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family reunionPlanning a family reunion? Join us in June as Bettina Allred shares ideas for making family reunions fun and informative. Go to our meetings page for more details!

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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 you are guaranteed to find fascinating information. 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!

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

GGS is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help organize and host IGHR 2017 in Athens. Check out the GGS 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

African-American Family History Research

Need assistance with African-American family history research? COGS member and African-American genealogist Mae Beckett Castenell has graciously agreed to field your questions! You may contact Mae by email or phone 706-316-3949.



Due to an unforseen illness, the February 2017 Quarterly has been postponed. The November 2016 COGS Quarterly was emailed to members on December 5th. If you did not receive your copy, please email COGS and let us know. Not a member? Click the Join button on the menu bar above.

We encourage members to submit material for our Quarterly. This might include articles to assist others with their genealogical research, personal stories of genealogical or historical value, event announcements, or transcribed records. If you are not sure, send it anyway and let us decide! We want this publication to represent all of our members.

IGHR is Moving to 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 23-28, 2017!

IGHR is one of four prestigious genealogical institutes in the US and the only one with special emphasis on Southern Research. Your support is needed to keep this educational opportunity in our own "backyard". Registration is now open.

The Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) has been chosen "to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education." Learn more on the IGHR GA website, IGHR GA Facebook page, and in the Feb. 2016 COGS Quarterly.

IGHR Courses July 23-28, 2017 in Athens, GA- eleven week long classes from beginner to advanced all under one roof!

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.

Support COGS! For an annual membership fee of just $15 you will receive a quarterly newsletter and notification about all of our programs. Your dues are also used to 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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