Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ohio Genealogical Society Heads to Columbus for 2011 Conference

The 2011 Annual Conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be held March 31 to April 2, 2011, at The Hyatt on Capitol Square, in Columbus under the theme “Genealogy through the Centuries.” As many as 600 genealogists from Ohio and elsewhere will attend.

OGS President Sunda Anderson Peters predicts that “This year’s conference should be of high interest to our membership. Our inaugural class into the society’s new lineage society, Century Families of Ohio, will be inducted at the Thursday night banquet and we welcome David E. Rencher from FamilySearch as our keynote speaker on Friday morning.

“The conference committee has worked diligently to ensure that this year’s conference meets the educational needs of genealogists in Ohio and beyond through sessions that will offer innovative ideas and strategic techniques presented by speakers who are knowledgeable, experienced, and well regarded in the genealogical world.

“I invite each and every one of you to come to the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus to see for yourself how OGS is committed to providing learning opportunities to its members and the genealogical community at-large.”

The conference program offers a keynote address, 58 lectures, and eight workshops. The program will be presented by thirty-six genealogical experts, including such nationally recognized speakers as J. Mark Lowe, Craig Scott, Paula Stuart Warren, Drew Smith, Lisa Cooke, Tim Pinnick, Michael Leclerc, Cecile Jensen, Richard Daugherty, John Humphrey, and Jana Sloan Broglin.

The program also includes four awards luncheons and dinners for the following OGS lineage societies: Century Families of Ohio (honoring the inaugural class), the Settlers and Builders of Ohio, the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio, and the First Families of Ohio. Another featured event is the OGS Annual Luncheon

Some fifty exhibitors are expected to offer products and services of interest to genealogists and family historians at the conference in the Vendor Hall. Admission is free to the Vendor Hall. Hours are: Thursday 2 pm to 8 pm, Friday 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 8 am to 4 pm

The Hyatt on Capitol Square offers renowned service and deluxe amenities, and has earned the AAA Four Diamond status as well as a Consumer’s Choice award as “Best Hotel in Columbus.” Guest rooms feature a generous work desk, Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station and data port. Attendees can make reservations online via https://resweb.passkey.com/go/OGS2011. If you prefer to make reservations via telephone the direct number is 1-888-421-1442. Ask for the OGS 2011 Conference Block to confirm special rates: $109 per room (plus tax). All reservations must be made by 14 March 2011, after which reservations will be accepted based on availability. Self parking is available at the adjacent City Center Mall parking garage which is connected to the Hyatt.

The complete conference program and registration form is downloadable from the OGS website at http://www.ogs.org. For questions about the program, contact Conference Chairperson Diane Gagel by telephone at (419) 878-0697 or by email at <conference2011@ogs.org>.

Ohio Genealogical Society is the nation’s 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 Tom Neel, Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville OH 44813-8813; Tel: (419) 886-1903; or email <tneel@ogs.org>.