Olympia Genealogical Society


Note to Dues-Paying OGS Members

The new OGS membership year begins September 1. Dues-paying OGS members (except those who joined after June 1, 2023 or who already have renewed) will see a notice in a red banner regarding the need to renew their membership when they log in to this site. To renew, go to your Member Profile (see link in left nav menu under Members Login), click on the "Renew Membership" button, and follow the directions to renew. You may pay via either a PayPal account or a credit card. Tip: To checkout, you must click the check box above “Confirm & Checkout” and then enter the numeric code in the adjacent text box.
If you wish to change your membership plan (e.g. from an individual membership to a family membership), please contact us first at membership@olygensoc.org.
If you have any trouble logging in or have any questions about the membership renewal process, please contact us at the above email address.
Membership in the Olympia Genealogical Society is open to anyone interested in genealogical research, who agrees to abide by the Genealogist's Code of Ethics (see below) and the OGS Code of Conduct.

Membership Privileges & Benefits

  • Nine General Membership meetings each year (monthly Sept thru June, except April) featuring programs on a wide range of genealogy topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The February meeting is the annual OGS dinner meeting for members and invited guests.
  • Subscription to our monthly newsletter, including access to archived issues.
  • Opportunities to participate in several special interest groups (SIGs).
  • Discount pricing on our annual seminar held every spring.  Past seminar speakers have included Thomas MacEntee, CeCe Moore, Janice Lovelace, Jill Morelli, Lisa Alzo, Blaine Bettinger, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Rick Sayre, and Diahan Southard.
  • Volunteer opportunities.  Many OGS members volunteer their time in helping our society promote genealogy and family history research.
  • Access to Members Only content on our website including:
    • Video recordings of monthly programs (new beginning Sep 2020).
    • Member discussions ("Forums").
    • Downloadable program materials when authorized by guest speakers.
    • 7+ years of past Quarterly Journal issues, currently not being published.
    • Special Interest Group content.
  • Ability to add your ancestors to our Surname Research database.  You can input multiple spelling variations, counties and states of residence, and timeframes of residency. This database is search-enabled, making entries discoverable via search engine queries world-wide.
  • Courtesy email notifications of upcoming events and items of interest.
We hope you find value in what we have to offer and become a member of our society!
Membership year:
  • September 1 - August 31
Annual dues:
  • Individual - $30.00
  • Family - $35.00
  • Student - $15.00
  • For new members joining between Mar 1 and Apr 15 (changed from May 31) the dues for the current membership year are half of the above.
  • For new members joining between Apr 16 (changed from Jun 1) and Aug 31, the remainder of the current membership year is included with the next full year's membership.
  • The above edits apply to 2024 only for OGS' 50th Anniversary year.

To Join OGS:

Join Online -- Select the desired membership plan, complete your profile, and then pay the applicable membership dues online by credit card or PayPal account.

Genealogist's Code of Ethics

In order to protect the integrity of public records and library books, I am ethically bound and hereby agree:
  1. That I will treat with the greatest care and respect all public records and library books which may be made available for my use.
  2. That I will speak with courtesy to all employees of a vital records office or of a public library when requesting to see any vital records or library book, and that when finished with such record or book, I shall express my thanks to the person attending to my requests.
  3. That I will not tear, erase, mark or remove any public record or library book and will refrain from mutilating, defacing or otherwise destroying any part of such public record or library book.
  4. That when I have finished viewing any public record or library book, I will return it to the proper or designated place.
This pledge is freely made by me upon penalty of forfeiting my membership in this society.