Monday, January 14, 2013

Day Two at the OGS Conference

Friday, April 26, looks like it will be a full day of activities at the OGS Conference with 42 sessions, 2 lineage society evens and 2 roundtable discussions.  

In addition to the three regional sessions on Thursday, there will be six more on Friday. This will be followed by a Roundtable Q & A at 5:45pm. The experts will be from Southern Ohio and surrounding states. Looks like regional is southern Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and even Michigan. Don't know why West Virginia isn't included since for my family it was a stopping off point on the way to southern Ohio.

Also on Friday you will be able to pick up two more DNA sessions at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Don't ignore these. I would recommend that you attend at least one of the DNA sessions. I do know DNA testing is a little $$$$ and you might have to budget this into your genealogy wish list, but it could break through that brick wall for you.

Friday completes the last of the nine German sessions that began on Thursday. Apparently nothing says German like Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Seriously if you have ancestors from the Cinci area, some of them will be German.

There will be a track of African American research sessions on Friday plus a roundtable discussion at 5:45pm. If you walk any of the ground from Cincinnati to Ripley, Ohio you have a good chance of having walked in the footsteps of abolitionists and runaway slaves. For more information on the Underground Railroad Museum see Tuesday, April 24, 2012 post. I will also post more about the Abolitionist Movement in the Cinci area as we get closer to the conference. 

Lineage societies. The Settlers and Builders Luncheon will be held at 12:15pm on Friday. No speaker has been noted, but comfort food is on the menu. We are talking meatloaf, mashed potatoes. and gravy. Who cares about the rest of the menu? Cost $35.

The Civil War Families Banquet will be held at 7:00pm with Kevin "Rufus" Guy speaking about letters from the battlefield. This menu is pork chops, banana potatoes, vegies, carrot cake. cost $35.

For chapter officers there will be an OGS Officers meeting at 4:30pm. 

Next: Saturday's highlights plus all the tech session who's who.

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