Meetings

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Society Meetings

The Cleveland County Genealogical Society holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday every month, except January, February, July and August. Meetings are usually held at the Norman Central Library, usually in room A/B.

Until it is safe from the Coronavirus for our members (average age 81) to gather in large groups, these meetings will be suspended.  Election of officers for the 2020-2021 society year is being conducted by mail.  All current officers have agreed to continue serving.

We bring food and have a social in September and December. We also bring food for the Society’s Annual Business Meeting in June. The remaining meetings feature a speaker, usually from this community.

Family History Writers Group

The Family History Writers Group meets at 10:00 a.m., second Wednesday every month, at the Cleveland County Genealogical Society Library, in the Community Services Building, 1119 E. Main Street, Norman, Oklahoma.

While the Coronavirus Covid-19 continues to prevent our members from attending in-person meetings starting in 2020, we will be holding these meetings via Zoom at the normal time and date.  Tricia Carleton is setting up the meetings, and sending out invitations which are necessary to join the meeting.  Zoom can be used on Windows or Apple computers, so long as you have a speaker, which will allow you to listen to the discussion and see other participants.  A microphone and web cam greatly enhance the experience, by letting you participate in the discussion and be seen by the rest of the group.  Zoom can also be used on Android or Apple smart phones; the speaker, microphone, and camera are built into the phone, so you will be able to fully participate.

The Family History Writers Group met for the first time on November 7 2001, a spin-off of an earlier Genealogy Discussion Group. Members have been meeting monthly ever since.

The Family History Writers Group is composed of individuals who enjoy writing, or who want to learn to write about themselves and/or family topics. This is an informal, unconventional approach to writing, and the agenda is essentially the same every month:

  • Attend Writers Group meetings every month, if possible
  • Write something to share with the group every month
  • Read your writing aloud to the group; indicate on your work where you need to edit
  • Listen to others’ writing presentations; make positive comments about others’ work
  • Gather inspiration for your own future writing from the topics presented by others
  • …and the conversation continues over lunch at a local restaurant if your schedule permits

If you’ve ever thought you should write a life history for your children and grandchildren, or that you should write some of the funny stories your parents told—join our Family History Writers Group.

Here are some stories written by Writers Group members:

Workshops

The Cleveland County Genealogical Society often offers workshops, ranging from those for beginners to those for the more advanced researcher.

Workshops will be announced in advance in the Cleveland County Genealogical Society Newsletter , on the CCGS Facebook site, and in local newspapers.

For more information, phone the CCGS Office, 405-701-2100. The office is  normally open on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  However, during the Coronavirus event, the office will be closed until we feel it is safe for our members to return.