Conferences

RoosTech Global Contest Challenges App Developers to Significantly Impact Growing Family History Industry

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—24 November 2014: RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, announced today its Innovator Challenge (RootsTech.org/challenge), a first of its kind global competition to encourage developers to create apps and technology-based experiences that will shape the future of the growing family history industry. The contest will culminate with a hybrid Shark Tank, America’s Got Talent-like live event where judges and thousands of viewers will decide the winners. The challenge is open for submissions now through January 15, 2015, and will award $25,000 in total cash prizes among four finalists. Interested developers should register for the contest online at RootsTech.org/challenge.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah

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.

NGS Announces Full Program for the 2015 Family History Conference St. Charles, MO

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

National Genealogical Society Announces Full Program for the 2015 Family History Conference
St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015
Crossroads of America

ARLINGTON, VA, 12 November 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Family History Conference program is now available in a sixteen-page registration brochure, which is downloadable at http://goo.gl/x92kAg. The online version of the St. Charles NGS Family History Conference program is also available on the conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Registration opens on 1 December 2014.

The conference offers a number of workshops, tours, and social events that have limited seating. To secure tickets to these events, register on opening day, 1 December 2014, or very soon thereafter at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/.

The St. Charles, Missouri Convention Center is the site of the 13–16 May 2015 conference. The Conference features nationally known speakers and subject matter experts for more than 150 lectures given on a broad array of topics. Topics include records that highlight research in Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; and ethnic and religious groups including African Americans, Czech, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish. Also covered is methodology, analysis, and problem solving; the use of DNA testing and genetic genealogy; the use of technology including mobile devices for genealogy, and websites useful in genealogical research.

Early-Bird Deadline is November 15 for APG’s 2015 Professional Management Conference

I received a reminder today from the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Save on Registration to the Premier Event in Professional Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 5 November 2014 − The early-bird deadline is approaching for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) Professional Management Conference (PMC). Register by Saturday, 15 November 2014, to save nearly 20 percent off of registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register today at www.apgen.org/conferences/.

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event

Federation of Genealogical Societies and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Announce FGS 2017 National Conference

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society:

FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

October 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. and Pittsburgh, PA. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) announce the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Donny Osmond Joins RootsTech 2015

One of the biggest names in entertainment from one of the most well-known families in the world will be part of the largest family history conference in the world. RootsTech 2015 announced today that entertainer, actor, author, and television host Donny Osmond will be joining RootsTech as a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 14, 2015. He will inspire the thousands of conference attendees to discover and share family stories of the past, present, and future.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Participate in the National Archives and Records Administration’s biggest genealogy event of the year! During the three days of Internet broadcasting, learn and ask questions about Federal records as resources for family history research. Speakers include genealogy experts from National Archives facilities across the nation and from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. From beginner to expert, discover new tips and tricks—we have sessions for all skill levels. After the event, recorded sessions and handouts will remain online. Learn more at http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair.

October 28, 29, & 30, starting daily at 10 a.m. EDT

Ancestry.com CEO to Headline at 2015 Professional Management Conference

The following was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ancestrycom, will be the keynote speaker at APG’s Professional Management Conference on Thursday, 8 January 2015.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” Sullivan will speak about professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. As CEO of Ancestry.com, Sullivan offers a unique and valuable perspective on the intersection of business and genealogy, which we are excited for him to share with PMC attendees. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.

How to register

Register Now for Both SLIG 2015 and APG’s PMC

The following was written by the organizers of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Management Conference (PMC):

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

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

Registration is now open at www.iajgs2015.org for the IAJGS 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy taking place at the Jerusalem Ramada 6-10 July 2015. The Conference is being held in cooperation with MyHeritage and with the support of individual, organizational and corporate sponsors presently including Harvey Krueger of New York and Yad Vashem. We will be updating our sponsors listing to include longstanding friends of Jewish Genealogy and a host of new friends.

The Ramada Hotel near the entrance to Jerusalem was chosen as our conference venue as it is the only Jerusalem Hotel able to host a conference of our size, has easy access to city and interurban transportation and is close to many Archives, Museums and cultural attractions. The Ramada has two wings – the Royal Hotel (3 stars) and the Ramada (4 stars) and reservations in the Conference block are available following your registration to the Conference. To get the Hotel Conference rate and special perks such as in-room free wi-fi you must register and reserve through www.iajgs2015.org.

FGS 2015 and RootsTech 2015 Together: How Will That Work?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has held an annual conference for many years. RootsTech also has held annual conferences in the past few years. In a few months, the two organizations will do something unusual: they will each hold their own conferences in the same facility at the same time. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up to bring you that event in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 11–14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC). Yes, two conferences, one location.

This radical change will provide two genealogy conferences happening at the same time under one roof while sharing some activities, sessions, and space. There will be only one exhibitors’ hall. How will all that work? Most of the answers are given at http://voice.fgs.org/2014/09/two-conferences-one-location-how-will.html.

ICAPGen Family History Conference

The following was written by the organizers of the ICAPGen Family History Conference:

The annual family history conference co-sponsored by ICAPGen and the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in the Joseph F. Smith building on the BYU campus. Come celebrate 50 years of genealogical credentialing with some amazing classes on accreditation, professional research, methodology, technology and DNA research. The luncheon speaker will be David Rencher. Lunch is included in the low price of the conference. It will be a great day! Go to http://www.icapgen.org to see the conference schedule. Sign up for the conference online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/icapgen-2014-conference-tickets-12947561505.

The Genealogy Event takes place in NYC on October October 17 & 18

The following announcement was written by the organizers of The Genealogy Event:

The Genealogy Event, in partnership with The National Archives at New York City (NARA at NYC) is taking place in New York City, October 17 & 18 at the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, One Bowling Green. DNA Day, an added feature of The Genealogy Event is being held at India House, One Hanover Square on October 19. Across the three days attendees will benefit from over fifty genealogy and DNA focused talks, complimentary one on one consultations with genealogy experts, an exhibitor marketplace, a Friday night social event and research opportunities at the National Archives at New York City.

Partnership with the National Archives at New York City

Echoes of the Past: the East of England Family History Show

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist and S&N Genealogy:

Following the success of last year’s inaugural East of England Family History Show “Echoes of the Past” the event is now bigger than ever and will be held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln on Sunday 26th October 2014.

The event offers the opportunity for visitors to research their family history, find central records and learn more about the archives of the area. Exhibitors include family history societies, genealogists, heritage groups and local publishers. Workshops and talks will be held throughout the day including Military Research, Researching Online, Lincolnshire Family History and The Garton Archive.

Orphan Train Conference set for October 11

Between 1854 and 1929, more than 250,000 children were placed on orphan trains from the East Coast of the U.S., venturing into unknown territory in the West by train, to settle with unfamiliar families across America. The transfer was the first emigration plan and largest mass migration of children ever to take place on American soil, formulating the country’s first child welfare system.

Descendants and interested persons gather annually to celebrate and discover the saga of those little pioneers drawn into a social experiment spanning more than 75 years. There are fewer than 50 surviving orphan train riders in the U.S. today.

Young Professional Discount at 2015 Professional Management Conference

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

APG Shows Commitment to Next Generation with Young Professional Discount for 2015 Professional Management Conference

Build Your Career Skills at the Only Conference Aimed at Professional Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today demonstrated its commitment to next-generation genealogists by offering young professionals a significant discount to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC). The Young Professional discount offers savings of 40 percent off the full price of the conference, with additional discounts for single days. The conference, themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” will be held the 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open for the 2015 PMC at www.apgen.org/conferences.

Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended

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

Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

Back To Our Past Presentations, Dublin, Ireland, 17-19 October 2014

The following announcement was written by the folks at Back To Our Past:

Brian Boru, Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon Bonaparte all feature in the titles of the Presentations at the 5th annual Back To Our Past [BTOP] event at the RDS, Dublin, on the weekend of 17-19 October 2014. As usual, over the three days of BTOP there will be two concurrent strands of free talks on a range of Irish heritage topics. Oral tradition, graveyards, school records and newspapers feature as sources, while there are several lectures on emigration. Online research, London record repositories and tracing ancestors in British India all feature.

First International Genealogy Conference Held in Limerick, Ireland, Attracting Both Irish and Overseas Visitors

Over the past weekend, attendees at an international genealogy conference listened to a number of different speakers discussing a wide range of family history and genealogical topics. There was representation from across Ireland, America and Canada. The event, which was opened by Mayor Michael Sheahan, featured professional genealogists from the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Amongst the exhibitors were the Irish Ancestry Research Centre, Limerick Genealogy, Eneclann, Blueleafredtree and the Limerick branch of LDS.

Report from Day #2 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

Today was the second and final day of the family history and heritage expo held in Glasgow, Scotland. In short, it was a lot like the first day, only busier. I guess that makes sense; more people can attend a family history expo on a weekend than can make it on a weekday. The crowd today certainly was larger than yesterday (Friday).

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