Diane VanSkiver Gagel

Diane Gagel, M. A., is a retired college instructor, freelance writer, and professional genealogist. She has a M. A.  in American Studies, is the author of four books and numerous articles, and lectures widely on a variety of topics. Diane has been a speaker at the 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012 NGS Conferences, the 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006-16 FGS Conferences, the 2009 & 2010 BYU Genealogy Conference, and is also a regular speaker at the Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conferences. She was the Program Chair for the 2005, 2009, 2012 Ohio Genealogical Society Conferences and Conference co-chair for the 2011 OGS Conference.  She was the keynote speaker for the 2010 Washington State Genealogical Society Conference, and the 2011 Indiana Genealogical Society Conference. In January 1998, Diane presented a three hour teleconference on American Courts and their records sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Ohio Genealogical Society. Diane also spoke at the 2000 Millennium Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the 2005 Midwestern Roots Conference, Indianapolis. Diane is the author of four books: Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900, Windows on the Past:  Identifying, Dating, and Preserving Photographs, and Directory of Photographers in the United States 1888 1889 and Canada 1889; and co-author of The Laubers: A Journey of Faith. She is also the author of the NGS Guide to the States: Ohio. In addition, she is working on a history of Ohio’s Children’s Homes and is currently a Trustee of the Board of The Ohio Genealogical Society.
Friday, 1 April 2016
Western Migrations and Ohio Research – Diane VanSkiver Gagel
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F31) They Went West: Researching Colonial and Territorial Records.  Overview of types of records and research methodology for colonial and territorial records from the 17th Century through the 20th Century. Researching pioneer ancestors may involve colonial or territorial records.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F32) A Restless Nation: How and Why did Our Ancestors Travel West?  This lecture covers the major migration routes our Ancestors took from the time they first crossed the Allegheny Mountains to the settling of the West Coast. Also covered will be the possible reasons at various times in our history.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F35) Gateway to the West: Researching in Ohio.  Areas covered include the township, county, and state levels and where researchers can find the best genealogical records including major repositories.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F36) Where Oh Where in Ohio: Major Record Repositories.  Overview of the Regional Archives System, University Collections, Religious Archives, and Historical Societies found in Ohio and their records.  Digital collections also covered.