Research Library/Genealogy Center
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the Edmond Genealogical Society
The Research and Genealogical Library located at EHSM is dedicated to
Edmond Pioneer and First Lady LibrarianMrs. Forster came to Edmond when it was still a territory, joining her husband a month after the run when sidewalks were made of wood and libraries were few and far between. Mrs. Forster had the foresight to bring volumes of poetry by Tennyson and Longfellow on her journey west. While her husband broke ground building the first two-story grocery store in Edmond in June of 1889, his wife had more literary goals in mind. Gathering donations of approximately 100 books, Mrs. Forster opened the First Library of the Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory. Early settlers could buy their flour, grain and loan their library books all from the Forster's special mercantile. Most of the 100 titles were novels of the period, (with a few titles deemed as unsuitable in her day), and could be loaned through an informal card system. Books were returned when the book was finished.
The Edmond Historical Society houses the Research and Genealogical Library with over 5,000 books and periodicals, microfilm of the Edmond SUN and genealogical computer center among many other research materials. Popular areas of local history in the library include Edmond High School and University of Central Oklahoma annuals, Edmond city directories and an Edmond author section. The Edmond Genealogical Society assists researchers with their family histories through a genealogical computer center. Genealogists are generally on duty Friday from 1pm-4pm, and some Saturdays. Among other research materials, the center offers census records, family tree maker, Dawes Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes, US/Canada Marriages and Edmond Grace Lawn Cemetery Records and Internet access for historical research, including ancestry.com.
THE EDMOND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Our meetings are held in the main room of the Edmond Historical Museum at 431 S. Boulevard, which is on the NW corner of 5th and Boulevard, in Edmond. (Click on the link here, for a map) http://mapq.st/VW11sz. Please enter the building by the East door. If you are coming from I-35, exit on 2nd street and go west until you come to Boulevard. Turn south until you come to 4th street, and turn into the parking lot by the Museum. If you are coming into Edmond by way of the Broadway Extension, go to 2nd street and turn East. Then go Boulevard and turn back South.
The EGS general meetings are held the third Monday of the month, unless otherwise notified, with a social time beginning at 6:00 PM, and the main program at 6:30 PM. We will try to present a program dealing with a subject on genealogy or a workshop at each meeting. Visitors are welcome any time the museum is open.
The EGS Board of Directors meetings are held prior to the General meetings unless otherwise notified. There may be one or two planning meetings for the upcoming months activities.
18 Feb 2013, Harolyn Ennis will present: The Irish Famine and Immigration.
18 Mar 2013, Jan Morrill will present: Wearing the Red Kimono-Japanese Internment Camps of WWII.
15 April 2013, Jan Beattie will present: Finding Female Ancestors.
20 May 2013, Bill Welge will present: Preserving Family Heirlooms.
17 Jun 2013,Carolyn Leonard will present: The Life Between the Dash & Findagrave.
You may visit the Edmond Genealogical Society’s website at