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

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

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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

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2015 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations

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


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.


2014 FGS National Conference – Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

The following was written by the folks at the Texas State Genealogical Society:

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In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a special focus on beginners or the casually curious. The challenge for presenters will be to excite and convert participants in a short period of time.

My Weekend with GOONS

I had a great time this past weekend when I attended the annual conference of the Guild of One-Name Studies, held in Ashford, Kent, England. I also was invited to speak at the conference. This organization, affectionately referred to as GOONS, is based in England but has more than 2,600 members around the world. Indeed, they are very serious genealogists. Founded in 1979 in Britain, the Guild is widely recognised as a centre of academic excellence in one-name studies.

A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). Many GOONS members register a surname so as to embark on a Guild-recognised, one-name study and coordinate world-wide activity in studying the surname. Only one person may register a specific surname with the Guild, but membership in the Guild is open to all with an interest in surname studies and is not restricted to those who wish to register a name.

2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference to be held August 15-17

CeCe Moore, Dr. Tim Janzen, and others are organizing a brand-new conference that sounds like it should be a winner.

The Institute for Genetic Genealogy is the new organization that will produce the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference, to be held August 15-17 in Washington, DC at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. An outstanding group of genetic genealogists and population geneticists have agreed to speak at this conference. Representatives from all of the major genetic genealogy companies have agreed to give presentations. Dr. Spencer Wells, who heads the National Geographic Genographic Project, will be the keynote speaker. A significant percentage of the presentations will pertain to autosomal DNA analysis.


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