The Global Family Reunion to Connect the World Again

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Global Family Reunion:

Cousins across the continents come together to celebrate

14 February 2019: Four years ago, A.J. Jacobs, New York Times best-selling author, along with special guests including Ted Allen (Food Network), Dr. Mehmet Oz, comedian Nick Kroll, magician David Blaine, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, singer Lisa Loeb, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and musical group Sister Sledge (We Are Family), came together to celebrate the connectedness of the human family in an epic reunion unlike any other.

Almost 4,000 “cousins” gathered together at the main event in Queens, New York, while another 6,500 participated at simultaneous events around the world.

RootsTech 2019 Announces Lineup of Keynote Speakers and Entertainers

The following announcement was written by the RootsTech organizers:

RootsTech_2019_Keynote_Speaker_Collage.pngSalt Lake City, Utah (13 February 2019), RootsTech 2019, the world’s largest family history conference, announced its full lineup of keynote speakers and entertainers, including Saroo BrierleyPatricia HeatonDerek HoughJake Shimabukuro, and Steve Rockwood. Fueled by the popularity of DNA genealogy, social networking platforms, and related mobile apps, RootsTech 2018 had over 50,000 in-person and online attendees. Hosted by FamilySearch International, the conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27 through March 2, and select content is broadcast live online.

Keynote Speakers

RootsTech 2019 kicks off on Wednesday, February 27, with classes on topics such as DNA research, photo preservation, and using social media to preserve family legacies. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the featured keynote speaker on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. mountain standard time.

Announcing MyHeritage LIVE 2019

After MyHeritage’s very successful users conference in Oslo, Norway a few months ago (see my earlier report at, the company has decided to “do it again” in 2019. The next users conference will be held in Amsterdam. I certainly plan to be there.  As always, all presentations will be in English.

According to the MyHeritage Blog:

Following the resounding success of MyHeritage LIVE 2018, our first-ever user conference, which took place in Oslo, we have decided to host it again in 2019! We are happy to announce MyHeritage LIVE 2019 which will take place on September 6-8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Register now to save your spot

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2019 Conference in Washington D.C.

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

2/5/2019 – Austin, TX.

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2019 Conference to be held in Washington, D.C.

The historic Omni Shoreham hotel is now taking reservations for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference, “Come Home to Our Washington, D.C.” The conference will be held August 21 – 24. For the first time the conference will feature four full days of sessions for all genealogists, plus the customary society management topics throughout the week. The Omni Shoreham will serve as the conference area as well.

FGS 2019 Conference rates are available Wednesday, August 14 to Friday, August 30 (subject to availability of non-conference days). The hotel is conveniently located less than one block from the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan red line Metro stop.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, 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.

UK’s 2021 Census Roadshow by the Office for National Statistics

Anyone in England might be interested in attending one of several events around the country that will “give you the opportunity to hear about our recommendations on topics to be included in the 2021 Census.”

The roadshows will be held in Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, and London. There’s a limited number of spaces at these events, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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:

Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, 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.

Help Wanted in the Heredis Booth at RootsTech

Heredis is a very successful genealogy program for both Windows and Macintosh that is developed in France and sold worldwide. The company will be at RootsTech and is looking for a bit of help in their exhibits booth. I received the following message from Audrey Cavalier of Heredis:

We are proud to announce our coming to RootsTech 2019, the world’s largest family-history technology conference, from February 28 to March 2 at Salt Lake City. For the second time, Heredis has a booth for this genealogical major event!

We will be presenting the newest version of Heredis: Heredis 2019!

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Mississippi, South Carolina, 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.

Booking Opens for AGRA 2019 Conference: “Bloomin’ Ancestors! – Giving Your Family History Personality”

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, an organization based in the United Kingdom:

Things have moved on apace with our 2019 Conference at Pembroke College, Oxford on 28 September.

We are pleased to have Dr Janina Ramirez as the keynote speaker opening the Conference. She will be speaking about ‘Personalities of the Past’. Janina will be familiar as a British art and cultural historian, but above all as a presenter of history programmes on BBC4.

At the time of writing the line-up of speakers is still being finalised. There will be a mixture of established speakers and exciting new voices in genealogy. And, as in 2016, we are organising a variety of workshops – including topics such as American genealogy and the hidden secrets of GRO records.

Ohio Genealogical Society Issues Call for Lecture Proposals for 2020 Annual Conference

The following announcement was written by the Ohio Genealogical Society:

December 1, 2018—Bellville, Ohio: The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) announces a request for lecture proposals for the 2020 conference to be held April 29-May 2, 2020, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, 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, New England Research, the Firelands/Connecticut Reserve, and the Old Northwest Territory. Other topics of interest that will be considered: land and military records; technology, including DNA (all levels of DNA research); mobile devices and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.

MyHeritage LIVE 2018: Lectures are Now Online


The recent MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference in Oslo, Norway was quite a success. More than 400 attendees from 28 different countries were at the conference. The attendees chose from many presentations and workshops during the two-day event. If you missed the conference or the live-streaming, you are in luck. Videos were made of the presentations and are now available online. Even if you were at the conference or were able to watch it live as it was broadcast over the Internet, the videos are worth watching because there was so much information to absorb from each one.

National Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Program Now Available

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 NOVEMBER 2018—The National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page conference brochure. This year’s program, Journey of Discovery, will feature a variety of lecture tracks and topics including African American, English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish lectures. Other popular tracks include BCG Skillbuilding, eighteen DNA lectures, Immigration and Migration, Missouri, Military, Religion, Technology, and Tips and Techniques. In all, the conference, which will be held 8-11 May 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 150 lectures, an array of social events, several workshops, and a family history expo with more than seventy exhibitors.

The program will begin with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM, delivering the keynote address, “Journey of Discovery.” She will share tidbits about the Journey of Discovery of many people ranging from Marquette to Lewis and Clark, from Winny v. Whitesides to Dred Scott v. Sanford, from ancestors hiding in the pages of the Territorial Papers to clues lurking deep within our DNA. Americans are on their own journeys of discovery to find out who we are and where we come from.

Announcing a New South-West of England Family History Show

The following announcement was written by the organisers of the Discover Your Ancestors Family History Shows:

With the success of the Discover Your Ancestors Family History Shows’ sellout London event, the organisers have now announced the introduction of a new South-West of England Show to be held in the Exhibition Centre at the University of West of England, Bristol.

The organisers have some great offers on these new shows and they now all feature an enhanced format.

  • The Family History Show South-West event will be held on Saturday July 6th 2019
  • With low prices for both exhibitors and attendees, it is a really affordable event for all
  • Featuring fascinating Free Family History Talks
  • A dedicated Ask the Experts section
  • Wide variety of exhibitors from societies and genealogical suppliers

A Video of MyHeritage LIVE’s Keynote Address by CEO Gilad Japhet is Now Available Online

I wrote earlier (at about last weekend’s very successful MyHeritage LIVE Conference held in Oslo, Norway. I mentioned that MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet gave the keynote address. A video of that talk is now available in the MyHeritage Blog at

MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference in Oslo, Norway was a Success!

Late last night, I returned from a trip to Oslo, Norway where I attended the first-ever MyHeritage LIVE Conference. This two-day event turned out to be the most memorable genealogy of the several hundred conferences I have attended over the years. It also was the most international of all the genealogy conferences I have attended. Besides all that, it was a blast.

The MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference was held this past weekend, November 3 and 4, in Oslo, Norway. Originally, I had some doubts as to the possible success of a genealogy conference to be held in Norway in the late autumn. I shouldn’t have questioned the idea. It turned out to be great. In fact, you need to scroll down to see the video at the end of this article to watch one high point of the conference!

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet explained in his conference keynote speech that Oslo was selected simply because it was near the center of MyHeritage’s customer base. With thousands of customers in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and elsewhere, he wanted to find a location that was as close as possible to as many of those customers as possible. In hindsight, I would say he succeeded.

The MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference Starts in Oslo, Norway

The MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference doesn’t really begin until tomorrow (Saturday). However, registration opened this afternoon and the convention hotel is already filling up with attendees, most of them already wearing their conference badges as they walk around the place. I think we may overwhelm the number of other guests in the hotel!

About 450 conference attendees are expected for this weekend’s sessions held in the modern Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Oslo, Norway. The hotel is located in the center of Oslo, near the Royal Palace and its magnificent gardens.

I have to take someone else’s word about being magnificent gardens. I arrived in Oslo four days ago in order to do some sightseeing before the conference. During that time, I have mostly seen rain and snow intermixed. That was a bit of a shock as I stepped off the plane from my non-stop flight from warm and sunny Orlando.

Many Sessions at the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference in Oslo to be Live Streamed on the Internet

The MyHeritage User Conference will be held in a few days in Oslo, Norway. MyHeritage users and many others from around the world are expected to attend. However, if you are unable to be in Oslo in person on November 2 through 4, you can still attend many of the sessions virtually. Live video of several of the genealogy and DNA tracks will be broadcast live on the Internet on the MyHeritage LIVE conference website at

This should be a very busy conference as 20 speakers are scheduled to deliver presentations on a wide variety of genealogy and DNA topics. (All presentations will be made in English.)

Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule and tune in at the time of the lectures you wish to attend in order to watch the live stream. The full schedule (in Central European Time Zone) is available in the conference blog at and a one-page schedule can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file at:

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: