Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North 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.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island

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.

White House Photographer David Kennerly to Keynote RootsTech 2020

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

RootsTech 2020, the world’s largest family history convention, is pleased to announce David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize—winning White House photographer, as the featured keynote speaker on Friday, February 27, 2020, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kennerly will share some of his incredible stories as part of RootsTech 2020’s 10th anniversary celebrating genealogy and technology innovation.

David Hume Kennerly has a rich legacy of impressive contributions to photography and history. His photos have appeared on more than 50 major magazine covers. He has photographed 10 U.S. presidents and served as a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and was a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. American Photo magazine named Kennerly “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” and Washingtonian magazine called Kennerly one of the 50 most important journalists in Washington, D.C.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, 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, Florida, New York, 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.

RootsTech/London is a Roaring Success!

I had the pleasure of attending the RootsTech/London conference for the past 3 days. To sum up the conference in one word: “Wow!”

The London conference was a first-time ever effort for FamilySearch. Indeed, FamilySearch has held nine RootsTech conferences in Salt Lake City, Utah in the past nine years. These annual conferences have exploded in popularity. Today, the RootsTech conferences have become the most popular family history conferences in the world. This year, the conference organizers at FamilySearch decided to “take the show on the road.” A second show was held in London, England, on October 24 through 26.

The London conference was held in the ExCeL (Exhibition Centre London) in the Custom House area of Canning Town, East London, England. This was an excellent choice of location, in my opinion. The Exhibition Centre is a very modern, state-of-the-art facility with all the latest capabilities one expects these days.

My Photos from RootsTech/London

I wrote about the RootsTech/London conference in another article I published today at https://wp.me/p5Z3-8r4. I took so many photographs, however, that I decided to post them here in a separate article.  You will notice there are a lot of photos! Hopefully, these will give you a “flavour” of what it was like at the conference.
Yes, there were crowds! However, the ExCeL Center is so large that it never seemed crowded.

Nick Barratt hosted the Keynote Speeches every day

The “Other Conference” Held at the ExCel London this Weekend

I have written extensively about the RootsTech/London conference held this past weekend. I mentioned the “ExCeL Exhibition Centre is capable of holding two or more large events simultaneously. Indeed that happened this past week.”

The attendees from both conferences often were walking in the same hallways and eating in the same restaurants within the exhibition centre. I haven’t seen these people at the other genealogy conferences I have attended. I thought I would show a few pictures from “the other conference.”

Comic Con London was full of special and celebrity guests from stars from your favourite films to game experts and voice over actors. It is a place to meet these special guests who are heavily involved in the entertainment industry that help craft it and produce it.

Attendees at Comic Con conferences often dress in costumes depicting their favorite video games, films, and comic book characters. Oh, excuse me. That last one should be called graphic novels, not comic books.

In any case, here are a few pictures I took in the halls of the ExCel London this weekend:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Rhode Island

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:

Ontario, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

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.

What Good is an Armenian Genealogy Conference?

If you have Armenian ancestry, you really should read an article in the Asbarez.com web site at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn191011a.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, 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.

The RootsTech 2020 Early Bird Offer is Ending Soon

If you are thinking of attending RootsTech/Salt Lake City, you will want to be aware of this reminder from FamilySearch:

Your ancestors wouldn’t want you to let
a good deal go to waste

The October 11 deadline for RootsTech 2020 at the early bird price is coming up and tickets are going fast. Register by October 11 to purchase your full conference pass for only $169 (that’s a savings of $130 on a regularly priced pass). One-day passes are also available for only $99.

Top 3 Reasons to Join Us in February

Book Your Hotel Reservations Now for the 2020 NGS Family History Conference

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

Discounted hotel rooms are rapidly selling out for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-second annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors. Lock in your reduced rate by reserving your accommodations today.

The conference will be held 20-23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC), 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. It will feature more than 150 genealogy lectures on a wide variety of topics including DNA, ethnic sources, historical migrations, immigration, research techniques, specialized collections at the Family History Library, and more.

NGS offers attendees a choice of several hotels with discounted rates. All are convenient to the convention center. The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown is located adjacent to the convention center, and the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is only half a block away. Only a few rooms remain available at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The NGS room block in official conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, is currently sold out.

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Are Now Online

The second annual user conference, MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam, was a huge success with attendees from 30 countries around the world plus thousands more who attended virtually by watching live videos on the internet of many of the presentations as they happened. Many of the lectures from the conference were recorded and are now available online.

The sessions, presented by world-renowned experts and valued MyHeritage staff, are now available on MyHeritage Education. If you missed the conference or the live stream, now’s your chance to take advantage of these fantastic recordings for free.

You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-live-2019-lectures-now-online/. That article also has links to all of the available video presentations that are now available online in MyHeritage Education.

In addition, click here or click in the video player below to view a fun recap video featuring some highlights from the conference.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, United Kingdom, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 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.

Register for RootsTech/Salt Lake City 2020

The largest genealogy conference in the world will happen almost before we know it: February 26–29, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open. Here is an announcement received from Jen Allen, Event Director for the RootsTech/Salt Lake City event:

Brace yourself: registration for RootsTech 2020 is open! This really is one of my favorite days of the year because it means that we’re only a few months away from everyone’s favorite four-day family history party! And seriously, this is going to be the one family history event you don’t want to miss.

I hope you’ll join us February 26–29, 2020, at the Salt Palace. Here’s a few more updates:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, 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.

Kadeena Cox Announced as a Keynote Speaker at RootsTech/London

From an announcement by FamilySearch:

Kadeena Cox is coming to RootsTech as a keynote speaker! We’re so excited to have her join our already stellar line-up. She will speak on Friday, 25 October at 11 AM. If you don’t know anything about her, here’s a quick summary:

Road to RootsTech 2020 Video Series is Now Available

The folks at FamilySearch have announced that exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City is now available. This video series will allow you to see things like:

  • How we plan the conference.
  • What we’ve planned for RootsTech 2020.
  • Tips on how to make the most of your RootsTech experience.
  • What the Salt Palace will look like during RootsTech.
  • And much more!