Monday, February 9, 2009

2009 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference is April 2-4, 2009

In addition to the two "national" genealogy conferences sponsored each year by the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), there are a number of state or regional conferences that feature many tracks of notable speakers over several days.

One of the best of these state or regional conferences is sponsored by the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS). The 2009 OGS Conference, celebrating their 50th anniversary, is titled "Finding Genealogical Gold in the Streams of History" and will be held 2-4 April 2009, at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, about midway between Toledo and Cleveland, with easy access from State Route 2 and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90).

The full conference brochure and registration form is available in PDF form here. The conference program features 38 speakers in 68 presentations and three workshops. The conference will also include inductions of new members into the three OGS lineage societies: First Families of Ohio, Settlers and Builders of Ohio, and the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.

The society will kick off the conference with a Golden Anniversary Banquet on Thursday, April 2 from 7 to 9 pm. Guest speaker will be Ian Frazier, author of Family, a book about researching his ancestors. In it, the Ohio-born author talks about his own ancestors on a personal level, telling what he learned about how they grew up, courted, made a living, and died, and about their individual achievements and disappointments. He will speak on "Savers and Thrower-Outers: Family Dynamics and the Pursuit of Genealogy." That sounds really interesting, especially if it is from the humorist side of Mr. Frazier's experience!

2009 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
713 S. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44907-1644
For more information email

The Ohio Genealogical Society, headquartered in Mansfield, is the largest state genealogical society in the country, with over 6,000 members, 95 chapters, nearly 35,000 books and a lending library with more than 2,000 titles and publications. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of genealogical and historical information.

This looks like an excellent conference! I wish I was located in a more central part of the country so that I could attend some of these state and regional conferences!

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