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Meetings are usually held on the third Saturday at 2:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Public Library auditorium, but variations in this schedule are not uncommon. Meetings are announced in the COGS Quarterly, via email, and at this web site on the Meetings 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 data.


November 2014

Searching for Ancestors in Black Holes: Five Brief Case Studies

Speaker: Dr. John L. Vogt, Jr.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multi-Purpose Room A

Cost: free and open to the public

Author, historian, geographer, and lecturer, Dr. John L. Vogt, Jr., will share with us 5 brief case studies dealing with maiden names, alternate spellings, migration patterns, sorting familes with the same name using land and survey records, and documentation limitations. Dr. Vogt is a founding member of the Genealogical Speaker's Guild and lectures nationally on genealogical research, local history, and manuscript publishing. After 16 years of teaching at UGA, Dr. Vogt established the Iberian Publishing Co., which produces original reference guides and research books on Virginia genealogy and local history.


December 2014

COGS Holiday Party

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multi-Purpose Room A

Cost: free

Bring your favorite finger food.

January 2015

Searching After Sunset

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 6 to 9 pm

Location: Oconee County Library in Watkinsville, Ivy Room

Cost: free

Start the new year discovering your family history. This is an event to assist beginning genealogists.

February 2015

Speaker: Sam Thomas

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time: 2 pm

Location: TBA

Cost: free

More information to follow.

Programs are subject to change. Please check back closer to the meeting date for confirmation. COGS members should watch for meeting reminders via email.

Do you have an idea for a genealogy related program or activity? Contact us at the email address below to share your ideas.


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