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Meetings 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 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.

 


September 2015

My Genealogy Journey, Preserving the Legacy

Speaker: V. Yvonne B. Studevan

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 2 pm

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multipurpose Room A

Cost: free and open to the public

V. Yvonee Studevan will share how she documented her lineage to Richard Allen, founder and first bishop of the oldest Black established organization in America, the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her presentation will include the legacy of Richard Allen, an explanation of the documentation process, photographs of materials and artifacts collected, and family facts on the descendants of Richard and Sarah Allen.

Light refreshments will be provided.


July 2015 Special Event

Tours of Georgia Archives and National Archives in Atlanta

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 am (carpool leaving Athens)

Location: Georgia Archives and National Archives in Atanta

Cost: free (but help with gas if carpooling)

COGS is planning a fieldtrip to the Georgia Archives and National Archives in Atlanta on Saturday, July 18th!

Special tours for COGS have been arranged. Kayla Barrett, archivist at Georgia Archives, is leading the COGS tour in the GA Archives at 10:15 am and Maureen Hill, archivist at the Atlanta National Archives, is leading the COGS tour at 1:30 pm at the National Archives, which is across the parking lot from the GA Archives.

Mary Anne Abbe is arranging carpools for the trip. Please contact her at the following number 706-543-3356. We will leave Walmart - Cracker Barrel parking lot promptly at 8:30 am. This is an all day event; we will return around 7 pm.

You need to bring your lunch, but soft drinks are available in vending machines. Tables and chairs are available indoors in an air conditioned hall. Participants will have a short time for research between tours and afterwards.

Click on the links below to learn more about these archives. We hope you will join us for this special event!

http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/

http://www.georgiaarchives.org/


May 2015

FindAGrave and BillionGraves

Speaker: Beth Whitlock

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 2 pm

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multipurpose Room A

Cost: free and open to the public

Beth Whitlock, Information Services and Heritage Room Librarian, will show us how FindAGrave and BillionGraves can help in your family history research and how you can help others in their research through these sites.

Light refreshments will be provided.


February 2015

Scotch-Irish Devils

Speaker: Sam Thomas, Curator for the TRR Cobb House

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

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multipurpose Room A

Cost: free and open to the public

Sam Thomas, Curator of the TRR Cobb House in Athens, GA, will present "Scotch-Irish Devils" at our February meeting. In 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg, a group of men stood behind the stonewall and prepared to meet in battle their fellow countrymen of the Union Army’s Irish Brigade. This group, all from County Antrim in Ulster, were a part of Tom Cobb’s Georgia Brigade – and they were all kin. In this presentation, we will follow them as they migrated from County Antrim to northeastern Georgia where they formed the backbone of the Confederate defenses on December 13, 1862.

A professional historian with more than 25 years curating, researching, writing, and teaching, Mr. Thomas specializes in Southern Military History and Scotch-Irish Heritage. The author of several works on the Civil War, he is a board member of the Scotch-Irish Society of the USA, a recipient of recognition by the SC House of Representatives for his work in history, and an honorary citizen of Larne, County Antrim. He served as a technical advisor on the Mel Gibson movie “The Patriot” and garnered several college “Outstanding Teacher” awards

Light refreshments will be provided.


 

 

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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