In 1866, a joint resolution of Congress authorized the compilation and publication of Civil War records. This massive undertaking eventually led to the publication of 128 books collectively referred to as "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies,” or the "O.R.” The books, printed between 1881 and 1901, have been studied, argued over and cited by Civil War historians since publication.
The Oklahoma Genealogical Society recently bought a new set of this collection, which includes reminiscences and analyses of war experiences from the Confederate viewpoint.
The companion set, "Southern Historical Society Papers,” published in 52 volumes from 1869 to the 1950s, also was obtained by the society. This set is the South’s response to the "O.R.”
Billie Stone Fogarty, Oklahoma Genealogical Society seminar chairman, and Paul Quillin, the society’s acquisitions chairman, will discuss using the "O.R.” and "Southern Historical Society Papers” at the society’s meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Cheaspeake Conference Center at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird.
Researchers will also learn how to use the printed books along with the online sources to enhance their Civil War research.
Experienced researchers will be available at 5 p.m. to assist attendees. The research library will be open until 7:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the public; a $3 donation is suggested. For more information, call 617-1907, e-mail okgensoc@aol.