Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America

Coming Events and Recordings

The following events are planned and this page will be periodically updated with more information as the programs are finalized.  Sessions are planned to be about one hour, followed by time for questions and answers or further discussions.


Sign up for the classes you wish to attend!  These are free sessions for members!


Please visit our Webcasts page for recordings of prior sessions.

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 A.M. Central Time - CANCELLED


Schedule conflicts appears to have limited registrations

Please e-mail your questions and we'll respond to them.

Ostfriesland: Questions and Answers - Open Forum



Our annual "tea party" is going on-line this year with an open forum  panel discussion to discuss your questions about Ostfriesland, researching families there, customs, travel or just about anything related to Ostfriesland.  Sign up today and join the party!   


Panel members: Lin Strong, OGSA President and Journal Editor, Dirk Weeldreyer, Lübbert Kruizenga, and Roger Peters.



Thursday, January 6, 7:00 P.M. Central Time

Using Ortsippenbuchs (OSB) and Other Resources - Part 1


This is a two-part series on using OSBs and other research materials.  Bring your questions and attend both sessions if you can since there is a lot of material to discuss.  Please check our OSB Terms List before the session since it is a helpful resource.


Some of the topics to be covered include:

 - Learn how to use an Ortsippenbuch 

- Privately printed Ortsfamilienbucher (OFB)

- Tracing families in each type of OSB/OFB

- Sternsdorff Ortsfamilienbucher

- Uplengen Ortsippenbuch

- Online Ortsfamilienbucher

- Veenhusen Ortsfamilienbucher

- Oldenburg CD ROMs/Memory Sticks

- Online Ortsfamilienbucher (all of Germany)

- Indexes - OSB Prefaces

- Tote Punkte database



Presenter: Lin Strong, OGSA President and Journal Editor


Register for this Zoom session here.


Thursday, January 13, 7:00 P.M. Central Time

Using Ortsippenbuchs (OSB) and Other Resources - Part 2


Don't miss the second half of this informative session.  It will resume where Part 1 stopped.


Presenter: Lin Strong, OGSA President and Journal Editor


Register for this Zoom session here.


Saturday, February 5, 10:00 A.M. Central Time


Annual Meeting


More information to be provided.



Getting ready to attend on-line sessions:

 1) Visit Zoom.us and download the Zoom browser plug-in - it is free.


 Click on the orange button (Sign Up! It’s Free!)  Accept the cookies. 

Answer the questions!  When you get an account—you MUST keep track of your password!  

 2) You MUST register in advance since capacity is limited.   Please be sure to attend if you register since someone else may have wanted your slot.

3) Make sure you add the date and time to your calendar!  Zoom does not send reminders for sessions held in meeting formats.  Not all sessions will have recordings available after the session. 

4) Please cancel your registration if you will not be able to attend.  We try to license enough Zoom users to cover our expected audience for each session but popular topics might reach our registration limit.  


OGSA Conferences

We will be holding on-line meetings and educational programs until it is safe to hold our next onsite conference.  Additional details about future events will be provided on this page, in our quarterly journals, and periodic e-mails.


The health and well-being of our members is our first priority as we schedule future events. We will monitor conditions and look for new ways to help support your research.  Please contact us at Memberships@ogsa.us if you have recommendations.