Ohio Roots

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


July 22, 2024 24 mins

Longtime OGS member and supporter Sunda Peters joins us on this episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcast to discuss her decades-long history with the OGS, how she has supported and aided the OGS over the years, and why joining the OGS is important for anyone exploring their Ohio roots.

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The 2024 OGS Fall Retreat is coming up! On this episode of the Ohio Roots podcast we speak with OGS Conference Coordinator Marleen Applegate about what to expect at 2024’s OGS Fall Retreat being held in Dublin, Ohio in September.

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June 24, 2024 28 mins

Join us on the latest episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcast as we discuss with Kevin Borland of Borland Genetics how they go about recreating the DNA of ancestors and how that information can be used to aid in genealogical research. It's a fascinating topic!

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June 10, 2024 37 mins

This episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcasts features Dr. Timothy G. Anderson, a historical geographer with research interests in the historical settlement geography of Ohio during the early National period and a long-standing interest in the cultural landscapes associated with Germanic Diasporas.

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May 27, 2024 22 mins

This episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcast Executive Director and host Noel Poirier speaks with Bonnie Wade-Mucia, Director of the Mayflower Families Silver Books Project at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). 

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May 10, 2024 25 mins

Jay Stoneman is the twenty-something President of the Carroll County Chapter of OGS and we discuss how he became interested in genealogy, the activities of the Carroll County Chapter, reaching out to younger audiences, mentoring, and more.

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April 29, 2024 23 mins

We speak with Marge Stefanski of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society (TPGS) on the this episode of the OGS Ohio Roots podcast. We discuss the Polish history and neighborhoods of Toledo, the activities of the TPGS, and researching Polish ancestors.

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April 15, 2024 22 mins

This episode OGS Executive Director Noel Poirier speaks with LegacyTree genealogist Kristin Wenger about the unique challenges and opportunities presented in researching Ohio Moravian ancestors and Moravian ancestry in general.

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April 1, 2024 29 mins

Ohio Roots speaks with Erin Harris, webmaster for the Montgomery County Chapter of OGS, in our latest episode. We discuss how the chapter has embraced technology, the importance of a website, Erin's own genealogical explorations, and much more! (29 minutes)

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March 18, 2024 29 mins

Join us for the latest episode of the Ohio Roots podcast where we speak with the National Genealogy Society’s AI Program Director, Steve Little. Steve discusses the use of artificial intelligence in conducting genealogical research and where that technology is taking genealogy in the future. You don’t want to miss this discussion!

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March 4, 2024 20 mins

OGS Executive Director speaks with Lochlyn Ramsey, a young man who took it upon himself to transcribe the memoir of an early 20th century resident of Huron County. 

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February 19, 2024 32 mins

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.

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February 5, 2024 36 mins

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. 

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January 22, 2024 27 mins

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.

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January 8, 2024 33 mins

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. 

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December 26, 2023 28 mins

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.

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December 11, 2023 31 mins

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/ 

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November 22, 2023 20 mins

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.

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November 13, 2023 30 mins

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.

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October 30, 2023 28 mins

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.

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