Conferences

Both the RootsTech 2015 and FGS 2015 Conferences will be Held on February 11–14

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up for a one-time special genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 11–14, 2015. You can attend not one, but two, major genealogy conferences at the same time. If you can be in Salt Lake City those days, you won’t want to miss this event. It undoubtedly will be the largest genealogy gathering of the year in North America.

NOTE: I will be at the conferences also and will be hosting a dinner for readers of this newsletter on Saturday evening. I’ll write about the dinner in a separate article.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City

Do you think you will be hungry after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner! You are invited to join other genealogists on Saturday evening after the RootsTech 2015 conference for dinner. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.

This dinner will be held at 7:30 PM, immediately after the close of the RootsTech/FGS 2015 Conference on February 14. You are invited whether you subscribe to the newsletter or not. Bring your friends and family also.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of previous 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.

2015 FGS Conference Early Registration Discount Extended Until Monday, January 26

If you missed the deadline, you have until Monday to register. The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

2015 FGS Conference Early registration discount Extended

January 23, 2015 – Austin, TX. The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference has been extended to midnight (MST), Monday, January 26. This extension allows three more days to register at $159 for the full four days of the conference coming up February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech.

2015 Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Keynote Workshop Speaker Revealed

The annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference is the largest genealogy conference in the world. This year, for the first time, it is being held in Birmingham, England. It will be held 16 to 18 April, 2015. The conference organizers have just announced the name of the Keynote Workshop speaker. If I may engage in a bit of shameless self promotion, I am honored to say that the speaker will be… me!

You can read the announcement on the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! web site at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/news/2015-keynote-workshop-speaker-revealed-dick-eastman.

You can learn more about this year’s conference at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com.

Will I see you in Birmingham?

2015 FGS Conference Early Registration Discount Ends January 23

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

January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015 – Austin, TX. The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference ends January 23. Early registrants pay $159 for the full four days. The online registration price increases to $189 after January 23. The cost to add-on RootsTech remains $39. Register now to pay the lowest registration price.

The FGS 2015 conference will be held February 11–14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech. Visit www.FGSconference.org to learn how those two conferences will operate while sharing the Salt Palace Convention Center and to find out about sessions, speakers, luncheons, and special events. If you have already registered, log in to your account at FGSconference.org to purchase luncheon tickets.

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 2 January 2015: Beginning 1 January 2015, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will begin accepting proposals for the 2016 Family History Conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. The conference will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Long before Plymouth Rock, the Boston Tea Party, and the Declaration of Independence, the story of America began on the beaches of Florida. Beginning with the Spanish discovery in 1513, many significant events have shaped Florida’s history—including the exploration by the French and Spanish, the colonization of Florida’s interior, the state’s involvement in military conflicts, and recent contributions to science, technology and entertainment. Follow the footprints of the American saga in the sands of Florida.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Invites the Public to Select Evening Events

The following announcement was written by the Utah Genealogical Association:

From January 12, 2015 through January 16, 2015, one of the premier genealogical institutes will run in downtown Salt Lake City. Students of the institute are treated to twenty five hours of genealogical education over five days. Each of these five days additional evening sessions will be offered both to students and to the general public. This is an excellent opportunity for beginning to intermediate genealogists to learn from nationally known speakers for a minimal cost. Options include:

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Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything is a Success

Another genealogy cruise finished yesterday. A group of genealogists on board the Celebrity Silhouette arrived in Fort Lauderdale, sun tanned and full of new genealogy ideas to try. I was fortunate enough to be one of the presenters on board the seven-day cruise, along with Gary and Diana Smith and Jana Sloan Broglin. We made 24 presentations, spread over three days at sea. We also had informal in-person discussion periods, one-on-one consultations, and group breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. There was a LOT of genealogy discussed on this cruise!

Announcing the 2016 Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything

Cruise Everything is not resting on the company’s laurels. While the 2014 genealogy cruise has just finished, the company has already announced a new genealogy cruise to be held 13 months from now.

The 7-night western Caribbean cruise will start January 16, 2016, in Miami, then make stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Coco Cay, Bahamas. The cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection will end in Miami on January 23, 2016.

You can click on the image to the right to view a larger version. Additional details will also become available as the date approaches at http://www.CruiseEverything.com.

Registration Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

2015 Family History Conference
St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015

Crossroads of America

Arlington, VA, 1 DECEMBER 2014: Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-seventh annual family history conference, Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

RootsTech 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.

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.

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