As announced at the October OGS Monthly meeting, Mike Birdsong, President, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, will be hosting an online Townhall event, Tuesday October 19, 2021, from 6 pm to 7 pm CDT.
I have talked with many OGS members, and it seems many have questions on how OGS will operate during and someday post COVID.
This two-way discussion will allow you to voice your thoughts/ideas for OGS on events, programs and topics as well as hear about OGS plans for 2022. There are some new and exciting items coming soon for OGS members so you will not want to miss this.
Come hear all the news and we are excited to hear your ideas to help the OGS Board continue to give you the best genealogical experience possible.
Monday, 6:00pm CDT, November 1, 2021
"Combining DNA & Traditional Research: In-Depth Case Studies"
Speaker: Michelle Leonard, M.A. PgCert, Professional Genealogist, DNA Detective, Author and Historian
Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, author, speaker, historian and the official genetic genealogist of #AncestryHour. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, specialising in solving unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA expertise and traditional research methodologies. She also undertakes conventional family history research, living relative tracing, media consultation, lecturing, coaching, podcasts, webinars, speaking engagements, teaching DNA courses, and article, blog and book writing commissions. Additionally, she is known for her work on the WW1 Fromelles Genealogy Project, is a co-author of 'Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians' and is a regular speaker at major genealogy events.
DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family tree research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it's essential to combine it with traditional research. This presentation will concentrate on several in-depth case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine long-established research methodologies with DNA test results analysis. The case studies will cover verification of family tree lines, the breaking of brick walls and the solving of hitherto unfathomable mysteries. Michelle will include lots of her top hints and tips along the way and show that the techniques employed are universal and can be applied to your own DNA research.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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.
Special Message to OGS Members
To: Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS) Members
OGS is finding it necessary in order to maintain the outstanding programs and services and meet the challenges of the post pandemic business model, we will need to have a small price increase to our membership dues as of January 1, 2022.
The increased cost of doing business, coupled with the significant impact COVID has had on OGS finances led to the first dues increase since 2013. This will raise the current individual membership dues from $25 to $30 and family memberships from $30 to $40. (*** See below for a remarkable offer ***)
As part of the OGS family, you see firsthand the value of your membership. Once the pandemic hit, OGS was able to immediately shift to online for presentations, monthly meetings, and classes. Additional benefits to an OGS memberships are:
• Discounts to OGS Spring and Fall Seminars (Yes, they are back on the schedule for 2022)
• Discounts to classes, events, and sales publications
• Access to the OGS web site Members Only section for research and recordings of past programs
• Nationally renowned speakers for OGS Monthly Meetings and annual events
• ***New for 2022***-Members Only Monthly Electronic newsletter
• More new items to come for 2022
We are hoping this does not greatly affect our membership. Our goal has always been to provide the OGS family with the most value and best experience possible. As always, we value you as a member of our genealogical family and appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times. See attached FAQs sheet for more specific information.
If you have any questions or need additional information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 405-637-1907.
Between now and December 31, 2021, you can lock in your current dues of $25 for individual and $30 for family memberships for up to the next five years. Simply sign in to your OGS website account and access the renew membership button.
First Families of the Twin Territories (FFTT)
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.
Reopening of the Resource Center
We are reopening the Resource Center. Due to the COVID-19 spike, we will be open by appointment only. Please call 405-637-1907 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
To protect our visitors and volunteers, the number of persons in the building will be limited, masks and vaccinations will be required.
For more information about the Resource Center, click here.
Oklahoma Genealogical Society Needs You!
We have a great need for someone who can work from home, who can find and work through the paperwork in obtaining grants to help us keep the doors open through the Covid Outbreak. If you are our person please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working from home gives you the opportunity to help us preserve our states History for future generations.