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Our Meetings

      The regular monthly meetings of the Garfield County Genealogists are normally held on the second Saturday of each month, at 1:30 P.M.  The location changes from time-to-time, and the members are notified by way of email or telephone, and also with the monthly newsletter, "The Searcher".

      Usually there will be a presentation at the meeting, either by a guest speaker, or by one of the members.  Topics can vary widely, from genealogy or history, to publishing, or even to entertainment.  Also, at most meetings there is a display table, and members bring items to show, according to what the theme is for that month.  This has proven to be a popular feature!  (See videos from some of our activities!)

    A business meeting usually follows the featured presentation.  The members enjoy visiting with each other, and meeting our visitors and new members.

         If you are interested in genealogy, whether you are a beginner, or an experienced veteran researcher, you are welcome to join us.  To find out more, just contact us!

See what we are doing in 2012, or what we did in 2009-2010

Read on to see what we did in 2011

Here are some of the activities we enjoyed at our meetings in 2011............

February Garfield County Genealogists

After the January meeting was disrupted by management personnel of the Public Library, the intended presentation was rescheduled to the February meeting. Members then enjoyed the hands-on lesson by Maxine Shepard, in which she taught the principles of developing historical time-lines when researching our family genealogies.

Doug Newell of the Enid Symphony Orchestra

Doug Newell, Director of the Enid Symphony Orchestra, spoke to members of the Garfield County Genealogists in March about the history of the symphony, and about the acquisition and renovation of Enid's elegant symphony center, which is the pride of the city.  Mr. Newell emphasized the need for the preservation of historical buildings.

Sandie Olson, President of the Waynoka Historical Society

Waynoka Station Museum

Sandie Olson, President of the Waynoka Historical Society, gave members of the Garfield County Genealogists a guided tour of the Waynoka Station Museum for their April meeting. Before the tour, members dined in the historic Harvey House Restaurant, which is a part of the museum complex

Members of the Garfield County Genealogists view displays at the May meeting

Debra Osborne Spindle, Oklahoma Historical Society

Debra Osborne Spindle, of the Oklahoma Historical Society, gave a presentation entitled, "Finding The Girls" at the May meeting of the Garfield County Genealogists.

The Scottish Clans

Linell Shores

LaNell Shores, of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, gave an extensive history of the Scottish people and their traditions at the June meeting.  An elaborate  map of the Clans of Scotland, which was made by Garfield County Genealogists member Maxine Shepard, was on display.

Carolyn B. Leonard

Carolyn B. Leonard,  well-known author and lecturer, and member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, gave a presentation on beginning genealogical research techniques at the July meeting of the Garfield County Genealogists.    [RIGHT]

Members of the Garfield County Genealogists brought an interesting variety of photographs of their fathers for the display table at the July meeting.     [BELOW]

Garfield County Genealogists

Genealogy picnic
Members and guests of the Garfield County Genealogists held their annual Summer Picnic in August. They enjoyed good food and great conversation, and then concluded with a short meeting.              [LEFT and BELOW]

Garfield County Genealogists picnic

The Garfield County Genealogists  The morning set-up crew!

The members who participated in the Cherokee Strip Days parade and festival in downtown Enid on September 17, 2011, had a good time, and did a great job  sharing the fun of  genealogy.

Read more about it, and see more photos in the October edition of "The Searcher" newsletter.  JOIN NOW to get your copy of this informative and entertaining publication!

Maxine and Jim

Maxine and Jim  provided the parade float!

[RIGHT]  Members and family of the Garfield County Genealogists rode on the club-sponsored float in the Cherokee Strip Days parade.  

Cherokee Strip parade

At the November meeting, members enjoyed a lecture by Peggy Lewis  [LEFT]  about  John Hart, a signer of the Declaration Of Independence

[RIGHT]  A display about the signing of the Declaration Of Independence was created by Peggy Lewis

[BELOW]  Members listen to the lecture by Peggy Lewis

Peggy Lewis giving a presentation on John Hart, signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, signed by John Hart

Peggy Lewis, of the Garfield County Genealogists, delivers a lecture on John Hart, a signer of the Declaration Of Independence

The musical Stewart Families' string quartet

The December meeting was held at Central Christian Church in the multi-purpose room

[RIGHT]  Maxine Shepard reviewed the historical book "The Vanished Herd"  at the December meeting of the Garfield County Genealogists.

[LEFT]  The musical Stewart Family provided entertainment for members of the Garfield County Genealogists at their December meeting.

A Christmas tasting party followed the presentations.

Maxine Shepard reviews "The Vanished Herd"

The musical Stewart Family entertains the Garfield County Genealogists

There was a wide variety in our meetings for the year 2011, with local speakers, out-of-town guest speakers, a road trip to Waynoka, the Cherokee Strip parade, musical entertainment, a picnic and a tasting party!

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