June 15 OGS Annual Meeting Choice

Hi Everyone,
As you know our June meeting originally scheduled for June 1st has been moved to Monday June 15th at 6 pm.  The meeting will have a presentation by one of our favorite speakers Nancy Calhoun.  Since this meeting is also our Annual Business Meeting, we will  be voting on Board Members.  Jim Ike, La Nell Shores, Walt Stoyanoski, June Stone and Paul Woods are all running for re-election.  Additionally, we will vote on some proposed bylaws that are important to the continued success of your society.
To ensure you are comfortable there are two ways to attend and participate in the Annual Business Meeting.
1.      You can sign up and attend the meeting via webinar.  We have established a way for our members to vote via webinar so your vote will count.
2.      You can attend the meeting in person at the Oklahoma History Center.  The room will be set up to accommodate proper social distancing and we will try and create a touch less process.  The chairs will be sanitized and there will be no tables except those tables used for the production of the meeting.  The refreshment table will not be offered per CDC guidelines.

We understand there are two sides in responding to COVID-19 and we respect your wishes.  Whether you attend in person or via webinar your safety, health and comfort level is important to us.  It is your choice so make the right one for you.
Thanks for being a member of OGS.  We will continue to work our way through this with you in mind.
Mike Birdsong
President OGS

OGS Resource Center

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.

OGS Needs Your Help - Update

Oklahoma Genealogical Society
Oklahoma Genealogical Society Needs Your Help - Update
On behalf of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS) Board and all our members goes a big thank you for your response to our plea for help.  We have received several generous donations, new memberships, members converting their annual memberships to lifetime memberships, new First Families of the Twin Territories applications and purchases of our new sales products.  We thank you for each gesture and each dollar is important and will be used to sustain and help OGS recover.
For those still deciding we have added another donation route to help OGS.  You can use PayPal to make donations to your favorite charity.
The Oklahoma Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization and we depend on donations, memberships, classes, and seminars to operate.  COVID-19 has been hard on OGS.  The Research Center is temporarily closed, and we have had to cancel classes and other major fundraising events, so we need your support now more than ever.  While our income has dwindled our bills have not changed.
Donations no matter how small will end up helping in the months ahead.  Here are ways you can help:
One-time donation: Donates of any size are greatly appreciated.  You can donate online at okgensoc.org.  Just click on the donation button you see on our landing page or go to the left side of the page and you will find a donate button. You can also mail a check to OGS, PO Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK, 73157.  We are an all-volunteer organization so 100% of your donation goes toward OGS.
Membership: Consider renewing your membership, extending your membership to a lifetime membership, or get someone else to join.  All membership plans are on our web site at okgensoc.org.  Left side of page under Join OGS Online.
Amazon Smile: For members that purchase things through Amazon, you can designate OGS as your charity of choice.  Amazon will donate a % of the sale proceeds to OGS.  This is of no cost to the consumer.  You simply order from Amazon Smile which is a mirror of your regular Amazon page.  For more information OGS has a button on our main web page at okgensoc.org.
PayPal: You can use PayPal to donate to your favorite charity. You can also set up OGS as your charity of choice. PayPal will donate a % of the sales proceeds to OGS much like Amazon Smile.
OGS Sales Products: OGS has added six new products are available for sale.  Please shop our store at okgensoc.org and purchase some of the new products.
First Families of the Twin Territories and the Settlers and Builders of Oklahoma:  Apply for FFTT and/or S&B of Oklahoma and join these prestigious programs. For more information on these outstanding programs visit okgensoc.org under the Lineage Groups and Project tab on the left side of the page.
The OGS Board of Directors thank you for your generous support and consideration.

COVID-19 Update & Letter from OGS President

May 5, 2020
COVID-19 Update from OGS President
Good morning OGS Members
First let me say thank you for being part of the OGS family.  Your recent support and encouragement has been great and your OGS Board is working hard as we are in uncharted waters.
OGS Board has met several times via Zoom to develop and implement a strategy to keep OGS moving forward as we try and figure out the impact of COVID-19.  The plan called OGS Sustain and Recovery Plan will focus on 4 key areas to help OGS survive and hopefully come out of this pandemic in good shape.  Each Board member has worked tirelessly in the development of the plan.
While we are working hard on our plan, we are also trying to create some form of normalcy by continuing to have our monthly meetings via webinar.  We hope you have enjoyed the webinars.  Please note the June Monthly and Annual Meeting has been moved to June 15 at 6:00 pm.  It is too early to announce if it will be by webinar or in-person or a combination of both.
One of the items on the agenda for the Annual Meeting will be a Members vote on several proposed amendments to the OGS Constitution and Bylaws.  During this time of the pandemic the OGS Board has reviewed some of our processes and took this opportunity to propose some amendments to make our process more defined and improved.
Please review the proposed amendments and be prepared to vote at the meeting Monday June 15, 2020.
Part of our focused plan is to provide you with some new things to do with genealogy until we can come out to play again.  This includes some specials on memberships, new products and much more.
OGS is following the Oklahoma City phased opening plan.  The Research center is still closed until further notice and in person events are postponed until at least June 15.  We will be monitoring the process by ensuring our members, volunteers and guests are as safe as possible.
This is not how we envisioned celebrating OGS 65th birthday but we will try our best to celebrate and work hard to make sure OGS is alive and well 65 years from now.
In the coming days look for ways you can help OGS sustain and survive this pandemic.  Even though many parts of Oklahoma is opening the virus is still here and active.  Stay safe, stay well, and keep on being healthy.
Mike Birdsong
President Oklahoma Genealogical Society

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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.

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)

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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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