The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), the largest state genealogical society in the USA, has member chapters not only in each county in Ohio, but also has active chapters in other states. The OGS conference draws approximately 700 attendees annually. Proposals for the annual conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in April 2007 will be accepted until June 15, 2006, via mail or email at the addresses below.
The theme "Along the National Road: Your Avenue to the Past" will be explored through sessions in the following areas:
- Migration paths in and through Ohio
- Ohio settlement patterns
- Use of repositories in and around Ohio
- Use of Ohio records
- Cultural and Ethnic specialties
- Using Technology as a research tool
Friday and Saturday (April 13-14) sessions are one-hour each, with time included for question-and-answer period within that limit. A limited number of Thursday (April 12) afternoon and evening sessions will be available for optional two-hour workshops. These sessions are intended as hands-on/interactive sessions.
Each proposal should include the following information:
- Title of the presentation
- Short (40-word) summary for the program brochure
- Brief outline of the of the content of the program
- Identification of the audience level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
- Audio-visual equipment requirements
- For Thursday, indicate any additional workshop materials required (i.e., pre-reading or purchase of a toolkit by each student)
- Speaker's full name, address, telephone and fax number, e-mail address and speaker's biography (limit 100 words)
- Resume of recent lectures the speaker has given. Please include any OGS or national conference experience within the past five years; as well as any OGS chapter experience within the past three years. Other recent experience should also be included, and an audiotape or videocassette of a recent lecture may be provided.
Speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration, as well as a per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures given.
Proposals must be received by June 15, 2006, and may be submitted through regular mail or e-mail. E-mail submissions must be in Word, WordPerfect or PDF format. For additional information, contact conference program co-chairs Diana Crisman Smith or Amy Johnson Crow. Speakers may submit any number of proposals.
Syllabus material will be required for each program (maximum of four 8-1/2"x11" pages) and must be submitted in camera-ready format by February 2, 2007 (details will be provided upon notification of acceptance).
Thank you for the time and effort you invest in your proposals.
Diana Crisman Smith, OGS 2007 Conference Co-Chair/Program Co-Chair
Amy Johnson Crow, CG, OGS 2007 Program Co-Chair
PO Box 38314
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-0314