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Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

Information for Attendees

The Ohio Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program schedule and registration for its 54th Annual Conference, OHIO: Your Genealogical Cornerstone. The conference will be held April 9-11, 2015, at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, with numerous pre-conference activities on April 8. The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will give the keynote address.

The twelve-page program brochure is now available to view and download:
Download Conference Booklet

Registration is open for both online and mail-in options:
Register Online

Hotel reservations may be made at the special conference rate. Attendees will enjoy free Wifi in all guest rooms and conference facilities, as well as complimentary parking for one car per room.
Book Your Hotel Room

Pre-conference activities on Wednesday, April 8, include tours and research opportunities at the Ohio History Center, tours of the Ohio Statehouse, and several workshops at the hotel. From Thursday through Saturday, family historians of all experience levels can select from over 90 presentations on a wide variety of topics to enhance their genealogical skills and understanding of their ancestors. The conference features 44 expert speakers from across the country. Tracks include:

    Thursday: Organizing & Productivity, Problem-Solving Strategies, Records & Resources, Across the Ocean, Sharing Family History, and Forensic Genealogy

    Friday: Skill Building, Technology Tools, German Ancestors, Methods for Success, Military Research, and African American & Southern Ancestors

    Saturday: Getting Started, Records & Resources, DNA/Genetic Genealogy, Ohio Ancestors, Research Challenges, and Preserving Your Heritage

A variety of social events, including luncheons and an informal evening gathering with live music, are offered for attendees to make and renew connections with others who share a passion for genealogy. New this year are express breakfast and grab-and-go lunch options. Businesses and societies will offer their products, books, software, expertise, and more in the exhibit hall.

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The Ohio Genealogical Society, founded in 1959, is the largest state genealogical society in the nation. We look forward to welcoming you to Columbus in April!

Information for Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form
Download Form

Each exhibit space registration includes:
  • Signage, draped table, two chairs, electric and Wi-Fi access
  • One complimentary conference registration and one electronic syllabus
  • Listing in conference syllabus (50 word maximum)
  • Website listing and link to your webpage
The hall will be advertised and open free to the general public. The hours will be:
  • Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am to 4:00pm

Advertising Opportunities

  • Door Prizes
  • The donation of any item suitable for a door prize would be greatly appreciated. If items are received before 1 February 2015, donor names will appear in the conference syllabus and on the conference website. Any questions regarding door prizes should be sent directly to 2015doorprizes@ogs.org
    Door prizes should be sent to: 2015 OGS Door Prize Chair, Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville, Ohio 44813

  • Syllabus Advertisements
  • Conference advertising opportunities are offered to exhibitors at reduced rates. These opportunities are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Email ads to 2015syllabus@ogs.org
    Inside Back 7.5 x 10 $500
    Inside Front 7.5 x 10 $350
    Full Page 7.5 x 10 $250
    Half Page 7.5 x 5 $175
    Quarter Page 3.5 x 5 $100

    Ads may be submitted in TIFF or PDF formats. All files must be at least 300dpi. Any fonts used in the ads must be either converted to outlines or embedded in the file. Deadline for ad submission is February 1, 2015.