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Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

Information for Attendees

The Ohio Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program schedule and registration for its 54th Annual Conference, OHIO: Your Genealogical Cornerstone. The conference will be held April 9-11, 2015, at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, with numerous pre-conference activities on April 8. The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will give the keynote address.

The twelve-page program brochure is now available to view and download:
Download Conference Booklet

Online registration is now closed. However, you may register for the conference in person beginning Wednesday April 8. The registration area will be open:

  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Hotel reservations may be made at the special conference rate. Attendees will enjoy free Wifi in all guest rooms and conference facilities, as well as complimentary parking for one car per room.
Book Your Hotel Room

Pre-conference activities on Wednesday, April 8, include tours and research opportunities at the Ohio History Center, tours of the Ohio Statehouse, and several workshops at the hotel. From Thursday through Saturday, family historians of all experience levels can select from over 90 presentations on a wide variety of topics to enhance their genealogical skills and understanding of their ancestors. The conference features 44 expert speakers from across the country. Tracks include:

    Thursday: Organizing & Productivity, Problem-Solving Strategies, Records & Resources, Across the Ocean, Sharing Family History, and Forensic Genealogy

    Friday: Skill Building, Technology Tools, German Ancestors, Methods for Success, Military Research, and African American & Southern Ancestors

    Saturday: Getting Started, Records & Resources, DNA/Genetic Genealogy, Ohio Ancestors, Research Challenges, and Preserving Your Heritage

A variety of social events, including luncheons and an informal evening gathering with live music, are offered for attendees to make and renew connections with others who share a passion for genealogy. New this year are express breakfast and grab-and-go lunch options. Businesses and societies will offer their products, books, software, expertise, and more in the exhibit hall.

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The Ohio Genealogical Society, founded in 1959, is the largest state genealogical society in the nation. We look forward to welcoming you to Columbus in April!

Exhibitor Information

Please plan to visit with each of the following exhibitors. Their corresponding map locations are included in this list.

Location Exhibitor Website
66 Ashland County Chapter OGS http://www.ashlandohiogenealogy.org
49 Board for Certification of Genealogists http://www.bcgcertification.org
10 Capture Your Pictures http://www.CaptureYourPictures.com
15 Carol Montrose Publications http://www.thegenealogybooks.net
48 Cashel Cadence House http://jessejamessoulliberty.ericjames.org
39 Columbus Metropolitan Library http://www.columbuslibrary.org
3 Criminal Research Press http://www.RonArons.com
4 Docodile Systems  
42-43 Fairfield County Chapter OGS http://www.fairfieldgenealogy.org
50 Family Tree Magazine http://www.familytreemagazine.com
51 First Hand Farewell http://www.firsthandfarewell.com
40 Franklin County Chapter OGS http://www.fcghs-oh.org
64 Freebie Table  
65 Freebie Table  
79 Friends of the Athens Asylum Cemeteries http://www.FAACofOhio.org
16-20 Fun Stuff For Genealogist http://www.funstuffforgenealogists.com
72-73 Gallia County Chapter OGS http://www.galliagenealogy.org
47 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) http://www.GRIPitt.org
33 Genealogists.com http://www.genealogists.com
52-53 Hamilton County Chapter OGS http://www.HCGSOhio.org
60-62 Heritage Productions http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/
68 Huron County Chapter OGS http://www.hccogs.org
41 In-Depth Genealogist http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com
Director's Boardroom JAMB Tapes Inc http://www.jamb-inc.com/
14 James M. Beidler Research http://www.jamesmbeidler.com
74 Lawrence County Chapter OGS http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com
24-31 Maia's Genealogy and History Books http://www.maiasbooks.com
9-May Michiana History Publications http://www.MichianaHistoryPublications.com
23, 32 Moorshead Magazines Ltd. http://yourgenealogytoday.com/
69 Morrow County Chapter OGS http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohmorrow
11 MT Publishing Co. http://www.mtpublishing.com
44 Muskingum County Chapter OGS http://www.mccogs.org
63 National Institute for Genealogical Studies http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/
45 Noble County Chapter OGS & Morgan County Chapter OGS http://www.morgancountyogs.org/
36-38 OGS Door Prizes  
54 OGS Publications  
35 OGS Raffle Prizes  
55-58 Ohio Genealogical Society http://www.OGS.org
1 Ohio History Connection http://www.OhioHistory.org
34 Ohio Society, US Daughters of 1812 http://www.ohiodaughters1812.org
21-22 Presentation is Everything  
67 Richland County Chapter OGS http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohrichgs
13-Dec RootsMagic http://www.rootsmagic.com
70-71 Ross County Chapter OGS http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohrcgs
46 Seeking Michigan / Archives of Michigan http://www.seekingmichigan.org
75 Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Ohio http://www.ohiomayflower.org
78 Trumbull County Chapter OGS http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohtcgs
2 Your DNA Guide http://www.YourDNAGuide.com


This is where a lot of the action is. The OGS Registration booth is in the Governor’s Foyer and the largest lecture room is the right half of the Governor’s Ballroom. The “ladder like” figure in front of booth 47 are the escalators up and down to the first floor where the other lectures will be held.


Exhibitors have access from the lobby area of the hotel and the front door through the doorway to the right in the below map that says "To Front Desk." These rooms on the first floor are where most of the lectures will be held.


Information for Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form
(Exhibitor registration is closed)

The hall is open and free to the general public. The hours are:

  • Thursday, April 9, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday, April 10, 9:30am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday, April 11, 9:30am to 4:00pm