Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

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.

What Good is an Armenian Genealogy Conference?

If you have Armenian ancestry, you really should read an article in the Asbarez.com web site at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn191011a.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Washington

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 RootsTech 2020 Early Bird Offer is Ending Soon

If you are thinking of attending RootsTech/Salt Lake City, you will want to be aware of this reminder from FamilySearch:

Your ancestors wouldn’t want you to let
a good deal go to waste

The October 11 deadline for RootsTech 2020 at the early bird price is coming up and tickets are going fast. Register by October 11 to purchase your full conference pass for only $169 (that’s a savings of $130 on a regularly priced pass). One-day passes are also available for only $99.

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Book Your Hotel Reservations Now for the 2020 NGS Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

Discounted hotel rooms are rapidly selling out for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-second annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors. Lock in your reduced rate by reserving your accommodations today.

The conference will be held 20-23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC), 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. It will feature more than 150 genealogy lectures on a wide variety of topics including DNA, ethnic sources, historical migrations, immigration, research techniques, specialized collections at the Family History Library, and more.

NGS offers attendees a choice of several hotels with discounted rates. All are convenient to the convention center. The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown is located adjacent to the convention center, and the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is only half a block away. Only a few rooms remain available at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The NGS room block in official conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, is currently sold out.

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Are Now Online

The second annual user conference, MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam, was a huge success with attendees from 30 countries around the world plus thousands more who attended virtually by watching live videos on the internet of many of the presentations as they happened. Many of the lectures from the conference were recorded and are now available online.

The sessions, presented by world-renowned experts and valued MyHeritage staff, are now available on MyHeritage Education. If you missed the conference or the live stream, now’s your chance to take advantage of these fantastic recordings for free.

You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-live-2019-lectures-now-online/. That article also has links to all of the available video presentations that are now available online in MyHeritage Education.

In addition, click here or click in the video player below to view a fun recap video featuring some highlights from the conference.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, United Kingdom, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 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.

Register for RootsTech/Salt Lake City 2020

The largest genealogy conference in the world will happen almost before we know it: February 26–29, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open. Here is an announcement received from Jen Allen, Event Director for the RootsTech/Salt Lake City event:

Brace yourself: registration for RootsTech 2020 is open! This really is one of my favorite days of the year because it means that we’re only a few months away from everyone’s favorite four-day family history party! And seriously, this is going to be the one family history event you don’t want to miss.

I hope you’ll join us February 26–29, 2020, at the Salt Palace. Here’s a few more updates:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, 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.

Kadeena Cox Announced as a Keynote Speaker at RootsTech/London

From an announcement by FamilySearch:

Kadeena Cox is coming to RootsTech as a keynote speaker! We’re so excited to have her join our already stellar line-up. She will speak on Friday, 25 October at 11 AM. If you don’t know anything about her, here’s a quick summary:

Road to RootsTech 2020 Video Series is Now Available

The folks at FamilySearch have announced that exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City is now available. This video series will allow you to see things like:

  • How we plan the conference.
  • What we’ve planned for RootsTech 2020.
  • Tips on how to make the most of your RootsTech experience.
  • What the Salt Palace will look like during RootsTech.
  • And much more!

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 3 (the Final Day)

This may sound anti-climatic, but Day #3 of the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 was almost identical to Day #2. The only major difference was obvious: there were different presentations made by different speakers. Actually, I consider that to be great news! Indeed, it was exactly what I had hoped would happen.

Every attendee I talked with expressed delight in attending the conference and everyone seemed to smile all day long, except maybe for me. Due to self-inflicted strolls around the city, my feet hurt!

I won’t republish the names of all the speakers or the names of their presentations as that information is already available online at https://live2019.myheritage.com/. Click on that link for the details.

This year’s numbers include:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington

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.

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 2

Today (Saturday) was the second day of the 3-day MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (You can read my report of Day #1 at https://tinyurl.com/eogn190907.) Today also was the first full day, filled with presentations. The day started with MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, welcoming everyone and making several announcements about new products, services, and even two acquisitions. More on that in a minute…
Luckily for me, each attendee had a name badge that included their country of residence. I noticed attendees from the Netherlands, USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Costa Rica, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia, and I probably did not see everyone. I suspect there were other countries represented as well. All the conference presentations were delivered in English, but it was fun listening to conversations in the hallways and at lunch being conducted in many different languages.

Not only was the attendance good in Amsterdam but the presentations were also visible via live streaming on the Internet, so I suspect many more countries were represented online.

The day continued with three simultaneous tracks: (1.) genealogy, (2.) DNA, and (3.) hands-on workshops. Finally, the day ended this evening with one of MyHeritage’s signature parties. I believe a great time was had by all. At least, I had a great time. I must have enjoyed it; I am so tired tonight that I can hardly move! That’s a sign of a successful conference.

A Brief Report on the Party in Amsterdam on Saturday Evening

I have been to many genealogy conferences. I suspect you may have also attend quite a few. This year, MyHeritage sponsored a party with a 1960s theme on Saturday evening.

Now, tell me, did you ever have an experience like this at any previous genealogy gathering? (Well, if so, maybe it was during the 1960s…

Click here to see a video from the party.

When the large image appears, you may have to click again in order to start the video.

Now here is another video of the party but here’s a secret: Shhh!

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 1

The MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference opened today with a good-sized crowd in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I was surprised to see so many Canadians, Irish, Swedes, Norwegians, French, and people of other nationalities in attendance. In fact, one person came all the way from Australia just for the event. (He did admit he also is taking a few days for a holiday before returning home.) I noticed people from all over the European continent as well as from England, Scotland, and Wales. I was also pleasantly surprised to see many Americans in the crowd. I suspect there were more nationalities present, but I didn’t get to meet everyone.

The conference started on Friday afternoon, September 6. I was in the crowd and snapped a few photographs that you will see later in this article.

Friday may have been the first day of the conference, but it was very laid-back and casual. No presentations were made except for the world premier of a new documentary film, described below.

Conference registration lasted all afternoon, and I was impressed by all the people wandering around and wearing MyHeritage-issued name tags.

RPAC at FGS 2019 in DC — Is This A Breakthrough?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference was held recently at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. One of the many sessions at the conference may produce results that will impact today’s and future genealogists researching records in the United States.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) included the Executive Director of NAPHSIS, the organization of Vital Records Officers; and Jeremy Grant from the local Venable Law Firm presenting a new Blueprint for a Better Identity, a solution to the identity theft crisis. The genealogy community was represented by Jan Meisels Allen and Fred Moss, both representing the RPAC committee.

MyHeritage Live Update

We are just a couple of days away from the MyHeritage users conference in Amsterdam. Today, MyHeritage announced that the company will live stream the genealogy and DNA lecture tracks online throughout the conference. Yes, you can attend “in absentia” without leaving home.

The following message was written by MyHeritage:

The live stream will be available on the MyHeritage LIVE website and on the MyHeritage Facebook page, so please tune in from 9:00 a.m. Amsterdam time on September 7th. If you need help calculating the time difference to your local time zone, you can use https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/.
Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule.

Best regards,
The MyHeritage LIVE team

On the Road Again, This Time to Amsterdam

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. I will be in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Wednesday, September 4 through Wednesday of the following week, September 11. I will be attending the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 genealogy conference on September 6 through 8. See https://live2019.myheritage.com for details about the conference. I will then add a few days “personal time” after the conference so that I can be a tourist in the country and travel around a bit.

I have been to the Netherlands before and left with some ideas on what I wanted to do “next time.” I want to follow up on those ideas. My last visit was delightful but occurred some years ago. I now plan to see what has changed and to visit a few places that I missed on my last trip.

I hope to write about the conference events that I see at MyHeritage LIVE 2019. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin

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.