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The Ottawa County (Oklahoma) Genealogical Society wants to invite you to become members of our great group. Member or not, check back here for updates and information. Likewise, feel free to add information, documents, photos and data to our pages. Hopefully we can even get a spirited discussion or two on genealogical resources begun. – Carrie Cook, Webmaster

April 2017 Meeting

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Program this month is “Miami Tribal History and Family Research presented by Miami Tribal Archivist, Meghan Dorey.

Time: 6:00 PM, refreshments; 6:30 PM, program and meeting

Place: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1410 NE Veterans Blvd, Miami, Oklahoma: As leaving Miami to the north on Main, turn right at Braum’s onto Veterans BLVD (heading East) the Church is on the right (South).

February 2017 Meeting

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February 20, 2017 (President’s Day)
Hostess: Fredrea Cook
Place: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1410 NE Veterans Blvd, Miami, Oklahoma: As leaving Miami to the north on Main, turn right at Braum’s onto Veterans BLVD (heading East) the Church is on the right (South).
Time: 6:00 PM, refreshments; 6:30 PM, program and meeting
Program: Jordan Boyd presents Tools for the Genealogist: This presentation will include going to cover some tools this museum professional and long time genealogist finds useful when doing research and what some possibilities are out there for different areas of research.

Consider a short trip for Educational Value

This just in:

The Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS) presents a one day DNA Seminar Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the Schweitzer United Methodist Church, 2747 East Sunshine, Springfield, Missouri.

The instructor, Patti Lee Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist,. holds a BA degree in biology. She is a lifetime OGS member and works part-time as a professional genealogist. She works occasionally in the Local History and Genealogy department at the Springfield-Greene County Library.

Hobbs instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional genealogical research in original records. She has presented numerous workshops locally and regionally. She also teaches at the week-long Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will be teaching in a DNA course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at its new location in Athens, Georgia.

Sessions include:  An Overview of Genetic Genealogy;  Researching the Patrilineal and Matrilineal Lines through Y-DNA and Mt-DNA Testing; Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines;

Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results; and gedmatch.com: An Invaluable Tool for Autosomal DNA Analysis

The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. The cost of the seminar is $25 and optional lunch for an additional $7.  In order to receive the syllabus and order lunch, you must register by March 5. Additional seminar details, a registration form or online registration is available at the OGS website: http://www.ozarksgs.org. For other questions call 417.883.0692.

January 2017 Meeting

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January 16, 2017 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Hostess: Cari Allen
Place: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1410 NE Veterans Blvd, Miami, Oklahoma: As leaving Miami to the north on Main, turn right at Braum’s onto Veterans BLVD (heading East) the Church is on the right (South).
Time: 6:00 PM, refreshments; 6:30 PM, program and meeting

Join us as we find out how our Adopt a Brick Wall projects concluded from November!

A tip from another genealogical group sounds like something we could take advantage of…
I am sure each of you has found a brick wall at some point in your research from which you have either faced severe frustration or have totally put aside without completion. So a little help from your friends may be just the solution you need to get back on track.
The suggestion is that everyone should bring one of his/her brick walls to the next meeting (January 2017), along with copies of last known facts, family group sheet for problem area and one for descendant. At that meeting each one draws a name of a member and is given the brick wall info needed. Each of us then will research the problem from our own resources and tricks and bring the info back with us to the next meeting when this discovered info can be shared. Each one will make a brief report of what we found and hand it to the person to whom it belongs.
The other group called this ADOPTION and since we all research differently, there is no telling what could be located. Adoption not only assisted with member research and technique, it will bring us closer to the heart of our focus here…

Sherry Rollins, 2016 Vice President

November 2016 Meeting

November 21, 2016
Hostess –  Carrie and Fredrea Cook
Program: Adopt a Brick Wall

A tip from another genealogical group sounds like something we could take advantage of…
I am sure each of you has found a brick wall at some point in your research from which you have either faced severe frustration or have totally put aside without completion. So a little help from your friends may be just the solution you need to get back on track.
The suggestion is that everyone should bring one of his/her brick walls to the next meeting, along with copies of last known facts, family group sheet for problem area and one for descendant. At that meeting each one draws a name of a member and is given the brick wall info needed. Each of us then will research the problem from our own resources and tricks and bring the info back with us to the next meeting when this discovered info can be shared. Each one will make a brief report of what we found and hand it off to the person to whom it belongs.

The other group called this ADOPTION and since we all research differently, there is no telling what could be located. Adoption not only assisted with member research and technique, it will bring us closer to the heart of our focus here.

As our very next meeting will also be our nominating meeting, this will be a perfect rounding out of the meeting. Please commit to this for a really good time and progress of our purpose. With our Christmas art being the following month, we can actually have an extra time to do the research without stressing and make our presentations in January as a whiz bang start of a new year.
From – Sherry Rollins, Vice President

Place: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1410 NE Veterans Blvd, Miami, Oklahoma: As leaving Miami to the north on Main, turn right at Braum’s onto Veterans BLVD (heading East) the Church is on the right (South).
Time: 6:00 PM, light refreshments; 6:30 PM, program and meeting

October 2016 Meeting

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October 17, 2016
Hostess – Jim and Sherry Rollins
Program: Tim Field, Har-Ber Village: He has agreed to give us an interesting talk regarding the history of the village with a connection to the people in the area and relationships. 
Place: Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma
Time: 6:00 PM for refreshments and networking, 6:30 PM to start the meeting

September Picnic (No Meeting – 2016)

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Indoor Picnic – no worries for weather!

No host or meeting – just food and fun: OCGS will provide buffalo burgers, plates and such, potluck for the rest – contact Secretary Carolyn L. to get on the list if bringing anything.
Place: Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma
Time: 6:00 PM

August 2016 Meeting

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August 15. 2016
Hostess – Olive and Chuck Goad
Program:
Place: Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma
Time: 6:00 PM for refreshments and networking, 6:30 PM to start the meeting

Remember you can always find information on the next meeting at our website at http://www.ottawacountygenealogy.com and many times our Facebook page.

June 2016 Meeting

Monday, June 20, 2016
Hostess – Grace Goodeagle with fry bread, dried corn soup and grape dumpling refreshments.
Program: Group Participation – New research technique or tool. This month’s program will be an opportunity for attendees to share a skill or resource that has been helpful to them recently.
Place: Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami, Oklahoma
Time: 6:00 PM for refreshments and networking, 6:30 PM to start the meeting

May OCGS meeting

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Join us Monday evening, May 16, 2016 for our May monthly meeting. Our speaker this month will be Talon Silverhorn: family history and honoring your elders. We will again be meeting in Miami, OK at the 1st National Bank Community Room (1749 North Main Street). Hostess Elizabeth Goad will have refreshments ready at 6PM while the meeting is slated to begin at the usual time of 6:30 PM.