The Payne County Genealogical Society was established in 1979 to promote genealogy in the Payne County area. Genealogy is the recording of the pedigree of a person or family over a number of generations. We study our ancestry and our family history to preserve our heritage for future generations. Membership is open to everyone, and includes genealogists with a wide range of experience and expertise. Whether your interest in family history is purely for fun or serious research, PCGS has much to offer. The Payne County Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., at the Stillwater Public Library, 2nd floor conference room 202; 6th & Duck; Stillwater, OK. Guests are always welcome. Program details and schedule changes (if needed) are posted to this web site. Members enjoy our newsletter, The Recorder. It is published three times a year and includes notes on future programs, articles on early day residents, new genealogy books at the Stillwater Public Library, extractions from Payne County vital records, notes from other newsletters and family group charts, and articles on how to do research in other localities. The society exchanges publications with 60 other societies. PCGS provides books and materials for the Genealogy Room at the Stillwater Public Library located at 12th and Duck, Stillwater, OK. The Stillwater Public Library has over 1,600 genealogy resources including books, magazines, CD-ROMs and microfilm - many of them donated by the Payne County Genealogical Society. Members are encouraged to recommend new materials to be added to the research room. The society has also published a number of resources of interest to researchers of area families. PCGS also oversees the First Families of Payne County Certificate Project. If you have an ancestor who lived in Payne County on or before November 16, 1907, you may be eligible for a First Families of Payne County Certificate. For more information, visit the First Families web page. If you are interested in working on your family tree at any level, feel free to visit one of our monthly meetings. To become a member, complete an application form and mail it with your payment to the Payne County Genealogical Society; P.0. Box 2708; Stillwater, OK 74076 or bring it to one of our monthly meetings. Annual membership is $15.00 for individuals or $20.00 for a family membership. Applications can be downloaded from this web page (requires Adobe Acrobat reader) or picked up in person at the Stillwater Public Library.
New Officers for 2005
President - Mary Alice Foster Vice
President - Matt Hull
Secretary - Mary Lou Phillips Corresponding
Secretary - Mary Alice Foster
Treasurer - Margaret Rupp
Publicity - Chris Murphy
Membership - Chris Murphy
Social - Open Board
Members - Barbara Gross, Clayton L. Rains Jr.
The Recorder - Open
Webmaster- Clayton L. Rains Jr.
Payne County Genealogical Society Committees for 2006
Program - Mary Alice Foster, Clayton L. Rains Jr.
Library - Barbara Gross, Jay Criswell, Linda Reynolds, George Waller
Publicity - Chris Murphy
Membership - Chris Murphy, Margaret Rupp, Clayton L. Rains Jr.
Social - Hilda Waller, Chris Murphy
Recorder - Lorraine Owens, Mary Alice Foster, Clayton L. Rains Jr.
Payne County Fair - Margaret Rupp, Clayton L. Rains Jr. Webmaster - Clayton L. Rains Jr.