The Jazz Age, Prohibition, Temperance,
European Immigration, and More!
Join us in person in 2022 as we explore topics from the 1920s, that might have impacted ancestors’ lives, such as prohibition, temperance societies and suffrage. There are also plenty of sessions to choose from that will help you grow as a genealogist.
A virtual option includes live-streaming of the Thursday Keynote session and one pre-selected session each hour Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
W01 Data Visualization for Document Correlation and Timelines
This session provides hands-on experience with data visualization software that can help see patterns in data and improve the data correlation process.
W02 Beyond the Book: Storytelling in a Digital World
Not ready to write a family history book yet? Learn how to share and illustrate family stores online for relatives near and far.
W03 Memory Keepers
There is so much more to FamilySearch than the FamilySearch Family Tree and records research. One of the best things we can leave for our descendants is a plethora of memories.
W04 Writing and Reading Old German Handwriting
Repeat kindergarten to third grade: learn the alphabet and German cursive writing. Master helpful reading tips. Obtain resources for understanding records written in script. Practice!
W05 The Civil War In 4D
In this session attendees will walk in a soldier’s shoes, building skills to be better story tellers by focusing on sensory-based questions.
W06 Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through
So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.
W07 Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy
In this session attendees will learn how to look at ethical dilemmas in genealogy and be able to debate case studies provided by the presenter.
W08 Power of the Censuses : Federal, State, and More!
Censuses are the backbone to a strong foundation for most genealogical research. Some of the information contained in them is easy to see, but there are secrets hiding in nearly every one! Join us as we unlock the amazing clues in federal, state, and other censuses.
W09 Wednesday Night Social: Welcome to the Ancestors Lounge
Jump back in time to the "Roaring 20's" & sneak into a liquor free speakeasy. We will have Ron Arons and Peggy Clemens Lauritzen host a 1920's themed version of Family Feud & lots of other exciting 1920's themed events.
Keynote T01 The Bourbon King, The Life and Crimes of George Remus
Local author Bob Bachelor will set the theme for our conference with his story of “The Bourbon King” - George Remus of Cincinnati. All the elements of the Roaring Twenties are present in this story of the pharmacist turned bootlegger, and more.
Vendor Hall Opening
T02 Why Did the Welsh Leave Wales-The Origins of Early Ohio Settlers
This session will look at research strategies for finding a Welsh immigrant ancestor’s place of origin utilizing civil records, maps, DNA testing, translation tools and censuses.
T03 Using Family Tree Maker
Learn strategies to build a robust, portable, sourced, cloud-synchronized digital tree. Learn about privacy options, tree sharing, and how to back up your tree to prevent losing everything. Learn how Family Tree Maker can help organize and identify your DNA matches by building quick-and-dirty trees connecting those matches to each other. Learn to use the publishing tools to insert charts into research logs, research reports, and compiled family histories.
T04 More Than the Census - Our Families Did Exist Within Those Ten-Year Intervals
This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years!
T05 Sheriff Minnie: Forgotten No More! Women's Records (1880-1950)
No birth, death, military, family records? No detailed obituary for “Mrs. John Doe”? Look in the right places and use “his” records to find “hers”.
T06 Volunteer Motivations: Getting and Keeping Your Volunteers
Society management includes many things beyond hosting presentations or a lock-in at the library. Recruiting volunteers includes strategies, ways of working, outreach and recruitment.
T07 Clues Your Ancestor Might Have Been a Suffragist
The nation just celebrated the centennial of the adoption of women’s right to vote. How can you tell if your ancestor campaigned for equal franchise?
T08 Luncheon: John Johnson the Indian Agent of Ohio
John Johnston was appointed an Indian agent in both Fort Wayne (Indiana) and Piqua (Ohio). Born in Ireland, this unlikely young man finds the Ohio region his heaven on earth. Johnston was known and loved by both the Shawnee and Wyandot tribes. This lecture will take a peek into the remarkable life of John Johnston the Indian Agent of Ohio.
T09 We Were Supposed to be Neals - Reconstructing an Enslaved Ancestral Family Using DNA
Learn how targeted DNA analysis combined with careful traditional research led to finding the family of an enslaved ancestor.
T10 Utilizing MyHeritage Search Engine to Find Your Family
Learn about the technology behind the MyHeritage search engine and find out how to search billions of multilingual records to find information about your ancestors.
T11 Enumerators, Transcribers, and Indexers: Finding Ancestors in Spite of Them
Genealogists rely on good indexing. Errors can occur. See examples that can disrupt or complicate research; learn how to resolve conflicts in order to establish identity.
T12 If Walls Could Talk
Using sources such as deeds, maps, city directories, censuses, newspapers and more, learn to construct house histories of those who lived in a home or business.
T13 Facilitating Effective Brainstorming for Genealogy and Local History Programming
Explore examples of creating programming, obtain ideas for outside of the box to attract new audiences, and keys to unlock untapped potential for small organizations.
T14 Ohio's Role and Participation in Prohibition
Explore Ohio’s role in the story of Prohibition: alcohol production and distribution, the push for temperance, key figures, groups, locals, and enforcement.
T15 Separating Same Name Ancestors with German Parish Records
Do available parish records contain enough elements to help distinguish the same name persons from each other?
T16 The Psychology of Searching
Why are you compiling your family tree? What are the psychological explanations? Are you searching for who your ancestors were, or who you are?
T17 Social Trends, the Census, and Your Family: 1920-1950
The 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s brought many historical and social changes. Learn how census records reflect the way your family lived through these times.
T18 Before They Were Counties: Pennsylvania's Western Tier
Pennsylvania counties bordering Ohio were set before the Buckeye State’s admission, but many have records in counties from where they were birthed. Learn about them!
T19 A Millennial's Guide to Genealogy
Hear a millennial genealogist’s perspective on how to recruit the younger generations into genealogy and what skills millennials can bring to the table.
T20 The Saloon-Keepers Rebellion
Learn how industrialization, corrupt politicians, big city bosses and “moral” tax laws created an anti-saloon attitude and dramatic legislation resulting in the Saloon Keepers Rebellion.
T21 Discover Your Inner Viking-A Scandinavian Genealogy Tutorial
" Studying the genealogy of Scandinavia presents a number of challenges. This lecture will be a crash course of knowledge that will assist novice and intermediate researchers.
T22 Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research
Funeral programs are biographical documents that preserve the history of a deceased person. They are often rich with information that can inform genealogical research.
T23 Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks
Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help me?
T24 The Tuberculosis Epidemic and Your Family Tree
In the early 20th century tuberculosis affected nearly everyone-patient, family, health worker, politician, or philanthropist. How might it have touched your family tree?
T25 Fundraising Opportunities in Supporting Societies
Society fundraising efforts are often limited because background and skills aren’t tapped in volunteers. Join this session to learn about and share methods that work!
T26 Who Survived? Who Died? Finding Our Ancestors’ 1918 Pandemic Stories
No surviving family accounts of the 1918 pandemic? Harrowing statistics, Cheryl’s family album and record way-pointers prompt you to find your ancestors’ experiences.
F01 Q & A Breakfast Meet the Librarian
Meet other librarians from all over Ohio and have the chance to network with them. This session is not just limited to librarians it is open to any individual who has a question about what resources could be found at libraries and how to use those resources. This session will be moderated by OGS Librarian Linda Swanson.
F02 Irish and Germans into New Orleans and Up the Mississippi
Until completion of eastern canals and rail service to St. Louis, immigration via New Orleans was the cheapest and quickest route to the Midwest.
F03 Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
This presentation demonstrates individual-focused genealogy-filling out an ancestor’s story by collecting as many documents as possible. Understanding their life helps explain your life.
F04 What Can You Learn from A DNA Sibling Study?
Children are a subset of their parents’ DNA. Non-identical siblings inherit about 50% from mom and 50% from dad, but not the same mixture of DNA. Learn about genetic diversity among siblings and how this diversity can help your research.
F05 Zigzagging Through German Church Records
Explaining the methodology of using the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and burial records from German church registers most effectively. By utilizing the different bits of information found in each, researchers can zigzag their way to adding centuries to a pedigree.
F06 Making the Most of Ancestry.com's Search Engine
Learn tips and tricks to more effectively search Ancestry.com’s indexes, by understanding how the leverage their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses.
F07 The Saloon Must Go: Resources of the Anti-Saloon League Museum
The Anti-Saloon League waged a crusade against alcohol that culminated Prohibition. Take a fascinating look at the propaganda, photographs, and records held by the League’s Museum in Ohio.
F08 Building a Family to Find a German Village in U.S. Records
If an ancestor had no known U.S. family, what do you do? Seek potential family members, then add friends, associates, and neighbors. Someone provided their origin.
F09 The Genealogist’s Quadfecta
In the age of digital databases and online resources genealogist forget the four-pronged approach to research onsite: visiting the state Archives, Historical Society, Genealogical Society, and Library. Although the roles of each seem self-explanatory, digging deeper reveals treasure for your research!
F10 Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage
Based on your DNA, your family tree, records and other family trees, MyHeritage provides advanced features to help you discover relationships to your DNA matches.
F11 Roman Catholic Research in America
An overview of the sacramental and other less commonly records used in for research in the Catholic church.
F12 Using Social Media for Genealogy
Social media sites can help you break down brick walls, connect with others who share your interests, and serve as a platform to learn about and share family history with other family members.
F13 Jazz Funerals: Cutting the Body Loose
We’ll discuss the somberness of jazz funerals and why, once the deceased is laid to rest, mourners celebrate in “cutting the body loose” with music.
F14 Discovering Your Black Sea German Ancestors
The complicated history of Germans in the Black Sea region can create a challenge in finding records. Learn what’s available and how to find these records.
F15 Organizing Your Research Trip
Leaving home to do research will be most successful when you plan and prepare. Learn exactly what to do before, during, and after the trip.
F16 What's Done in the Dark...DNA Doesn't Lie!
Do you wonder if DNA testing results are “real”? Learn about different types of DNA testing and how each can help to inform genealogy research.
F17 Finding Your Ancestors in Ukrainian Church Records
Learn about the types of church records available to research Ukrainian ancestors, how to understand them, and where to find them.
F18 Please Steal My Stuff: Sharing Trees
Many people complain that online trees are unreliable-don’t let yours be among them! Learn to share good information and how to help it stay that way.
F19 Scandalous Ancestors
This session provides ideas for tracing and discussing “scandalous” ancestors including a rogue’s gallery of Midwest examples.
F20 Luncheon: Tales of a Mad Genealogists
Laugh a little with Daniel as he shares some of the more bizarre techniques and resources he’s utilized as a genealogist.
F21 Searching for Your Elusive Prussian Ancestors: A Case Study
Prussia once controlled parts of what are now modern Germany and Poland. Gain a better understanding of historical Prussia in the pursuit of records with numerous examples and resources.
F22 Finding Living People on the Internet 2022
Presentation discusses many categories of websites providing info about living individuals. Demonstrations via examples of how using many sites together increases chances of success.
F23 DNA and Endogamy: Making Sense When Matches Don't Make Sense
Does your family tree resemble tumbleweed? Learn strategies to recognize and deal with endogamy in your DNA matches at the various commercial testing sites.
F24 Orthodoxy in America: Understanding It's Ethnic Origins
Learn about the diverse history of the Orthodox Church in the United States that is rooted in the ethnic origins of its members from Central and Eastern Europe.
F25 How to Find all Those Free Records on FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch is arguably the world's biggest free genealogy website. But this enormous online library keeps content in lots of different "rooms." Join this insider's tour, where we open all the doors and show you around! This beginner-friendly lecture also helps experienced researchers to understand why the site is organized like it is—and to find records they may be missing out on.
F26 Alcoholics and Teatolers: Finding Yours in America's Temperance Movement
The Temperance Movement was a social movement in the United States to reduce the consumption of alcohol in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century. The movement has a large impact on Ohio from social lives to politics.
F27 Is There a Tartan in Your Tree? Exploring Scottish Roots
Let’s explore those Scottish roots! Learn some search strategies and put them to use on Scotlandspeople, Ancestry, FamilySearch and other websites.
F28 Case Study: Revisiting Sources to Blast a Brick Wall
An immigrant’s village origin was a mystery until returning to sources he’d previously checked as a greenhorn genealogist revealed this was a self-inflicted brick wall.
F29 DNA Clustering: Automating Shared Matches
This presentation will demystify DNA clustering and explain how this is simply new-and fantastic-tool to group your DNA matches into useful categories.
F30 From Church Archives to KGB Archives
Follow one family’s migration story from Germany to Russia to the Dakota’s, where one branch found safety, while the branch left behind experienced persecution and death.
F31 Feedly-Make the Internet Work for You
Learn tips and techniques of an aggregator such as Feedly to organize source websites, blogs, and Ancestry surname message boards groups.
F32 Hallelujahs in the Hooch Age
Learn what the 1926 U.S. religious census reveals about Ohioans’ church affiliations in the Roaring ‘20s and how their records could help your genealogy.
F33 An Introduction to Ukrainian/Rusyn Fraternals and Their Roots
Discover the wealth of genealogical documentation created by immigrant fraternal societies and how to find these documents today.
F34 Who Ya Gonna Call? Myth Busters!
Was it the Cherokee ancestor of the Ellis Island name change that got you going? Let’s expose common genealogy stories for what they are-myths!
F35 Introduction to GEDmatch
Gedmatch is a free website where you can upload your data from DNA testing companies. Learn to use basic Gedmatch features to match relatives.
F36 Rest in Peace-Uncovering Death Records
Death records can be crucial to solving brick walls. Discover what clues are hidden in them and how to find them online and in repositories.
F37 The MyHeritage Photo World
Learn how MyHeritage’s widely popular photo tools can breathe new life into family photos, including animation with Deep Nostalgia TM, enhancement, colorization, and much more.
F38 The Spiritous Adventures of Rumrunners, Bootleggers and Revenuers
Prohibition offered intoxicating opportunities for wealth, fame, and notoriety for the ordinary man and women. We’ll discover who got involved, how, and what cost.
F39 OGS Lineage Society Induction Ceremony
Join us as we honor those individuals who have worked diligently to prove their ancestors for membership in all five different lineage societies. This is always a highlight of the conference experience. You do not need to be a lineage inductee or previous inductee to join us, just an interest in the lineage societies.
S01 Jewish Genealogy 101
This presentation provides fundamental skills to conduct Jewish genealogical research. Strategies to locate ancestral origins and understand nuances found in Jewish genealogy will be discussed.
S02 Front Page News (and Beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers
The stories of our ancestors’ lives can be found in the pages of archived newspapers. Learn whether those stories are online or in a library.
S03 Finding Vital Records in Ohio
Ohio has a wealth of vital records right at your fingertips. Do you know how to find them? Come learn how to be successful.
S04 Preparing for the Future: Connecting with Younger Researchers
Learn about a newer focus of research, shifts in content interest, and applying this to our work can inspire the younger generations around us.
S05 Was My William Smith in the Civil War?
Tips on how to determine if your ancestor was in the Civil War, using (mostly) free resources and how to differentiate between all of those common named soldiers.
S06 Researching Recent Immigrant Ancestors in Regional Repositories
Passenger lists and naturalization records are valuable records for our late 19th-century and 20th-century ancestors, but there are many other record types to seek for our later arriving American ancestors.
S07 Voyages of the Donauschwaben
Follow the journeys of the Donauschwaben, Germans who migrated to Hungary/Romania/Serbia/Croatia, to learn the history of this migration, and resources for family history research.
S08 Efficient Genealogy: What You Can Do with the Time You Have
You can make significant progress with your genealogy research even if you only have a few minutes at a time! Daniel will show you how.
S09 Prisoners, Pavement & Progress: Ohio's 3C Highway
The end of WWI and cars created statewide paved road demand. Learn how coalitions created Ohio’s main throughfare till the advent of the interstate.
S10 The Dawes Rolls and Beyond: The Stores of Laura and Polly
Descendants of Native Americans struggle to find records which document family stories. The lives of Polly and Laura provide examples for the five civilized tribes.
S11 Dollar Poor but Land Rich-Rewarding the Soldiers of the Revolutionary War
The United States had exhausted much of its monies to finance the Revolutionary War. Yet it still had an obligation to pay its soldiers. In this presentation we will learn of the Congressional Acts that provided land for your soldiers, and what may have brought them to a new area of the country.
S12 A Look at the Darker Side of the Jazz Age and How to Find Your Ancestors Indiscretions
Explore the impact of prohibition, rise of organized crime, resurgence of the KKK, increased nativism, and anti-immigrant sentiments and how they may have impacted your family and what records exist.
S13 Harlem Renaissance Influence in Ohio: Publications of Black Directories 1919-1930
Cincinnati and Columbus African American Directories provide genealogical stories of residents
S14 Tracking Family Footprints Using Early Land Records
What are land office tract books? Learn how to find and use these records along with others to help qualify for lineage society membership.
S15 Clash of Spirits-The Ohio Whisky War
Ohio temperance groups demanded an end to alcohol consumption. Saloon keepers refused. The result? Ohio’s Whisky War of 1875 where the pious and purposeful clashed.
S16 Navigating Department of State Consular Correspondence 1835-1914
Learn how to find data on private citizens and how to cope with the quirky records management schema American consulates used to file records
S17 Discovering the Displaced: Tracing Ukrainians Resettled from Southeastern Poland, 1944-1951
As the Eastern Front in World War II moved westward, the Soviet Union set up satellite governments in the areas that it now controlled. Part of this effort included the resettlement of minority populations to make these new territories easier to control. Between 1944 and 1951, approximately 750,000 Ukrainians (including Lemkos and Boykos) were resettled from the Polish-Ukrainian border to areas in Ukraine as well as northern and western Poland.
S18 National Register of Historic Places, Breweries, and Their German Entrepreneurs
An experienced property researcher shows how Ohio brewery National Register nominations reveal surprising historic context and detailed genealogical information.
S19 OGS Business Luncheon
Join us for the Annual OGS Business Meeting, this is where we recognize our annual OGS Chapter award winners, writer's awards, induct new board members, and present other recognition's. This is also when we make the announcement about the next annual OGS Conference details. You do not need to be a member of OGS to join us at this annual Business Meeting!
S20 Luxurious Labor: Ohio Black Barber's Golden Age
The paradoxical history of Ohio’s black barber will be presented via historical case study of the 1920’s with archival evidence.
S21 Unscrambling the New Orleans Passenger Lists
New Orleans was the second largest U.S. port of immigration in the early nineteenth century. Learn a chronological approach to navigating overlapping indexes and lists.
S22 Adoption Research in Ohio: History, Genealogy, Legacy
Adoption research requires special methodologies and often runs into roadblocks due to current law and privacy concerns. Historic context is presented with research tips.
S23 My Fellow Italians: The Process of Recognizing Your Italian Dual-Citizenship
Learn how to determine if your Italian immigrant ancestors passed their citizenship on to their descendants, and how this citizenship is recognized.
S24 Breaking the Silence: Understanding One Man's Naval Experience in WW II
Follow on sailor from the Ohio River Valley to the South Pacific, and his granddaughter’s research to understand his silence at the helm of LST-504.
S25 Life As a Bootlegger
With the enactment of prohibition, the manufacture and sale of alcohol went underground. In this session, learn about the life of bootleggers and how to find one in your family.
S26 Mapping an Empire: Austria-Hungary
Learn how to locate map collections, interpret the maps and explore tools to compare cadastral maps with modern maps and how to document the location of your ancestor’s home.
S27 Born to Be Filed: Ohio Birth/Delayed Birth Records 1900's-1940's
Ohio newspapers reveal a fascinating narrative about regular and delayed birth record practices. Learn why you’d look for flapper-era family in delayed birth records.
S28 Finding Ohio Ancestors Before 1850
Stuck in the early 1800’s with the hunt for Buckeye State ancestors? The scarcity of records can be overcome with these eight strategies for early Ohio research.
S29 Occupational Records; Finding Gems in Work-Related Paper Trails
What types of gems can you find in occupational records? Farmers, Teachers, Coopers, and more all created records that may enhance our research.
S30 The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps
America's Civil War became one of the darkest times in our nation's history. However, the records produced from this war can open up the life of our soldiers, and their families. This presentation will concentrate on information gleaned from a soldier's pension file, and the second family that came to light.
S31 Patriotism, Prohibition, and (k)ein Prosit: Being German in 1920's America
Using Ohio-specific cases, examine changing views of German immigrants before and after WWI and how they affect your family tree.
S32 German Gazetteers Locating Historical German Place Names
Learn new tools for locating the ancestral birthplace of your German ancestors. This presentation covers regions in the former German and the Austro-Hungarian Empires.
S33 How Social Security Records Can Help with Brick Walls
Social Security records can provide clues to your ancestor’s name, origin, and social history. Learn what records are available and how to find and interpret them.
S34 The Sun Shines Bright; Beginning Your Kentucky Research
The best place to research your ancestors in Kentucky is not always in Kentucky! Let’s learn what is available to help discover our ancestors. This presentation concentrates on researching in this state which neighbors us just beyond the Ohio River. Its beginnings were in Virginia, and were part of its rich history before becoming a state of its own.
S35 Orphan Trains: History, Genealogy, Legacy
The Orphan Trains operated between 1854 and 1929, transporting 200,000 children from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Over two million descendants live on to tell the stories of this uniquely American Movement through oral history, genealogy research and careful care of relevant records.
S36 Beyond the Pension File, 1849-1907
Learn how to use the Secretary of the Interior’s correspondence and pension appeals files to fill the gaps in your ancestor’s consolidated pension file.