Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society
Since 1981, Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society has worked to increase the interest in and to raise the standards of genealogical research. The Society's 265 members located in 31 states all receive The Messenger, a monthly newsletter, and the OMGS Quarterly.
The Messenger informs members of programs, genealogical events, news about members, and acquistions in the Carolina Room of the Public Library and lists current Society publications for sale.
For 25 years, the Society has issued the Quarterly, with an emphasis on historic Mecklenburg County, formed from Anson County in 1762, including at that time territory that has been divided into other counties in both Carolinas. A prize-winning publication, the Quarterly covers all aspects of family research, such as Bible and church records, family histories, and government documents.
The Society's monthly programs help to further members' understanding of the standards and techniques of genealogy. OMGS also sponsors workshops, some in conjunction with the Carolina Room of the Charlotte Public Library, including one on the role of genetics in genealogy. Another, co-sponsored with the North Carolina Genealogical Society in July 2008, "From Ulster to the Carolinas: Finding Your Scots-Irish Ancestors," was an all-day presentation by David E.Rencher from the Family and Church History Department of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City.
In addition to its periodicals, OMGS has published a number of books, including a series in progress on local cemeteries. The Society also sells books written by members, including a comprehensive series of abstracts by Herman Ferguson of Mecklenburg court minutes, deeds,wills, and tax lists. Publications and the Quarterly are indexed.
In mid-2005 the Society realized its longtime dream of an Archives to store its collection of books, periodicals, family files, and ancestor charts submitted by members, issues of the Quarterly, copies of other regional society quarterlies, and books on various families, Charlotte/Mecklenburg, North Carolina and other states, and genealogy in general. Volunteers continue to compile computerized indexes to provide easier access by researchers. A 15-second search of all indexes with approximately 550,000 surname listings including 18,000 from the family files and more than 53,000 from the Quarterly (60 percent complete) saves a huge amount of time when reviewing holdings. Donations of family research papers, books, and several collections of material from experienced researchers have been welcomed.
The Archives, located at the Park Ministry complex on Independence Boulevard, is open on Tuesdays, 10-12; Thursdays, 10-12 and 1-4; and the third Saturday each month, 10-2.
The Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, Aldersgate, a Methodist retirement community, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina. A sister group in north Mecklenburg, the Hopewell Group, meets on the second Saturday of most months in Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
More details about Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and its activities as well as the list of publications and index to Quarterly articles are on the website.