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Payne County Genealogical Society

The Payne County Genealogical Society was established in 1979 to promote genealogy in the Payne County area. Genealogy is the recording and preservation of family history, stories, traditions, and memorabilia, including the pedigree of a person or family over a number of generations. We study our ancestry and our family history to preserve our heritage for future generations. Membership is open to everyone, and includes genealogists with a wide range of experience and expertise. Whether your interest in family history is purely for fun or serious research, PCGS has much to offer.

The Payne County Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., at the Stillwater Public Library; 6th & Duck; Stillwater, OK. Guests are always welcome. Program details and schedule changes (if needed) are posted to our Facebook page ( A social period begins at 6:30 pm.

The society newsletter, The Recorder, was published three times a year, until about 1995. It  included notes on future programs, articles on early day residents, new genealogy books at the Stillwater Public Library, extractions from Payne County vital records, notes from other newsletters and family group charts, and articles on how to do research in other localities. Past issues are available for purchase.

PCGS provides books and materials for the Genealogy Room at the Stillwater Public Library located at 12th and Duck, Stillwater, OK. The Stillwater Public Library has over 1,600 genealogy resources including books, magazines, CD-ROMs and microfilm - many of them donated by the Payne County Genealogical Society. Members are encouraged to recommend new materials to be added to the research room. The society has also published a number of resources of interest to researchers of area families.

PCGS also oversees the First Families of Payne County Certificate Project. If you have an ancestor who lived in Payne County on or before November 16, 1907, you may be eligible for a First Families of Payne County Certificate. For more information, visit the First Families web page.

Research assistance is available each Tuesday in the Genealogy Room at the library. Hours are from 9am to noon, and 1pm to 4 pm.  Members may also be available, by appointment, to provide research assistance in family research, research methodology and information lookup in Payne County records and local repositories.  Contact Genealogy Room to schedule an appointment.

If you are interested in working on your family tree at any level, feel free to visit one of our monthly meetings. To become a member, complete an application form and mail it with your payment to the Payne County Genealogical Society; Stillwater Public Library; 1107 S. Duck; Stillwater, OK 74074 or bring it to one of our monthly meetings. Annual membership is $15.00 for individuals or $20.00 for a family membership. Applications can be downloaded from this web page (requires Adobe Acrobat reader) or picked up in person at the Stillwater Public Library.


President - Mary Alice Foster

Vice President - Luin Leisher

Secretary - Gerald R. McClain

Treasurer - Luin Leisher

At-Large Directors - John Irons, Peggy Meshek

Webmaster- Gerald R. McClain

Schedule of Meetings 
(3rd Thursday of Month except December)

August 17, 2017 Review of Ancestry
(Nomination Committee formed for 2018)

September 21, 2017 Review of Family Search

October 19, 2017 Review of Searching Newspapers
(Election of Officers for 2018)

November 16, 2017  Open Genealogy Session

December No Meeting

January 18, 2018 To Be Arranged (TBA)

February 15, 2018 TBA

March 15, 2018 TBA

April 17, 2018 TBA

May 17, 2018 TBA

June 21, 2018 TBA

July 19, 2018 TBA

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July 21, 2017

by Gerald R. McClain

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