Why Attend?


Blazing New Trails is headed to the heart of Ohio—Columbus—at the Hyatt Regency. While we know there are countless reasons why you should attend the OGS Annual Conference, we've managed to narrow it down to the following:

Hear from the experts

Our speakers are nationally known genealogical leaders, authors, practitioners, and peers. They know what you need to succeed in your research endeavors. Our selection process for speakers is as rigorous as national genealogical conferences, so we make sure you are hearing from the best. You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true genealogical fundamentals and insights into the latest technological and DNA advancements that will help you grow as a genealogist, no matter your skill level.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date

No matter how long you have been researching your family tree, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in genealogy happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with a full range of genealogy know-how.


Whether you are curious or serious about becoming a Certified Genealogist, your attendance provides an educational opportunity that will help strengthen your research skills as a professional in the genealogical field.

Meet with new vendors and suppliers

Our exhibitors are genealogical experts and solution-providers and they have answers to your questions. Invest some time in the exhibit hall.

Have fun with your genealogical peers

The OGS conference packs a lot of learning in a short amount of time. But, you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your peers. When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate or even discover a new family connection! Perhaps you may hear what others are doing and be inspired to try something new, or you might even become a mentor to a first-time attendee. Plus, our Wednesday night social, luncheons, and banquets all offer the perfect time to network with others.