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Contact: Sally McAlear (417) 887-1699
June 30, 2009

Ozarks Genealogical Society’s Sept. 25-26 conference topics announced

SPRINGFIELD — The Ozarks Genealogical Society will hold its 29th Annual Conference September 25-26 at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Mo.

Thomas W. Jones, noted genealogical researcher, author, editor, and educator is the featured speaker. His lectures will focus on Internet research, deducing ancestors’ identities, tracing common surnames, and solving problems with original sources. Jones’ research has encompassed records of every state east of the Mississippi, as well as Iowa, Missouri, Texas, France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland. His lectures are known to benefit genealogists at all levels of expertise.

The conference begins Friday evening, September 25 and continues throughout the day on Saturday, September 26. The following mini-sessions will be presented on Saturday morning: “Start with What You Know,” “Family Search Online,” “Dressed for the Photographer,” and “Searching with GenSmarts.” A vendor showcase will also be available.

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc. (OGS) was formally organized in September 1969 by a group of individuals brought together by a common interest in researching family history. It was chartered in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization by 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 conference is open to the public. Registration information and additional conference details are available on the OGS website. Those needing a registration form may call (417) 885-9009.

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