A large genealogy conference will be held this week in Springfield, Massachusetts. If you are in or near that city, you might want to attend at least for one day, if not longer. This conference typically attracts about 800 genealogists although this year's event might be larger.
The New England Regional Genealogical Conference is abbreviated as NERGC and often is pronounced as "nurk." The 11th conference will be held April 6 through 10 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, located directly off Interstate 91 and only minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike. It is within a reasonable driving distance from Boston, Hartford, and Albany.
Librarians/Teachers Day and the luncheons and banquets will be held at the nearby Marriott Springfield at 2 Boland Way.
More than 60 expert speakers will be making presentations during this conference with keynote speeches by John Philip Colletta and Paul Milner. The complete program brochure may be found on the conference web site.
My favorite place at most conferences is the exhibit hall, and this year's exhibit hall at NERGC is completely booked. I suspect it will be a busy place. Among other features, Legacy Family Tree will be offering a special raffle for a Netbook computer; the winner must be present for the drawing at the close of the exhibit hall on Saturday in order to win.
A complete list of all the exhibitors may be found at http://www.nergc.org/NERGC2011/exhibitors.html. Please note that the exhibit hall is open to the general public; no admission fee is required to visit the exhibitors.
A Society Fair for historical and family societies from all over New England will be available , providing information about their organizations. The Society Fair is also open to the general public at no charge.
The Ancestors Road Show also will return to NERGC this year. Are you just beginning and don't know where to start? Do you need help reading and analyzing an old document? Have you hit that that proverbial brick wall? Having someone with experience and expertise analyze your work might provide you with a new perspective, new ideas, or new paths to explore your roots.
There is a lot more information to be found about the New England Regional Genealogical Conference at the web site at http://www.nergc.org/NERGC2011/Reg_Brochure_12-3-10.pdf. Speaker biographies may be found at http://www.nergc.org/NERGC2011/speakers.html. A conference blog is also available at http://nergc2011.blogspot.com. The conference syllabus is available electronically and will be available to you after you have registered or at the conference on CD-ROM. At this time, online registration is closed, but you can still register at the door.
Will I see you at NERGC?