The following announcement was written by the U.S. National Genealogical Society:
May 14-17, 2008 will mark the 30th Annual Conference in the States and Family History Fair of the National Genealogical Society. The 2008 conference will be held in conjunction with local hosts – Missouri State Genealogical Association, Mid-Continent Public Library, Northland Genealogy Society, APG Heartland Chapter, and Johnson County, Kansas, Genealogical Society.
The 2008 conference will feature a special Beginner’s Workshop, to be held on Saturday 17 May at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Anybody is welcome to attend this Beginner’s Workshop - which will cover beginning aspects of genealogical/family history research. The workshop will teach how to organize what you know, and search for what you do not know. Participants will record family data on basic forms and learn about sources (with and without a computer) that will help them extend their family history. The workshop is limited to 50 participants and the fee is $30. This will be a 3 hour intensive workshop, starting at 8am and concluding at 11am. No prior genealogical experience is needed for this workshop.
The Beginner’s Workshop will be led by qualified genealogists, Connie Lenzen, CG – President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and Lynda Suffridge.
Anybody interested in family history/genealogical research is welcome to attend. At the same time attendees of the workshop can plan to visit the Family History Fair genealogical exhibits after the workshop ends – which will feature exhibits and sales of genealogy-related books, CDs, magazines, software, gift and fun items and more.
Interested workshop participants may also be interested in signing up for the full NGS 2008 Kansas City Conference, which commences on Wednesday 14 May and concludes on Saturday 17 May, 2008. The full conference program and registration links can be found on our website at: www.ngsgenealogy.org.
The 2008 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The conference will feature 4 days of educational sessions for the beginner to the more experienced family history researcher. In addition the Family History Fair will feature over 150 exhibitors of genealogical goods and services, including genealogical software companies, book sellers, genealogical and historical societies, gifts, maps, and more. The exhibit hall is attached to the main conference center and is open to conference attendees and the general public at no charge. There is a major shopping complex attached to the hotel by a glass enclosed walkway. Hallmark Cards headquarters is also attached to the complex.
Midwest research, homesteading records, military records, National Archives records, writing lectures, Research in the States, methodology, computer topics, a BCG Skillbuilding track, adoption research, African American research, land records, German research are among the many topics covered in the over 150 sessions. A DNA track and several computer labs as well as other workshops are among the many special presentations.
The National Genealogical Society was founded in 1903, and is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. The NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.
Further information on the NGS Conference in the States & Family History Fair can be found at the NGS website at: www.ngsgenealogy.org.