OGS 2019 Annual Conference
The registration book for the OGS 2019 Annual Conference is now available. All members will receive a printed copy in the mail, but here is your first look at the sessions, workshops, and events that will be offered at the conference. The conference will be held May 1-4, 2019, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, just twenty minutes from Cincinnati. The theme for the conference is Building a Heritage, featuring over ninety sessions on topics such as military, technology, DNA, ethnicity, methodology, records, problem-solving, and Ohio. The keynote speaker for the conference is David E. Rencher from FamilySearch.
Discounts to the conference are available to members who plan on attending. For more information on the conference, visit https://ogsconference.org. To download a copy of the registration booklet, click here. Registration is open on the conference website and attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations now. Details on the hotel and the special conference rate are listed in the registration booklet.
2020 OGS Annual Conference Call for Papers
The Ohio Genealogical Society announces a request for lecture and/or workshop proposals for its 2020 conference to be held April 29-May 2, 2020, at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Topics being considered include: Ohio history, its records, and repositories; ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.); religious groups; migration into, within, and out of Ohio; origins of early Ohio settlers, New England research, the Firelands/Connecticut Reserve, and the Old Northwest Territory. Other topics of interest that will be considered: land and military records; technology, including DNA (all levels of DNA research); mobile devices and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research. The program committee is specifically seeking new, unusual, and dynamic proposals. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions or two-hour workshops. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit.
Submit proposals via e-mail, batching proposals together so that not more than two e-mails are sent to email@example.com no later than Midnight EST on May 31, 2019. Speakers are required to use an electronic presentation program and there is no need for a projector as projectors will be provided by the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center. To learn more about the call for papers, click here.
Annoucement for Federal Workers and Veterans
Are you a federal worker currently affected by the shutdown? Have you always wanted to research your ancestry, but didn’t have the time…until now? The Ohio Genealogical Society is here to help. For the duration of the federal shutdown, federal employees can show their employment identification and OGS will waive its $5 daily use fee for nonmembers at its library located at 611 State Route 97 West in Bellville. In addition, veterans and those currently serving in the military, will also have the use fee waived when showing their military identification.
Find Your Family History with OGS
Tracing your roots is fascinating and rewarding — and tricky sometimes. The Ohio Genealogical Society makes it easier and more fun! Local chapters throughout the state host regular meetings that cover the how-tos in a casual group setting. Annual state conferences, summer workshops, boot camp for beginners — all offer assistance for beginners and even experienced family history researchers. Online databases and educational resources help members find ancestors in Ohio and beyond. Publications target Ohio research and history.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.
Win-Win is Still Available!
OGS is excited to re-introduce a proven membership program which benefits OGS and OGS chapters as well. Effective immediately, new members to OGS may designate that their local OGS chapter receives a $5.00 rebate from their new membership application. This does not apply to renewals. Dues are $40.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!