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Two Editorial Appointments at OGS to Take Effect in January 2011
The Ohio Genealogical Society has announced the appointment of two OGS members to the top editorial posts of Ohio Genealogical Quarterly and Ohio Records and Pioneer Families.
Margaret Arnold of Sunbury, Ohio, has been selected as the next editor of the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly. She will replace Jean Nathan as editor on January 1, 2011. Nathan has held the editorship for the past fifteen years.
The Ohio Genealogical Society has a long and rich history of publishing. Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, one of four quarterly publications of the society, features condensed family histories, church, cemetery, court records, newspaper abstracts, Bible records and book notices.
Arnold is well qualified for this position. She holds masterís degrees in both Library and Information Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia and French Language and Literature from Ohio State University. She is the Coordinator of Information Services for the Community Library in Sunbury. Her responsibilities include all aspects of local history collections management and genealogy reference service She is also the editor of Library News, the libraryís monthly newsletter.
Besides her library work, Arnold is the Associate Editor of American Period Furniture, the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Among her duties are editing copy, preparing images for print, checking citations, and preparing graphics.
She is actively engaged in genealogical research. She is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society. Arnold brings to the editorship solid credentials which will keep the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly as the premier journal of Ohio genealogy.
Laurel M. Sheppard of Hilliard, Ohio, has been selected as the next editor of Ohio Records and Pioneer Families. She will replace Susan Lee as the editor on January 1, 2011.
The Ohio Genealogical Society has a long and rich history of publishing family history magazines. Ohio Records and Pioneer Families, one of four quarterly publications of the society, features material about Ohio pioneers who were in the state before 1850. The quarterly centers on family histories, church, cemetery, court records, newspaper abstracts, and Bible records.
Sheppard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering from Ohio State University and has completed the Stanford Professional Publishing Course from Stanford University.
As an award-winning writer and editor, Sheppard has extensive publishing expertise which includes managing publications, researching, writing and editing features and departments, market reports, press releases, corporate profiles, case histories, biographies, newsletters; and editing journal papers and proceedings. She is the author of several hundred articles.
She has held various editor positions with Business News Publishing, The American Ceramic Society, ASM International, and Penton Publishing.
Sheppard has been a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society for the last several years and has attended OGS conferences in 2009 and 2010. She has completed several years of research on both sides of her family but realizes she has a long way to go. She has also attended genealogy workshops sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. One of her long-term goals is to become a certified genealogist.
Laurel Sheppard brings to the editorship a solid publishing background which will keep the Ohio Records and Pioneer Families as the premier journal of early Ohio genealogy.
Ohio Genealogical Society is the nationís largest state genealogical society with over 5500 members and chapters in all 88 counties. It recently opened a new library and headquarters in Bellville, Ohio. For information about the OGS Library, contact