The Edmond Genealogical Society (EGS) was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
Our purpose, as stated in the EGS Constitution, adopted in December, 1991:
- Bring together interested persons for discussion in the field of genealogy
- To study methods of research
- To assist its members in their genealogical research and compilations, particularly beginners in the field
- To issue publications when deemed beneficial to the membership
- To collect and preserve genealogical material and historical data
- To work and cooperate with other genealogical departments, societies, and libraries in the state
- To provide assistance for genealogical and historical research for the Edmond Historical Society patrons and museum staff
We are here to encourage the science of genealogy; to help others gather genealogical information; and to preserve, protect and publish information of importance. We are here to serve visitors as well as our members.
Web site overview:
- Society History and information
- Where we meet
- Our management
- What we have
EGS Meeting and Program for February 18, 2019: Walt Stoyanoski, EGS Member, speaking on the topic - "The GEDCom Explained".
Walt Stoyanoski, EGS and OGS Member, will present his program at the Monday, February 18th meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1315 East 33rd Street.
Free genealogy assistance is available for those who come early (5:30 p.m.) to the meeting.
Most genealogists will likely encounter the term "GEDCom" when working on their family trees. But, what is that exactly? "GEDCom" is an acronym standing for Genealogical Data Communication and are text only files. GEDCom files are used to quickly transfer information either from one researcher to another or to create family trees on another computer or website. Using GEDCom files make the process far more accurate and quicker.
However, these files contain large blocks of text and can be difficult to read and understand.
Walt's program will explain what GEDCom files are, how to navigate through them and how we can use them in our genealogy research.
Walt Stoyanoski became interested in genealogy shortly after retiring from the Accounting and Finance Division of Tinker Air Force Base. One day, Walt and his mother were looking through his late aunt's genealogy research. That inspired a search for his great-grandmother's grave. Walt was hooked! He is now trying to improve on his aunt's work and document the information she was unable to find.
Walt enjoys the challenging detective work and the reward of walking where his ancestors did. He is a member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS), OHCE Genealogy Group, OKC Computer Genealogy Club, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Tulsa Genealogical Society, Rock County Genealogical Society (Wisconsin), and the Hardwick Historical Society (Massachusetts).
The Edmond Genealogical Society meeting is free and open to the public, beginning with a social time at 6:00 p.m. The program will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Enter through the doors at the rear of the church building. The church offers plenty of parking and is fully handicapped accessible.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists and historians. Membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research.
Next month's presentation, on March 18th 2019, will feature speaker, Andrea Aven, EGS President, who will present "Researching Irish Genealogy". The meeting will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Edmond.