OGS Conference – Register Now and Save

OGS 2011 conference logoThe Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2011 annual conference is fast approaching: 31 March – 2 April in Columbus. Also fast approaching is the deadline to get the early discount — Monday, 14 March.

Registration costs if you send in your registration now (postmarked on or before 14 March):

Full registration (OGS members): $115

Full registration (non-members): $153

Single day registration (OGS members): $58

Single day registration (non-members: $79

Each of those registration costs go up $20 after 14 March.

On Friday, 1 April I will be speaking on “After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans.” (No fooling!) It’s one of my favorite topics; I’m really looking forward to it.

(Disclaimer: I am being compensated as a speaker at the OGS conference.)

Celebrate Ohio Statehood Day with These Resources

Today is Ohio Statehood Day. Happy 208th Birthday, Ohio! (You don’t look a day over 207!) What better way to celebrate than by checking out some great resources for Ohio research. Here are some of my favorites, including some that are rather off the beaten path:

  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 at FamilySearch.org. Digital images of death certificates — gotta love ’em. You do need to be logged into FamilySearch to see the images. (Registration is free.)
  • Ohio History Central. An online encyclopedia of Ohio history. Remember — you need to learn the history of an area to begin to understand the people.
  • Ohio Memory. Digital images from collections all across the state.
  • Ohio Cemetery Locations by The Ohio Genealogical Society. The free version gives the township and county. OGS members can log in and get much more detailed information, including GPS coordinates, alternate names, condition, etc.
  • Roster of Ohio Soldiers at OGS’ Ohio Civil War Genealogy Center. This is data from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. However, this search is much more flexible. Unlike the CWSS site, here you can search by Soundex. You can also get an entire regiment or a specific company in a regiment.
  • Remarkable Ohio. Searchable database of more than 1,300 historic markers around the state. They even have an app for iPhone! (I’m still waiting for them to come out with a version for Android.)

There’s an interesting footnote to Ohio Statehood Day. Ohio considers 1 March 1803 to be its “official” statehood date, as that is the date that the state’s General Assembly first met. It’s the date you’ll see listed in virtually every resource. However, there is a pretty convincing argument that statehood day should actually be February 19, 1803, which is when Thomas Jefferson endorsed the legislation approving Ohio’s admission to the Union. What would Ohio be without a little political controversy? 🙂

Revised edition of Ohio Towns and Townships

According to Tom Neel, Library Director at the Ohio Genealogical Society, OGS will be printing a revised edition of Ohio Towns and Townships to 1900: A Location Guide. OGS would like to hear from anyone with additions and corrections for inclusion in the new edition.

If you have such information, email ogs@ogs.org and put Ohio Towns & Townships in the subject line. OGS will collect data until mid-March.

Ohio Genealogical Society conference – save $ and register now

This year’s Ohio Genealogical Society conference will be held 2-4 April at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. The schedule is filled with sessions covering topics such military research, Internet sources, software, publishing, migration, oral history, and historical fiction. I think my favorite title is Shirley Hodges’ session “Family Historian or Pack Rat?” I didn’t know there was a difference 🙂

Before March 15, full registration for OGS members is $115; for non-members, it is $153. The price goes up to $135 and $168 respectively after March 15.

You can download the booklet which contains the registration form at www.ogs.org/conference2009/OGSConferenceBooklet2009.pdf

Ohio Genealogical Society’s Writing Competition

From the December 2008 issue of the OGS Quarterly:

OGS is sponsoring its second annual genealogical writing contest open to authors of genealogical and historical material. The contest is for articles dealing with Ohio history and genealogy, Ohio records groups, Ohioans who left to settle elsewhere and Ohio families. OGS welcomes articles ranging in size from 750 words up to 5,000 words, depending on the subject.

Authors may submit up to eight entries with a maximum of two entries in each of the following OGS journal categories:
Ohio Genealogy News – concentrates on genealogical record groups, collections, research techniques, databases and websites related to Ohio genealogy and history, as well as articles about OGS, its Chapters and other genealogical news.
Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly – publishes articles relating to the full spectrum of Ohio history and genealogy. Types of articles include case studies, abstracts and transcriptions of Ohio related materials, and Bible records.
Ohio Records and Pioneer Families – focuses on Ohio from pre-colonial times to the Civil War historically and accepts articles on Ohio record groups including abstracts and transcriptions of such records.
Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal – features anything relating to Ohioans who served in the Civil War including post-war related activities such as reconstruction and the GAR.

The contest is open to OGS members and non-members. Both amateur and professional writers may submit articles.

Three winning articles will be selected. Winning articles will be features in the appropriate OGS journals as space permits. First place winners will receive a one-year OGS membership, a one-year subscription to ORPF and OCWGJ; second place will receive their choice of two of those items; third place will receive their choice of one of those items.

Entries will be accepted from 1 January to 28 February 2009. Send entries as hard copy or as an electronic file on CD or via email. All electronic files should be saved in Rich Text Format or in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect only. Include the following with each entry: Category (journal you wish your article to be judged), author’s name, full address, telephone number, email address and any other pertinent contact information.

Send entries to:
Writing Contest
c/o The Ohio Genealogical Society
713 S. Main St.
Mansfield, OH 44906-1644
email: ogs@ogs.org (put Writing Contest in the subject line)