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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 October 20, 2014: Elizabeth Karner - "Tracing Germans from Russia"

Learn about Catherine the Great and why the Germans left Russia for USA
By Carolyn B. Leonard
Elisabeth "Lis" Fink, a German from Russia, came to the United States in 1952 with her parents and five siblings and settled in Oklahoma. Lis will tell her story on Monday, October 20 about their journey and their experiences near St Petersburg for the Edmond Genealogical Society at the Edmond Historical Museum. Lis graduated from Luther High School, completed St Anthony's School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and worked for a number of years as a nurse for Mid-Del Public Schools. Along the way she met and married Franklin Karner, who will assist with her presentation. "In the 1960s my parents contacted the Red Cross about locating our family still in Russia," Lis Karner said, "The Red Cross did give us the name and address of one relative, my mother's sister, but things did not go like we had hoped." Karner's parents sent photos of their children and their farm home south of Luther and excitedly awaited a reply. This was during the Cold War, a time of political and military tension after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Finks only received a brief note in reply that said, "Please do not contact us again." Years later they learned that severe hardships were imposed on Russian citizens who received mail from the USA. Ms Karner will discuss how Catherine The Great enticed German and Austrian families to come to Russia with the promise of free land, freedom from Military conscription, and exemption from paying taxes. "Catherine was a German Princess before she married the Grand Duke of Russia," Karner said. "She may have been homesick for the vegetables and flowers she remembered from her youth. She expected the German immigrants to mingle with the Russian people and share their skills and knowledge, but that did not happen. After the 1917 revolution, the promises were all broken and life became unbearable."

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.
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, or

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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