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Have you ever looked at your family recipes with a genealogist's eye? Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press), will explore various aspects of your family's heirloom recipes at our February meeting. Click on our Meetings page to learn more about this and future events.

Meanwhile, explore our website, Facebook feed, and Pinterest boards; follow us on Twitter; and join the COGS Facebook group to post queries and share with fellow COGS members.

There are many free webinars available online. Give these a try:

Legacy Family Tree / Rootstech

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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.


Volunteers are frequently needed to assist 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.

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.


The May 2015 COGS Quarterly was emailed to members on June 1st. 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!

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will be moving to Athens and the Georgia Center of Continuing Education on the UGA campus in 2017!

IGHR is one of four prestigious genealogical institures in the US and the only one with special emphases on Southern Research. The Georgia Genealogical Society has been chosen "to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education." Learn more about IGHR on their website.

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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