The OGS Conference Booklet is now available online. The Ohio Genealogical Society 2013 conference will be held on Thursday April 25 through Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The theme of this conference is “Expanding Your Ancestry Through Technology.”
A review of the program made me want to sign up immediately! The nationally-recognized keynote speaker, Thomas W. Jones, will kick-off the conference with “Strategies for Finding ‘Unfindable’ Ancestors.” Last spring, several friends who attended the NGS Conference told me that he was one of the main reasons they attended NGS. Somehow, I missed hearing him. I’m looking forward to a “do over.”
I’m also excited about the number of “tracks” that are part of this conference. There are 98 lecture topics organized into specific research tracks, such as DNA, German, Irish, Military, African American, land, methodology, regional, professional and many technology tracks from national and state speakers. Looking at the program, you can easily identify the offerings in areas of special interest to you or areas where you would like to increase your expertise.
If you have Ohio ancestors who served in the Civil War or lived in Ohio before 1912, you may want to consider completing a lineage application before the December 31st deadline. You can go to the OGS website and see what the requirements are to complete an application for one of the lineage groups. I’ve found that nothing enhances your genealogical skills more than collecting the documentation necessary to “prove” that your ancestors qualify for one of these groups. Those who qualify will be able to be honored at one of the luncheons or dinners to be held during the conference.
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With the start of school and Family History Month scheduled for October, our thoughts turn to where our genealogical journey may take us this year. Fresh from this year’s OGS Chapter Management Seminar sponsored by the Ross County Chapter, I am “ready to go.” So how exciting that this year’s conference will focus on how technology can aid us in our genealogical search.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Expanding Your Ancestry Through Technology.” It is scheduled to take place from Thursday April 25 through Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.There will be 98 lecture topics organized into specific research tracks, such as DNA, German, Irish, Military, African American, land, methodology, regional, professional and many technology tracks from national and state speakers.
Once the conference brochure and schedule are finalized, I will be posting about the research tracks, speakers, and sites you might want to consider during your visit to Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. You don’t even need to remember to check for updates. Simply add your email address to the RSS feed and you will receive an email when new content has been added to this blog.
As a life-long resident of this region, I look forward to sharing what I love about this area, so rich in culture, geography, and genealogical resources. Should you have questions, post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to help to get you an answer.
Recording Secretary for the Hamilton County Genealogical Society
An extended forecast of the weather for the 2012 OGS conference has a 0%-20% chance of rain Thursday through Saturday. Sunday may have a 40% chance of rain. Temperature is to be in the mid-40s to the mid-50s. Remember, it feels cooler with the wind from the lake. Dress in layers and bring a jacket or coat if you are going out in the evening.
The Cleveland Indians are playing in Kansas City over the weekend, but if you are in town early on Wednesday, there is a 12:05 game. Tickets are available.
Only nine days until conference! Here’s an idea for you. Bring return address labels to the conference. They are great for putting on ticket stubs for door prizes. Certainly saves on the time filling them out, and they are SO easy to read!
Good news! If you are staying at the InterContinental Hotel, parking is free, and that’s valet parking too. For those persons who will not be staying, but desire to park at the hotel, parking is $10 per day. Be sure to mention you are with OGS!
The Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be meeting from 5-5:30 in room 202. See them at booth 25 for Brick Wall Solutions. This is a twenty minute consultation with professional genealogists. Times are available from 9-4 on Friday. Check at the registration desk/bulletin board to see times available. First come, first served.
We have been informed that Sandy Malitz who was to speak on the Palmer Collection at WRHS will be unable to attend. This is session T-2.
One of the new things we will have at this year’s conference is a set of papers called “Pink Sheets.” These sheets will give you information regarding the conference, a layout of the conference center, the room assignments, and lots of other very pertinent information. Don’t be lost, use your “Pinks!”
Western Reserve Historical Society Extends Hours for OGS Attendees
The Western Reserve Historical Society announces that there will be extended hours at its Research Center during the OGS Conference. It will be open 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday, and open again on Sunday, April 15, from Noon to 5:00 pm. Plus, there will be free admission and free parking for OGS Conference attendees on those days. Just show your Conference registration documentation.
Research Center staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist you with your research during these hours and additional activities are being planned. The Genealogical Committee, an auxiliary of WRHS, will have a booth in the OGS Conference Exhibit Hall, describing the extensive genealogical research resources available at the WRHS Research Center, including the family history holdings, genealogical databases, ethnic history collections and more. Details about Genealogy Committee classes and seminars also will be available. Daily drawings will offer Conference attendees a chance to win their choice of free WRHS and Genealogical Committee memberships or free staff research time in the Research Center.
For information about WRHS, go to www.wrhs.org.
(From OGS Dateline)
This year at the OGS conference, you will be receiving legal sized pink sheets of paper. These Pink Sheets will contain information you need to know about the conference. The Pinks will contain information regarding the registration and check-in process, the daily schedule, parking information, door prizes, meals, special conference events, and seating information, plus more!
Early-bird hotel rates have passed the the conference hotel is full. There are hotels in the Cleveland area still available.
The Intercontinental Hotel offers a free shuttle anywhere within a three mile distance from the hotel. Seats are limited and it is on a first come first serve basis. The shuttle runs from 5am to 10pm Monday through Friday, and 7am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday. There are regular stops Monday through Friday at Beachwood and Legacy Village; Saturday at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame & Great Lakes Science Center; and Sunday at Beachwood and Legacy Village.
Great news! If one is staying at the conference hotel the parking is free and if you are staying elsewhere the parking is $12 per day with in and out privileges. Much better than the $24. Make sure you say you are with the OGS conference.
Have you registered for the conference yet? It’s less than a month til we get together for great sessions, lots of learning, and networking. Make sure to visit the exhibit hall where vendors have a variety of items.
The countdown begins as the OGS conference begins April 12! Are you ready?
The hotel offers not only restaurants, but there is a walkway from the hotel/conference center to the Cleveland Clinic. This walkway has many restaurants available. Also there is a shuttle from the hotel that will take you to the wonderful restaurants of Cleveland. Be sure to visit Little Italy for some fantastic food.
As many of you may know by clicking on the registration booklet on the OGS.org site, the registration form is not online. We do ask that you copy the form and mail it to OGS at the address indicated on the form. We do apologize for any confusion regarding online registration. We are hoping that this will be in place next year for the 2013 annual conference.