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Tuesday, January 1 through Tuesday, December 31
OGS 50th ANNIVERSARY  (Program)
OZARKS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY will be having several programs during 2019 featuring the History of OGS. 1969 - 2019
Continue to check the website for updates and details on these various events

Wednesday, February 20
10:00 am
The Library Center, Auditorium
“Who Were the Settlers of the Old Ozarks?”    
Brooks Blevins will give a presentation titled “Who Were the Settlers of the Old Ozarks?” Using his new book, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks, as the launching point, Blevins will discuss settlement patterns in different parts of the Ozark region. Among the topics covered will be the ethnic and national origins of those who immigrated to the area between the 1790s and the beginning of the Civil War and the social institutions and lifeways they brought with them.  He is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. He is a seventh-generation Ozarker and the author or editor of eight books.

Thursday, February 21
1890 Census  (Training)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
OGS Library

Saturday, February 23
Monthly Research Day  (Training)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
OGS Library

Monday, March 4
Searching for Superman  (Program)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
Searching for Superman
Join Local History and Genealogy Manager, Brian Grubbs, to learn how to read and analyze historical letters, and gain a better understanding of how they can help piece together your family history.  This class offers two hands-on activities for participants.  Using excerpts from Superman comics, you will piece together the Kent family genealogy in a fun and educational activity, and later, you will put your skills to the test in analyzing Civil War letters.     

Saturday, March 9
Genealogy Symposium  (Program)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
Library Symposium sponsored by the Library Center History and Genealogy Department
Additional information will be in the Bookends and on the website:  thelibrary.org

Wednesday, March 20
LiKe Family: OGS and the Springfield-Greene County Library  (Program)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Midtown Carnegie Library CHANGE OF LOCATION
 –note location will not be in the auditorium at TLC but will be at Midtown Carnegie Library
“Like Family:  The Ozarks Genealogical Society and the Springfield-Greene County Library.” 
Where were materials for local genealogical research located in Springfield’s Carnegie Library over the years?  What is the mission of the Ozarks Genealogical Society when it was formed over 50 years ago in September 1969?  How did the partnership with the OGS expand research in genealogy?  Join Local History Associate John Rutherford for a history of the partnership between The Library and OGS
11:05 after the program, Eva Pelky, branch manager will give a tour of the historic Midtown Carnegie Library.  Note there is a coffee shop at Midtown - Cookies will be provided by OGS.

Thursday, March 21
1890 Census Committee  (Training)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
OGS Library

Saturday, March 23
Lawrence County Field Trip  (Research Trips)
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Mt. Vernon, Missouri
i8:30 am meet at the Library Center if you want to carpool    
9:15 arrive at the Lawrence County Courthouse for research in Fred G. Mieswinkel Research Room
11:30 lunch – location to be decided
12:30 after lunch, more research at the Library and tour of Historical Society
4:30 return to the Library Center 
                          Please sign up and let us know you will be attending
The Courthouse address is 1 Courthouse Square. Coming in from Springfield, you will take Exit 46, turning right onto business loop, then right at the first stoplight. That is Hickory Street, and it will take you to the courthouse square. When you arrive at the courthouse, there is ample parking. You will enter from the north side (elevators). You will see Kathy’s grey Explorer on the north side where you park and enter.


Saturday, March 30
HOW to FESTIVAL  (Training)
The Library Center, Meeting Room A
HOW-TO-FESTIVAL at the Library Center Meeting Room A
OGS will have a 30-minute time slot 11:15 to 11:45 to present Genealogy to those who attend the festival.

Saturday, March 30
Monthly Research Day  (Training)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Library Center History Department

Monday, April 1
“Was Your Family Affected by the Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920)?”  (Program)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
 As World War I was coming to a close a new enemy threatened the country.  We will discuss what happened in the Ozarks and throughout the country with the onslaught of the illness that is thought to have taken between 50 and 100 million lives worldwide and sickened one-third of the earth’s population.  Known interchangeably as Grip, La Grippe and the Spanish Lady, death by influenza during the pandemic may be challenging to trace.  We will look at some unusual sources that might help you to find out how the deadliest epidemic the world has experienced affected your family.
Michelle L. Spencer, a Christian County Missouri native, has researched her family history for more than thirty years. She has written and spoken extensively on the military, history and other issues including an August 2018 presentation on Spanish Influenza and WWI at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. While much of her research has focused on the Midwest, recent research included the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?     Speaker was recommended by Patti Hobbs.  Michelle spoke at the World War I Museum in Kansas City.  There is a YouTube video

Wednesday, April 17
“Sifting Through the Ashes”  (Program)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
The Library Center, Auditorium
“Writing about a tragic house fire that occurred 60 years ago can be a challenge. Attempting to research the event, knowing that none of the survivors are still alive, is an even bigger challenge. And when those survivors are all deceased relatives, look out! Join author Tim Ritter for a lively multimedia presentation about encountering brick walls in research, learning to sift through family legends in search of the truth, and taking chances that ultimately lead to incredible discoveries and connections to the past.”  

Thursday, April 18
1890 Census Committee  (Training)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
OGS Library

Saturday, April 27
Field Trip to Webster County  (Research Trips)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Field Trip to Webster County – Marshfield, Missouri 
Plan to meet about 8:30 at the Library Center parking lot to carpool.  If driving on your own, plan to meet us there about 9:15.  After visiting the facilities and doing research, we will enjoy a pleasant meal before returning to Springfield. 

Monday, May 6
“LET’S TALK: Using Facebook for Genealogy”  (Program)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
Join us for an evening discussion of Facebook Groups and there use in Genealogy. Has your involvement been successful, encouraging or difficult?  Don’t use Facebook for genealogy?  This is the time to share your stories, your discoveries and to ask questions.  

Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11
National Genealogical Society Conference  (Training)
St. Charles, Missouri
OGS normally has a Research Trip each year.  For 2019 members are encouraged to attend the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS) in St. Charles, Missouri.  Check out the website: www.conference.ngsgenealogy.org   Watch for more updates.  Each person attending is responsible for their own registration and for booking a hotel.  Notify Gail Mitchell of your plans.

Wednesday, May 15
“OGS 50th Anniversary Reception”  (Program)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary (1969 – 2019), the members of Ozarks Genealogical Society invite library patrons and library staff to join us in our reception.  Coffee and refreshments will be available from 9:30 - 12.  This will be an excellent time to learn more about OGS and to discover why genealogy, DNA, and family histories are important.  Displays of the OGS newsletters, scrapbooks, samples of the many publications created by many volunteers will be on display in the auditorium.  Join us as the members of OGS celebrate!      

Thursday, May 16 through Thursday, June 20
Postponed Weekly DNA Workshop  (Workshop)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OGS Library
Postponed - new dates will be announced.
Class will be rescheduled later (Patti Hobbs  six week DNA Class)
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - there will be a registration fee

Wednesday, June 12
DAR Paperwork  (Program)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
The Library Center, Auditorium
Leslie Wyman from Taney County will present a program about the paperwork required for DAR/

Thursday, June 20
1890 Census Committee  (Training)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
OGS Library

Saturday, June 22
OGS Library Open House  (Program)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
OGS Library
50th Anniversary OPEN HOUSE at OGS Library 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Monday, July 1
NO PROGRAM  (Program)
The Library Center, Auditorium

Wednesday, July 17
DNA and Adoption  (Program)
10:00 am
The Library Center, Auditorium
DNA and Adoption - HHeather Dodd is the founder of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement, the Missouri representative for G’s Adoption Registry, and the owner of Genected (a genetic genealogy service that helps people find family connections through DNA). She is the daughter of Jennifer Holt, an adoptee who was separated from her siblings by adoption at the age of 6.  In 1994, they began their 13-year search for Jennifer’s long lost family.  The successful search led Heather to volunteer as a search angel and as a result, Heather became instrumental in working with the Missouri legislature seeing the passage of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act. This historical bill became law in 2016 allowing Missouri-born adoptees to apply for their original birth certificates for the first time in 75 years!

Saturday, August 3
Picnic Dinner  (Program)
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
To be announced
OGS Spring Dinners were in March or April -  picnics were in August - in 2019 we will have a Dinner in August

Saturday, October 5
Cemetery Walk  (Program)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
OGS Library and Maple Park Cemetery
Cemetery Walk through Maple Park Cemetery – Konrad Stump, local History Associate will serve as tour guide.  Those planning to attend should meet at the OGS Library so we can limit the number of cars.  Afterwards, refreshments will be available at OGS Library.

Saturday, October 19
Genealogy Symposium  (Training)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Library Center, Auditorium
The Springfield-Greene County Library will sponsor a Fall Genealogy Symposium 

Wednesday, November 13
Memorial Service  (Program)
10:00 am to 10:30 am
The Library Center, Auditorium
Annual Memorial Service to Honor OGS members and their families who have died during the past 12 months

Wednesday, November 13
Annual Business Meeting  (Program)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The Library Center, Auditorium

Wednesday, December 11
CHRISTMAS  (Program)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Library Center, Auditorium