How to Become a Member or Renew a Current MembershipDo one of the following:
- Attend the next General Meeting and join or renew in person
- Print the New Member/Membership Renewal form, fill it out, make out a check payable to OCCGS, and mail them to the address shown on the form.
- Go to the OCCGS Shop and purchase or renew your membership online via credit card or PayPal.
- Opportunity to learn and utilize genealogical research techniques, explore resources, databases and develop problem solving skills.
- Listen to interesting, knowledgeable and renowned guest speakers.
- Attend monthly meetings and obtain the latest information on current and upcoming events within the genealogy community.
- Free or discounted admission to OCCGS workshops and special lectures.
- OCCGS Member discount from Findmypast on their Annual World subscription.
- Opportunity to meet others researching the same surnames or geographical area of the world.
- Access to an OCCGS membership roster with surname interests listed for each member.
- Access to an excellent monthly newsletter with informative articles.
- Prepare for and participate in an annual, guided research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Join a Special Interest Group: Basic Genealogy; New England Genealogy; Irish/Scottish Genealogy; German/French Genealogy; DNA.
- Access the OCCGS CD collection of approximately 350 genealogical CD's.
- Access to a "Resource Table" with a variety of reference materials and supplies for sale
- Access to a "Lineage Table" for help in applying to a lineage society such as the DAR and Mayflower Society.
- 50/50 Book Purchase: A member can suggest a genealogy book to purchase for the library. If the library agrees, they set up a "50/50 fund" which all interested members can contribute to until the value reaches half the cost of the book. Then the society chips in the other half of the cost and buys the book. Or, you can suggest a book, if the book selection committee approves the item, you pay half and the society pays half. You may then take the book home for 60 days. Upon its return it will be catalogued, added to the collection and not circulate after that point.
- Join in the Half and Half fund raiser at each General Membership Meeting. A participant wins half of the money and the other half goes to the Society's General Fund.