OGS Conference 2015

It's almost time! The annual Ohio Genealogy Conference is just six weeks away. The following is information that we recently received from OGS to pass along to all of you.

OGS CONFERENCE 2015

I’m very excited about the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference   8-11 April 2015 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel. This year promises to be one of the best conferences we have had. Shelly Bishop has put together a superior program for us. Our social event on Thursday evening will be a highlight of the weekend featuring live music, finger food and mingling with other genealogists.

The fun begins on Wednesday with research at the Ohio History Center (formerly the Ohio Historical Society which will be open from 10 am-5 pm. If you haven’t been to the Center there are excellent land surveys, maps, city directories and my favorite: newspapers. They will have sessions throughout the day on using the facility and much more.

Wednesday also includes a tour of the Ohio Statehouse. The history and hidden treasures of the Statehouse will be revealed. There is a fee of $6.00. Please pre-register.

Also on Wednesday are workshops. There is a fee of $15.00 for each workshop, but I’m excited to say choosing just two will be a problem. If you are interested in using Ancestry, preserving family treasures, oral history or land platting; Wednesday is your day.

We are pleased to have Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL as our speaker. Judy is known as the Legal Genealogist and write a genealogy based blog daily. In her opening presentation, she will be talking about Ohio Law from the Northwest Territory. As an Ohioian with very early ancestors, I think this will be a great session.

Thursday sessions begin at 10:.00 am. IF you are interested in using family search, Evernote, divorce records or being a genealogist CSI then this conference is for you. And this is just the beginning.

Have you heard Michael LaCopo speak? He’s excellent. He writes a blog called Hoosier Daddy and has done extensive research. His luncheon talk on The Top Ten Things I Have learned in over Three Decades of Genealogical Research sounds delightful.

My problem with Friday is too many good choices. Cloud storage, apps, immigrants, military and German research, how do I choose?

Saturday will be a very big day. Some of our friends aren’t experts and need a beginner’s track. Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG will present a seminar geared to beginners on Saturday morning. There is a small fee for this but you don’t have to be registered for the conference to attend. It’s a separate registration and fee.

This is just the beginning of opportunities available this year. We have a couple of roundtables including DNA and African American.  The Great Lakes Chapter of APG is offering free 15minute Ask the Expert sessions. Please check the brochure online at www.org.org.

Have you signed up for the blog which gives you conference updates? www.org.org/blog

I’ll be sending more on the speakers and events in the coming weeks. I hope to see you at the conference. Come and enjoy this great learning experience.

See you soon,

Deb Deal, OGS Trustee

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