Greetings from Columbus, Ohio! I am here to attend the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Conference, “Ohio, Your Genealogical Cornerstone.” The society’s 54th annual conference is being held 8-11 April at the Sheraton at Capitol Square. Miriam, my genealogy friend and traveling companion, and I have been here since Wednesday evening.
Wednesday was quite a busy day. I left home at the crack of dawn, headed to the Vera Bradley outlet sale in Fort Wayne. By the end of the day I was meeting up with genealogy friends here in Columbus. I have been on the go ever since.
OGS never fails to put on a first class conference and this year is no exception. Some of the nation’s best genealogy speakers are here and I look forward to hearing and learning more today and tomorrow.
Thursday I learned about Ohio’s early laws and history, researching school records, forensic genealogy, circumstantial evidence, and organizing DNA matches. Each of those sessions was excellent and I can’t wait to hear and learn more tomorrow.
Below are a few photos from this year’s conference.
Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, aka The Legal Genealogist, was the keynote speaker. She makes the law very interesting.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, before her session about school records.
Sisters Betsy Potts and Cindy Freed. Cindy is holding her new book, Ancestors in a Nation Divided.
2015 program chair Shelley Bishop did a great job planning the program and scheduling the speakers.
The exhibit hall. I always enjoy looking through the books and seeing new products and services.
Friday concluded with a social hour, “A Brick Wall Busting Good Time,” that included live music by Steve Brown and friend.
I am looking forward to two more days of learning, getting together with old friends, and making new ones.
Thanks to everyone who worked to make this conference a success.