The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
Our purpose, as stated in the EGS Constitution, adopted in December, 1991:
- Bring together persons interested in the field of genealogy
- Assist members and visitors in their research
- Issue publications when deemed beneficial
- Collect and preserve material and historical data
- Work with other groups and libraries in the state
We are here to encourage the science of genealogy; to help others gather genealogical information; and to preserve, protect and publish information of importance. We are here to serve visitors as well as our members.
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Program for December 19, 2016: "The History of Santa Around the World:
(Maybe not) Your Ancestor's Santa Claus"
Jan Beattie, a genealogical and historical researcher for over 40 years, will present a program on the "History of Santa Around the World" at the Edmond Genealogical Society (EGS) meeting on Monday evening December 19.
"Santa's evolution journey is a long and interesting one. The winter holiday gift-giver holds many names around the world as well as differences in appearance and stories of origin. Our ancestors may not have paid homage to the jolly old elf as we do now. If you have ancestors from around the world, they may have celebrated Christmas very differently than we do today and their gifts may have been brought by someone other than Santa Claus."
Beattie earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. As a specialist in microbiology and Infectious Disease from the College of American Pathologists, she spent her career at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was also an adjunct professor at the OU College of Medicine and Health Sciences Center for more than 16 years. Now retired from the medical field, Beattie is involved in several genealogy and lineage-based societies and loves to share her knowledge with others. She has presented numerous programs, seminars and workshops across the state on topics relating to genealogy. She is President of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Genealogy Group in Oklahoma City, and Secretary for the Samuel King Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Edmond. She was Member of the Year for Oklahoma County OHCE for 2016. She is also a board member of the Edmond Genealogical Society, and holds memberships in several other organizations including the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Additionally, Beattie is involved in "cemetery hopping" to help others locate the final resting places of their Oklahoma ancestors. She is currently working on the final printing of the Oklahoma Cemetery Directory.
The EGS meeting will be held at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1315 E. 33rd Street. The meeting is free and open to the public, beginning with a social time at 6:15 p.m. The program will start promptly at 6:30. Enter through the doors at the rear of the building. The church offers plenty of parking and is fully handicap accessible.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists and historians.