We meet at Clayton State University Library

We meet the first Sunday of every month (unless it is a holiday weekend - then the second Sunday)
at Clayton State University in the University Center room 265.
We start at 3pm and end around 5pm. Everyone age 16 or older is welcome, from beginners to experts.

See a University map at
Park in the "G" area and walk to the University Center "14" on the map.

Membership dues $25.00 per year. $35 for couples living in the same household. Members get exclusive content at our website http://ourgenealogygroup.com/


We are on the lookout for new speakers, teachers and topics. If you would like to speak with our group, or introduce your group to ours, please send us an email request.

July 10th: Reviewing Database Software, Digitizing Photos & a Do-Over Success Story

Our next meeting will be on July 10th at 3pm in our usual classroom at Clayton State University! Please bring a friend. We are on month 7 of the Genealogy Do-Over and we will be discussing Digitizing Photos, Reviewing Database Software and we will hear from someone who has 
completed their Genealogy Do-over! 

What if you haven't started the Do-over yet? It doesn't matter! Just come on in and join us. We are all at different stages of the do-over. Some of us have finished the do-over, some have re-started multiple times, I'm on month 3 (and at a stand still) and some haven't started at all! 

Did you know that we have a set a webinars available to paid members? They are on our other website . When you visit the site, go to the "OGG Genealogy Do Over " tab on the top right side of the page, put in your password and then you have access to videos, spreadsheets, and handouts that Thomas MacEntee, (the creator of the Do-Over) provided to our group!

Thomas MacEntee also has a Facebook group with over 11,000 members that you can join if you want to see what everyone else is doing. He also has a Pinterest board, in addition to his blog which I linked in the first paragraph! There are so many ways to participate. I hope you will join in the fun!

We hope to see you on the 10th!

June 5th: Evaluating Evidence & Reviewing Online Education Options

Have you been following along with us and The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook? 
On June 5th we are going to cover Month 6 and start to evaluate our evidence! Thomas MacEntee uses a ranking system to decide if the evidence he's found is credible or "true". In the past he (like many of us) would just take the information he had found and would say "Well, if it is in a book it must be true!" or " If it is on someone's tree, why would they lie?" Then he would enter the date in his tree and keep going and that mistake would come to haunt him in later research. Now he uses evaluation elements from Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Resources by Linda Woodward Geiger to assess his research. Join us On June 5th to discus this and how YOU decide what is credible. 

If you are a paid member of Our Genealogy Group you have access to some fabulous webinars that Thomas MacEntee has allowed us to add to Our Genealogy Group website. At the top of the page, you will see a link to the "OGG Genealogy Do-Over" , when you click on that you will be asked for a pass word. You will enter the username and password you were given when you paid your membership dues here and then you will have access to the webinars for a year.  

Make sure you join the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group too. It has nothing to do with Our Genealogy Group, but it is a fabulous way to join the discussion to see what everyone else in the world is doing with the project. Not everyone is really on "month 6". We all are on different steps and work at our own speed, it is interesting to see what others are doing. 



We will be discussing Citations in Software! We will have a handout that includes Family Tree Maker 2014, Legacy, Roots Magic and My Heritage. 

Month 4 Genealogy Do-over

It is finally time to do some research!

If you are following Thomas MacEntee's Do-Over, you know we have been waiting 4 long months to do some actual research. The time is finally here! 

I'm going to quote Mr. MacEntee here because he explains it best. "We get to actually take the information from our self-interviews and family group sheets and use it to find evidence to prove or disprove relationships and data points".  We are going to be setting up "to do lists", tracking research, transcribing, and more. 

We are going to work slower this time around, but we are going to get more information and more enjoyment from what we find. 

I hope you join us this April 3rd. Our speakers will be Catherine Ehlers, Trish Fields, Angela Mercer, Tamika Strong and Jane Thursby. Bring your questions about "How should I keep track of..." or "Where would I look for" or "What should be done before I look for...?" 

If you are paid member of Our Genealogy Group make sure you go to OGG and click on the "Do Over" section listed at the top for exclusive content provided to our group by Thomas MacEntee. 

If you use Facebook you may want to join Thomas MacEntee's Do Over Group Page . You can participate in the fun, or just watch and see what other people post, you might learn something new. There are over 11,000 people in the group, so there is no telling what you might learn. 

Genealogy Do-over Recap for Month #3

In March Our Genealogy Group had our 5th Annual All Day Workshop. But, it was also the time to do part 3 of Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. In month 3 the topics were to conduct a self interview and to conduct a family interview. . 

For my self interview, I originally thought I would just verify that what I had down in 
Family Tree Maker for me was correct. So, I checked it, and it is correct but, because, I'm not dead, 
I haven't had any military service, we have no children, and I'm not religious so there is no baptism information stuff listed, it really looked empty. 
My "self interview" felt lame.

At the Workshop, we had a session on interviews, and I gave a brief speech about StoryCorps. StoryCorps collects oral history stories and interviews from regular folks like you and me and stores them for all time at the Library of Congress. Recently, they created an app for your smart phone or tablet and it is an excellent way to capture that self interview or family interview for your part 3 of the do-over!  

If you have a smart phone or a tablet (and let's face it, you probably do) I encourage you to download the StoryCorp app. Once you get it, the app will walk you through all the steps. It is really easy to set up your own account. When you are ready, you can prepare an interview. If you are not sure what questions you should ask, the app gives you a lot of suggestions to choose from. You can click on the questions you like. Then when it is time to record (the recording is just audio) the questions you chose will be at the top of the screen, and you can swipe through them as you go along. If you already know what you want to talk about, you can just by pass all that stuff and go right to the interview. At the end of the interview, the app asks you to take one photograph. Then, you can choose to upload the interview to the Library of Congress, to a social media site like Facebook or you can decide to just keep it on your device and choose to share it only with your family. 

I found it best to do your "self interview" with the app as practice before doing the family interview. In the end it doesn't really matter though, because it is FREE! So, if you mess up you can start over! 

If you are a paid member go to OUR GENEALOGY GROUP and click on the "do over" section at the top of the page for exclusive content provided to us by Thomas MacEntee. 

If you are on Facebook and want to join the discussion or learn new tricks or just watch what others are doing in the the do-over Thomas MacEntee has a Do-Over group at HERE . 

Campus Map to our classrooms in building 14.

You should see signs through the campus for our workshop. So you can prepare, here is the map of the campus. The best parking is in the G parking lot and walk to building 14
If you need handicap parking, I've circled the parking areas in yellow. 

Click this link to see a bigger version of the map. Campus Map