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Ozarks Genealogical Society OGS Library, 534 W. Catalpa, Springfield, Missouri
OGS Library, 534 W. Catalpa, Springfield, Missouri

Save the date for Mark Lowe!

Mark Lowe has agreed to be the speaker for our fall conference! He will present four sessions on 25 September 2021. Because of unknown covid conditions, it was decided that it would be better not to contract with a conference site and instead hold the conference virtually through Zoom. However, a hybrid solution is planned. There will be room for some people to attend the conference at the OGS library. We will use a computer to project Mark’s sessions onto a screen. We hope to accommodate those who are not comfortable using the virtual conference setting. Save the date and look for details to come.  


Welcome to the Ozarks Genealogical Society!

Founded in 1969, OGS has been the premier resource for genealogical research and learning opportunities for almost fifty years. Our members have access to the full spectrum of assistance such as annual research trips, monthly workshops, a fall conference featuring a nationally known speaker, and so much more.

The OGS library is notable for its collection of regional and county records covering southwest Missouri. You will find volumes of county vital records, county and regional histories, and bound periodicals and newsletters. There are numerous special collections of donated family research files. You can search over 160 indexed OGS publications of probate, census, cemetery and funeral home records from Greene County and surrounding areas. We have completely searchable files of all Greene County cemeteries, over one thousand pedigree charts submitted by members, and over 105 thousand Ozark's obituaries. Most importantly, you will find helpful volunteers to assist you in your searches.

OGS also offers numerous educational opportunities for our members and the general public. Whether it is our day and evening workshops, the informative newsletters or our annual conference, you will find an opportunity to share with and learn from other family researchers.

Please explore our web-site for more about the Ozarks Genealogical Society and the many resources and opportunities available to our members.

August 2
Courthouses - Where Most Genealogical Problems are Solved
By Patti Lee Hobbs, CG Because ancestors created the most records in the places they lived, the local county courthouse possibly holds the answers to your genealogical questions. Not only can the records directly ...
August 18
How to use Ancestry
Join OGS member Taylor Baldwin as she explores the vast array of features and records that Ancestry has to offer. Taylor will explain how to find frequently used genealogical records using Ancestry's search feature and ...
September 15
Looking for Clues in Coroners' Records
SRetired St. Louis County Library Local History and Genealogy reference librarian Larry Franke will explain reasons for coroner investigation of a death and what types of records are generated by the investigation.  We will look at ...
October 4
Finding Family in City Directories
City directories can often give more information than the obvious. Your ancestors didn't have to be city dwellers to appear in directories; they can also be found in directories for small towns and even counties. ...
October 20
How DNA Clusters Can Help Your Genealogical Research
In recent years clustering DNA matches has become very popular. The first part of this presentation will describe what clustering is and why it can be helpful to your analysis. Next the various elements of ...