Call for Papers: Ohio Genealogical Society 2015 Conference

The Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for the 2015 annual conference, Ohio: Your Genealogical Cornerstone, to be held April 9-11, 2015, in Columbus. We are looking for interesting one-hour lectures and engaging two-hour workshops geared to a variety of audience levels. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014.

Topics of interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, particularly:

  • Effective research, analysis, and problem-solving strategies
  • Using DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Ohio-specific topics (land, migration, history, laws, records, etc.)
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology, tools, and trends in genealogy
  • Ethnic research (German, Irish, Welsh, European, African-American, etc.)
  • Military and land research
  • Preserving and sharing family history
  • Topical research (photo identification, orphans, individual states, etc.)
  • Organization and project/time management

We also plan to offer a four-hour Getting Started with Genealogy seminar for beginners on Saturday. Proposals for a coordinated, educational-style program are welcome.

Submission guidelines

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Each should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Lecture title and a brief but comprehensive outline (single page maximum)
  • Lecture summary for conference brochure (25 words or less)
  • Suggested audience level: B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
  • Brief speaker biography for brochure (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please use your last name and shortened title as a file name. For workshops, indicate if participants will need tables or computers. Speakers may submit up to six proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to no later than July 1, 2014. Selected speakers will be notified in August. Further information will be provided at that time. Camera-ready syllabus materials must be received by February 1, 2015.

Sponsored lectures

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 deadlines and syllabus requirements.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, conference registration, electronic syllabus, hotel stay, and meal per Diem based on the number of lectures presented.

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. Visit us at