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Pioneer Woman Statue

Ponca City, OK – Bryant Baker, Sculptor – Dedicated April 22, 1930.

Marland Mansion

Ponca City, OK - Constructed 1928.

Ponca City Library

Ponca City, OK – Constructed 1935.

Standing Bear Museum & Education Center

Ponca City, OK - Dedicated September 29, 2007.

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK – Constructed 1926.

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"Why waste your money looking into your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you." - Mark Twain
  • Free access to Ancestry.com at the Ponca City Library computer room!
  • Have you performed a backup of your genealogy data?
  • Check out the training opportunities at the bottom of this page!
  • Need some help in your reseach?--check out the PGS Mentoring Program.
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Welcome To The PGS Website

It is our intention to provide a place where a variety of genealogy-related information and tools can be shared with family researchers.

Our society organized in 1971 and draws its name from the Pioneer Woman Statue erected in Ponca City in 1930. This statue celebrates the noble spirit of determination displayed by the women who settled this region. We seek to honor the determination of all of the pioneers and their descendants, along with the Native American cultures that were early inhabitants, who continue to be a major element today.  Our focus is on Kay County but we also include limited information related to the surrounding counties of Osage, Pawnee, Noble and Grant;and also Sumner and Cowley counties in Kansas.

Our monthly meetings are open to the public and held at the Ponca City Library. We also answer queries (see restrictions), publish a quarterly newsletter, compile local genealogical records, and provide a mentoring program for genealogy assistance in cooperation with the library.

Our object is to make this website easy to navigate.  The following are some brief comments that may help in learning about the website content.

  • Current PGS events can be accessed using the "Calendar of Events" link icon.
  • Links to local libraries and museums are included in the "Area Repositories" section (including a link to the state office for obtaining birth and death certificates).
  • Access instructions to the electronic data bases (Heritage Quest) from a personal computer are located on the Ponca City Library page.
  • The "On-Line Records" section contains a variety of information collected from different sources - see the sub-menu for different categories of interest.
  • Kay Co. marriage applications for the period of 1893-1999 are located in the "Online Records/Marriage Records" section.
  • Interments in all Kay Co. cemeteries before 2003 (and some to 2010) are located in the 'Online Records/Death-Obit Records section.  A link to the Master Index of these individuals is located on the Kay County Cemetery page.
  • Maps of county townships with individual section numbers designated are included in the "Property Records and Maps" section.
  • The 1941-1942 Kay Co. Atlas with a listing of propety owners is located in the "Property Records and Maps" section.
  • Links to popular websites that are used frequently to assist in various elements of research are located in the "Related Websites" section.
  • Information about up-coming events (not sponsored by PGS) that may be of interest to the visitor are located at the bottom of the page.

We would invite the users of this website to help us make improvements and any needed corrections by sending a message to our webmaster.  Thank you for your assistance!

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Workshops - Training Opportunities - Meetings of Interest

(Use "Related Websites" on the main menu for links to these sites)

*On Demand*  Internet - Relative Roots Webinar Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA

*May 24* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All - Eowny Langholf

*May 31* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors - Michael L. Strauss

*June 7* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors - Paula Stuart-Warren

*June 9* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The Increasing Need for Foreign Language Indexing - Devin Ashby

*June 13* - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist - Melissa Barker

*June 14* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA - Blaine Bettinger

*June 15* - Internet - (Live)  NEHGS: Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research - Christopher C. Child

*June 16* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing - Diahan Southard

*June 20* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father - Elissa Scalise Powell

*June 21* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Virtual Family reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun - Dear MYRTLE

*June 21* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share - Annette Burke Lyttle

*June 28* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Canada's Top 10 - Kathryn Lake Hogan

*July 5* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Censational Census Strategies - Mary Kircher Roddy

*July 11* - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps - Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

*July 12* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Google Books: The Tool You Should Use Every Day! - Lisa Louise Cooke

*July 14* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs - Jared Hodges

*July 18* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research - Angela Packer McGhie

*July 19* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory - Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

*July 19* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  The Early Religious Experience in America: The Theology Behind the Records - Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

*July 26* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It - Janet Hovorka

*Aug 2* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Tracing Your West Country Ancestors - Kirsty Gray

*Aug 5* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  Using atDNA to Verify and Expand Genealogy - Emily D. Aulicino

*Aug 8* - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years - Amy Johnson Crow

*Aug 9* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy - Judy G, Russell

*Aug 11* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree - Geoff Rasmussen

*Aug 15* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors - LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

*Aug 16* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories - Ursula C. Krause

*Aug 16* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  Ports of Entry - Kim von Aspern-Parker

*Aug 23* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful - Jonathan Walker

*Aug 30* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Getting Started with Evidentia - Edward A. Thompson