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:

Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference

Deadline for Submissions is 1 November 2018

2 October 2018 – Austin, TX

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists. Proposals will be accepted from 2 October 2018 through 1 November 2018.

The 2019 FGS Family History Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, DC. With attendees from every corner of the country and the nation’s records just a short ride away, the 2019 conference will bring together presentations that represent and celebrate the diversity of our nation. The event draws attendees of all experience levels, backgrounds, and interests, and we encourage submission of topics that explore under-recognized areas of genealogical research. Let’s all “Come home to
our Washington, DC.”

Details may be found in the FGS web site at:

The Family History Show, London was a Success!

The largest family history show in the United Kingdom was held this past weekend in Esher in the outskirts of London, England. Indeed, it was a successful event with the largest crowd ever for this event and the largest crowd of any family history event this year in the United Kingdom. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and even gave one presentation at The Family History Show.

I never heard the final attendance figures but was told the organizers sold more than 1,000 tickets in advance of the show. That’s more than the total attendance of last year’s event. In addition, when I was outside the event hall at opening time, there was a very long line of several hundred people waiting to purchase tickets to gain admission. I am sure more tickets must have been sold during the day. Final attendance must have been 1,500 or more.

Register for RootsTech 2019 Today!

The RootsTech organizers have opened registration for RootsTech 2019. You can take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing, and purchase your full conference pass for only $189. Regularly priced at $299, that’s over $100 in savings!

Can’t attend the full conference? 1-day passes are only $99. Register today.

Details may be found at:

RootsTech2018 highlights may be found in the video below:

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy genealogy talks about doing research in different countries, software demonstrations, “how to” presentations describing effective genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?

Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based on the fact that attendance at some genealogy conferences is less than that of a few years ago. Yet everywhere else we look, we see proof of the opposite. The RootsTech conference attracted more than 22,000 people this year. While it is held in the “genealogy Mecca” of Salt Lake City, that’s not bad for a mid-winter event! Who Do You Think You Are? Live! used to be held in England every year and often attracted close to 15,000 attendees. The accompanying Who Do You Think You Are? television series about genealogy, now in its tenth season, remains popular in several countries around the world. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues to attract millions of viewers and is now in its fifth season on U.S. television.

Thousands of genealogy web sites also attest to the current level of interest. The number of genealogy programs available for mobile computing devices is increasing faster than ever before, and the latest growth is in cloud-based genealogy programs. Several of the software producers are reporting record sales. Finally, genealogy “theme cruises” attract more and more people every year.

I’d say that genealogy is alive and more popular than ever!

Announcing the SCOTTISH ViC (virtual conference) 2019

The following announcement was written by Genealogy Tours of Scotland:

Genealogy Tours of Scotland announces the second annual virtual conference on Scottish Genealogy Research.


The ViC (virtual conference) will launch on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am Eastern

The line-up of talks and speakers for the day:

The Lad o’ Pairts: Patterns of Scottish Migration to Canada, presented by history professor Kevin James

“Genealogy in the High Court of Justiciary” presented by archivist Margaret Fox

Using Sheriff Court Records for Genealogy Research, presented by genealogist, Emma Maxwell

A Report from Unlock the Past’s Genealogy Cruise to Alaska

I returned home early Saturday morning after a 7-day genealogy cruise to Alaska, sponsored by Unlock the Past. I have to say that it was a very successful cruise.

About 160 genealogists from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia (I hope I didn’t overlook anyone!) converged on Seattle, Washington, to board the Explorer of the Seas on Friday, September 7. It was the most international genealogy cruise I have ever attended.

Unlock the Past CEO Alan Phillips extended the cruise with a day of pre-cruise seminars conducted at the Seattle Public Library. Covered topics included DNA testing as well as Irish and general genealogy research. These ten seminars were also offered to non-cruising genealogists in the Seattle area and online. They were also livestreamed and recorded; I will write about this offering in a separate article, but you can see the day’s program at

Unlock the Past CEO Alan Phillips addresses the genealogists on board the genealogy cruise. This photo only shows some of the attendees. I couldn’t squeeze in everyone with My camera lens.

Once underway, we made our way to Juneau, Skagway, and the Tracy Arm Fjord, all in Alaska. On the return trip back to Seattle, we stopped for a day in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Update: The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

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

Headline sponsor: TheGenealogist

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

The UK’s Biggest Family History Show of 2018 is almost upon us. After last year’s hugely successful event we are back and twice the size! With even more free talks, societies and exhibitors. Come along to discover ways to delve deeper into your family tree and add more detail to your research. Dick Eastman will be giving the keynote speech on ‘The Future of Genealogy’ and there is a full programme of free talks to help you on your way back to the past. With free car parking and a free minibus from the train station, you won’t want to miss this!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 10am to 4.30pm
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

You will find plenty to explore on the day:

RootsTech Expands to London in 2019!

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

We’re thrilled to announce that the RootsTech conference is expanding to international borders! RootsTech London will take place October 24–26, 2019, at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

“We are excited to further position RootsTech as a global community for everyone to discover their family and deepen their sense of belonging that we all yearn for,” said Jen Allen, event director.

My Experiences at the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne

This is a follow-up to my earlier article, Report from the FGS Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne – Day #1, at I spent four days last week attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. It was co-hosted by the Allen County Public Library which is across the street from the great convention center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Grand Wayne Convention Center

In short, the conference was well organized and I didn’t see any significant problems with the daily events. The weather was great, except for rain for a while on Saturday morning. Even that stopped before noontime, however. Hundreds of presentations about a wide variety of topics were made. I won’t list them all here simply because you can find all the information  about the presentations at: You can also find a list of all the exhibitors in a map of the exhibits hall at You can also find more information about last week’s conference in the FGS web site by starting at

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.