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Dues:
Annual dues are $15 per household. Please complete the Membership Application whether you are joining for the first time or renewing your membership.

Meetings:
The Society meets monthly on the third Saturday at 2:00 pm, usually at the Athens Regional Library, but often at other locations. Meetings are announced in the COGS Quarterly, via email, and at this web site on the Meetings page. Members are encouraged to attend meetings as much information is shared by members in one-on-one discussions where a common area of interest is discovered.

Check out the photos of members and guests as they enjoy some of the many COGS activities.

Special Interest Groups:
Special interst groups provide an informal opportunity for members working in particular areas of research to get together to problem solve and focus on resources and techniques available to assist them with their research. Currently we have one active special interest group- "African American Research". Meetings are usually posted on the Meetings page along with the general meetings..

Newsletter:
The COGS Quarterly contains Society news, research information, local historical data and narratives, free queries, computer news, convention notices, and information on classes which are available to members.

Purpose:
The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society (C.O.G.S.) was organized September 1987 in Athens, Georgia (home of the University of Georgia). The goal of the organization is to help further individual genealogical research efforts, knowledge, and techniques by way of our general meetings, roundtables, workshops, special interest groups, field trips, publications, and quarterly newsletter. The Society also promotes the collection and preserving of information relative to Clarke and Oconee Counties and the surrounding areas.

Scope:
Research materials and resources are not limited to Clarke and Oconee Counties or to the southeastern states as we realize that many people are researching other parts of the U.S. and the world. Working together, we are able to help these people locate local sources for the information they are seeking.

Mission:
1). Collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to genealogical and related historical, biographical, and heraldic data; 2). Encourage accurate research in these fields; 3). Adhere to practices of accuracy and thoroughness in research; 4). Champion ethical standards and discourage and oppose incompetent and disreputable practices and researchers; 5). Foster careful documentation and scholarly writing; 6). Issue publications; and 7). Encourage and provide scholarly training for all interested in these endeavors.

Accomplishments:
C.O.G.S. has donated genealogical related materials to the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room in Athens, the Oconee County Library Genealogy Room in Watkinsville, the University of Georgia Hargrett Library Georgiana Collection in Athens, and the Latter Day Saints Family History Center also in Athens.

C.O.G.S. donated $3000 to the Athens-Clarke County Library Endowment Fund, $500 to the Oconee Library Genealogy program, and $100 to the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery restoration fund. $500 was also given to the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room specifically for binding materials as needed.

In 2007, a Z46 Digital Reader/Printer/Scanner and quality color laser printer was presented to the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room by COGS in honor of 20 years of Genealogy and Family History Research in the Athens area. This state of the art digital reader/printer allows users to download images from microfilm to a flash drives, a disk, or email. Additionally, this new reader/printer has Adobe Photoshop, with image enhancement software that can help improve dim, dark, light or fuzzy images so they will be more readable!

C.O.G.S. is a bronze level charter member of The Friends of the Georgia Archives.

Through the efforts of our members, the Society researched, organized, and published Cemetery Inscriptions of Oconee County, Georgia in 1994, Oconee County, Georgia Marriage Records 1875 - 1920 in 2002, Clarke County, Georgia, Tax Digests 1847-1850 in 2004, Clarke County, Georgia, Tax Digests 1811-1820 in 2005, and Clarke County, Georgia, Tax Digests 1821-1830 in 2006.

In partnership with the Athens-Clarke County Library's Heritage Room, C.O.G.S. has co-hosted several "Night Owl Prowls" to provide genealogical researchers time to research after hours in the Athens-Clarke County Library.

C.O.G.S. maintains a Family Card File which is cross referenced, a Surnames Vertical File which contains queries and ancestor charts received by the Society, and a List of Researchers for Hire. C.O.G.S. does not accept research requests at this time; however, members have listed surnames they are researching in Georgia in hopes of connecting with others researching their line..

 

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