This article was updated 27 February 2009 with a correction to the URL.
The following was written by the U.S. National Genealogical Society:
ARLINGTON, VA -- Millions of Americans hunger to connect with their roots, and there’s no better way to start than by attending a four-day event packed with experts and family history hobbyists with the same goal. The National Genealogical Society, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, announces its 31st Family History Conference to be held at the Raleigh, North Carolina Convention Center 13-16 May 2009.
A bonus of the conference is the exhibit hall filled with software, books, and myriad genealogy-related products, where attendees can meet their favorite authors and genealogists. Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org are sponsoring many informative sessions that focus on effectively using their websites to find family connections.
Optional luncheons and dinners provide opportunities for breaking bread with like-minded family history enthusiasts while learning from entertaining speakers. Conference-goers might choose a luncheon featuring a favorite speaker or support a meal sponsored by an organization such as the local host North Carolina Genealogical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society or the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
To see the entire exciting program, pre-conference events such as a free African-American Genealogy Forum on 12 May, and registration details, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_venue. The National Genealogical Society, founded in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.