Avoiding Beginner Mistakes Class
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm CST

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"Avoiding Beginner Mistakes" via Webinar
Speaker:     James E. Ike, genealogist, OGS board member, leader of OGS Special Interest Group
Registration Fee: $30.00  (OGS Members: $25.00)
OGS Members must be logged in to receive the member discount.
All of us make mistakes especially when we are new to a task. We must learn from our mistakes or take formal training before the beginning of a task. Jim will discuss how to avoid mistakes, get organized, record references/sources, keep copies of documents, look for multiple name spellings and knicknames, interview relatives, and use census records.  This presentation will review many of the mistakes that beginners and some seasoned genealogists have or will make in the future based on the past mistakes of many seasoned genealogists.
Jim Ike, retired engineer, Genealogist for over 20 years, member of OGS Board of Directors for 18 years, and leader of OGS Special Interest Groups focused on computers and genealogy for 11 years.

Genealogy 101 Class
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CDST

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"Genealogy 101" via Webinar
Speaker:     La Nell Shores, Past President & current boardmember of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society
Registration Fee: $10.00  (OGS Members: $5.00)
OGS Members must be logged in to receive the member discount.
This is a refresher course for the seasoned genealogist or a beginner course for the one just starting out.
La Nell brings great knowledge, service and enthusiasm to the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.  She is currently the Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s Corresponding Secretary, Librarian and Acquisitions Chair, and teaches the Legacy Family Tree software user group via Zoom for our Special Interest Group.  She has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. She is a Past President of Oklahoma Genealogical Society and active board member for about 20 years. She is a member of Daughters of the American Revolution where she served 3 terms as Regent of Council Grove Chapter among so many other accomplishments. La Nell has achieved all this while also being married to Michael Shores for 55 years, mother of 3, grandmother of 8, great grandmother of 2 and retired tax preparer and accountant for a CPA until her retirement in 2007! No doubt about it, La Nell will set you on the right course for success in beginning your Genealogical journey.

Monday, 6:00pm CDST, April 5, 2021

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"The Leeds Method of Organizing Your DNA Matches" via Webinar
Speaker:    Dana Leeds, Lecturer/Presenter, DNA Specialist, & Genealogist.
Dana Leeds worked with DNA as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center in the early 1990s and later taught middle school science in Tulsa after earning her BS in Biology Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She became interested in genealogy in 1998 working with her own families. In recent years, she has combined her passions for science, genealogy, and education as a process innovator, blogger, and speaker focusing on genetic genealogy and its value in working with traditional genealogy brick walls as well as unknown parentage cases.

She is internationally known for her pioneering genetic genealogy process, the Leeds Method, which visually organizes DNA matches into clusters often showing four grandparent lines. This process allows the researcher to focus on a specific section of their family tree. She has shared this method and its benefits at i4GG’s International Genetic Genealogy Conference, RootsTech, and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ annual conference, as well as with local, regional, and online organizations. Dana enjoys taking the mystery out of DNA by putting powerful, user-friendly tools into the hands of genealogists of all skill levels.
Monthly programs are free for members and non-members alike, but we encourage you to join!  Your membership dues help us to provide more and better resources for the genealogical community.

OGS Gift Certificates Available

OGS LogoOGS is offering $25 Gift Certificates for sale this year.  OGS gift certificates can be used towards classes, seminars, webinars, publications, First Families of the Twin Territories (FFTT) and Builders & Settlers memberships.  They make great gifts for your genealogist friends.

New 65th Anniversary Products

Introducing our new 65th Anniversary products! 
The company, Teespring, has our official logo, and an OGS storefront showcasing 12 products we have selected to have imprinted with our logo.  Each product is shown on their website.  As you click on any product, additional information is available in color choices, sizing, etc.  There is also a choice of gold or black lettering on each product.
The company is located in Kentucky and affords us the opportunity of a much-needed fundraiser without any upfront expenditure.  Each person orders from the interactive website, and the merchandise is shipped directly to them.  The product line is extensive, and we may add or delete products at any time.
The company has a great reputation; the samples we ordered were good quality, with minimal, if any shrinkage, when laundered, and their no-minimum purchase plan fit our current financial state of affairs.
We hope to see YOU soon, wearing some OGS 65th Pride!   

OGS Resource Center closed until further notice

We are playing it safe. The Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s Resource Center will remain closed for the time being.  We will monitor the COVID-19 conditions on the ground while working to ensure we have the supplies and guidance on how to properly sanitize the Resource Center.  Our responsibility is to be prepared for our guests, volunteers, members, and board members to be safe and have a comfortable experience.
Look for more information as we continue to develop ways for you to enjoy genealogy with webinars and classes.  More to come soon and thank you for your patience and support.  We are truly humbled by the response of our members.
You are welcome to provide any feedback to us by emailing president@okgensoc.org.

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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March 6
Avoiding Beginner Mistakes
Jim Ike will present a class on "Avoiding Beginner Mistakes",
March 13
Computer SIG
Jim Ike will present "1950 Census: Are You Ready?"  The meetings will not be held at the Resource Center until the Covid-19 virus issues are more in control.  We will be hosting the meetings on ...
March 23
Genealogy 101 Class
La Nell Shores will present the class "Genealogy 101".
April 5
OGS General Meeting
Dana Leeds will present “The Leeds Method of Organizing Your DNA Matches”
April 10
Computer SIG
The meetings will not be held at the Resource Center until the Covid-19 virus issues are more in control.  We will be hosting the meetings on Zoom until further notice.  The SIG meetings are open ...