Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, 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.

FEEFHS Conference offers Full German Research Track

The following announcement was written by the Foundation for Eastern European Family History Studies:

For the first year FEEFHS is offering a full track focused on German genealogical research throughout the conference program. Starting with the basics of German family history research — language and handwriting, records, maps, and tools — and progressing to more advanced topics and specialty records such as guilds and family record books, individuals will be able to attend classes specific to German family history research throughout the 3-day conference. These classes will be taught by locally and nationally recognized instructors, Milan Pohontsch, Baerbel Johnson, and two instructors new to FEEFHS, FHL consultants Fritz Juengling and Kelsee Jackson.

On the Road Again, This Time to Israel

By the time you read these words, I should be in the air, en route to Jerusalem. I will be a tourist for a few days while I get used to the time zone changes. Starting on July 6, I will attend the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held this year in Jerusalem.

I hope to post articles in this newsletter about the things I see and hear at the conference. You can read more about the conference at http://iajgs2015.org.

This should be an intense conference. First of all, it is five days long, July 6 through 10. Next, I have attended a couple of earlier IAJGS conferences held in the U.S. and I know they are always packed full of presentations, seminars, and meetings for the entire time. I expect this year’s event to be the same.

Call for Presentations at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference

The following was written by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, hosts of the 2016 OGS conference:

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on June 3-5, 2016. The Society (OGS) enjoys the largest membership of any Canadian family history organization. The conference theme, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, has been selected to inspire excitement among speakers, exhibitors and attendees alike.

In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: (1) the latest developments in archives, libraries, museums and societies in the heritage sector, (2) recently discovered or released genealogical records, (3) newly developed genealogical databases, transcriptions or indexes, (4) innovative theoretical or methodological approaches to genealogical or historical research, including case histories, (5) cutting-edge technology and its application for family historians, whether in information management, mobile computing, genetic testing and analysis, or other emerging fields.

Make Your Reservation NOW for the NGS 2016 Conference in Fort Lauderdale

If you have ever attended one of the larger national genealogy conferences, you may already know that nearby hotels often are fully booked months in advance of the event. Experienced attendees know they need to make their room reservations months in advance, even a year in advance is a good idea. Next year’s annual conference of the National Genealogical Society will be held in Fort Lauderdale, a very popular vacation resort in the springtime. You might want to make your reservations now. I made mine yesterday.

The conference will be held in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, a first-class conference facility. I have attended a couple of non-genealogy events in that convention center in the past and can tell you it is a great location. I can also tell you it is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades cruise ship port, a location that is crowded when cruise ships arrive or are about to depart. Many people who are going on or returning from cruises spend a night or two in the nearby hotels. Such cruises are typically planned many months in advance so hotel reservations are also booked many months ahead of time. If you don’t want to be forced to spend your nights in a hotel several miles away, you might want to make your reservation now.

NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri – Day #4

The fourth and final day of the National Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference was held Saturday at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. It continued in much the same manner as the first three days. That is to say that it went well.

The unofficial attendee count on Friday evening was well over 2,200 people. I didn’t hear the final count on Saturday but I suspect it was 2,300 or maybe a bit more. The St. Charles Convention Center was a perfect venue for a crowd that size: not too big and not too small. If I write that it was “just right” I’ll sound like Goldilocks but it really was “just right.”

NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri – Day #3

The third day of the National Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference was held today at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Again, the day seem to go well.

I spoke with one of the conference organizers today and she laughed at a comment I published yesterday: “I was very impressed at how smoothly everything seemed to work yesterday and today. I attend a lot of genealogy conferences and am used to seeing a few last minute glitches and rough edges. I saw nothing like that yesterday or today. Everything just worked.”

NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri – Day #2

The second day of the four-day National Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference was held today at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. It was held as planned. What else can I say? You can read about all the lectures and the lecturers at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NGS-2015-StC-Program-Final.pdf.

I was very impressed at how smoothly everything seemed to work yesterday and today. I attend a lot of genealogy conferences and am used to seeing a few last minute glitches and rough edges. I saw nothing like that yesterday or today. Everything just worked. Maybe the organizers dealt with a few problems but, if so, I didn’t see any indications of problems.

NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri – Day #1

The 4-day National Genealogical Society’s 2015 Family History Conference started this morning at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the host society, the St. Louis Genealogical Society.

More than 2,100 genealogists pre-registered to attend this event and I am sure a few more tickets will be sold at the door. I think all 2,100 of the attendees were at the opening session this morning. At least it felt that way when we all filed out of the very large room at once, trying to walk through the single hallway and down the one escalator!

Actually, that was the only inconvenience caused by the big mob that I saw all day.

A.J. Jacobs and the World’s Largest Family Reunion

A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs would like to invite you to the world’s largest family reunion. Best of all, he is offering a 25 percent discount to readers of this newsletter who would like to attend. (The regular price is $30.)

According to the New York Times:

The “family of man,” it seems, is no longer just an Age of Aquarius-era cliché. Research, like a 2002 study published in the journal Science, has shown that humans share 99.9 percent of their DNA. And our family ties to each other are becoming increasingly transparent in the era of mail-in DNA-testing services like 23andMe that purport to provide detailed data on shared bloodlines, and online genealogy databases that compile family super-trees that include millions of people from around the globe.

Realizing these vast familial connections, Mr. Jacobs said to himself, “I have millions of relatives — why not throw the biggest family reunion ever?”

New York State Family History Conference Early Bird Registration

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the New York State Family History Conference:

New York State Family History Conference Early Bird Rates until May 31

Join us for the 2015 New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse, New York on
September 17–19. Early bird registration rates are available through May 31 at www.NYSFHC.org.

Three Days Left to Register for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference and All Ticketed Events

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 APRIL 2015—Have you registered for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles? The deadline for pre-conference registration is 29 April 2015. Registration will be available on-site beginning at 12:00 noon, 12 May 2015, in the St. Charles Convention Center.

Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops closes on 29 April 2015. No ticket purchases will be available on-site. Registration for Librarians’ Day also closes on 29 April 2015. Many events have already sold out, so don’t delay! For conference information and to register, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/.

NGS Luncheon and Sponsored Luncheons

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Birmingham, England – Day #3

The third and final day of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! event finished a few hours ago in Birmingham, England. It must have been a great show because I know I am bushed!

The crowd at the Guild of One-Name Studies stand

This final day was similar to the first two days (see my earlier reports here and here for details). The biggest single difference is that the crowd was even bigger today than either of the two previous days. No surprises there as more people can attend on a Saturday than can be there on a weekday.

Mark Your Calendar: the next Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show will be held in Birmingham, England, on April 7 through 9, 2016

After a successful Who Do You Think You Are? Live! this week, the conference organizers have announced that the next several Who Do You Think You Are? Live! shows will be held in the same location as this year’s event: in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. The next one will be held April 7 through 9, 2016.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Birmingham, England – Day #2

The Who Do You Think You Are? Live! event continued for a second day today at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. In fact, it was very much like the first day of the event with one major exception. In fact, I have to take back one statement I wrote yesterday and re-state it a bit differently.

Yesterday, in my report of Day #1, I wrote, “The total attendance undoubtedly was lower than the past few years when the event was held in London …” However, the attendance today (Friday) was much higher than that of Thursday. Attendance today may or may not have reached the levels seen in previous years in London but, whatever the number, the hall was crowded most of the time. Several of the commercial vendors reported late this afternoon they were quite happy with sales made to this larger crowd.

Here is a small sample of today’s larger crowds filling the rather wide aisles in the exhibits hall.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Birmingham, England – Day #1

The newly-relocated Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference opened at 9:30 this morning in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), in Birmingham, England. I think every one of the several thousand people who attended would agree that the first day’s events were successful.

The Who Do You Think You Are? Live! annual events have always been held in London in the past although a “special edition” was held in Glasgow, Scotland last year as a second event of 2014. (You can read my reports from last year’s Glasgow event by starting at http://goo.gl/kEPcei.)

This year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Event was moved to a very modern convention center in Birmingham, England. The 2015 event is being held this week in an industrial area well outside the city but very close to the airport and a train station and also easily accessible by motorways. In short, it is an excellent location for attendees who must travel some distance to attend. While I traveled a considerable distance from Orlando, Florida, to Birmingham, I was not even close to having traveled the furthest to attend. I met a number of attendees at today’s event who were from Australia, California, Texas, Germany, and a number of other places.

The National Exhibition Centre, or NEC., is an ideal place for a conference with several thousand attendees. I believe there are 20 exhibition halls inside the cavernous NEC facility. Yes, twenty! All the several thousand genealogists and the vendors combined did not fill one hall. There was room for 19 more conferences of similar or even larger size to be held simultaneously!

International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Early Registration Discount Extended

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 2015 IAJGS 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy:

Happy Passover from the 2015 IAJGS 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. For the ease of those who are vacationing over the holiday, we have decided to extend the Early Registration Discount fee through Wednesday May 6, 2015. Visit www.iajgs2015.org to register now! And since we promised a drawing for prizes those registered by April 15th your chances of winning are now double! Be patient if we are slower in answering e-mails, Israel is on vacation until April 12. Ortra our Conference Organizer, like most non-essential businesses in Israel, is closed for all but emergencies. I and most of our volunteers will be answering questions as rapidly as we can.

Our Preliminary Program now is now listed in the Program & Schedule section of the website in the “Program” tab at www.iajgs2015.org. You’ll see why we are boasting that this will be “A Conference Like No Other”. The schedule will become interactive after Passover.

National Genealogy Conference in Canada has been CANCELED

A National Genealogy Conference had been scheduled to be held in Halifax on July 17 through 19. A very brief announcement at http://www.visiontravel.ca/heidiwilker now says the event has been canceled. The reason for the cancelation was not given although I suspect a low number of pre-registrations may have had something to do with it.

Join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the WDYTYA Live show Birmingham

The following announcement was written by the Guild of One-Name Studies:

Join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Who Do You Think You Are? – Live Birmingham show (16th to 18th April 2015), thereby saving £1 on the normal rate for April joiners and receive a special “show time only” goody bag. A special show offer of £22 will cover full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2016. The current rate for anyone taking out an extended Guild membership in April 2015 is £23. New Guild members joining at the show will receive a goody bag comprising a “Special Guild 8Gb USB drive” (priced £9.00 at the show) which has the Guilds Members handbook, The Art of One-Name Studies “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” book (hard copy usually £7.00), the 2014 Guild Register and all 132 back issues of the Guild Journal of One-Name Studies pre-loaded, a Guild Lanyard and a Guild pen, along with their normal Guild joining pack.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Next Week in Birmingham, England

This article is primarily for newsletter readers who live in the UK or for anyone else who can be in Birmingham next week.

If you are interested in family history and if you can be in Birmingham next week, you will want to visit the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference being held in the Birmingham NEC from April 16 to 18. Now in it’s nineth year, the show’s visitors will again have access to leading genealogical experts, informative workshops, more than 120 specialist exhibitors, archives and museums, major online resources and the largest gathering of family history societies. One thing that is different this year is the location: the show has moved from London to Birmingham.

One thing that is unique to all the Who Do You Think You Are? Live events is the number of television personalities that appear in person. After all, the conference is closely affiliated with the popular television programme so several of the personalities who have appeared in the UK version of Who Do You Think You Are? television programme may be seen at the show. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite, comedian Alistair McGowan and presenter Reggie Yates will all be in attendance at next week’s show in Birmingham.

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