Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge! My, how genealogy conferences have changed since the first one I attended over ten years ago. From a hotel with a few conference rooms to a huge water park. From being able to get away by yourself for a couple of days to taking the whole family with you to a genealogy conference.

No Way! . . . . . . .Yes, Way!!!

This year the Ohio Genealogical Society will once again hold its annual conference at a water park -- Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. Mason is northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio on I-71. So, mom and dad can attend the conference while the kids can slip, slide, and splash to their hearts content in the lagoon. What more could you ask for?

Two years ago I attended the conference that was held at Kalahari Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio. It was different! I am a grandmother and no, I did not bring all 13 grandkids with me. However, my daughter and her son were able to come up to the lodge on the weekend and use the water park passes that came with the room. 

When I first arrived at Kalahari, I noticed that there were several buses in the parking lot and I soon learned that these were "senior proms". Fortunately everything was soundproof and it was fun watching the teenagers all dressed up for their prom dates. 

Everything went well until Friday! That was the morning that I turned the corner into the hall that went to the lobby and found herds of kids stampeding toward me. Far be it from me to deny children access to a genealogical conference. I am totally in favor of anything it takes to get our grandchildren interested in the wonderful world of family research. Just don't run over me in the process. 

Unfortunately these kids were not racing toward the past. They were coming back from breakfast for a little down time before some water park time. But I am ok with that. They are exposed to the family history experience.

The OGS Conference this year will be at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. 
28-30 April 2016
Pre -Conference Workshops will be on 27 April 2016

Rooms at the lodge are $144/night (plus taxes)
     Free Wi-Fi and parking.
     For reservations, call 866-954-9653 (group code - 1604 Ohio)


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