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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 January 19, 2015: Pam Tarling - "Witches of New England"
Pam Tarling to speak about the Witches of New England by Carolyn Leonard
Pamela J. Tarling was delighted to learn her grandmother was a tried and convicted witch in Salem, Massachusetts.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK with a social time at 6:15 pm, program begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
She will tell the story of her 11th great grandmother, Mary Perkins Bradbury, at the January 19th meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society (EGS) in the Edmond Museum. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark time in American history. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and twenty were killed during the hysteria.
"My grandmother was not hanged and we believe it was because of the family's stature in the community and, possibly, royal relatives in England," Tarling said. "I believe it most assuredly had to do with their money."
According to Wikipedia, witnesses testified that Mary Bradbury assumed animal forms and that she cast spells upon ships. Despite more than a hundred neighbors and townspeople testifying on her behalf, Ms Bradbury was found guilty of practicing magic and sentenced to death. Her execution was delayed and, by some accounts, she was allowed to escape. Also included in the list of those accused of witchcraft was Captain John Alden Jr., the son of Mayflower crewmember John Alden. Alden spent fifteen weeks in jail before friends broke him out and he escaped to New York where he was later exonerated.
Pam Tarling, a native Oklahoman who lives in Del City, is a member of the 1889er Society and Daughters of the American Revolution, Ebenezer Fletcher Chapter. She is a graduate of Mid-Del Schools, Oklahoma City University and University of Oklahoma. She is currently an employee of DHS, Child Support Services.
The purpose of the Edmond Genealogical Society is to develop and maintain high standards for training and assisting members pertaining to genealogical and related historical research, and to collect and preserve material and historical data.
FYI The Edmond Historical Museum is closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays.
The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/ or www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc
Parking at the Museum is limited and can be a problem. You may need to arrange for drop off or to carpool. For more information on the meeting place, contact Edmond Historical Museum at (405) 340-0078
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