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.

Update: EOGN Calendar of Genealogy Events

I created the Calendar of Genealogy Events at on May 26, 2013, then moved it to a more powerful web publishing platform on September 21 of the same year. I am pleased with the growth and input from newsletter readers. The Calendar continues to grow and is now becoming a significant resource.

The purpose of the calendar is to provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, cruises, trips, and even online “webinars.” All information is to be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter.

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2015 – Call for Speakers

The following was written by the folks at the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society’s annual conference on 29-31 May 2015 at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada. The conference theme — Tracks through Time – originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada. Many family historians have their roots in the immigrant laborers who built this railway across our vast country. Other ancestors were tempted by the transportation routes and migration opportunities allowed by its completion. Still others worked for the railway company itself over the years to follow. As researchers, we track our family history through time in many ways, always attempting to ensure we are tracking the right people from the right line. The variations on Tracks through Time are endless.

The subject of presentations should preferably fall within one of the following categories:

FGS Conference August 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas

One of the major genealogy conferences of the year will take place in a few weeks in San Antonio. If you would like to attend, now is the time to make your plans.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference will be held August 27-30. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society. The four-day conference will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This convenient location at 200 East Market Street is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and historical sites. In fact, the Alamo is within walking distance of the convention center. and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announce a Day of Discovery and Learning about Family History in Amherst, Massachusetts

The following was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

NEHGS, the Largest Genealogical Society in America, Brings its Expertise and Scholarship to Western Massachusetts for Family History Day

June 3, 2014 — Boston, Massachusetts — The entire family at and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is headed to Amherst, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 2, to offer a day of family history discovery and learning.

From their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, the NEHGS staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers and researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise to the UMass Amherst Campus Center in western Massachusetts — where they invite the public to spend a rewarding day learning about family history.

Call for Papers – ICAPGen 2014 Fall Conference

The following announcement was written by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen):

Proposals are now being accepted for the ICAPGen 2014 Fall Conference in conjunction with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy held Saturday November 1, 2014 at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah (Joseph F. Smith Bldg).

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

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 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 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 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


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