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2015 Legacy Genealogy Cruise

Genealogy cruises are a delightful way to relax, visit exotic ports of call, and to learn more about genealogy, all at the same time. Several companies produce such cruises. The Legacy Family Tree cruises have been popular for some years and the 2015 cruise looks to be equally good. The following was written by Dave, Ken, and Geoff of Legacy Family Tree:

The 2015 Legacy Genealogy Cruise – an annual event in its 12th year – is pleased to announce that Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast (and popular webinar speaker at FamilyTreeWebinars.com) will be joining the event as its featured speaker. The genealogy cruise takes place beginning June 20, 2015 and visits the Western Caribbean on the luxurious Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea ship.

Genealogy Cruise December 7 through 14, 2014

I wrote earlier (at http://goo.gl/yoME3s) about a 7-day genealogy cruise on board the Celebrity Silhouette in the Eastern Caribbean that starts on December 7, 2014. The cruise starts at Fort Lauderdale, makes stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Maarten; and returns to Fort Lauderdale on December 14. I will be one of the speakers on the cruise.

Celebrity has now extended the Early Booking Special for the drink package or onboard credit for anyone who signs up between now and August 31.

Unlock the Past Cruises Publishes a Catalogue of Genealogy Cruises for 2014-2016

If you have never taken a genealogy cruise, I strongly recommend you try one. It is educational for the genealogist and any family members you bring along will also find plenty of entertainment as well. Unlock the Past Cruises has now published a new catalog of its forthcoming cruises schedule from mid 2014 to mid 2016. Some of the cruises visit European ports of call, one is a river cruise along the Rhine River, some are in and around Australia and New Zealand, and one is trans-Atlantic, departing from England, visiting Boston, New York, Bermuda, Port Canaveral (Florida) and ending in Miami. Cruises range from 2 nights to 15 nights.

You could also win a free cruise.

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?

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.

Announcing the 8th Unlock the Past Genealogy Baltic Cruise

Unlock Your Past is an Australian organization that sponsors genealogy cruises in many areas around the world. The latest announcement concerns a 14-day Baltic cruise in the Baltic. The cuise will leave Southampton, England on 11 July 2015 and make stops in Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and then return to Southampton, England on 25 July 2015. This sounds like a great event!

Plans are still evolving but presenters already confirmed for this cruise include leading international presenters from 3 continents : Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi’s list fame), Carol Baxter, Paul Milner, and Chris Paton. The genealogists on board can select from more than 100 topics offered in 50 sessions. Other offerings include Research Help Zone times (one on one or small groups with experts), special interest groups and help from experts as well as networking with others with the same interest.

Of course, the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship will also offer a lot of entertainment. Then there’s the food…

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.

Heritage Books, Inc. to Sponsor the 10th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise

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This looks like an excellent trip! A rather large group of genealogists will join some of the leading genealogy lecturers of today on a voyage from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta then on to Mazatlan, then to Cabo San Lucas and back to Los Angeles. The trip will include sightseeing, on-shore expeditions, great food, relaxation, and presentations about genealogical research methods, sources, tools, technologies and DNA from some of the foremost experts in those fields.

Update: 2014 Genealogy Cruise Early Booking Special

I wrote earlier (at http://goo.gl/MttkJE and at http://goo.gl/qhG8Oe) about a 7-day genealogy cruise on board the Celebrity Silhouette in the Eastern Caribbean that starts on December 7, 2014. I will be one of the speakers on that cruise. Now the cruise organizers have extended an Early Booking Special for those who sign up before April 30, 2014.

Book on or before April 30 and receive one of the following:

  • Free Classic Beverage Package for 2 people (includes gratuities):
  • Beer, up to $5/serving
  • Spirits, Cocktails & Wine; up to $8/serving
  • All Soda, Premium Coffee, Teas, Juices, Bottled Water

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