Conferences

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!

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, California, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York

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.

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:

RootsTech 2016 Announces Opening Day Keynotes, Bruce Feiler and Paula Williams Madison

The following announcement was written by the RootsTech organizers:

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RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today the first three keynote speakers in its all-star lineup for RootsTech 2016. The first general session (Thursday, February 4, 2016) will feature three inspiring speakers, which include New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler, award-winning journalist Paula Williams Madison, and the president and CEO of FamilySearch International, Stephen Rockwood.

U.S. National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Materials are now Available

poster-mThe U.S. National Archives held a Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. Presenters included Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer, and a number of other genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. The presentations focused on tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.

The lectures are now available on YouTube. The first day’s presentations are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-rDaFVYJhU while Day 2 may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4o3_Ox_cUY.

You can also download copies of the slides and the presentation handouts at https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2015/schedule-handouts.html.

Thank You South Orange County California Genealogical Society

I want to thank the South Orange County California Genealogical Society for an enjoyable day in Saturday. The Society invited me to give presentations at an all-day event and I must say this was a fun group. About 130 genealogists attended. I thought it was a good group. At least, they laughed at my jokes.

Founded in 1994 in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, the Society the third Saturday of each month. The South Orange County California Genealogical Society also maintains a genealogy library within the Mission Viejo Public Library. That collection includes quite a few genealogy books and CDs.

If you live in or near Mission Viejo, you need to check out the South Orange County California Genealogical Society and their genealogy collection at the Mission Viejo Public Library. You can learn more at the Society’s web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs.

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