Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

The Genealogy Event NYC Celebrating Irish History and Heritage

The Genealogy Event, at Pier A Harbor House in New York City, will be held this Saturday, Oct 13. The Genealogy Event will offer one day of immersive learning and engagement experiences for those wishing to discover more about their Irish roots.

According to an announcement from IrishCentral, the host of The Genealogy Event:

Throughout the day, guests will hear from specialists in the field of genealogy, history and DNA who will provide insight into the history and heritage of Ireland and the Irish, as well as highlight various Irish and US genealogy resources available inclusive of Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York Public Library and the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York City.

A Day at The Family History Show, London

The following text, pictures, and videos are a report from the recent Family History Show, London and were produced by TheGenealogist, the major sponsor of the show:

The Family History Show, London has now released a video of interviews with some of the many happy exhibitors. Comments from the stall holders included just how busy they had been throughout the day and what a friendly environment the venue had been. Other exhibitors mentioned what an excellent fair it had been with a good turn out and many interesting stalls that had engaged and impressed those visiting the event.

You can see the video on their website (or on YouTube) along with another recorded with international genealogical blogger Dick Eastman who shares his views on the event: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/.

Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference

Deadline for Submissions is 1 November 2018

2 October 2018 – Austin, TX

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists. Proposals will be accepted from 2 October 2018 through 1 November 2018.

The 2019 FGS Family History Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, DC. With attendees from every corner of the country and the nation’s records just a short ride away, the 2019 conference will bring together presentations that represent and celebrate the diversity of our nation. The event draws attendees of all experience levels, backgrounds, and interests, and we encourage submission of topics that explore under-recognized areas of genealogical research. Let’s all “Come home to
our Washington, DC.”

Details may be found in the FGS web site at: https://fgs.org/fgs2019-call-for-proposals/.

The Family History Show, London was a Success!

The largest family history show in the United Kingdom was held this past weekend in Esher in the outskirts of London, England. Indeed, it was a successful event with the largest crowd ever for this event and the largest crowd of any family history event this year in the United Kingdom. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and even gave one presentation at The Family History Show.

I never heard the final attendance figures but was told the organizers sold more than 1,000 tickets in advance of the show. That’s more than the total attendance of last year’s event. In addition, when I was outside the event hall at opening time, there was a very long line of several hundred people waiting to purchase tickets to gain admission. I am sure more tickets must have been sold during the day. Final attendance must have been 1,500 or more.

Register for RootsTech 2019 Today!

The RootsTech organizers have opened registration for RootsTech 2019. You can take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing, and purchase your full conference pass for only $189. Regularly priced at $299, that’s over $100 in savings!

Can’t attend the full conference? 1-day passes are only $99. Register today.

Details may be found at: https://www.rootstech.org.

RootsTech2018 highlights may be found in the video below:

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy genealogy talks about doing research in different countries, software demonstrations, “how to” presentations describing effective genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?

Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based on the fact that attendance at some genealogy conferences is less than that of a few years ago. Yet everywhere else we look, we see proof of the opposite. The RootsTech conference attracted more than 22,000 people this year. While it is held in the “genealogy Mecca” of Salt Lake City, that’s not bad for a mid-winter event! Who Do You Think You Are? Live! used to be held in England every year and often attracted close to 15,000 attendees. The accompanying Who Do You Think You Are? television series about genealogy, now in its tenth season, remains popular in several countries around the world. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues to attract millions of viewers and is now in its fifth season on U.S. television.

Thousands of genealogy web sites also attest to the current level of interest. The number of genealogy programs available for mobile computing devices is increasing faster than ever before, and the latest growth is in cloud-based genealogy programs. Several of the software producers are reporting record sales. Finally, genealogy “theme cruises” attract more and more people every year.

I’d say that genealogy is alive and more popular than ever!

Announcing the SCOTTISH ViC (virtual conference) 2019

The following announcement was written by Genealogy Tours of Scotland:

Genealogy Tours of Scotland announces the second annual virtual conference on Scottish Genealogy Research.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2019

The ViC (virtual conference) will launch on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am Eastern

The line-up of talks and speakers for the day:

The Lad o’ Pairts: Patterns of Scottish Migration to Canada, presented by history professor Kevin James

“Genealogy in the High Court of Justiciary” presented by archivist Margaret Fox

Using Sheriff Court Records for Genealogy Research, presented by genealogist, Emma Maxwell

A Report from Unlock the Past’s Genealogy Cruise to Alaska

I returned home early Saturday morning after a 7-day genealogy cruise to Alaska, sponsored by Unlock the Past. I have to say that it was a very successful cruise.

About 160 genealogists from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia (I hope I didn’t overlook anyone!) converged on Seattle, Washington, to board the Explorer of the Seas on Friday, September 7. It was the most international genealogy cruise I have ever attended.

Unlock the Past CEO Alan Phillips extended the cruise with a day of pre-cruise seminars conducted at the Seattle Public Library. Covered topics included DNA testing as well as Irish and general genealogy research. These ten seminars were also offered to non-cruising genealogists in the Seattle area and online. They were also livestreamed and recorded; I will write about this offering in a separate article, but you can see the day’s program at https://www.utpinseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/UTP-in-Seattle-brochure-v2.pdf.

Unlock the Past CEO Alan Phillips addresses the genealogists on board the genealogy cruise. This photo only shows some of the attendees. I couldn’t squeeze in everyone with My camera lens.

Once underway, we made our way to Juneau, Skagway, and the Tracy Arm Fjord, all in Alaska. On the return trip back to Seattle, we stopped for a day in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Update: The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the The Family History Show:

Headline sponsor: TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the organizers of The Family History Show:

The UK’s Biggest Family History Show of 2018 is almost upon us. After last year’s hugely successful event we are back and twice the size! With even more free talks, societies and exhibitors. Come along to discover ways to delve deeper into your family tree and add more detail to your research. Dick Eastman will be giving the keynote speech on ‘The Future of Genealogy’ and there is a full programme of free talks to help you on your way back to the past. With free car parking and a free minibus from the train station, you won’t want to miss this!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 10am to 4.30pm
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

You will find plenty to explore on the day:

RootsTech Expands to London in 2019!

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch, the organizers of RootsTech:

We’re thrilled to announce that the RootsTech conference is expanding to international borders! RootsTech London will take place October 24–26, 2019, at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

“We are excited to further position RootsTech as a global community for everyone to discover their family and deepen their sense of belonging that we all yearn for,” said Jen Allen, event director.

My Experiences at the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne

This is a follow-up to my earlier article, Report from the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne – Day #1, at http://bit.ly/2PIcNGj. I spent four days last week attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. It was co-hosted by the Allen County Public Library which is across the street from the great convention center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Grand Wayne Convention Center

In short, the conference was well organized and I didn’t see any significant problems with the daily events. The weather was great, except for rain for a while on Saturday morning. Even that stopped before noontime, however. Hundreds of presentations about a wide variety of topics were made. I won’t list them all here simply because you can find all the information  about the presentations at: https://www.fgsconference.org/assets/files/FGS2018_Combined_Schedule.pdf. You can also find a list of all the exhibitors in a map of the exhibits hall at https://s23.a2zinc.net/clients/FGS/FGS2018/public/eventmap.aspx?shAvailable=1. You can also find more information about last week’s conference in the FGS web site by starting at https://fgs.org/.

Report from the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne – Day #1

I am fortunate enough to spend most of this week in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This 4-day conference started today, Wednesday, August 22. The conference is being held in the Grand Wayne Convention Center, a first-class conference center. Unlike some conferences I have attended in the past in various cities, the lecture halls and the grand ballroom and the exhibits hall are all within a short walk of each other. In addition, there are two attached hotels and lots of parking, along with dozens of world-class restaurants within easy walking distance.

Of course, the world-famous genealogy collection at the Allen County Public Library is across the street from the conference center. It is one of the largest genealogy research collections available anywhere, incorporating records from around the world. All in all, the Grand Wayne Convention Center is a great place to hold a genealogy conference!

The library staff are co-hosting this year’s FGS Conference 2018 conference.

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana

This is a quick notice to let you know there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next few days. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana from now through the end of the week. I will be attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. For details about this conference, see https://www.fgsconference.org.

I hope to write about the conference events that I see and attend. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there. Who knows? I may even get to attend a few presentations!

I should be back home next week for a few days before heading out on my next trip.

Stay tuned!

Update: the MyHeritage LIVE Conference in Oslo, Norway

The planning for MyHeritage’s International User Conference is well underway. This should be a top-notch conference and, for most of us, it is a chance to visit a great tourist destination: the city of Oslo. The conference web site may be found at: https://live2018.myheritage.com.

A jam-packed schedule will include lectures from top MyHeritage staff and world-renowned genealogists and DNA experts. There will be three class tracks:

  • Genealogy
  • DNA
  • Hands-on computer workshops (to take you through MyHeritage tools step-by-step)

Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library Hours Extended for Conference

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will hold extended hours next week. The library’s schedule for Aug. 22-26 will assist family history researchers, presenters, and exhibitors attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at Grand Wayne Center.

“One of the event’s main draws will surely be its proximity to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, which has been recognized as the nation’s second largest family history collection available for public use,” the library said in a release Tuesday.

Extended hours for the Genealogy Center:

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference

These rooms usually sell out quickly. If you are planning to attend the NGS conference next year in St. Charles, Missouri, you probably want to make your hotel reservations NOW. I made my reservation this morning.

The following announcement was written by the  National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 AUGUST 2018—Effective 15 August 2018, you may reserve accommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-first annual Family History Conference, Journey of Discovery, which will be held 8-11 May 2019 at the St Charles Convention Center (SCCC), One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, Missouri.

The conference will feature more than 150 unique lectures on topics such as census, court, immigration, land, migration, military, and vital records as well as DNA, ethnic resources, government documents, maps, regional topics, technology, and much more.

Have Your Family History Digitized at FGS 2018

Are you planning to attend the FGS conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, next week? That’s August 22 through 25. If so, you may be interested in this announcement from the conference organizers:

Have a family history that needs scanned? Bring it with you to FGS 2018 and FamilySearch will scan it for free!

FamilySearch Book Scanning and the Allen County Public Library are offering a free service to digitally preserve your written family history at the upcoming FGS Conference in Fort Wayne. FamilySearch will scan and publish a searchable digital copy online! You keep the original.

Bring your books to the FamilySearch booth at the conference. (Books under copyright must have a signed permission form, which is available at the booth.)

The Unlock the Past Conference in Seattle will be Livestreamed on the Internet

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Unlock the Past genealogy conferences and cruises:

Announcing Unlock the Past in Seattle LIVESTREAM with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson

Adelaide, South Australia, 14 August 2018 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces that the Unlock the Past in Seattle full-day two-stream conference (previously announced) will now also be available to watch live online – and for a limited time after as a series of 10 recorded webinars.

Date & time: Thursday 6 September 2018, 9am-5pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Venue:

  • watch in your own home – from anywhere in the world
  • attend in person at Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the The Family History Show – London:

Don’t miss The Family History Show London, the major event of the genealogical calendar.

With many new features to help with your research, free lectures, and free parking. This year it’s taking place at the larger Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, with more exhibitors and an additional lecture area.

It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques). Sponsored by TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine the show in York this June was a packed event pleasing both attendees and stallholders alike.