Dues: Annual dues are $15 per household (limit 2 adults). Our membership year is January to December. Please download and complete the membership application whether you are joining for the first time or renewing your membership. You may pay by cash (in person at one of our events), check, credit card (as a PayPal guest), or PayPal account. (If you pay online, you will still need to email, mail, or deliver the completed membership form.)
Support COGS! For an annual membership fee of just $15, you will receive notification about all of our programs, help pay honorariums for speakers, purchase resources for local libraries, and offset costs for special events and preservation of historical data. Back issues of digital copies of the COGS Quarterly and handouts from select, past programs are available for download and a few recorded programs are available for viewing to current members for their personal use on the Member Resources page. In addition, COGS membership provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with and learn from others who share your interest.
Purpose: The Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society (COGS) was organized September 1987 in Athens, Georgia (home of the University of Georgia). The goal of the organization is to help further individual genealogical research efforts, knowledge, and techniques by way of our programs, roundtables, workshops, shared interest groups, field trips, publications, and quarterly newsletter. The Society also promotes the collection and preservation of information relative to Clarke and Oconee counties and the surrounding areas.
Scope: Research materials and resources are not limited to Clarke and Oconee counties or to the southeastern states as we realize that many people are researching other parts of the U.S. and the world. Working together, we are able to help these people locate local and online sources for the information they are seeking.
Mission: 1). Collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to genealogical and related historical, biographical, and heraldic data; 2). Encourage accurate research in these fields; 3). Adhere to practices of accuracy and thoroughness in research; 4). Champion ethical standards and discourage and oppose incompetent and disreputable practices and researchers; 5). Foster careful documentation and scholarly writing; 6). Issue publications; and 7). Encourage and provide scholarly training for all interested in these endeavors.
Social Media: Follow COGS on our social media channels. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Join the COGS Facebook group to post queries and share information with fellow family history enthusiasts who are interested in the genealogy of families in the Clarke County and Oconee County area.
Programs are usually held on the third Saturday at 2:00 pm four times a year in the months of February, May, August, and November in the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Multipurpose Room A, but variations in this schedule are not uncommon. Events occur throughout the year.
Shared interest groups provide an informal opportunity for members working in particular areas of research to get together to share ideas, complete projects, problem solve, and focus on resources and techniques available to assist them with their research.
The COGS Quarterly contains society news, research information, local historical data and narratives, free queries, technology updates, and information on upcoming programs, classes, and webinars of interest to members. (Note: We are currently searching for a Quarterly editor, but past issues are available for current members.)