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Need more time in the Heritage Room or help scanning family photos and documents? Join us for the Night Owl Prowl genealogy research lock-in at the Athens-Clarke County Library on October 26! You may register online, by mail, or in the Heritage Room. Visit the Meetings page for more details and to register for this event. We hope you will also join us November 3 to learn how to conduct and preserve family oral histories.

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.

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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.


Research Help

You will find researchers for hire at the following websites:

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists

Georgia Genealogical Society

 

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StoryCorps is coming to Athens to record, preserve, and share the stories in our community, October 14 - November 11. They will give you a copy of your recording and send another to the archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The StoryCorps Mobile Booth will be located in the ACC Library parking lot. Learn more about this opportunity to share and preserve your story on the StoryCorps website.


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.

The Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) was chosen "to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education." Learn more on the IGHR website and IGHR Facebook page.


Many Clarke County probate records are available free online at FamilySearch.org. 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.


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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