Wholly Genes, Inc. has announced the company's 7th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise. If you have ever thought of going on a cruise or have thought of attending a genealogy conference, this is your chance to do both at the same time! The Wholly Genes cruise is traditionally the largest family history conference on the seas.
This year's voyage will leave Fort Lauderdale on November 13, 2011 and go to the Southern Caribbean and back again, arriving back in Fort Lauderdale on November 20. Ports to be visited include Aruba, Curaçao, and a small island in the Bahamas called Half Moon Cay.
The presenters already announced for this cruise include Pam Boyer Sayre, C.G.; Rick Sayre, C.G.; Craig Scott, C.G.; and Dick Eastman (hey! That's me!). The announcement also states that additional speaker(s) will be announced.
Wholly Genes is well-known for producing a Windows genealogy program called The Master Genealogist. I have been on some Wholly Genes cruises before and can assure you that this cruise appeals to all interests, not just to users of that one program. You will be able to attend 15+ hours of genealogical lectures that are completely software-neutral. Some will discuss other software topics but many more will be on research techniques and methodologies, use of the Internet, source citations, and many other topics we all want to learn about. Even Macintosh users will find plenty of interest in this cruise. Additional presentations not included in the 15+ hours will focus on the use of The Master Genealogist.
In addition to the group classes, the attendees will have opportunities for one-on-one consultations and casual meals with professional researchers.
Of course, all cruises are great for families. Unlike attending a genealogy conference on dry land, family members who do not wish to learn about genealogy can find many other attractions on board ship and in ports. You can bring the spouse or significant other along, as well as the children or grandchildren. I suspect everyone will enjoy the experience.
Unlike many traditional land-based conferences, you won't have to make difficult choices about which lectures to miss because none of the lecture times overlap. All lectures are scheduled while the ship is at sea so you won't have any problems with your vacation time while in the tropical ports.
The cruise will be on board the ms Westerdam, a Vista class ship owned by Holland America Line.
What could be better than a Caribbean vacation and a first-class genealogy conference all rolled into one?
You can learn more at the Wholly Genes web site at http://www.whollygenes.com/cruise.htm
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