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 (www.facebook.com/payneokgenealogy).
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.