. . . and this is what I did over the weekend . . .

Genealogy research, Thomas MacEntee, OGS 2013

Thomas MacEntee – OGS 2013

I had the fabulous opportunity of attending the Ohio Genealogy Society’s 2013 conference this past weekend in Cincinnati. The days were packed with incredibly interesting sessions on a variety of topics. I had trouble choosing which classes to attend but was excited to hear Tom Jones, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo and Lisa Louise Cooke. They were just a few of the many excellent presenters I heard at the conference.

I met up with old friends Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Jennifer Alford, Amy Johnson Crow and Shelley Bishop and met new friends Linda McCauley and Cheri Daniels. It was a fantastic experience! I’ll always remember my “first” major conference and the fun I had.

So what is my take away from this event? I learned so very much! Some classes opened my eyes to new research ideas and places to research. Even the lectures I took that covered topics I’m familiar with gave me new tips and ideas. I am always surprised how much easier it is to learn something new when it’s taught in a workshop with visuals. My only negative, if it can be called a negative, is that I learned so much! I didn’t know how I’d be able to retain it all! The excellent syllabus provided and my own notes will certainly help in that category.

Secondly meeting fellow genealogists and “talking shop” was great! I really only have one other person I can discuss research with so being around a group of people who frequent repositories and cemeteries was fabulous! Not once did I see someone’s eyes roll back in their head or fall into a zombie like trance when the word genealogy was spoken!

My final conference thought is how the event re-energized me and my work! In an email to my roomies Jen Alford and Steph Fishman the day before we left I wrote, “I’m really excited about this! I need a little jump-start and I think these next few days at OGS are just the ticket!!” and OGS was just that. I’m excited again about my family research as well as my Civil War research. I have new avenues to explore from websites to libraries. I have many new options I’m investigating. I’m motivated again and it’s all due to my three days at OGS. If you can squeeze a conference into your future I recommend it. The benefits far and away exceed anything you can imagine.

If you attended OGS or have any other conference thoughts let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Great post (shh, I need to write one too!). It was nice to meet you, albeit briefly with Linda. My head is stuffed with so much! Happy digging! — Pam

  2. I’m nearby and a local call. You can talk “shop” with me anytime and go with me anytime.

  3. I’m glad that it re-energized you as you had hoped! You were a pleasure to be with and a great roomie for the conference. I’m so glad you came and got so much out of it!

  4. Hi Cindy,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/05/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-may-3-2013.html

    Have a great weekend!

  5. It was so good to see you again, Cindy! I know just what you mean about learning so much that you don’t know how you’re going to retain it all. Glad you went home re-energized, and with a lot of good memories, too!

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