Conferences

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, 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.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, and New York

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.

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

In the May 6, 2019 newsletter, I published an article entitled Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything. In it, I describe a genealogy-themed cruise that Diana Crisman Smith, Ann Staley, and I are taking in 2020. We are inviting other genealogists to join us as we offer genealogy presentations while at sea, plus shore expeditions, excellent food, a world-class spa, and lots of things to do for the entire family.

The article may be found at http://bit.ly/2Edyydb.

In that article, I mentioned that the cruise web site was not yet updated with the latest information but I also promised that it would be updated soon. That has now happened.

Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

It’s time to start planning next year’s vacation!

Yes, even as the northern hemisphere is just entering the major vacation time of this year, it is a great idea to start planning next year’s vacation, especially if you want to take a cruise. Cruises often require advance planning in order to get the cabin, the dates, and the other amenities you want. Luckily, next year you can combine a great cruise and a genealogy conference all in one. You may want to enter July 19 through 26, 2020 in your calendar now. Yes, that’s 7 days of sightseeing, learning, great food, entertainment, sunbathing, and a cruise ship’s spa!

Why take a genealogy cruise? See my earlier article, Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers, at http://bit.ly/2vIMIhL for many of the answers.

Click on the above image or click here to view a larger brochure.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin

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.

North Carolina Genealogical Society Call for Papers for 2019 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Genealogical Society invites speakers to submit lecture proposals for the 2019 Fall Conference to be held 1-2 November 2019 at the McKimmon Conference and  Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Records, history, how-to methods specific to North Carolina
  2. Topics relating to states surrounding North Carolina, such as migration
  3. General methodology and DNA topics, which may include case studies

NERGC 2019 Conference in Pictures

I was fortunate enough to attend the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference this past week in Manchester, New Hampshire. This four-day conference turned out to be a great event with more than 1,000 attendees. That’s not bad for a regional conference!

The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference (affectionately known as NERGC and usually pronounced as “Nerk,”) is one of my favorite conferences. It is a regional conference, primarily aimed at tracing family trees in the six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). Admittedly, I have mostly northern New England and eastern Canada ancestry so many of the presentations are of interest to me. However, the NERGC conference always includes a lot of additional presentations about genealogy research in eastern Canada, New York, and perhaps a few other locations. The conference also includes presentations about current and even a bit of future technology, including DNA, the Internet and the cloud, the latest software, and more. Then there is the exhibits hall with numerous vendors displaying their latest products.

2019 German Genealogy Conference to be Held in Sacramento, CA, from June 15-17

Hundreds of people with German ancestry will be coming to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento, CA, from June 15-17. Hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, conference information and registration can be accessed through the International German Genealogy Partnership website. Here is a small version of the conference brochure:

Click here or click on the above image to view the full-sized version of the brochure.

Press Release: NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During its Family History Conference in May

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 4 April 2019 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2019 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 135 offered at the conference, 8−11 May 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri. On 9 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Also on 9 May, two other talks will discuss ethnic research. The five selections on 10 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.

Press Release: 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Set in Cleveland

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy:

The 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place in Cleveland,
Ohio, July 28 – August 2, 2019.

“We are excited to be able to bring this conference to Cleveland this summer, with the city’s many attractions and vibrant Jewish community,” said Ken Bravo, of Cleveland, IAJGS president, and co-chair of the 2019 conference with Jay Sage, IAJGS vice president, of Newton, MA.

Press Release: TheFamilyHistoryShow.com 2019 Events

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

York 22nd June – South West 6th July – London 24th August

There is some exciting news and some special offers available from all three of the upcoming Family History Show events for 2019! This is what the organisers are saying:

“The extremely popular face to face Free ‘Ask the Experts’ section will be run at all of The Family History Shows this year. We’re also expanding this area to cover your questions on DNA, Dating Photographs, Medals, Military Service and Research Problems. So don’t forget to bring copies of your ancestors’ records, photos and medals along!”

Introduced for the 2019 shows are the new Q&A panel sessions, where the visitor will be able to get their family history queries answered by a panel of experts. So if you are planning to visit any of the shows make sure that you allow plenty of time to ask those family history questions on the day.

Online Registration is Now Open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2019 National Conference

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

The conference will be held August 21 – 24, at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies in cooperation with sponsoring local societies, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations, FGS 2019 offers a new full four-day format jam-packed with topics of interest to every genealogist. The theme for this conference is “Come Home to our Washington, DC.”

“We are so excited to open registration for the FGS annual conference. We have an extraordinary learning experience planned for everyone with a whole lot of added fun! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this year in our nation’s capital,” said Faye L. Stallings, CG, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Conference Highlights

Introducing the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Speakers

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 will take place on September 6-8 2019 at the Hilton Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In addition to a plenary session from MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, there will both genealogy and DNA lecture tracks and hands-on workshops to walk attendees through MyHeritage tools and features step-by-step. You can find a list of all the speakers in the MyHeritage Blog at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/03/myheritage-live-2019-speaker-spotlight/.

Ontario Ancestors Conference 2019 Early Bird Discount Ends Soon

Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) would like to remind everyone that the Early Bird Pricing Discount for the for the society’s 2019 Conference ends March 31. According to an announcement from the Society:

Our “Breaking Down Genealogical Barriers” Conference and Family History Show will run June 20-23 at the London Convention Centre in downtown London, Ontario. With local tours on Thursday June 20th, workshops on Friday June 21, and lectures on Saturday and Sunday, all accompanied by Canada’s largest family history show of vendors, archives and societies this Conference should be the highlight of the 2019 conference season in Canada.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Minnesota

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.

How Some in the Genealogy Industry are Reacting to RootsTech’s Expansion to London

An interesting article in the (LDS) Church News describes the reactions of a number of people to the news that a second RootsTech conference will be held late this year. Best of all, the conference will be held in London.

Here’s a hint: the reactions are all positive.

The article may be found at: http://bit.ly/2EVecpG.

RootsTech 2019 in Review

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

My RootsTech 2019 Photo Album

I must admit that I had a great time at the annual RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City this year. It was crowded, sometimes noisy, and always great fun. It also was a learning experience for most of us with hundreds of presentations on a wide variety of family history-related topics. When I say “us,” I mean the thousands of folks in attendance.

I took hundreds of photos and videos. You can see some of my pictures at:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPoURupuP6fR86B6A.

One warning: the pictures are in no particular order. Some of them are still pictures while others are videos. Click on any picture or video to see the full sized image.

Details about RootsTech/London Announced

Some time ago, FamilySearch announced that it would hold a second RootsTech conference in London late this year. (See my earlier article at http://bit.ly/2TmcAND for the earlier announcement.) Now an updated announcement has added a few details. I just signed up for my ticket a few minutes ago. The following was written by FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (28 February 2019), Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, announced that registration is now open for RootsTech London 2019 during his keynote address at the world’s largest family history event in Salt Lake City. RootsTech London will take place 24-26 October at the ExCeL London. For more information, visit rootstech.org/London.

“We are so excited to take RootsTech to London and to spread the enthusiasm and passion that RootsTech ignites in our friends across the United Kingdom and throughout Europe,” Rockwood said. “People all over the world are experiencing a growing desire to learn more about their heritage, and this event will provide many people with the tools, learnings, and motivation to discover more about their families and themselves.”

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 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.