Wednesday, January 9, 2013

OGS Conference Set for April 25-27, 2013

The Ohio Genealogical Society 2013 Registration Booklet is now available on line at http://ogs.org . The conference this year is in downtown Cincinnati at the Millennium Hotel. Expanding Your Ancestry Through Technology is the conference theme, but don't worry -- if you managed to build your bridge to the 21st Century but are still using it to cross back and forth (like me) there are plenty of other topics and activities to enjoy at this event. However, I wouldn't dismiss the tech sessions because you might find something new you didn't know you needed!

The Millennium Hotel has a block of rooms set aside at the price of $99 per night + tax. The OGS code for reservations is 1304OHGENE. If you attended the NGS Conference last May, you may remember the hotel is located across from the Duke Energy Center. It is located within walking distance of the Banks, a must see area on the Ohio River. Parking at the conference hotel is $18 a day. There are also several parking lots and garages in the immediate area. Cincinnati's Skywalk System connects many of the hotels and garages in the area.

Early registration runs until March 15 with the full conference rate being $155 for members and $200 for non-members. After that it is $180 and $225. There are also two day rates and one day rates. Event meals are separate and range from $25 to $35. A printed syllabus is $20; flash drive syllabus - $7. Cenference pins are $5.

I will be blogging throughout the entire conference this year with updates on last minute changes, traffic, weather, and freebees in the Exhibit Hall.

This year's conference chairmen, in my opinion, have done a fantastic job planning this event. There is a little bit of everything and something for  everybody. The conference will open on Thursday at 11:00am with keynote speaker, Thomas W Jones who will present 9 ways to find those "unfindable" ancestors. After the opening session. the Exhibit Hall opens at 12:30pm and at 2pm the first of Thursday's 21 sessions begin.

In addition to the 9 technology sessions, there will be a block of DNA sessions beginning at 2pm and ending with a roundtable Q & A session at 6:15pm. The BCG and the APG will hold 3 sessions for those genealogists who want to take their expertise to a higher level.

Also there will be a Lock-In at the Cincinnati Public Library from 6:15pm to 11:30pom. There is no transportation for this event. The library is within walking distance and the downtown area is relatively safe. However, I would not recommend making the trip alone.  

The first of the lineage society banquets, Century Families of Ohio, will be held at 7pm on Friday. The speaker will be J. Mark Lowe. Cost of the dinner is $35 for roast chicken, salad, rolls, and desert.

A genealogy conference is a great time to meet other family researchers, exchange ideas, and possibly find a few new cousins. With this in mind there will be a Social Media Gathering at 6:15pm on Friday.

If you would like to read more about Cincinnati and some conference money- saving tips, please see earlier posts from April and May 2012.

Next: We will take a look at what Friday has to offer at the OGS Conference. 


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