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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 ogsconference@gmail.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.

2019 OGS Writing Contest

OGS is excited to announce that the 2019 Writing Contest is now open for submissions. OGS is sponsoring its genealogical writing contest to reward amateur and professional genealogical authorship and to fill the pages of its renowned journals with quality articles. All entries fitting the criteria will be considered for publication in the award-winning Ohio Genealogy News (OGN) or the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (OGSQ). Editors will select the appropriate journal for each winning article and cash prizes will be awarded. To learn more about the contest, click here. To download the rules and style guide, click here.


findmypast Partnership

The Ohio Genealogical Society is excited to announce a new partnership with find my past.

As a benefit of membership in the Ohio Genealogical Society, you can enjoy a complimentary 12 month starter subscription to find my past. Explore over 2 billion historical records and discover your ancestors today.

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!