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27 Feb 2013

Got German?

confblog2.fw_.pngAt last year’s National Genealogical Society’s Conference in Cincinnati, we were overwhelmed with attendees who specifically attended because of their interest in German genealogy. Cincinnati, among other areas of Ohio, was an area heavily populated by German immigrants during the 19th Century. Based on last year’s demand, the OGS Conference organizers have made every effort to provide sessions to meet the needs of those interested in German and other European research.


F. Warren Bittner Is giving three presentations. I had the opportunity to read Mr. Bittner’s bio, and I can’t wait to hear him speak. He is a nationally-recognized speaker who has presented at numerous genealogical conferences. I’m particularly intrigued by his talk on illegitimacy. He chose this topic for his master’s thesis, and I promise you he discovered that this topic is not as cut and dried as you might think.

Ernest Thode is also scheduled for three presentations — and what a bio he has. Mr. Thode has been manager of the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Washington County Public Library in Marietta, Ohio, since 1992. Mr. Thode has taught German, translated German documents for family researchers, authored books including German-English Genealogical Dictionary, and written an award-winning newspaper genealogy column.

Michel Lacopo returns to Cincinnati after presenting for the NGS Conference in 2012. His specialty is identifying and locating German records, including lesser-known records. Should you attend his presentation on identifying the German origins of American immigrants, you can expect to hear about the following:

  • Overview of German immigration history and geography
  • Utilization of lesser known published sources
  • How to mine primary records for place names and hints of places of origin
  • Indirect research to locate German origin
  • Case studies

James M. Biedler, whose credits include serving as President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors,writes regularly for newspapers, magazines, and journals. He also serves as an Instructor for Family Tree University. His talks will include “Zigzagging through German Church Records” and “What’s a Palantine Anyways?”

Finally, Thomas Jones will present a case study on how to plan and execute efficient and effective research. Elissa Powell will help participants learn how to make use of passenger lists. Barbara Bell, who specializes in northern German resources, will highlight the use of familysearch. If you have Eastern European ancestors, Lisa Alzo will discuss online resources that increasingly becoming available for researchers.

So get your calendars out. There’s so much to do with so little time.

03 Feb 2013

Are You Interested in African American Genealogy?

conference2013logo_small.pngAre you interested in African American genealogy? If so, you may want to sign up for the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Conference to be held in Cincinnati from April 25th-27th.

The Co-Chairs for this conference, Kenny Burck and Dana Palmer, made every effort to identify speakers who would appeal to a variety of ethnic groups. Fortunately, for those interested in African American genealogy, the sessions do not overlap. All but one of the presentations are on Friday, so if you can only attend one day of the conference, Friday might be your day.


Looking over the wide range of topics, there should be something for everyone. The talk scheduled for 4:30 on the use of Heritage Quest Online will include a discussion of the Freedman Bank Records. At 5:45. there will be an African American Roundtable. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research and ways to get past their brick walls.

For more details, check the conference brochure posted at ogs.org.

Kathy Reed

08 Jan 2013

DNA and Genealogy

Have you considered using DNA to support your genealogical research? Have you had success? Are you overwhelmed by the science? Afraid of possible revelations about your health? I can answer yes to all of these questions. However, it’s something that I think will become an increasingly useful tool in our genealogical toolbox — and something I want to understand better.

In keeping with the theme of this conference, the planners included a track on DNA and genealogy.

Colleen Fitzpatrick is leading half of the sessions in this track. As I was not familiar with her, I was led to do a little research. Colleen is the author of Genetic Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy, two best-sellers in genetic genealogy. Despite her expertise, she lists her talks as appropriate for “all levels.”  Her talks are “appropriate for you whether you are having trouble spelling DNA or are an old hand at genetic genealogy.” She has been involved in the ID of an unknown child on the Titanic, and work related  to Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln. To quote her bio, she has done “extensive professional work on DNA identification with the military, law enforcement, the Center for Human Identification, Harvard University, and many other well-known organizations.”

Ugo Allesandro Perego is presenting two sessions. I was able to find a link to his site.   A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He, too, has an extensive resume. Nora Galvin will discuss DNA testing for genealogical purposes, the testing process, what the results look like and what they mean.

There will also be a DNA Roundtable sponsored by Family Tree DNA. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn which DNA test to take, decide how many markers to test and determine how to best utilize the results.

All for the price of one conference admission!  Hope to see you there.

Kathy Reed

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18 Dec 2012

Check Out the Technology Track!

Technology, and its applicability to genealogical research, will play a central role in this year’s OGS Conference. When it comes to planning your schedule, you can’t beat the conference “tracks” that have been outlined by the planners.  Interested in technology? Here is a list of what is being offered with a technology focus.

You can easily review the listings and determine what may be of interest to you. In addition, you can refer to the program to see if the presentation is appropriate for beginner, intermediate or advanced users of the technology.

Numerous tracks have been identified. Over the next several weeks, I hope to feature each one of the tracks to assist you in planning. If you’ve not yet seen a copy of the conference booklet, click on this link and download a copy.

Do you have friends and family asking you for a gift suggestion? Maybe a conference registration is just the ticket.

Hope to see you there.

Kathy Reed



02 Dec 2012

2013 OGS Conference Program Now Available!

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.

If you want to receive any of the updates posted to this conference blog, please sign up by email. As items are added, they will be emailed to you automatically.  You are encouraged to comment on any post of interest to you. Ask your questions, add your comments, and we’ll get a conversation going.  Feel free to add a link to this blog to your own blogs or society websites. Looking forward to April.

Kathy Reed

21 Oct 2012

Looking Ahead to the 2013 OGS Conference

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.

Kathy Reed

Recording Secretary for the Hamilton County Genealogical Society

29 Aug 2012

OGS 2012, weather for Cleveland, Ohio

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.

06 Apr 2012

OGS Parking at 2012 Conference, APG Meeting

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!”

03 Apr 2012

OGS 2012 and Western Reserve Historical Society

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)

21 Mar 2012