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Genealogical society to hold annual conference

The Ozarks Genealogical Society will have its 32nd annual conference, Researching the Midwest and Beyond, September 14-15, 2012, at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield.

Paula Stuart-Warren, pictured, CG, FMGS, FUGA, nationally known genealogical researcher and educator, will be the featured speaker. With a focus on the Midwest her lectures will include: Major Midwest Archives and Their Records, New Englanders in the Midwest: Key Resources, A World of Records: Using the Family History Library and Family History Centers, and Where are Those Records They Told Me to Check.

The conference begins the evening of September 14 and continues September 15. In addition to sessions presented by Paula Stuart-Warren, there will be mini-sessions on a variety of genealogical topics for guiding beginners and seasoned researchers in their quest for knowledge. Topics include Beginning Genealogy, Footprints in Time(lines), Read Between the Lines, and Google and Your Genealogy. Registration includes lunch and a vendor area.

The conference is open to the public. If paid by the deadline of August 31, 2012, full conference registration for non-members is $50; attendance for the Friday short session is $25 (or pay $5 more after the deadline).

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc. (OGS) was formally organized in September 1969 by a group of individuals brought together by their common interest in researching family history. OGS was chartered in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization in the State of Missouri. The goals of the society are to encourage the research and preservation of family history, foster solid genealogical research practices, and preserve records of historical and genealogical interest. The local research library is at 534 W. Catalpa.

Membership is $18 per year for individuals or $25 for families. Life membership is $400. For an individual membership application go here.

For additional information or PayPal registration go here or call (417) 861-7503.

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