Conferences

Will I See You at RootsTech 2020?

RootsTech is a genealogy conference and a vendors’ event and somewhat of a circus for family history researchers. I consider that to be a great thing!

Have you ever seen 20,000+ genealogists and others interested in learning more about family history under one roof, all at the same time? I have, and I must say that I love the hustle and the bustle that RootsTech entails! If I could only attend one genealogy conference per year, it would be RootsTech!

The annual RootsTech/Salt Lake City will be held in a couple of weeks at the Salt Palace, a very large convention center in downtown Salt Lake City that is well equipped to handle the crowds. The dates are February 26 through 29, 2020. How clever of the organizers to include the EXTRA DAY available in this leap year!

NOTE: Yes, there WILL be a special dinner for this newsletter’s readers and their guests on Saturday evening. I’ll write about that in a separate article.

2020 will be the 10th anniversary of the conference.

Some of the special events at this year’s RootsTech conference include:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Ontario, California, Colorado, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, Utah, 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.

Call for Papers: Elizabethan Ancestors

The following announcement was written by the organizers of Elizabethan Ancestors:

Elizabethan Ancestors

Genealogy from the age of Elizabeth Tudor to Elizabeth Windsor

 The Society of Genealogists and the Halsted Trust are coming together to host a major family history conference in 2021

3rd to 5th September 2021

@

The Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

The conference lectures will be aimed at family historians interested in tracing ancestors as far as they can and as wide as they can.

The conference lectures and after dinner talks are expected to feature nationally and internationally known genealogical speakers but the organisers will also look favourably on new talks and subjects that have not been presented before. To learn more about forthcoming news on the conference see the Elizabethan Ancestors web pages  https://www.elizabethanancestors.org.uk/ or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethanAncestors/

Submit your proposals (maximum 5) at https://forms.gle/SfDxHhzJSXsR9TF29

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah

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.

RootsTech 2020 Announces Free Livestream Schedule

If you are unable to attend RootsTech in person, you can still attend “virtually.” The following is the announcement from the RootsTech organizers:

Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO, Keynote Speaker at RootsTech 2019RootsTech 2020 announced its free online streaming schedule. Starting Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. MDT, a select number of classes and events, including the daily keynote speakers, will be broadcast live at RootsTech.org. View the free streaming schedule for each day. Join or follow RootsTech social media conversations using #NotAtRootsTech. Sessions will be available to view on-demand after the livestream ends.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

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.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, Ireland, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Ohio

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.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, 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.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2020 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri

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

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2020 Conference to be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is now taking reservations for the 2020 FGS Family History Conference, “Blazing Trails in the Heart of America” The conference will be held September 2-5, 2020. This hotel is set in the heart of the downtown district and connects via walkway to the Kansas City Convention Center where the conference will be held.

The U.S. National Genealogical Society Announces Call for Proposals for 2021 Family History Conference

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 8 JANUARY 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will hold its 2021 Family History Conference, Virginia: The Deep Roots of a Nation, in Richmond, Virginia, 19‒22 May 2021. NGS will open the call for proposals on 8 January 2020 and proposals will be accepted until 1 April 2020.

Seventeenth century, native born Virginian William Byrd II once said, “In the beginning, all America was Virginia.” And, as any native Virginian will tell you, he was correct. The first permanent English settlement in what was to become the United States was established at Jamestown in 1607. Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech was given in 1775 at St. John’s Church in Richmond. Virginia is the birthplace of eight US presidents—a list which includes four of the first five presidents. The Virginia General Assembly is the longest continuously operating legislative body in North America ―first meeting in Jamestown’s church in 1619. Since 1607 immigrants from many countries have made Virginia their home. Some remained for generations while others moved on to new frontiers to expand, populate, and build a nation.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Ontario, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, and Tennessee

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.

Were Your Ancestors Pork Butchers from Germany?

The following article was written by Karl-Heinz Wüstner and is published here with his permission:

Many of the Germans who emigrated in the nineteenth century, particularly to Britain, were farmers’ sons and daughters who became pork butchers where they settled. Many of them came from one state, Württemberg, and especially from one region of the state, Hohenlohe.

This tendency has attracted a lot of attention recently, with a web page (http://surname.rootschat.com/lexicon/dbsig/index.php?dbsig_num=2) identifying their origins and where they settled, and an exhibition in the city museum in Künzelsau (until 19 April 2020).

2021 International German Genealogy Conference: Call for Proposals Now Open

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 2021 International German Genealogy Conference:

The Call for Proposals is now open for presentations during the International German Genealogy Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, 16-18 July 2021, sponsored by the International German Genealogy Partnership and hosted by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society.

Presenters with specialized genealogical knowledge, skills, or techniques are invited to submit up to five proposals. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm ET on 29 February 2020.

Growing Your Roots Austin 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference

Free registration is open for Growing Your Roots 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference of Austin, Texas. The genealogy conference will debut the first weekend going into Black History Month (January 30, 2020 – February 2, 2020).

The free four-day conference is hosted by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library’s African American Community Archives Program. The genealogy conference will feature a variety of speakers, panel sessions, workshops, exhibitions, tours, and networking opportunities for genealogy professionals, scholars, and novice enthusiasts.

You can read more in an article in the Corridor News web site at: http://bit.ly/37d6umc.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia

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.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Israel, California, Colorado, Connecticut and Massachusetts

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.

Announcing MyHeritage LIVE 2020 in Tel Aviv

Mark your calendar: 25 and 26 October 2020 at the Hilton Tel Aviv in Israel! That will be the third annual MyHeritage LIVE conference.

Here is the announcement:

Following the success of MyHeritage LIVE 2018 and 2019, we’re delighted to announce that MyHeritage LIVE, our annual user conference, will take place in Tel Aviv on October 25–26, 2020. As one of the most celebrated genealogy events of the year, MyHeritage LIVE brings together family history enthusiasts, top international experts, and MyHeritage staff for two days of fascinating lectures covering the latest topics in genealogy and DNA. Each year, hundreds of MyHeritage users from around the world attend.

Register now on the MyHeritage LIVE 2020 website to secure early bird pricing of $100 per ticket.

Conference details

MyHeritage LIVE 2020 will take place on October 25–26, 2020 at the Hilton Tel Aviv. Set in landscaped Independence Park, this upscale hotel is a short 8-minute walk from the Mediterranean beachfront and just 5 km from the Tel Aviv-Savidor Center train station.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, and South Carolina

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.

OGS issues Call for Lecture Proposals for 2021 Annual Conference

The following announcement was written by the Ohio Genealogical Society:

December 1, 2020—Bellville, Ohio: The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) announces a request for lecture proposals for the 2021 conference to be held April 14- 17, 2021, at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus (Lewis Center), Ohio.

Topics being considered include: Ohio history, its records, and repositories; ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.); religious groups; migration into, within, and out of Ohio; origins of early Ohio settlers, and the Old Northwest Territory. Other topics of interest that will be considered include: land and military records; technology; DNA; mobile devices and apps; organization; society management and development; social media; and methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, Colorado, Illinois, and Maryland

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.