Conferences

Who Do You Think You Are? Live is Moving to a New Date and to a New Venue in Birmingham

National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham

What I believe is the largest family history live event in the world will have many changes in 2015. The Who Do You Think You Are? Live event has always been held in London although a second event is being held this summer in Glasgow, Scotland. However, the 2015 edition of Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be held 16-18 April at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The organisers, Immediate Media Co., are forecasting 14,000 visitors over three days.

2014 FGS Conference Early-Bird Registration Ends July 1st

The following was written by the folks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

June 20, 2014 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org.

Call for Papers for the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The following was written by the organizers of the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society’s Conference:

Just a reminder to speakers: the July 1 deadline for Call For Papers for the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society’s Conference is a little less than two weeks away. If you have not yet submitted your proposals, we hope to hear from you soon. The cornerstone of a great conference is a great programming, and we can’t wait to see the terrific presentation ideas you have to offer for the 2015 “Ohio: Your Genealogical Cornerstone” conference!

Hotel Reservations Open for 2015 FGS and RootsTech Conferences

The following was written by the folks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

June 6, 2014 – Austin, TX. Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7 – 19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

On the Road Again: Heading to the Genealogy Jamboree

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to Burbank, California to attend the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and a separate, one-day conference: Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. These events are both held in the same conferences center on June 5-8. The DNA conference is organized by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) while the Genealogy Jamboree is organized by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

This year’s Jamboree theme is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. The focus is on European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English/UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes.

Third-leg of Genealogy Conference Triple Crown Set for San Antonio, Texas: the FGS Conference

The news reports claim there is a possible triple crown that may happen soon in horse racing. Actually, genealogists have their own triple crown and this one is a sure thing. You can bet on it.

Following two great conferences, RootsTech 2014 in Salt Lake City and the National Genealogical Society’s Conference in Richmond, Virginia, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in San Antonio is shaping up to round out a great year for genealogy’s national conference arena. The FGS conference is one of the largest genealogy conferences held in the U.S. each year and should attract attendees from all over the country and a few from overseas as well.

RootsTech 2015 Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

The following announcement was written by the RootsTech organizers:

The RootsTech Content Committee is now accepting dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology. Proposals can now be submitted through the Call for Presentations portal on RootsTech.org until June 27, 2014.

Presentations proposals will be accepted for both RootsTech and Innovator Summit.

RootsTech is a three-day family history conference offering over two hundred classes for beginners, avid hobbyists and experienced researchers.

Eastern European Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Eastern European Family History Conference:

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Registration is now open for the 2014 Eastern European Family History Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, August 12-15, 2014.

Hosted by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the conference will feature courses on Russian, German, Polish, and Jewish research, Germans of Russia, and the Austrian Empire, which includes modern-day Austria, the Czech Republic, and parts of surrounding countries. Other presentations will focus on research essentials, specialty records, preparation for on-site research, and advanced techniques.

Featuring nationally recognized speakers, the conference program is structured to provide a strong foundation for those new to Eastern European genealogical research as well as more advanced information for the seasoned researcher. Pre-conference workshops “Finding the Village of Origin,” “Learning Cyrillic,” and “Ask the Experts,” provide opportunity for additional instruction and assisted research specific to individual needs. While all researchers are welcome, this program is most appropriate for those with a working knowledge of basic family history research principles and some research experience.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Tickets are now On Sale

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland event:

Three-day event coming to Scotland for the first time this summer

Genealogy enthusiasts can now get their hands on tickets for the first ever Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland event taking place at the SECC in Glasgow from 29-31 August.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland, which is supported by Homecoming Scotland, will help family historians of all levels to unravel their roots and build a picture of their ancestors’ lives. The three-day show will be home to leading experts, informative workshops, archives and museums, major online subscription sites and one of largest gatherings of family history organisations.

NGS Conference in Richmond, VA – Day #3

The third day of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, Virginia, was today and most everything happened as expected. I did see one thing in the presentations that impressed me and is a growing sign of the popularity of DNA in genealogy. This morning, I attended the presentation by Thomas H. Shawker, MD, on Beyond Basic Genetic Genealogy: Mitochondrial and Autosomal Testing. Dr. Shawker is the chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee, the author of Unlocking Your Genetic History and the NGS course Genetic Genealogy.

A few years ago, a presentation on DNA would have been held in a small conference room with perhaps 30 attendees. Today’s lecture by Dr. Shawker was held in a large conference room with perhaps 300 seats. I arrived about ten minutes before the start of his talk this morning and was able to grab one of the very few remaining seats. Just before the scheduled start of his talk, I looked around and saw people standing in the back of the room as all seats were taken. The use of DNA in genealogy has become a very popular topic!

NGS Conference in Richmond, VA – Day #2

Today was the second day of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The event proceeded about as predicted. You can learn more about the events at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/. However, I can add a few things that I saw and heard at the conference today.

First of all, I have to admit that I was wrong recently. A few weeks ago, I wrote that there have been no new Windows or Macintosh genealogy programs in the past two or three years although genealogy programs for iOS and Android handheld computers are appearing almost daily. I guess that statement is still correct but will be incorrect soon.

NGS Conference in Richmond, VA – Day #1

The annual conference of the National Genealogical Society opened this morning in Richmond, Virginia. The conference is co-hosted by the Virginia Genealogical Society. Everything seemed to go well, from what I could see. The conference activities are being held in two buildings across the street from each other: the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Richmond Marriott hotel. The idea of splitting the conference between the two buildings sounds strange but it actually has worked well. In fact, the two buildings are connected by an enclosed walkway in case of bad weather. However, weather was not a factor today.

You can read more about the conference events at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/. However, I can also share a few of the things that I saw and heard about today.

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Genealogy Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

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

Arlington, VA, 7 May 2014: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of genealogy and family history newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 7 May 2014. The Opening Session keynote speaker was Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, who spoke on the topic “The Evolving Library: Planning and Adapting to Meet the Needs of Twenty-First-Century Researchers” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

On the Road Again

I am headed to Richmond, Virginia, in a few minutes to attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer so will be able to post new newsletter articles while I am there. However, I may be a bit busy at times with the conference events. As a result you may not see as many new articles posted here as normal for a few days.

You can read more about the conference at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

Update: You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

Just a quick note to say there are only four days left to purchase tickets for the Newsletter’s readers’ dinner to be held this Saturday evening in Richmond, Virginia. By the time you read these words, it might be two days. It will be held shortly after the close of the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference.

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy “how to” presentations and courses, software demonstrations, presentations describing the latest genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?

Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based on the fact that attendance at some genealogy conferences is less than that of a few years ago. Yet everywhere else we look, we see proof of the opposite.

NGS 2014 Conference Next Week in Richmond, Virginia

Take a look at the calendar. Yes, the annual conference of the U.S. National Genealogical Society will be held in Richmond next week. The dates are May 7 through 10.

Holding a genealogy conference in Richmond strikes me as a great idea. The National Genealogical Society held their annual conference in Richmond in 2007. I was there and, as I remember the event, it went well. The Greater Richmond Convention Center is a modern, state-of-the art facility that worked well for the size of the NGS crowd.

FGS Invites Bloggers, Societies, Writers and Editors to Become FGS 2014 Conference Ambassadors

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

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April 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference by becoming FGS 2014 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2014 Ambassadors will be:

RootsTech 2015 Call for Presentations

RootsTech 2015

The RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discovering their family story through technology.

Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on RootsTech.org.

You can read more at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/rootstech-2015-call-presentations/.

 

2015 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations

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

2015 FGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

 

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