02 April 2009

OGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Annual Conference

The Ohio Genealogical Society is holding another state conference in an annual series that began in 1962. This one is special because it also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Society in 1959.

The conference is organized under the theme, “Finding Genealogical Gold in the Streams of History,” and featured over 60 lectures, workshops, and programs of interest to genealogists. The venue for the conference is Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron on the banks of Lake Erie.

The conference kicked off today with a Golden Anniversary Banquet on Thursday evening, April 2. Guest speaker at the banquet was an Ohio native and author, Ian Frazier. He was born in Cleveland, and raised in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, and had a close ancestral connection with Norwalk in Huron County. Among his many nonfiction books is Family, a book about researching ancestors. In it, he writes about his own ancestors on a personal level, telling what he learned about how they grew up, courted, made a living, and died, and about their individual achievements and disappointments. Frazier shared with banquet attendees stories about his family and especially how some saved all kinds of papers and records and how others saved very little.

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