Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, and Missouri

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.

AAGHSC Conference to be Held in Chicago on October 13 and 14

The following is an announcement from the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC):

Come and Celebrate the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago’s (AAGHSC) 35th Annual Family History Conference, Unique Issues Researching African American Genealogy, with keynote speaker and professional genealogist LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T. Additional speakers include Karen Burnett, Stephanie Byrd, Janis Minor Forte, Paul D. Holmes, Evelyn Nabors, Saundra Shelley, and Cheryl Varner.

The Society will hold its conference on Friday, October 13, 2017 and Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5200 S. University Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Registration is open to the public. Additional details may be on the Society’s website – www.aaghsc.org.

RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

RootsTech, the lagest genealogy conference held each year in North America, probably the largest in the world, is now accepting reservations for next February’s event. Here is the announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY (19 September 2017)–FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2018 is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories. The conference will be held February 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

In 2017 the growing event attracted more than 26,000 attendees in-person from all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. Family Discovery Day, a free 1-day event held on Saturday as part of the conference, is also open for registration.

2017 Ukrainian Genealogy Conference — Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 2017 Ukrainian Genealogy Conference:

The 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference – Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry – will span two days, including a full-day dedicated to DNA & Eastern European Ancestry.

Join 70+ fellow genealogists from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Poland on October 6-7, 2017 for an event which features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and a workshop on Using Cadastral Maps. In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural displays, and an ethnic food buffet luncheon with extended networking time during the lunch break.

Call for Speakers: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2018 Webinar Series

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society is currently accepting proposals for our monthly 2018 Webinar Series.

Topics of Interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • DNA
  • Technology and Tools
  • Research and Methodology
  • Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
  • Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc.)
  • Comparison of Genealogical Websites
  • Immigration
  • Writing and Publishing Family Research

RootsTech 2018 Grows to 4 Days, Introduces New Innovation Showcase

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

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (11 September 2017)– RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, hosted by FamilySearch, announced exciting changes to its 2018 conference schedule. The popular conference is expanding to four full days starting Wednesday, February 28, to March 3, 2018, to allow for more in-demand class offerings for all attendees while still offering content useful for innovators. First day highlights will now include the opening General Keynote Session and the new Innovation Showcase on stage. Find out more at RootsTech.org.

“Our guests have spoken, and we listened, so we are expanding RootsTech to a full four days!” said FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood. “Wednesday has been, and will continue to be, all about the amazing technical and scientific innovations that are transforming our industry. This first day of innovation has its own unique vibe, and we want everyone to feel it! This honors the original intent of RootsTech by bringing entrepreneurs, technical innovators, and interested parties from other industries together with those engaged in family history. It will now feature the general opening keynote to kickoff the conference and be filled with appealing classes for attendees and innovators combined.”

What You Missed Last Week at the FGS Conference in Pittsburgh

A major genealogy conference was held last week at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from August 30 through September 2, 2017. It was the site of the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, co-sponsored by the local host, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. The conference center saw hundreds of genealogists wandering the halls, attending presentations, checking out the latest offerings in the exhibits hall, attending sponsored lunches, and simply having a good time.

 

This turned out to be an excellent venue for the conference. It is super modern and has all the audio-visual equipment one expects of a modern conference center. The only significant drawback that I noticed is that things were spread out in this huge facility. It was a long walk from the presentation rooms to the exhibits hall and back again. A few attendees with mobility issues had a difficult time with the walking. As for myself, I thought it was enjoyable exercise.

I was fortunate enough to attend this conference and must say that I had a good time. Judging by the smiles I saw, I believe most everyone else had similar experiences.

FGS2017 Conference App Released

The mobile app for the FGS 2017 Genealogy Conference in Pittsburgh is now available. With the app, you can keep your schedule, maps, list of speakers, and up-to-date information at your fingertips while at the conference. Plus, you can easily connect with fellow attendees.

Download the Guidebook App on your iOS or Android mobile device or you can even access it on your desktop or laptop. Details may be found in the FGS Voice at: http://voice.fgs.org/2017/08/fgs2017-conference-app-released.html.

FGS National Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on August 30 to September 2

The annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be held soon: August 30 to September 2. This year’s event is shaping up to be a good one with a theme of Building Bridges to the Past. This year’s event is expected to attract close to 2,000 attendees from all over the United States and the world. If you can be in Pittsburgh during this event, you absolutely will want to attend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is an “umbrella organization” of local, statewide, and regional genealogical societies. In fact, FGS includes 500+ member societies representing more than 500,000 genealogists.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is a good venue for an event of this size. First, it is modern with all the state-of-the-art one expects on a convention center these days. In addition, it is close to numerous restaurants, shops, research facilities, and historic sites.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 15 AUGUST 2017— Effective 15 August 2017, you may reserve accommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s fortieth annual Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, which will be held 2−5 May 2018 at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The conference program will focus on ancestors’ migration paths with an emphasis on the states that border the Great Lakes, strategic waterways that aided Americans moving west and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some lectures will enhance your proficiency as a researcher and your methodological and analytical skills. Other presentations will broaden your understanding about your ancestors’ ethnicity, occupation, religion, military experience, economic status, and associations. In addition, the program will feature tracks that highlight DNA and technology.

IAJGS Conference in Orlando is a Success

I spent much of last week at the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. This conference serves as an annual reunion of top Jewish genealogists and newcomers alike. The conference is held in a different city around the world every year. This year’s event was held in Orlando, Florida on July 23 through 28. Count them: that’s 6 days of conference!

Walt Disney World Swan Resort

The conference was held at the Walt Disney World Swan resort, a top-notch venue for a conference. Than again, it is a Disney property so you expect it to be good! I don’t think anyone was disappointed.

The conference included 369 events, including 225 lectures and panels, 33 films, 42 BOF/SIG (Birds of a Feather/Special Interest Group) meetings, 19 computer workshops, an excellent computer lab, and more than a dozen breakfasts and luncheons.

60+ sessions were live streamed over the Internet and also will be available on demand (for a fee) until 1 November 2017. If you were unable to attend in person, you can learn more about watching many of the presentations by going to http://live.iajgs.org.

RootsTech 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals – extended deadline through 3 July 2018

The following announcement was written by the RootsTech organizing committee:

Submission deadline has been extended through July 3, 2017.

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals.

2017 FGS Conference Early Bird Registration Ends July 1

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA 6/28/2017 – Austin, TX.

Discounted early bird registration for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st. Early bird pricing is $230 for the full four days or $99 for any single day. Friday’s exhibit hall lunch and $10 in Vendor Bucks are included with the full four-day conference registration. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org.

The conference will be held August 30 – September 2, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s local host is the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the theme is “Building Bridges to the Past.” Platinum sponsors are Ancestry, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Bronze sponsors are Ancestry ProGenealogists and Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today.

2017 FGS Conference Early Bird Registration Ends July 1

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA

6/28/2017 – Austin, TX.

Discounted early bird registration for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st.

Early bird pricing is $230 for the full four days or $99 for any single day. Friday’s exhibit hall lunch and $10 in Vendor Bucks are included with the full four-day conference registration. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org.

International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies Conference to be Held in Orlando on July 23–28

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the PBS hit series “Finding Your Roots,” will be the featured speaker on “Genetics and Genealogy in America” on Thursday evening at the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS) Conference, to be held at the Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Florida. I will also be at the conference and expect a huge crowd will be there as well.

Sunday evening will feature “Alexander Hamilton, the Jews, and the American Revolution,” presented by Dr. Robert Watson, professor, historian, author, and media commentator.

Wednesday evening, there will be a special showing of the 2016 acclaimed documentary “Aida’s Secrets” (sponsored by MyHeritage). This documentary is a story about family secrets, lies, high drama and generations of contemporary history. The international story begins with World War II and concludes with an emotional 21st century family reunion. Izak was born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Utilizing the resources of Yad Vashem and MyHeritage, secret details of his birth mother, an unknown brother in Canada and his father’s true identity slowly emerge in this extremely personal investigative film.

A Weekend at the Auckland (New Zealand) Family History Conference

I must say that I had a pleasant 3-day weekend in Auckland, New Zealand. I attended the annual conference of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists and even had the opportunity to make several presentations myself. This was a major conference. I never heard the final headcount but I estimate that 500 or maybe 600 genealogists were in attendance.

I must say this is an enthusiastic group! They are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable genealogists.

I was especially impressed with the international “flavor” of this conference. In addition to myself, conference speakers included:

Announcing the 14th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise (Alaska 2018)

The following announcement was written by Unlock the Past:

Adelaide, South Australia, 17 May 2017 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces its 2018 cruise – an opportunity to discover more about your family history while in great company and visiting great destinations.

The Alaska cruise, 7-14 September 2018 on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas will leave from Seattle, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia over 7 days.

The conference program will feature 40–45 talks in three streams from an international team of 12–15 speakers. No talks will occur when in port or during scenic cruising. An optional full day extra seminar is being considered the day before the cruise to offer additional value to the many who will travel from a distance. This will feature leading North American speakers and a different program.

The featured presenters on the cruise are:

FGS 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

2018 FGS National Conference ​Call for Presentation Proposals
Deadline for Submissions is 14 July 2017

16 May 2017 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for the FGS 2018 Conference, “On the Three Rivers—Past, Present & Future” to be held 22-25 August, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Allen County Public Library as local host. Outstanding nearby research facilities and attractions will enhance the conference experience. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is Friday, 14 July 2017.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional and unique educational experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are also encouraged. Categories for submissions include:

Lisa Louise Cooke will be a Keynote Speaker at Congress 2018 in Australia

The following announcement was written by the organizers of Congress 2018:

The Society of Australian Genealogists announced today that Lisa Louise Cooke will be one of the keynote speakers at Congress 2018. Lisa is a US based genealogist who will be presenting in Australia for the first time.

About Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cook is the CEO of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy education company featuring the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Lisa is the author of books on topics such as using Google and Evernote for genealogy.

Lisa will be presenting on the topics of apps and maps for genealogy.

About Congress 2018

Congress 2018 is being held at the new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney from Friday 9 to Monday 12 March 2018. Congress is the largest family history event in Australasia and is held every three years under the auspices of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO).

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Conference to Cease

Sad news. One of my favorite genealogy conferences will not be held again. The Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference that was held every year is shutting down. This is the conference that was held lately in Birmingham, England, although in earlier years it was held in London.

NOTE: This has nothing to do with the Who Do You Think You Are? television programs that appear to be very successful in a number of countries. Only the 3-day, in-person conference is being terminated.

You can read more in the Who Do You Think You Are? magazine at: http://bit.ly/2pZQe6l

The following announcement was released today by the Society of Genealogists: