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2020 OGS Annual Conference Call for Papers

The Ohio Genealogical Society announces a request for lecture and/or workshop proposals for its 2020 conference to be held April 29-May 2, 2020, at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Topics being considered include: Ohio history, its records, and repositories; ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.); religious groups; migration into, within, and out of Ohio; origins of early Ohio settlers, New England research, the Firelands/Connecticut Reserve, and the Old Northwest Territory. Other topics of interest that will be considered: land and military records; technology, including DNA (all levels of DNA research); mobile devices and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research. The program committee is specifically seeking new, unusual, and dynamic proposals. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions or two-hour workshops. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submit proposals via e-mail, batching proposals together so that not more than two e-mails are sent to ogsconference@gmail.com no later than Midnight EST on May 31, 2019. Speakers are required to use an electronic presentation program and there is no need for a projector as projectors will be provided by the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center. To learn more about the call for papers, click here.


OGS 2019 Writing Contest Winners

OGS is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Writing Contest and would like to congratulate the following authors for their excellent writing. We thank each author who chose to share their expertise and genealogical research with others by entering the contest. At the discretion of the Ohio Genealogy News and Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly editors, all entries submitted may be published.

Grand Prize winner is Lauren Kuntzman for her article “Separating Sisters from Cousins: Differentiating Sophie & Julia Dodé from Julie & Sophie Dodez.” Lauren will receive $50 and a year’s membership to OGS. Second Prize winner is Stephen Wendt for his article “A Hungarian Butcher. A Surreal Connection. A Disquieting Discovery.” Stephen will receive $25 and a year’s membership to OGS. Third Prize winner is Joseph Leatherwood, for his article “Into the Great Northwest: The Progenitors of the Northwestern Leatherwoods.” Joseph will receive $15 and a year’s membership to OGS.

OGS welcomes submissions year round to its journals. Please see guidelines for submitting articles, under the Journals tab. An announcement for the 2020 Writing Contest will be made later this year.

Find Your Family History with OGS

Tracing your roots is fascinating and rewarding — and tricky sometimes. The Ohio Genealogical Society makes it easier and more fun! Local chapters throughout the state host regular meetings that cover the how-tos in a casual group setting. Annual state conferences, summer workshops, boot camp for beginners — all offer assistance for beginners and even experienced family history researchers. Online databases and educational resources help members find ancestors in Ohio and beyond. Publications target Ohio research and history.

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Win-Win is Still Available!

OGS is excited to re-introduce a proven membership program which benefits OGS and OGS chapters as well. Effective immediately, new members to OGS may designate that their local OGS chapter receives a $5.00 rebate from their new membership application. This does not apply to renewals. Dues are $40.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!