March 26, 2011

Join the fun at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

There’s less than a week left until the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, coming up March 31-April 2 in Columbus. I’m so excited that it’s being held in my hometown! The conference will feature many well-known national and regional speakers, as well as some promising newcomers. Lisa Louise Cook, Richard Michael Doherty, Drew Smith, J. Mark Lowe, Leslie Albrecht Huber, Tacy A. Shoemaker Lewis, Jana Sloan Broglin and Diane VanSkiver Gagel will present workshops on Thursday afternoon. An Advanced Genealogy Discussion Group is also offered. The Thursday sessions are priced a la carte, and at $15 for two hours, I think they’re a terrific bargain.

The not-to-be-missed keynote address on Friday morning is “Digital Projects and Programs of FamilySearch” by David E. Rencher. On Friday and Saturday, each one-hour session offers a choice of six different lectures on a wide array of topics. If only I could be in two (or three or four) places at the same time! I’m torn between lectures being presented by Craig Scott, Michael J. Leclerc, Amy Johnson Crow, D. Joshua Taylor, Paula Stuart-Warren, John Humphrey, Amanda Epperson, Elaine Kuhn, Julie Miller, all the Thursday presenters, and many others. Not to mention that the exhibit hall, if it’s anything like previous years, will be packed with booths and tables full of great products and interesting people to talk to. What fun!

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, there’s still time. You can register online at the OGS website, or simply walk in. Single-day registration is available. The conference is being held at the elegant Hyatt on Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., across from the Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

In my next post, I plan to offer some tips on research facilities, dining, shopping, and sightseeing in Columbus for OGS conference-goers. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer. Hope to see you soon in Columbus!


  1. Will there be a vendors' area and will it be free to those not registered for the conference or for those attending only the Thursday sessions?

  2. Nancy, it's my understanding that some, but probably not all, vendors and societies will set up for the workshops on Thursday. Your best bet for seeing the fully stocked vendor area would be Friday & Saturday. A staff member at OGS told me you don't need to be registered for the conference to enter the vendor hall. Hope this answers your questions!


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