Ohio Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Annual OGS Conference

January 15, 2013—Bellville, OH: The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) announces a request for lecture proposals for the OGS 2014 Annual Conference, “Genealogical Expedition,” to be held April 30-May 4, 2014, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on the history, records, repositories, and ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.) and religious groups of Ohio, including migrations into, within, and out of the area. Other topics of interest include the origins of early Ohio settlers; land and military records; technology, including DNA, mobile devices, and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.

As the conference theme implies, the program committee is specifically seeking new and dynamic proposals, offering a “hands-on” approach, to provide a unique and adventuresome experience for conference attendees. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions, or two-hour in-depth sessions. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is June 30, 2013.

Submit proposals in PDF, Microsoft Word, or RTF format. Each proposal should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • Lecture title, not to exceed 10 words, and a brief, but comprehensive outline
  • Lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words to be used in the conference booklet
  • Identification of the audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all
  • Speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Submit each proposal via e-mail to 2014program@ogs.org no later than June 30, 2013. Speakers are encouraged to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital projector. Live Internet connections will be provided.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, conference registration, and hotel per diem based on the number of days lectures are presented. (Sponsored speakers will only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.)


Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the lecture. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements and will receive complimentary OGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also June 30, 2013.

Additional information

Camera-ready syllabus material, due February 15, 2014, is required for each general or in-depth session presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.

Invitations to speak will be issued by July 31, 2013. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is August 31, 2013.

About the Ohio Genealogical Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society, founded in 1959, is the premier Ohio family heritage resource and the largest state genealogical society in the United States. 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.