The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991.
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- Bring together persons interested in the field of genealogy
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- Issue publications when deemed beneficial
- Collect and preserve material and historical data
- Work with other groups and libraries in the state
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Program for October 17, 2016:
"And She Was One: The Story of Jane Wallis Burrell in American Intelligence"
by Carolyn Leonard
Andrea Wallis Aven, a volunteer genealogist with the Edmond Historical Society and Museum, a Find A Grave volunteer, FamilySearch volunteer indexer, and a member of the Samuel King Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will speak at the October 17 meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society.
Ms. Aven has conducted significant research on the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with special interest in the career of her aunt, Jane Wallis Burrell (1911-1948), a member of both organizations. The program will center on the experiences of her aunt, and will also incorporate strategies for finding U.S. intelligence records.
"The OSS records are particularly fascinating," says Ms. Aven, "the abundance of information available at the National Archives (NARA) is a treasure trove for researchers. I've also been quite fortunate to have spoken with a number of former OSS personnel. It's no wonder these men and women are a part of the Greatest Generation."
Ms. Aven has a B.S.N from Duke University, and is the recipient of a Master in Health Education and a Master in Educational Administration from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is a retired public school administrator and a former University of Central Oklahoma adjunct. In July of this year she published Doris's Story, a biography of her great aunt, Ellen Doris O'Neil Geilfus Dohrmann of St. Louis, MO. Ms. Aven is currently working on, Letters Home: The Letters of Mary-Burton Wallis, American Red Cross Recreation Worker, European Theater of Operations, 1943-1945.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin with a social time at 6:15 pm, and the program begins promptly at 6:30. The group formerly met at the Edmond Historical Museum, but for the remainder of 2016 will meet at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1315 E. 33rd St. Park. The church has a larger meeting room, is fully handicap accessible and provides media assistance. The walk from the back door is shorter and visitors will find plenty of parking there, too. The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists and historians. For more info on EGS, go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/