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.
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.
The Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society is planning activities to support the OGS Annual Conference in Cleveland April 12-14, 2012. Your members will be interested in these plans, as the Western Reserve Historical Society is located only a few minutes from the InterContinental Hotel where the Conference will be held.
First, the Research Center at WRHS will be open for extended hours during the OGS Conference. On Thursday, April 12, hours will be from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the Center will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. And on Sunday, April 15, it will be open from Noon to 5:00 pm. In addition, admission and parking at the WRHS will be free for all OGS Conference attendees. They need only show their Conference registration materials. Research Center staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist in research.
The Genealogical Committee will have an exhibit in the OGS Conference Exhibit Hall and will conduct daily prize drawings offering WRHS and Committee memberships, free research time, and other prizes. Members will be on hand to answer questions and describe the research help and resources available at the WRHS Research Center.
Thanks for all the great comments! The program has been set and the acceptances from the speakers have been received. We’ll be featuring our speakers and their topics so you can see what a great group of individuals we have at our conference. Our vendor chair, Bill Priest, is contacting vendors for the event. If you belong to an OGS chapter, please encourage them to participate. This is a wonderful way to get new chapter members as well as volunteers for projects you may have.
The program is now set for the April 12-14 conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Over 60 sessions plus workshops are included in this three-day event. Workshops will be held on Thursday and will be an extra charge. Tickets will be issued for the workshops and only ticket-holders for those sessions will be admitted.
The vendor/exhibit hall chair is hard at work securing great vendors for the conference. Be sure to visit the vendor hall. All exhibits as well as sessions are on the same floor!