Ohio Roots

Ohio Roots is the official podcast of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS). Join us as we embark on a captivating journey through Ohio’s rich genealogy, history, and abundant resources. Hosted by OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier, this podcast brings you insightful conversations with a diverse array of guests. From OGS members, OGS chapter leaders, and OGS staff, to renowned genealogists, historians, and influential figures within the genealogical community, each episode delves into fascinating topics and captivating stories. Grab your headphones or unmute your speaker, hit that play button, and join us on our enthralling journeys through Ohio’s Roots. Edited by: Luc Poirier Produced by: The Ohio Genealogical Society

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Episodes

7 days ago

Join us on the latest episode of the the Ohio Roots podcast as OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with Garry Night, President of the Montgomery County Chapter of OGS about the chapter's history, programs, and his own genealogical explorations.

Monday Feb 05, 2024

OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with noted genealogist Billie Stone Fogarty of HeritageTrackers, LLC about conducting Indigenous Peoples’ genealogical research and the challenges of undertaking such research. She provides tips on how to get started and where to look. 

Episode 12 - James Beidler

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Monday Jan 22, 2024

James Beidler, joins the Ohio Roots podcast to discuss the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania with OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier in the this episode. James is currently serving as the GSP’s Interim Executive Director.

Episode 11 - Jenna Kish

Monday Jan 08, 2024

Monday Jan 08, 2024

The OGS’s Archivist Jenna Kish speaks with Ohio Roots about her role preserving and making accessible the important archival collections of the Ohio Genealogical Society held in the Lyle H. West Archives at the OGS Samuel D. Isaly Library in Bellville, Ohio. She also discusses how to prepare a collection for donation to the OGS (or anywhere) and what happens to those collections when they arrive. 

Episode 10 - Thomas Cirincione

Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

Our guest on this episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcast is Thomas Cirincione, President of the Cleveland Italian Ancestry Organization (CIAO). We discuss CIAO, its activities and programs, researching Ohio’s Italian immigrant community, and more.

Episode 9 - Todd Kleismit

Monday Dec 11, 2023

Monday Dec 11, 2023

OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with Todd Kleismit, Executive Director of the America-250 Ohio initiative. America 250-Ohio is a multi-year commemoration where Ohioans from all 88 counties will be in the spotlight of the impact Ohio’s unique role in our nation’s story. Todd explains the effort, what is planned, and how organizations can become involved. For more information visit: https://america250-ohio.org/ 

Episode 8 - Deb Deal

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

In this special bonus episode of the Ohio Roots podcast Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with Deb Deal, Co-Chair of the 2024 OGS Conference, about what is planned for the 2024 OGS Conference in April 2024 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Episode 7 - LaJoy Mosby

Monday Nov 13, 2023

Monday Nov 13, 2023

This episode OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with LaJoy Mosby, President of the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society about the society and its activities and the challenges of researching African-American ancestors.

Episode 6 - Tammy Pelton

Monday Oct 30, 2023

Monday Oct 30, 2023

Our guest on this episode is Tammy Sloan Pelton, the President of the Ashland County Chapter, OGS. She speaks with OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier about the chapter’s history, its efforts to engage with new members and the community, and her own genealogical experiences and accomplishments. You can learn more about the Ashland County Chapter, OGS by visiting their website at www.ashlandccogs.org.

Episode 5 - Karynne Moses

Monday Oct 16, 2023

Monday Oct 16, 2023

This episode OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with genealogist Karynne Moses of Moses Genealogy Research and Translation. Karynne's research focuses on German and Portuguese genealogy and she offers tips and information on how she goes about her research and the challenges it presents. Karynne can be found at mosesgen.com. 

Episode 4 - Austin Reid

Monday Oct 02, 2023

Monday Oct 02, 2023

OGS Executive Director speaks with Austin Reid. Mr. Reid, a native of Lancaster, Ohio has been exploring the stories of Ohio's smaller and vanished Jewish communities since 2017. His research has been featured in several media outlets including The Canton Repository, Columbus Jewish News, Richland Source, Steubenville Herald-Star, Zanesville Times Recorder, and WOSU.
 

Episode 3 - Linda Swanson

Monday Sep 18, 2023

Monday Sep 18, 2023

This episode OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with the OGS Librarian Linda Swanson. Linda began with OGS as its Digital Librarian in September 2019. Today she manages the library’s print collections, supervises the archive collections, directs the library’s digital projects, oversees the computers and technology, and more! Her undergraduate work was done at Denison University in Granville (majors in English literature and music) and her Master’s in Library and Information Science was secured from Kent State University. She has also worked at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Ashland University Library.

Episode 2 - Peggy Lauritzen

Monday Sep 04, 2023

Monday Sep 04, 2023

OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS in this episode. Peggy serves as a Family History Director, and is a frequent conference speaker. She is the author of several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, she is also an instructor at Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and a columnist for Reminisce magazine.  Peggy was recently named a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Episode 1 - Sunny Morton

Thursday Aug 10, 2023

Thursday Aug 10, 2023

OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with noted genealogists and presenter Sunny Jane Morton. Sunny is known to Ohio audiences as the past Editor of Ohio Genealogy News, which she did for 10 years. She's also a longtime Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and the Content Manager over at Diahan [pronounced Diane] Southard's Your DNA Guide website. She is co-author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, available at Genealogical.com or on Amazon and taught at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July 2024 on the topic of U.S. church records.

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