Ozarks Genealogical Society celebrates 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This marks the 50th year since a local group of people came together to form the Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS).

In 1969, a few like-minded people banded together in their common interest of researching their family trees. The group has worked tirelessly over the years to make research material available to help others wanting to trace their ancestors.

Several events have been scheduled throughout 2019, to mark the occasion. On March 20, a program was given at the downtown library on Central Street. The beginnings of the Carnegie-built building, as well as the connection to the Society, was explained by OGS member and Local History Associate with the Springfield Greene County Library, John Rutherford.

The late Gail Mitchell, a long-time member of Ozarks Genealogical Society, recently completed a book on the history of the society. Details for the book, upcoming programs and much other information is available on our website: ozarksgs.org. Also, check out our Ozarks Genealogical Society Facebook page.

Upcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations include:

• May 15 - Reception held at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. 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, and samples of publications created by many volunteers will be on display in the auditorium. Coffee and refreshments provided.

• June 22 - Open House at the Ozarks Genealogical Society Library, 543 W. Catalpa, Springfield, 1-4 p.m. At 2 p.m., there will be a short program of how the building was purchased and reconfigured from a church into a library. Refreshments served.  

The public is invited to attend these events to help Ozarks Genealogical Society celebrate this milestone.