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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.


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.

March 2015 Events of Interest


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: Hart County Adult Learning Center

Cost: free and open to the public

Stop by and visit the COGS table at the Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society's Genealogy EXPO Saturday, March 14th in Hartwell, GA. We would love to tell you about our group and show you the books about Clarke and Oconee Counties we have for sale.

The EXPO will be held at the Hart County Adult Learning Center next to the Hart County Library, 150 Benson Street, Hartwell GA from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Visit to learn more about the EXPO.





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

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