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Happy Holidays! This time of year presents wonderful opportunities to ask questions, listen to the family stories, and preserve traditions as you spend time with your family. Then start off the new year with COGS as Ashley Shull presents the ins and outs of DNA testing on January 19th. Visit the Meetings page for more details.

Until then, we encourage you to explore our website, past meetings, Facebook feed, and Pinterest boards; follow us on Twitter; and join the COGS Facebook group to post queries and share with fellow COGS members.

Meeting Page last updated November 14, 2018

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COGS is a society of people that love Genealogy and Family History Research. COGS is your local learning place. We can assist you in your quest to discover your roots with attention to the highest standards in the genealogy field. Turn your solitary research into a collaborative effort. Learn from others, attend programs, field trips, and make friends that will enrich your ability to search your family's history with accuracy.  

At each meeting you will meet fellow researchers seeking family and ancestors, not just in Clarke County or Oconee County, GA, but in regions all over the US and the world. Spread the word, bring a friend. Today is the day to find out something new about who you are. It is fun, friendly and no prior experience is necessary!! Researchers of all ages are welcome. Simply attend a meeting and find out what COGS is all about.

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Volunteers are frequently needed to assist COGS with publications, provide refreshments, and serve as officers. Let us know if you are able to help!

FamilySearch is always searching for volunteers to index records. Learn how YOU can help make historical records more accessible by visiting the FamilySearch website.

GGS is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help organize and host IGHR 2019 in Athens. Check out the IGHR website to learn about volunteer opportunities.



IGHR is now in Athens! Ready to improve your research skills? The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will be held in Athens at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on the University of Georgia campus, July 21 - 26, 2019!

The FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo is a free public event on Saturday, July 20, 2019 also at the Georgia Center! This includes presentations by FamilySearch personnel and a guest speaker, a bookstore, and genealogy and history related vendor and society booths, including expo sponsor FamilySearch, IGHR host Georgia Genealogical Society, and COGS!

IGHR is one of four prestigious genealogical institutes in the US and the only one with special emphasis on Southern Research.

Learn more on the IGHR website and IGHR Facebook page.

Many Clarke County probate records are available free online at Visit our Court Records page to see which records have been indexed by our members to make these records more accessible! If an external index is not available, look for an index within each volume.


Research Help

You will find researchers for hire at the following websites:

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists

Georgia Genealogical Society


Support COGS! For an annual membership fee of just $15 you will receive notification about all of our programs, help pay honorariums for speakers, purchase resources for local libraries, and offset costs for special events and preservation of historical data. COGS membership provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with and learn from others who share your interest.

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