Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The Ohio Genealogical Society sales table at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Fort Wayne IN is ready for visitors! If you are in the Fort Wayne area this weekend, stop by the Grand Wayne Convention Center. The exhibit area is open to the public on Thursday, Aug 22, from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM (long day!), on Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and again on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Besides OGS, vendors include,, Maia's Books, the Ohio Historical Society, National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Family Tree Magazine, USGenWeb, FamilySearch, Roots Magic, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Genealogical Society, Germanic Genealogical Society, Fold3,, Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists, Bureau of Land Management, Board for Certification of Genealogists,, and much, much more! It's just a 3-hour drive from our home base in Ohio - or less. The conference is always a great opportunity for deals and to speak with the producers of genealogical products.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Genealogy Librarians' Seminar

The OGS Library will be the site of the 10th Annual Genealogy Librarians' Seminar on Friday, October 4th, 2013, with the theme "The Changing Technology in Library Collections". This is an educational gathering for professionals who work in the genealogical and local history field in Ohio's Libraries. The fee is just $15 or $25 if you would like a box lunch. Form available or payment through

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome by Tom Neel, OGS Library Director; Sunda Peters, OGS President; Bvenitta Williams, GenLib Seminar Chair
9:45 Russ Pollitt of Columbus Metropolitan Library speaks on What Happens After you Receive a Colllection?
11:00 Jim Mainger of Cincinnati Public Library speaks on Changing Technology and Genealogical Collection Development: Practices for the Contemporary Information Landscape.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Pamela Schaffner, the Sixth Circuit US Courts Librarian, speaks on Finding Ancestry in Federal Court Records
2:00 Option A, Tom Neel of OGS will do a PowerPoint Visit to the OGS Archives; or Bvenitta Williams of OGS will give a Tour of the OGS Library (for first time attendees)
2:30 Wally Huskonen, OGS Trustee, speaks on Where's Otto? Using the Power of the Internet to Find a Long-Lost Relative (case study on helping patrons find immigrant ancestors)

This seminar is primarily for librarians in local history libraries and for volunteers who handle our chapter libraries, but anyone interested in these topics can certainly attend. Reservations should be in by September 30th so that we can place the lunch order and make the proper number of handouts and free goodie bags.