Edmond group celebrates 30th anniversary of genealogy library

EDMOND — The Edmond Genealogical Society recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the genealogy library at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum, 431 S Boulevard.

The Research Library and Genealogical Center was founded in August 1987 by Edmond community members Genny Adamson, Bob Bryan, Joyce Craft, La Nita DeWolf, Marjorie Meggs, Laura Ralston, Carol Roberts and Sandra Stratton. These community members also helped establish the Edmond Genealogical Society in 1991.

“We all wanted to serve the community,” library founding member Genny Adamson said about the library and its volunteers.

Adamson and her husband, Hal, worked weekends at the library to assist those interested in genealogy, as well as those wishing to conduct research about Edmond. She is still a resident of Edmond and will be celebrating her 99th birthday on Dec. 27.

Originally located in the northeast corner of the Edmond Historical Society & Museum, the old library space is now the Collections Office. A new library was built and opened in May 2016 in the northwest corner after money was gathered from museum funds, fundraising, a donation from the Kerr Foundation and donations from private donors.

The library’s resources include more than 5,000 books and periodicals, microfilm of the Edmond Sun newspaper, University of Central Oklahoma and area high school yearbooks, Edmond city directories, an Edmond authors section, Grace Lawn Cemetery Records, local family histories, files on Edmond Land Run participants and Edmond pioneers, and vertical files of noteworthy local citizens and events.

Edmond Genealogical Society volunteers help staff the library and are there to assist genealogists, researchers, authors, residents and visitors in their efforts to find genealogical and historical information about Edmond and its surrounding areas.

Andrea Wallis Aven is Edmond Genealogical Society board president.

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