I’ll soon be heading north to the Ohio Genealogical Society 2012 Conference, which runs April 12-14 in Cleveland. About a month from now, I’ll be driving south for the National Genealogical Society 2012 Conference, slated for May 9-12 in Cincinnati. Yes, Columbus is turning out to be a sweet place to be based this year!
Even though the NGS Conference may be stealing just a little bit of the OGS Conference’s thunder, I’m excited to have the opportunity to attend both of them. Here’s a few of the reasons why I’m looking forward to OGS:
- Three full days of sessions led by great speakers, many of them nationally renowned. I wish I could go to them all!
- The opportunity for hands-on learning with special two-hour workshops on Thursday. There’s 10 of these to choose from, and they go until 9:00 at night. Who says genealogists need sleep?
- My first time offering free consultations as part of the “Brick Wall Solutions” sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. I hope to be able to help a few people with their research challenges.
- Having dinner with friends and associates from the ProGen Study Group program and Great Lakes APG--sure to be a fun time.
- Maybe a chance to sneak over to the nearby Western Reserve Historical Society to do a little bit of research in their library.
- Browsing the exhibit hall, with chances to talk to vendors like Maia's Books about their products and services. And I hope to chat with some of the county genealogical societies, too.
- And last but not least, getting inducted into the Settlers & Builders of Ohio lineage society during Friday’s luncheon. I was able to prove that eight of my ancestors (all on my paternal grandfather’s side) were residents of Ohio between 1821-1860.
So doesn’t that sound exciting? Who else will be joining me at OGS this year? Registration for any or all of the days is still available at the door, and I'd love to see you there!