Cherokee Family Research Center to Host a Conference

The Five Tribes Ancestry Conference will be presented June 7-9 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The conference is the first of its kind and is endorsed by the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, whose mission is to unite the tribal governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole nations.

Details may be found in the NewsOK web site at:

Third Annual Armenian Genealogy Conference to Take Place on June 9 in New Jersey

The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will sponsor and host the third annual Armenian Genealogy Conference on June 9. According to organizers, the conference will help Armenians delve into their family roots by offering research methods for beginners and advanced genealogists as well as topics of interest to scholars of various disciplines. The main morning session will give an overview of current state of Armenian genealogy as well as the available records from around the world.

Other sponsors of the annual conference include the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR),, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archive, and the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

Additional details on the conference and speakers as well as the registration form can be found at:

Five Days Left to Register Online for NGS Conference

If you are planning to attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society, this is a reminder that there are only a few days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2‒5 May 2018. Pre-conference registration ends 20 April. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 1 May, in the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Details may be found at:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ireland, United Kingdom, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, 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.

NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During the Family History Conference in May

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 27 MARCH 2018 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2018 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 175 offered at the conference, 2−5 May 2018, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On 3 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Two other talks will discuss African American and Loyalist research. The selections on 4 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

 Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.

Reminder: Early Bird Discount Ends 20 March for 2018 Family History Conference

If you are planning to attend the National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-5 May 2018, you want to register NOW. After 20 March 2018, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 20 March.

Details may be found at:

A Major Family History Conference in the UK: Secret Lives. The Hidden Voices of our Ancestors

This sounds like a great event! Secret Lives: Hidden Voices of our Ancestors will focus on the unusual and often untold stories of our ancestors’ lives. The following announcement was written by the four sponsoring organizations:

Four major genealogical organisations in the UK are coming together to host a major family history conference held from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island Hotel Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3JA

Bookings for the Secret Lives genealogy conference hosted by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), the Guild of One Name Studies, the Halsted Trust and the Society of Genealogists are going very well. In fact they are going so well that the early bird allocation of rooms from the venue are now all sold. But don’t worry we’ve secured some more accommodation and there are still places available at the hotel for full or day conference attendance.

Why You Might Want to Attend a Virtual Conference

I believe virtual conferences are the wave of the future. I just returned from a 4-day genealogy conference in Salt Lake City. With the air travel, hotel expenses, restaurant meals, and conference admission, I spent more than $1,500 US. I also spent six days away from home: one day traveling to the event (in the cheapest airline coach seats I could find), four days at the conference, and one more day returning home. I am sure that attendees from overseas spent much more than I did.

Obviously, many people are not able to pay that much money or to take that many days out of their lives to attend such an event, regardless of their interest level. Luckily, technology can provide an alternative.

A Report from RootsTech2018, with Pictures

RootsTech2018 was held in Salt Lake City on February 28 through March 3. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. I can also state that I am exhausted. It must have been a great event!

The crowds were huge. I never heard the final attendance figures but I believe about 14,000 genealogists attended the sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Saturday was Family Discovery Day in which an additional 12,000+ adults and teenagers attended sessions specifically designed for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There were times you could barely walk sideways through the throngs of people in the hallways and in the exhibits hall.

Ukrainian Genealogy Group to Host a Virtual Conference

The following announcement was written by Nashi Predky, the family history group of the Ukrainian History and Education Center:

The Ukrainian History and Education Center (UHEC) is proud to announce the first-ever virtual event for Ukrainian genealogy. Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors), the family history group of the UHEC, will be hosting their 2018 Spring Workshop virtually on Saturday, March 17th .

Since the group’s formation in 2013, all of the workshops and annual conferences have been held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. This year, the committee is excited to offer this event to fellow researchers who may not be able to travel for an in-person event.

Watch Select Portions of RootsTech 2018 Live Online

Can’t make it to RootsTech in person this year? You can still be there virtually by watching portion of the sessions online. Not everything will be broadcast but major sessions will be, including the general sessions, will be streamed live on the homepage.

The full streaming schedule is available now at:

A Reminder About the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

This is a quick reminder: if you are going to be in Salt Lake City for this week’s RootsTech conference and if you would like to join me and a bunch of newsletter readers for dinner on Saturday evening after the conference ends, you are invited! However, you need to sign up for the dinner now.

Reservations are required and must be made no later than Tuesday, February 27 as I have to tell the hotel several days in advance how many meals to prepare. The dinner will be held on Saturday evening, March 3, at the Radisson Hotel, 215 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. The location literally is just a few steps from the Salt Palace conference center.

Details may be found at:

I’d love to see you there!

A Survival Guide to RootsTech

Will you be at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City next week? If so, make sure you read the Survival Guide to RootsTech available now at

The online guide covers such things as early check-in, the Expo Hall’s hours of operation, the RootsTech app for your cell phone or tablet computer, your attendee badge that needs to be scanned by the (new) scanners in order to gain admission to the various sessions, suggested clothing, and the fact that the Salt Palace offers free Wi-Fi for attendees.

You probably will want to study this document before you travel to Salt Lake City. Check it out at at

Texas State Genealogical Society Issues Call for Presentations for the 2018 TxSGS Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the Texas State Genealogical Society:

Austin, Texas, February 15, 2018 – The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2018 Family History Conference. This year’s conference is slated for November 2-4, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230, 855-516-1090. The deadline for proposals is March 18, 2018.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City!

RootsTech2018 promises to be the biggest genealogy conference in the world! It will be held on February 28 through March 3 in Salt Lake City. I have written several times about RootsTech2018 (see and, of course, a lot more information is available at

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s RootsTech conference and I expect that will include many readers of this newsletter. If you are planning to attend, would you like to join me and a bunch of newsletter readers for dinner on Saturday evening after the conference ends? That will be on March 3 at the Radisson Hotel, 215 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. The location literally is just a few steps from the Salt Palace conference center.

You are invited!

You can make a reservation now at You are invited to join us if:

RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

The following announcement was written by the RootsTech organizers:

Salt Lake City, Utah (12 February 2018), Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,  Natalia Lafourcade, and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.

AGRA to be a Gold Sponsor of the Secret Lives Conference

The following announcement was written by the organizers of Secret Lives:Hidden Voices of our Ancestors, a forthcoming international genealogical conference that focuses on the unusual and often untold stories of our ancestors’ lives. The conference will be held later this summer in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England:

The Secret Lives conference committee are delighted to announce that AGRA [the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives] have become a gold sponsor for the forthcoming conference. AGRA have kindly agreed to sponsor the Saturday evening banquet as part of their fiftieth birthday celebrations.

38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Set in Warsaw

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:


The 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 5-10, 2018 (Sunday through Friday) at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre.  This will be the first IAJGS conference to be held in Central or Eastern Europe. Presenters from at least 20 countries on 5 continents have already submitted proposed lectures and English will be the official language of the conference.

“In addition to the many features of our annual conferences, this special location will provide participants an opportunity to tour places where many of their ancestors lived,” said Ken Bravo, IAJGS president from Cleveland, Ohio.

Among features of the Warsaw conference will be:

RootsTech 2018 Announces Lineup of Keynote Speakers

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the RootsTech conferences:

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 31, 2018 — RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest family history conference hosted by FamilySearch International, announced its full lineup of keynote speakers, including Brandon Stanton, Scott Hamilton, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Natalia Lafourcade. Fueled by the popularity of DNA genealogy, social platforms, and related mobile apps, RootsTech had over 50,000 in-person and online attendees in 2017. The conference is held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 28 through March 3, and select content is broadcast live daily online.

RootsTech 2018 Keynote Speakers (PRNewsfoto/RootsTech)

Keynote Speakers

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 2 JANUARY 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has opened the call for proposals for its 2019 Family History Conference, effective 2 January through 1 April 2018. The conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from 8–11 May 2019.