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 18, 2016: "Free genealogy help at local church"
by Carolyn Leonard
Edmond real estate agent Sherrie Furber will present the program for the Jan. 18 meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society. Furber will describe the genealogical resources available free to the public at the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she serves as an assistant director.
Furber, who has 35 years experience as a volunteer genealogist, has researched many generations of her own ancestors and provided assistance to hundreds of people who have sought her help individually and at the Family History Center (FHS) at 5020 NW 63 in Oklahoma City.
"In high school I did a family tree project for my English class," Furber said. "When I interviewed my grandparents and heard all of the great stories behind their lives I wanted to know more. They shared their old photographs and documents with me and I knew I wanted to help them create a record that could be enjoyed by all of their children and grandchildren. There is no greater reward than to help families learn about where they came from."
Furber will be assisted by her husband and fellow real estate agent Dan Furber, who will share stories about his recent trip to England in search of the places where his ancestors lived, worked and worshipped.
A native of San Francisco, Furber met her husband at Brigham Young University's Hawaii campus in 1983. Dan Furber's work brought them to Edmond in 1997 where they chose to stay and raise their three children and re-establish the Furber family real estate business.
"Our local family history center has new computers with free library access to many of the paid subscriptions to genealogical sites," Sherrie Furber said. "We also have a new digital film reader that helps those who need to find records in areas that are not available online yet."
The FHS is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Edmond Genealogical Society meeting is free and open to the public, begins with a social time at 6:15 p.m., with the program starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. The society usually meets at the Edmond Historical Museum, but while it is being remodeled, the society will meet at the Edmond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1315 E. 33rd St. Park and enter at the east doors. The public is invited. 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; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, go to www.facebook.com/EdmondGenSoc or