OGS Monthly Meeting, 6 Apr 2020, Cancelled

The 6 April 2020 monthly meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and we are working to get it rescheduled.  Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 Update & Letter from OGS President

March 31, 2020
Dear OGS Family,
I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these challenging times. OGS continues to strive and be a good neighbor by following the recommendations from Governor Stitt, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. President Trump and the medical experts from the Center for Disease Control.
As of this writing, we are adhering to the April 30 emergency shelter in place orders that state non-essential businesses are closed.  There are indications that Oklahoma’s peak will occur within 17 days and extensions of the policies might occur.  
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our members, guests, board members and volunteers, our Resource Center remains closed until further notice.  In some of my previous communiques to our membership, I said the OGS Board is looking at ways to do business a little different.  We are in uncharted waters and have been looking at different online platforms to do our monthly meetings.  We will continue to review these but in light of the upcoming April 7th OGS Monthly Meeting, we unfortunately will need to postpone the meeting.  I will be working with the speaker to reschedule.
As you may know, 2020 marks OGS’s 65th birthday.  Last year when we started planning on a yearlong celebration in no way did, we anticipate the historical chain of events that have and will continue to unfold.  Thanks to those that came before us, OGS is a strong and vibrant organization. Your OGS Board of Directors has the same focus to continue on this legacy.  Last night at our first online board meeting, the board authorized the six officers to develop a short/long range plan of action to identify the needs of OGS before, during and after pandemic.  Long term planning may be 4-6 months as things change rapidly.  I have and hope you as well, have full faith in the board to accomplish this. The board members love OGS and want what is best for OGS.
To our members, you are our most important piece of the OGS family.  Your safety and wellbeing has weighed heavily on my mind in all of the decisions we have made to date.  I have been humbled and honored to speak or exchange emails with many of you since this situation came up.  Your comments of support and appreciation have been uplifting and I have expressed the flavor of these to the board.
Oklahomans are known for the Oklahoma Standard.  We respond in crisis by taking care of our friends, families and those we don’t know.  In all likelihood, OGS will not be receiving any funding though the balance of this fiscal year which ends June 30.
We ask that you please support OGS by staying current or extending your membership, getting someone to join OGS or make a donation.  Any amount of donation will be helpful for us to maintain until we can re-open.  The recently passed Care Act will allow individuals to deduct up to $300 off their federal taxes even if you do not itemize.
We have been touched with the acts of kindness toward OGS during this critical time.  Several have extended their memberships with one increasing their membership to a lifetime membership.  Some have made donations and to date 51 out of 57 contacted have kept their Spring Seminar registration for the rescheduled time of November 21, 2020.
We will get through this and OGS will be stronger.  In the days/weeks ahead we will continue to update you and work toward making it fun to interact so we can go back to what I am sure will be a changed new normal life.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at president@okgensoc.org.
Thank you for your support and being a part of the OGS family.
Mike Birdsong, President OGS

OGS Resource Center Closed

OGS Resource Center is closed!
We regret having to take this step, but the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and visitors are of the utmost importance.

OGS COVID-19 Update

Sunday March 15, 2020, the Center for Disease Control issued new guidance regarding gatherings of 50 people.  The guidance recommends that events that meet this criteria should be canceled or postponed for an eight-week period starting March 15, 2020 through May 10, 2020.  To protect the health of our members, volunteers and guests, OGS will be postponing OGS sponsored events during this time period. 

This postponement includes the April 6, 2020 and May 4, 2020 OGS Monday meetings.  This also includes the May 2, 2020 Civil War program slated for the Oklahoma History Center with Mike Sheriff.  OGS is exploring options to potentially deliver the monthly meetings via webinar.  We appreciate your understanding and support.  If you have any questions or concerns please email me at president@okgensoc.org.  We will keep you informed on OGS activities as we go forward.

A Class for May 2020

“Indian Territory's Involvement in the Civil War”
Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 2:00-3:30 pm CST
A Living History Presentation by Mike Sheriff
A living history presentation by Mike Sheriff, an avid historian, an OHC docent; and presenter of multiple living history characters to thousands of people, both children and adults across Oklahoma.

First Families of the Twin Territories (FFTT)

Oklahoma and Indian Territories 

A Project of the
Oklahoma Genealogical Society

An Invitation to the Descendants
of the Early Settlers of Oklahoma
(prior to November 16th, 1907)

Are you eligible to become a member?
Read more about it here...

An Invitation for Settlers & Builders of Oklahoma

The Settlers and Builders of Oklahoma, under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, was founded to recognize, honor, and perpetuate the memory of the residents that helped build the new State of Oklahoma from statehood, 16 Nov 1907 through 31 Dec 1929. Note: Anyone that resided in the Twin Territories prior to statehood is also eligible for the OGS First Families of the Twin Territories Lifetime Membership. You can nominate anyone you believe should be honored for their contribution(s) to the settling and/or building of Oklahoma.  Get more information here.

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Corporate Sponsors
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OGS Recognizes
Corporate Sponsors
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April 6
OGS General Meeting
Meeting is cancelled due to COVID-19.  Look for announcements when meetings will resume.
April 11
Computer SIG
This meeting has been cancelled. Look for announcements when the OGS Resource Center will reopen.
May 4
OGS General Meeting
Chad Williams will present “Newspapers.com”
May 9
Computer SIG
The meeting will have a presentation on the use of the computer as a tool for your Genealogical research.  The topic and speaker will be announced about two weeks before the meeting on this site.  ...
June 1
OGS General Meeting
Our own Mahlon Erickson will speak on a topic to be determined.