dues are $15 per household (limit 2 adults). Please complete the Membership Application whether you are joining for the first time or renewing
your membership. You may pay by cash (in person at one of our events), check, credit card, or PayPal.
are usually held on the third Saturday at 2:00 pm four times a year in the months of February, May, August, and November in the Athens-Clarke
County Public Library Multipurpose Room A, but variations in this schedule are
not uncommon. Special events and activities are usually held in months without meetings, and may include research field trips, expos, holiday celebrations, historical preservation, etc. Meetings, activities, and special events are announced via
email, on Facebook and Twitter, in the COGS Quarterly, and through this web site on theMeetings page.
Although most meetings are free and open to the public, membership
is encouraged to enable C.O.G.S. to bring in quality speakers that will
help further our understanding as family history researchers. Dues are
also used to purchase resources for local libraries and offset costs to preserve historical
Check out the photos of members and guests as they enjoy some of the many COGS activities.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
a bronze level charter member of The Friends of the Georgia Archives.
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.
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.
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..