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).

Symposium in Glasgow – The Future of Professional Genealogy

As the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expo in Glasgow was winding down, the professional genealogists and a number of other interested persons and organizations were invited to attend a presentation and discussion concerning the potential need for a framework for genealogical education, licensing, and/or regulation in the British Isles. While I certainly am not a professional genealogist, I was lucky enough to be invited as well. I think that was because I was able to be the “genealogy journalist” who would report on the proceedings.

Many of the issues discussed in the symposium are similar to issues in other countries but a number of the issues, especially in dealing with governmental bodies, appear to be unique to the U.K. Here are my notes from the Symposium:

Report from Day #1 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

Today was the first day of a two day family history and heritage expo held in Glasgow, Scotland. I had the good fortune of being able to attend and must say that I enjoyed the event immensely.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live has been a very successful annual expo held in London for the past several years. Today’s event in Glasgow marks the first time the event has been held outside of London and I was interested to see how the new event compares to the well-established events held in London. In short, today’s first day of the Expo was about what I expected: significantly smaller than the past London events but with a crowd that was just as enthusiastic as the London crowds.

2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Call for Proposals

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

Call For Presentations

2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series Of Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo to Open in Glasgow on Friday

Genealogists will flock to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on Friday and Saturday for the first-ever Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland event. Supported by Homecoming Scotland, it will help family historians to unravel their roots and build a picture of their ancestors’ lives. It will be home to experts, workshops, archives and museums, online subscription sites and one of the largest gatherings of family history organisations.

It is also a landmark event for Who Do You Think You Are? Live as its arrival in Scotland marks the first time the show has been held outside of London. The next Who Do You Think You Are? Live Expo is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England, in February. Details may be found at

2015 FGS Conference Registration is Open

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

Connect.Explore.Refresh — A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

August 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) opened registration today for their 2015 conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Genealogists Gathering This Week in San Antonio

Thousands of genealogists from across the country will be in San Antonio this week for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 convention, “Gone to Texas.” The conference gets underway Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Convention Center.

Local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

For San Antonians, there is a special registration fee of $49 for one-day attendance on Saturday.

Saving Your Family History Securely in the Cloud

Many of us have pictures or information that we want to keep on our home computers or devices, but in case of fire or other disasters, we want to be able to keep them safe. Pre-Cloud users kept copies of pictures and information on CDs or DVDs and hard drives in bank vaults or other safe storage. They also gave copies to others and sent discs or memory sticks to interested parties. When we put our data into cloud storage, though, we keep the original information at our home, and store the data in a format that can be used by others in facilities in different places in the world. Now, everyone can have access to this data, with permission, in a much easier way.

Sponsor a Celebrity Walker in the Preserve the Pension Fun Walk at FGS2014

Here is a great project with a worthy goal. It will take place during the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Which celebrity will you sponsor?

The Preserve the Pensions Fun Walk will take place on Saturday morning, August 30th, at 6:30am. Four genealogy celebrities will be competing for your sponsorship to see which of them can raise the most funds for the Preserve The Pensions campaign. One of those in the walk has lovingly referred to that as “oh dark thirty.”

Judy Russell of The Legal Genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry on behalf of Genealogy Roadshow and Ed Donakey of Family Search will be looking for sponsors. (I’ll let you guess which one of them remarked about “oh dark thirty.”) The organizers of the walk suggest that those of you who intended to walk will get out and enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer and you are also asked to commit to sponsoring one of the celebrity walkers as well.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! – Glasgow Announces List of Exhibitors

A list of exhibitors expected at next week’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expo in Glasgow, Scotland, has been posted on the organization’s web site. As you might expect, there will be a lot of Scottish exhibitors. However, I also see a number of nationally and internationally known vendors there as well:, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Deceased Online, FamilySearch, FamilyTreeDNA, Federation of Family History Societies, Guild of One-Name-Studies, National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and the Society of Genealogists.

You can view the entire list at

Reminder: 2014 FGS Conference Online Registration Ends August 19

The following was written by the organizers of the 2014 FGS Conference:

Online registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, ends Tuesday, August 19. Register at This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

Pre-registering for the conference gives you access to some great benefits. Those who have already registered for the conference still have time to purchase tickets to the conference “extras.”

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Glasgow, Scotland has been Shortened

Logo as shown on August 12

The annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expos in London, England, are perhaps the largest genealogy events in the world. The organizers also are planning a second event later this month, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland. You can read about that in my earlier article at If you were planning to attend only on one day and that day was to be Sunday, you might want to re-schedule. The organizers now have apparently shortened the expo. What was to be a three day, Friday through Sunday event, now is listed as a two-day event: Friday and Saturday only.

Registration for 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute Opens September 9, 2014

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Forensic Genealogy Institute:

Dallas, Texas – August 12, 2014 – Registration for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will open on September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EST. The educational arm of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogists (CAFG), FGI will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent courses:

Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases

An Announcement About Family Tree University’s 7th Virtual Conference with a Special Discount for EOGN Readers

The following announcement was written by the folks at F+W Media, Inc.:

Attend a Genealogy Conference From Home!
Early bird discount to Family Tree University’s 7th Virtual Conference ends Friday

If cost, distance or poor timing prevented you from attending a genealogy conference this year, then this is the opportunity for you. For a fraction of the cost it takes to travel to and attend a live event, Family Tree University’s Fall 2014 Virtual Conference provides attendees with an all-access pass to 15 half-hour video sessions presented by the same experts you’d pay an arm and a leg to see speak at a regular conference, all online, from the convenience of home.

International Ceremony Opens 2014 World Acadian Congress

The sun rose over the opening of the 17-day 2014 World Acadian Congress in Fort Kent, Maine, Friday as dignitaries from the host regions in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec gathered for a symbolic erasing of the borders where the three boundaries meet. The opening ceremony for the 2014 World Acadian Congress was live streamed on the Internet from the shores of Beau Lake in Quebec.

Accompanied by First Nations’ drummers and an Acadian fiddler, the officials, including Maine Gov. Paul LePage, were brought by canoe to the Quebec shores of Beau Lake. The governor surprised attendees by making his comments at the ceremony entirely in French.

A monument carrying the American, Canadian and Quebec flags was dedicated at the location and, with that, the 2014 World Acadian Congress was declared open.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Glasgow, Scotland

The annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expos are perhaps the largest genealogy events in the world. In the past few years, these expos have been held in London, England. However, for 2014, the show’s organizers have also organized a second event to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 29 through 31. If you are thinking of attending, now is the time to make your plans.

The special event in Glasgow is being presented in conjunction with Scotland’s “Homecoming 2014,” a year-long celebration of all that makes Scotland great and an amazing place to visit. Conference organizers expect that many foreign visitors of Scottish heritage will visit the expo in addition to the many local residents.

I would have assumed that this “one off” event would be smaller than the annual event held every February. However, an examination of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! web site shows the event in Glasgow will indeed be a huge event. I suspect it will be the second or third largest genealogy event of the year in the world. I plan to be there to see for myself.

Introducing Gaenovium, the Genealogy Technology Conference

I find the following announcement to be very interesting. Gaenovium is a new genealogy technology conference being launched by two well-known genealogy technologists: Bob Coret and Tamura Jones. It also has two major sponsors: MyHeritage Ltd. and RootsMagic, Inc. With those people and organizations behind it, Gaenovium 2014 could be a great success.

The following was written by the Gaenovium 2014 organizers:

Introducing Gaenovium, the Genealogy Technology Conference

new genealogy-technology conference is different in every important way.

Quick Summary

New conference is not big & overwhelming, but small & intimate. Independent organisation. Not national, but international. Not in the USA, but in Europe. Not for genealogy technology users, but the technology creators. Conference fee includes all-attendee dinner.


Genealogy without technology has become unthinkable. Nowadays, every genealogy conference has presentations that use or mention technology used by genealogists, but until now, even the most technology-oriented genealogy conferences were squarely aimed at the users of that technology.


Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society, MyHeritage, and Myself for a Family History Day in Amherst, Massachusetts on August 2nd

I am delighted to announce that two of my favorite organizations, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and MyHeritage, are cooperating to produce an intensive one-day genealogy workshop on August 2nd. The goal is to introduce attendees to the best practices in genealogy. Attendees from all over New England and the Middle Atlantic states are expected to attend this conference held on the University of Massachusetts campus in scenic Amherst, Massachusetts.

I will also be at the workshop and hope to meet newsletter readers.

If you would like to attend this workshop, I suggest you register NOW. The Early Bird (Discounted) Registration ends this Friday, July 18. The discount is significant: 50%! The price increases from $40 to $80 after Friday. Details are in the conference brochure available below.


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