/. This blog article includes information on how to make donations to the Society. 

December 13
Monthly General Membership Meeting
In keeping with our annual tradition, December’s program will consist of 10-minute presentations by several OGS members. This year’s topic is Genealogy's Oddballs and Quirky ...

December 15
Drop-In Genealogy Help

December 18
Monthly Board Meeting
No Dec OGS Board meeting.

December 20
Drop-In Genealogy Help

January 10
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Ron Barron will share his story of the search for his father.
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