Report from the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne – Day #1

I am fortunate enough to spend most of this week in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This 4-day conference started today, Wednesday, August 22. The conference is being held in the Grand Wayne Convention Center, a first-class conference center. Unlike some conferences I have attended in the past in various cities, the lecture halls and the grand ballroom and the exhibits hall are all within a short walk of each other. In addition, there are two attached hotels and lots of parking, along with dozens of world-class restaurants within easy walking distance.

Of course, the world-famous genealogy collection at the Allen County Public Library is across the street from the conference center. It is one of the largest genealogy research collections available anywhere, incorporating records from around the world. All in all, the Grand Wayne Convention Center is a great place to hold a genealogy conference!

The library staff are co-hosting this year’s FGS Conference 2018 conference.

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana from now through the end of the week. I will be attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. For details about this conference, see

I hope to write about the conference events that I see and attend. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there. Who knows? I may even get to attend a few presentations!

I should be back home next week for a few days before heading out on my next trip.

Stay tuned!

Update: the MyHeritage LIVE Conference in Oslo, Norway

The planning for MyHeritage’s International User Conference is well underway. This should be a top-notch conference and, for most of us, it is a chance to visit a great tourist destination: the city of Oslo. The conference web site may be found at:

A jam-packed schedule will include lectures from top MyHeritage staff and world-renowned genealogists and DNA experts. There will be three class tracks:

  • Genealogy
  • DNA
  • Hands-on computer workshops (to take you through MyHeritage tools step-by-step)

Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library Hours Extended for Conference

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will hold extended hours next week. The library’s schedule for Aug. 22-26 will assist family history researchers, presenters, and exhibitors attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at Grand Wayne Center.

“One of the event’s main draws will surely be its proximity to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, which has been recognized as the nation’s second largest family history collection available for public use,” the library said in a release Tuesday.

Extended hours for the Genealogy Center:

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference

These rooms usually sell out quickly. If you are planning to attend the NGS conference next year in St. Charles, Missouri, you probably want to make your hotel reservations NOW. I made my reservation this morning.

The following announcement was written by the  National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 AUGUST 2018—Effective 15 August 2018, you may reserve accommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-first annual Family History Conference, Journey of Discovery, which will be held 8-11 May 2019 at the St Charles Convention Center (SCCC), One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, Missouri.

The conference will feature more than 150 unique lectures on topics such as census, court, immigration, land, migration, military, and vital records as well as DNA, ethnic resources, government documents, maps, regional topics, technology, and much more.

Have Your Family History Digitized at FGS 2018

Are you planning to attend the FGS conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, next week? That’s August 22 through 25. If so, you may be interested in this announcement from the conference organizers:

Have a family history that needs scanned? Bring it with you to FGS 2018 and FamilySearch will scan it for free!

FamilySearch Book Scanning and the Allen County Public Library are offering a free service to digitally preserve your written family history at the upcoming FGS Conference in Fort Wayne. FamilySearch will scan and publish a searchable digital copy online! You keep the original.

Bring your books to the FamilySearch booth at the conference. (Books under copyright must have a signed permission form, which is available at the booth.)

The Unlock the Past Conference in Seattle will be Livestreamed on the Internet

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Unlock the Past genealogy conferences and cruises:

Announcing Unlock the Past in Seattle LIVESTREAM with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson

Adelaide, South Australia, 14 August 2018 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces that the Unlock the Past in Seattle full-day two-stream conference (previously announced) will now also be available to watch live online – and for a limited time after as a series of 10 recorded webinars.

Date & time: Thursday 6 September 2018, 9am-5pm (Pacific Daylight Time)


  • watch in your own home – from anywhere in the world
  • attend in person at Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the The Family History Show – London:

Don’t miss The Family History Show London, the major event of the genealogical calendar.

With many new features to help with your research, free lectures, and free parking. This year it’s taking place at the larger Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, with more exhibitors and an additional lecture area.

It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques). Sponsored by TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine the show in York this June was a packed event pleasing both attendees and stallholders alike.

Southern California Genealogical Jamboree Call for Presentations

The following was written by the organizers of the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree:
50th Annual Southern California Genealogical Jamboree
Gifting Forward
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May 31 through June 2, 2019
6th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
Present from the Past
Thursday, May 30, 2019
DNA Workshops
Friday, May 31, 2019
General Genealogy Workshops
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday May 30, & June 1 and 2, 2019
2019 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
January through December 2019
The Southern California Genealogical Society [SCGS] announces its Call for Presentations for its 2019 conferences and events. This Call pertains to the Jamboree, Genetic Genealogy, General Genealogy Workshops, DNA Workshops and the 2019 Jamboree Extension and Webinar Series Programs. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal July 9, 2018 – September 1, 2018.

Pennsylvania 2018 Archives and Records Management Seminar

The following announcement was written by the Pennsylvania State Archives:

The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to announce that the Annual Archives and Records Management Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Onsite sessions will again take place in the Commonwealth Media Center in Harrisburg, with a live webinar feed available for online viewing. Heinz History Center’s Detre Library and Archives will also host a remote viewing opportunity for those who cannot attend in Harrisburg, but who desire to engage with peers. Tentative topics include PDF/A and Evaluating and Improving Disaster Related Outcomes.

Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.


38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Set in Warsaw

The following is an update to a previous announcement from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), providing up-to-date additional details:

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 30 countries on 6 continents have been selected, and more than 700 participants are registered. 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.

You’re Invited to MyHeritage’s International User Conference!

This looks like a great event. I plan to be there. If you would like to attend, I would suggest you reserve your spots ASAP, before the Early Bird discount ends! From the MyHeritage Blog at:

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for MyHeritage LIVE — our first ever international user conference!

MyHeritage LIVE will take place on the weekend of 2–4 November 2018 in Oslo, Norway and we’d love for you to attend.

Register now. 

It’s open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, who would like to learn more about MyHeritage – including subscribers, DNA customers, those with free basic accounts, and those who haven’t used MyHeritage yet but would like to find out more.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Missouri, 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.

The Five Civilized Tribes to Host a Genealogy Conference in Oklahoma

Genealogy conferences amongst Native American groups are unusual. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Five Civilized Tribes are formally gathering to share knowledge and hear from genealogy experts. The Five Tribes Ancestry Conference, Understanding Native American Genealogy among the Five Tribes, will take place June 7-9 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Announcing the Unlock the Past Conference in Seattle

Unlock the Past has announced a major, unique genealogy conference to be held in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, September 6. There are several unique aspects about this one-day conference:

1. It is a one-day genealogy conference program that will feature no less than 10 presentations in two streams – a DNA stream and an Irish/general stream, presented by four of the top international genealogy and DNA experts of our time:

Blaine Bettinger (USA)

Dr Maurice Gleeson (UK)

Cyndi Ingle – best known for her famous web site, Cyndi’s List (USA)

Wayne Shepheard (Canada)

2. The conference is very international. Not only do the four speakers come from three different countries, the hosting company (Unlock the Past) is based in Australia but is well known for hosting genealogy cruises all over the world.

Call for Papers – Family Tree Live

I wrote earlier at about Family Tree Live, a new family history conference to be held in London on 26th & 27th April 2019. The organizers of the conference have now issued a call for papers:

Family Tree Live, being held at Alexandra Palace on 26 and 27 April 2019, will offer family history enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to attend talks presented by an inspiring and knowledgeable range of experts in their subject.

RootsTech2019 Call for Papers

Quoting from an announcement by FamilySearch:

“Join us as a presenter at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 27-March 2, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As a RootsTech presenter, you’ll be surrounded with unique opportunities to share your personal knowledge, enhance your brand, and network with people throughout the industry.”

The full announcement is a bit lengthy so I won’t reproduce it here. However, you can read all the information by starting at:

Register of Qualified Genealogists’ Call for Speakers and Posters – The Way Ahead: Future Challenges for Genealogy

The following announcement was written by the Register of Qualified Genealogists, a U.K. organization:

The Register of Qualified Genealogists will host a conference “The Way Ahead: Future Challenges for Genealogy” at the National Railway Museum, York, England on 20 October 2018.

We are looking for speaker and poster presentations. Do you have a cutting-edge or original contribution to make? Join the keynote speakers:

  • Law Professor, Rebecca Probert, a specialist on marriage topics and best known as the author of ‘Marriage Law for Genealogists’ (Takeaway, 2012).
  • Dr Iain McDonald, whose work on genetic genealogy was recognized with an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies Programme.

The conference theme is future challenges for genealogy. Topics for presentations include:

Register Now for Computer Workshops at the IAJGS Conference in Warsaw

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

Register now for computer workshops

We have scheduled seven workshops for family researchers with beginning to advanced computer skills to learn how to make the most efficient use of your time online and to give you some useful new tools.

Participants will bring their own computers to a classroom with free Wi-Fi to follow the instructor’s lead on a projection screen. Sessions cost just $25 each, and space is limited, so check out the offerings and make your selections as soon as possible.

New UK Family History Show: Family Tree Live

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the (new) Family Tree Live:

Family Tree Live is coming!

Taking place on 26th & 27th April 2019 at London’s Alexandra Palace, you can expect two jam-packed days of family history fun for ALL!

The team from Family Tree Live would love you to join them for a brand new UK family history show – two days of lectures, workshops, displays and stands – suitable for all levels of family history experience.