- Feature Articles. Topics may have an anniversary or seasonal slant; describe newly-available record sets (in archives or on-line); or introduce the genealogy collections of Ohio repositories. Methodology (how-two) articles are welcome for both individual skill-building and chapter growth. Technology-related methodology articles are particularly requested. Occasionally, the editor may run historical features (e.g. Poorhouses in Ohio) if the topic has wide interest and introduces genealogically interesting records. All features should be packed with specific details about Ohio resources. Length: 500-2000 words (2-5 single-spaced pages). Images or image suggestions are encouraged.
- Success Stories. This is a great place for everyday genealogists, (not just the professionals) to share their genealogical journeys. Write about a specific experience you’ve had breaking through a brick wall, discovering a new ancestor, or getting to know a relative through their personal writings. Length: Up to 500 words (about 2 single-spaced pages). Include a photo of yourself, preferably with a prized genealogical artifact or at an ancestral site.
- Local Spotlights. These short pieces introduce an Ohio county, city or OGS chapter or affiliated organization. May include a brief local history, description of ongoing chapter activities or projects. Should contain a description of local genealogical resources and repositories (include websites and digital resources). Length: About 500 words (about 2 single-spaced pages). Photos are requested when available.
Authors may submit up to four entries each, with a maximum of two entries per journal. At least one article will be recognized in each category receiving submissions of sufficient quality. Two first prizes will be awarded, one each for the top scoring submissions to OGSQ and to OGN. First prize winners will receive his/her choice of a one-year OGS membership or free admission to the OGS Annual Fall Seminar. Category winners will be recognized. All winning articles will be featured in appropriate OGS journals. Submission to this contest constitutes permission to publish in OGSQ or OGN. Entries may not have been previously published in other journals.
OGS will not give every award in each category if sufficient entries do not meet the criteria. Entries will be judged on three criteria: accuracy: 0-15 points; clarity-writing mechanics: 0-20 points; and overall impact and interest: 0-15 points. Judges’ comments will be returned upon request.
Entries will be accepted from 1 January 2013 through 28 February 2013. Winners will be announced during the annual meeting at the 2013 OGS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Send entries via e-mail attachment only. All articles should be saved in either Rich Text (rtf) or Microsoft Word (doc or docx) formats. Include the following information on the first page of each entry: Category (journal for which you wish your article be judged), author’s name, full address, telephone number, e-mail address and any other pertinent contact information. The contest is open to all OGS members as well as non-members. Both amateur and professional writers may submit articles.
To receive a copy of the style guide and rules and formatting requirements email firstname.lastname@example.org or download a copy here.
Expanding Your Ancestry Through Technology
OGS Annual Conference
Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference Booklet & Registration Form at http://www.ogs.org/conference2013/index.php.
If you have not yet booked your room for conference, you should do so as soon as possible. The University of Cincinnati is holding commencement exercises that Saturday so the hotels/motels will be booked.
There has been a change in speakers. Ugo Perego will no longer be presenting due to a scheduling conflict, but his business associate, Diahan Southard, who is also a DNA genealogy expert has graciously offered to cover for him and give the same presentations.
Do you have a need for a scooter for the conference? Rollin' on the River has offered a discount price for those attending the conference of $100 (normally $150). They also have wheel chairs. If you are interested contact: Lance Sizemore at 513-582-6526. Give them your date of arrival and departure for the conference. Rollin' on the River, 1156 Muirwood Lane, Batavia, OH 45103.
Conference is always an exciting time to be around fellow genealogists. We hope you can join us in Cincinnati from April 25-27 at the Millennium Hotel.
Even if you are not being inducted into one of the Lineage Societies, please feel free to sign up for any of the banquets. It is another great way to meet your fellow genealogists. Most banquets this year will have a speaker. Check the registration booklet for more information.
Summer of Learning Sessions
The calendar for the summer sessions is now online at www.ogs.org. There is a wide variety of topics that will be presented from April through early November. Check it out now.
2013 Fall Seminar
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 5, 2013. Our fall seminar will feature the Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith. This is an excellent opportunity to hear these nationally known speakers. You can make your reservation now by calling OGS at 419-886-1903.
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