The folks at Millennia Corporation sponsor a genealogy cruise every autumn. These always have been very popular cruises. In fact, the eastern Caribbean cruise scheduled for October of this year has been sold out for a long time. Now the company has announced that next year's cruise will be a West Coast trip up the Inland Passage to Alaska.
While Millennia Corporation is best known as the producers of Legacy Family Tree genealogy software, their genealogy cruises are becoming almost as well known within the genealogy community as their genealogy software. As you might expect from a company that produces family tree software, this cruise will feature a number of presentations and seminars from some highly-rated genealogy speakers.
The 2006 cruise will leave on September 6, 2006, from Vancouver, British Columbia. It will cruise up the Inland Passage with stops at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, all in Alaska. The ship will return to Vancouver on September 13.
The cruise announcement states:
As a guest aboard Carnival Spirit, you'll see the Great Land in the grandest possible way. As you sail along the inside Passage (often in the company of frolicking sea lions and humpback whales), you'll marvel at Alaska's mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers. During your adventure, you'll feast on just-caught salmon, saunter through Gold Rush towns and be constantly astounded by breathtaking beauty. This is more than a seven-day vacation. It's a lifetime of memories. So, be prepared for excitement far beyond your expectations. We recommend the Balcony if you truly want to sit and marvel at all the beauty along the way. Informative genealogy classes taught by the experts will be offered on the days out to sea. Learn the powerful features of Legacy 6.0 that will really help you advance your genealogical research and have a great time doing it.
Hmmm, see that reference to Legacy 6.0? That is a version of the program that has not yet been announced although it seems to be a rather open secret. In any case, I guess this constitutes an official acknowledgement from the company that the new version is in the works.
Of course, there will be lots of genealogy, and especially Legacy 6.0, presentations while the ship is underway:
Thursday, 10:00-12:00 - Ensuring a Proper Foundation.
This lecture will teach the vital principles of research and recording your findings. Learn how to identify the correct location for the correct time period. AniMap will be presented, as well as other software programs and Internet sites for learning about locations and mapping. Data entry techniques will be taught to ensure the accuracy of entering names, dates, and places. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor
Thursday, 2:30-3:15 - Ready, Set, Go!
Learn about the dozen or so steps a professional takes when beginning to work with a new Legacy database. These techniques, shortcuts, and cautionary procedures will enable you to use Legacy more efficiently. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor
Thursday, 3:15-4:00 - Documentation! Genealogy without documentation is mythology.
Learn everything you've ever needed to know (and maybe even more) about entering sources into Legacy. Jim Terry, instructor
Saturday, 10:00-12:00 - The Foundation for Success: Chronologies!
Learn how to enter the documents you find to build an ancestor's timeline. Their timeline, when studied in a historical perspective, will lead the researcher to the right sources. You will learn about properly entering events and effectively using Legacy's Chronology View. Also learn about Genelines and other resources to gain the historical perspective of your ancestor. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor
Saturday, 2:30-4:00 - Legacy Companion Software.
Learn about other utility programs to assist you in your research. GenMatcher, GenViewer, Legacy Charting Companion, Pocket Genealogist, GenSmarts, and more will be presented. Jim Terry, instructor
Tuesday, 10:00-12:00 - Reporting with Legacy; Sharing information electronically.
This lecture will go beyond the basics in designing and creating reports with Legacy. You will learn how to effectively share information electronically, and the do's and don'ts of responsible correspondence. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor
Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 - Potpourri - Questions and Answers.
This session will cover anything that's been missed. Remember, the developers, tech support, and the training departments of Millennia will be here. Have questions or suggestions - this may be your best chance ever! Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, Geoff Rasmussen, Jim Terry.
Please remember that you do not need to be a Legacy user to join this cruise.
This sounds like a good time. If you are thinking of going on Millennia Corporation's 2006 cruise, I'd suggest you sign up now. Past history has proven that the cruises sell out quickly.
For more information, including pricing, look at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/Cruise2006Info.asp