Conferences

The Highlight of RootsTech: MyHeritage Party

One of the highlights for many RootsTech attendees was the MyHeritage Party held Friday night at the the Marriott City Creek Grand Ballroom. It featured music, karaoke, appetizers, refreshments, fun games, and raffle prizes. (And let’s not forget about the special gift each guest took home!)

This was the best party I have attended at a genealogy conference!

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The attendees included the MyHeritage team, their friends, partners, and most of the geneabloggers. It also included five readers of this newsletter thanks to the raffle I ran at http://goo.gl/yrlc5g. You can view a slide show of the events at: http://slide.ly/embed/c96b0217a8fe2c23b3233aaacb13555f/0. Click on the triangle icon to view the slide show.

Check it out!

P.S. There is a rumor that MyHeritage has reserved the same ballroom for their party next year after RootsTech2017. Stay tuned!

RootsTech2016 Days #2 and #3

Note: My pictures from RootsTech2016 are available at: http://eogn.com/images/newsletter/albums/RootsTech2016.

RootsTech2016 continued on Friday and Saturday about as expected: very busy. Day #3 also was “Family Discovery Day” in which several thousand teenagers and pre-teens joined the crowds of attendees. In all, more than 26,000 people attended one or more days at RootsTech2016. Attendees included people from all 50 states. I am not sure how many foreign countries were represented although I know it was more than 25. That number even included attendees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Friday’s keynote session’s first featured speakers were Josh and Naomi Davis, two very successful bloggers who write often on their “Love Taza” blog at http://lovetaza.com about family life with small children. The blog has millions of readers from around the world. Josh and Naomi encouraged everyone to write about their personal experiences and to share them with family members and especially with future generations. The format isn’t important; a blog or a diary or journal or any other method that can be preserved for years will help future generations understand your life and will thereby help them deal with the issues and challenges they face.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Genealogy Cruises, United Kingdom, Ontario, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

TapGenes Wins First Place of 2016 Innovator Showdown

The following announcement was written by the folks at RootsTech:

tapgenes rootstechSALT LAKE CITY, UT—Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest Family History technology conference, TapGenes, won the Innovator Showdown and walked away with $45,000 in cash and prizes. The Chicago, Illinois-based, firm helps families identify and benefit from key health traits that exist between generations.

In front of a crowd of close to 10,000 live and online viewers, the six RootsTech Innovator Showdown finalists battled for $100,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights in the rapidly-growing, multi-billion dollar family history industry. TapGenes was awarded $20,000 in cash and $25,000 in-kind prizes.

Day #1 of RootsTech2016

rootstech-2016-logoThe first official day of RootsTech 2016 was held today. (I am ignoring the “Innovation Summit” which was a somewhat separate activity held yesterday. While sponsored by the same FamilySearch organization, the Innovation Summit was intended for a different audience. Today was the first day of the “official” RootsTech aimed at all genealogists.)

Today’s RootsTech was sponsored by MyHeritage. The day started with several keynote speakers:

SteveRoockwoodSteve Rockwood, managing director of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered opening remarks and invited everyone to create memories and family stories and to share them with TODAY’S family members. He offered a number of suggestions of how to get family members interested, even those that today have not expressed an interest in family history.

The Innovator Summit was Held Today at RootsTech2016

rootstech-2016-logoRootsTech2016 kicked off today in cold and even frigid Salt Lake City. However, as cold as it was, the skies were bright and sunny. Sponsored by FamilySearch, this event usually is the largest genealogy gathering in the world and this year’s edition looks like it will be bigger than ever. This year the organizers report they are conservatively expecting 25,000 attendees in person. I am not sure why they stressed “conservatively” but I am sure they must be correct.

This year’s event includes attendees from all 50 states, many Canadian provinces, and I met people from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. I am sure there must be others that I haven’t yet met.

In addition, many of the RootsTech sessions are being steamed live on the Internet and also will be rebroadcast later, primarily for audiences in other time zones. I don’t remember how many viewers are expected to watch via the Internet (the facts and figures were flying by faster than I could write them down) but I know the number was well in excess of 100,000 viewers around the world.

Is it big? I’d say so.

Five Raffle Winners have been Selected and Will Attend the MyHeritage Party at RootsTech

This is a follow-up to the article I posted last week: Announcing a Raffle for Invitations to Attend the MyHeritage Party at RootsTech. Five winners have been selected and notifications have been sent to them to attend the MyHeritage Party with MyHeritage employees, partners, and geneabloggers. One or more of them could be the lucky winners of one of many cash gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets, or one of the grand prizes — an iPad Mini 4 or $250 gift card!

RootsTech Streaming Schedule Announced

RootsTech is a huge genealogy conference to be held next week in Salt Lake City. If you cannot attend in person, you might be interested in watching some of the presentations that will be broadcast live on the the Internet, including the general keynote sessions on Thursday and Saturday.

All presentations will be available at http://www.rootstech.org. The times shown below are in Mountain Standard Time:

E-Z Photo Scan Announces Free Scanning at RootsTech

The following announcement was written by the folks at E-Z Photo Scan:

Scanning leader sets goal for 100,000 scans at global family history event

Jan. 27, 2016

Altamonte Springs, Fla. – E-Z Photo Scan, the leading marketer of desktop photo-scanning systems, announced RootsTech attendees can have their prints and slides scanned for free during the event, Feb. 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. In 2015, E-Z Photo Scan booth attendees scanned 98,561 prints at RootsTech, and this year, a goal of 100,000 scans has been set.

To participate, RootsTech attendees can bring their photo prints, scrapbook pages and slides to expo booth 1109 during exhibit hours Thursday-Saturday. To make image storage easy and simple, E-Z Photo Scan will use the latest technology to make photos available to attendees after the event. These treasured digital memories can be stored on FamilySearch and other genealogy sites. Also, on Saturday, E-Z Photo Scan is part of the interactive activities of Family Discovery Day.

Free UK Genealogy Open Data Conference in London on 30th January

Free UK Genealogy will host a conference later this month that aims to start a consultation process with the volunteers collaborating with Free UK Genealogy (previously named FreeBMD). FreeBMD (which aims to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales), FreeREG (Parish Registers) and FreeCEN (Census data) are all projects supported by Free UK Genealogy.

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During this conference, topics such as the benefits and value of opening up data (or family history) and Linked Data will be debated. Quoting the conference’s web site:

RootsTech 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers David Isay and Michael Leavitt and Musical Guests the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Innes, and The Lower Lights

News from RootsTech:

SALT LAKE CITY, (January 8, 2016)—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today additional musical guests and keynote speakers who will join its inspiring all-star lineup. Nationally renowned musicians the Crescent Super Band and Ryan Innes will partner for an exclusive performance during the opening social event on Thursday, February 4. The session of RootsTech on Friday, February 5, will feature award-winning radio producer and founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, while the session on Saturday, February 6, will feature Michael Leavitt, who served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. Concluding the conference on February 6 will be the musical group The Lower Lights.

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Announcing the 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conferences

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree :

Jamboree 2016 posterThe Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016. Registration is now open and available on the Jamboree website. You can either complete your registration through the online shopping cart or download the registration form and mail it in.

Jamboree 2016 offers an exceptional educational opportunity for family historians and genealogists of all experience levels.The theme for Jamboree 2016 is “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past.” We welcome all attendees who are interested genealogy and preserving the past for future generations. Our heritage focus will be on German, Eastern European, and African-American research. Topics covered will include research methods, analysis and problem solving, organization techniques, family history writing, the use of technology, and more.

Jamboree 2016 will feature:

NERGC 2017 Call for Papers

The following announcement was written by the New England Regional Genealogical Conference:

CALL FOR PAPERS – “Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past”

NERGC2017_logo-smaller14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference 26-29 April 2017, Springfield, Massachusetts

Presentation proposals are welcome from now until 12:00 noon on 1 March 2016 for the 14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held 26-29 April 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

NERGC has these formats for presentations:

Ohio Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for 2017 Annual Conference

The following announcement was written buy the Ohio Genealogical Society:

Bellville, Ohio: The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) announces a request for lecture proposals for its 2017 conference, Genealogy Gone Wild, to be held April 26–29, 2017, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Topics being considered include: Ohio history, its records, and repositories; ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.); religious groups; migration into, within, and out of Ohio; and origins of early Ohio settlers. Other topics of interest that will be considered: land and military records; technology, including DNA; mobile devices and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.

As the conference theme implies, the program committee is specifically seeking new, unusual, and dynamic proposals. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions, or two-hour workshops. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is May 31, 2016.

Registration is Open for the 2016 NGS Family History Conference

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Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-eighth annual family history conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. The conference will be held 4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 180 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with “Ordinary” People, Extraordinary Lives given by Connie L. Lester, Ph.D., Associate Professor in History, University of Central Florida; editor Florida Historical Quarterly; Director, RICHES of Central Florida.

Call for Presentations for the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Ontario Genealogical Society:

OGSConf2017The annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017 will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation. As 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, Ottawa Branch OGS will host the annual OGS conference and give the Conference a national flair, bringing together genealogists and family historians from all over Canada. We are looking for speakers and talks of interest to genealogists from all provinces.

National Genealogical Society Announces Program for the 2016 Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the U.S. National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 NOVEMBER 2015—The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Family History Conference program. The program, which includes more than 170 lectures, is now available online at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and as a sixteen-page registration brochure, which can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/w40zSO.

Nationally known speakers and subject matter experts will address a broad array of topics, including records for Florida and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records. Other topics will discuss genealogical research on African Americans and women; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology, including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

Hotel Reservations Open for the FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield, Illinois

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

November 19, 2015 – Austin, TX – Two Springfield, Illinois hotels are now taking reservations for The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” which will be held August 31 – September 3, 2016 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

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The Wyndham Springfield City Centre (formerly the Hilton Springfield) and The President Abraham Lincoln Springfield (a DoubleTree hotel by Hilton) will offer reduced rates to attendees of the FGS 2016 Conference. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Prairie Capital Convention Center and each hotel will offer a courtesy bus from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport and Amtrak station.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Biographer, Historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, to keynote RootsTech 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at RootsTech:

(SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—November 4, 2015)—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced Doris Kearns Goodwin has joined its lineup of keynote speakers. Goodwin, a world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at the RootsTech general session on Saturday, February 6, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Goodwin will share her insights into the personal and family lives of past presidential leaders and the influence their ancestors had on their personalities, behavior, decisions, and careers. She will also share anecdotes about her own family and experiences which have shaped and influenced her life

Goodwin has been hailed by New York magazine as “America’s historian-in-chief” for her in-depth scrutiny into the lives, actions, and family influences of America’s presidents, and the history of the country. She provided extensive subject matter expertise for PBS and the History Channel’s documentaries on the Kennedy family, LBJ, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The History of The Civil War. She also worked with Steven Spielberg on the movie Lincoln, based in part on Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Call for Papers Now Open for 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

Seattle, Washington – The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies has announced a call for papers for its 36th Annual Conference to be held from August 7 to 12, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

“The Wandering Jew” is the theme of the 2016 conference.

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Topic tracks include:

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