Join Us at the UGA Spring Conference in Woods Cross, Utah April 19 & 20!

If you happen to be able to be anywhere close to the Bountiful, Utah area on April 19 & 20, be sure to plan on joining us at the UGA Spring Conference – to be held at the Woods Cross High School. The event used to be called the South Davis Family History Fair, and was held in the Bountiful High School about 1/2 mile straight down the hill from where Patty and I live. However, UGA has taken over the event (which always draws huge crowds) and has moved it a couple miles to the Woods Cross High School. The Woods Cross facility is on one level, and it won’t be nearly so difficult as traversing the stairs of Bountiful High. Now – I’ll have to actually drive a couple miles instead of just letting the parking brake off and rolling into the Bountiful High parking area – but oh, well… It will be worth the extra drive.

Click here for more information and to register.

FRIDAY – April 19
A special program has been added this year – and that is the Friday, April 19 – 7:00 PM evening keynote address to be given by Denise Levenick, “The Family Curator.” Denise is a popular speaker, blogger, and author of “How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.”

Her lecture is titled “Treasures in the Attic: Every Keepsake Has a Story.” This evening presentation is FREE to the public!

SATURDAY – April 20
Saturday’s program starts at 8 am with a keynote address by my friend, David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. His presentation is titled “Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference!

The Saturday conference will have classes on many subjects relating to family history. Besides the lectures, there will be numerous family history vendors demonstrating, and marketing all kinds of genealogy products. As always, Family Roots Publishing will have a large booth – full of hundreds of genealogy books. We’ll also have the Flip-Pal mobile scanners on hand, along with their accessories. Note that I will be speaking on using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner at 2:15 to 3:15.

Registration (costs just $15) includes the syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all classes. A printed syllabus is available for a $20 registration fee. There is no preregistration for individual classes. They are all on a “first come, first seated” basis.

Following is the lineup of classes and speakers. Note that there are as many as 22 tracks going at one time! This is a world-class conference, and all for less than dinner at a local restaurant! So please plan on joining the fun.

SESSION 1: 9:15-10:15 AM

Topic – Presenter

How to Choose and Use Photos in a Personal/Family History Book – Tom & Alison Taylor
What’s New in German Research on the Internet? – Baerbel Johnson
Where in the World is Yg? How to Effectively Use Scandinavian Gazetteers – Ruth Maness
Top Websites for Doing Research at Home – Jennifer Hansen
Frugal Curator – Denise May Levenick
Canadian Online Research – Claire Brisson-Banks
Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists – Restore, Organize, Preserve and Share. – Geoff Rasmussen
A Survey of Midwest States Records – Ginny Ackerson
Bore Relatives With Your Family History? Learn Creative and Fun Ways to Pique Their Interest Through Use of Stories, Photos, Games, Blogs, Videos, and Sharing in the ‘Cloud – Jean Naisbitt
Composing and Printing a Family History – Marlo E. Schuldt
“What Does That Say?” A Guide To Reading The Scandinavian Gothic Handwriting – Naomi Newbold
Interview Like a Pro and Get Stories (Not Just Answers!) – Tom Underhill
RootsMagic: Pruning, Cleaning and Extending Your Family Tree – Michael Booth
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 1-5) Session # 1 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker
Family Tree Sourcing from FamilySearch Records – Cathy Anderegg
What Do I do With All This Stuff? – Michael Huntsman
Beyond the Fan Chart and Scotch Tape – Janet Hovorka
Back to the Future with Descendancy Research – Kathy Bray
Ancestral Quest and Family Tree – Gaylon Findlay

SESSION 2: 10:30-11:30 AM
Topic – Presenter
Your Photos-From Chaos to C.A.L.M. – Tom & Alison Taylor
German Records and Resources on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com – Baerbel Johnson
England – Beginning Research – Margo Mckinstry
Please Papa May I Go?: Records Created Via the Emigration/Immigration Process – Ruth Maness
Scandinavian Research – Jennifer Hansen
The Things They Leave Behind: Caring for Family Keepsakes – Denise May Levenick
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 6 – 10) – Session # 2 – Barry Ewell
Historical Events that Affect German Genealogical Research – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
All Aboard!! How to Find Your Railroader in North America – Ginny Ackerson
FamilyTree Sourcing from the Internet, books, Fee sites, etc. – Cathy Anderegg
FamilySearch Indexing – Jason Mendenhall
Learn Some Uses for Smart Phones as a Family History Tool – Jean Naisbitt
Learning the Research Process Within FamilySearch Products* – Jill Romney Woodbury
Jump Start Your Family History – New Ways to Get Others Involved – Marlo E. Schuldt
Kom til Zion! Researching Early Scandinavian Latter-day Saints – Naomi Newbold
Organizing Your Genealogy – Beth Taylor
Beginning Jewish Research – Todd Knowles
Become a Family History Storyfinder – Valerie Elkins
What’s New in RootsMagic 6 – Michael Booth
iPhonetography: Getting Great Photos With Your Cell Phone – Tom Underhill
Ireland Internet Resources – Claire Brisson-Banks
Beginning Scottish Research – Russell Bangerter

LUNCH BREAK / SEE THE VENDORS: 11:30-1:00 PM

SESSION 3: 1:00-2:00 PM

Topic – Presenter

Dutch Internet Research – Baerbel Johnson
Beyond Adam and Eve: The Origins of Records – Ruth Maness
The Hidden Resources of FamilySearch.org – Claire Brisson-Banks
Beginning Your Research in Original Records – Jennifer Hansen
Family History Youth – Michael Huntsman
Beginning British Parish Records – Ginny Ackerson
Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family – Janet Hovorka
Utilize Today’s Technology with Family History to Help Strengthen Ties With the Tech Savvy Rising Generation -Jean Naisbitt
FamilyTree Photos and Stories – How To – Cathy Anderegg
Demo: Heritage Collector Suite Software Demonstration A Complete Family History System – Marlo E. Schuldt
Beginning Danish Research: It’s Easier than it Looks! – Naomi Newbold
Learn How to Make a Family History eBook – Susan Holdaway
Sharing Genealogy Electronically – CD/DVD, online, Dropbox, and eBooks – Geoff Rasmussen
Ancestral Quest 14: What’s New? – Gaylon Findlay
Creative and Fun Ways to Cherish Your Family History – Valerie Elkins
Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogy Mistakes and their Solutions – Beth Taylor
Evernote: 5 Steps to Make it Work For You – Tom Underhill
Italian Records and Resources – Paola Manfredi
RootsMagic: FamilySearch Made Easy – Michael Booth
FamilySearch Wiki Beginning Patron Class – Dennis Knox
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 11 – 15) Session # 3 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker

SESSION 4: 2:15-3:15 PM

Topic – Presenter

How Will You Be Remembered?- Using Your Life Stories to Bridge Generations – Alison Taylor
German Research on the Internet: Gazetteers and Parish Register Inventories – Baerbel Johnson
Scotland’s People: All the Records You Need Online – Margo Mckinstry
What Do I Do Now? Tools For Effective Pedigree Analysis – Ruth Maness
Using Technology to Involve Children in Family History & Genealogy – Claire Brisson-Banks
Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Records – Jennifer Hansen
Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree – Geoff Rasmussen
The Genealogical Value of German Guild Records – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
Learn to Zap the Grandma Gap – Janet Hovorka
FamilySearch Indexing – Jason Mendenhall
“No Hits, Now What?” –Discovery and Learning from FamilySearch Research Wiki Through the Family History Library Catalog and Beyond! – Jill Romney Woodbury
Indexing Italian Records-Civil Records in Handwritten Paragraph Format – Paola Manfredi
Research in Denmark’s Big Cities – Naomi Newbold
Using the Flip Pal Scanner – Leland Meitzler
The Knowles Collection: What is it and How Do I Use It? – Todd Knowles
From Manuscript to Book: What You Need to Know About Publishing Your Family History Book – Tom Underhill
Ancestral Quest and Family Tree – Gaylon Findlay
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 16-20) Session # 4 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker
FamilyTree Adding, Editing, Merging, Fixing Relationships – Cathy Anderegg
FamilyTree Sourcing – Cool New Tools – Kathy Bray
FamilyTree Training – Charles & Patti Coombs

SESSION 5: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic – Presenter

Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the 19th & 20th Centuries – Margo Mckinstry
Online Gathering Place – Michael Huntsman
German Church and Civil Records – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
Hot off the Press! – Ginny Ackerson
Cemetery Research Online or In Person – Jason Mendenhall
Converting Old Tape Recordings and Working With Sound Learn to Use, Free Software to Edit, Enhance, Preserve, and Record Sound – Marlo E. Schuldt
Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks – Geoff Rasmussen
FamilySearch Wiki Beginning Patron Class – Dennis Knox
Finding Family Members in Family Tree – Charles & Patti Coombs
Interest in Pinterest: How to Pin Your Family History – Valerie Elkins
Using British Probate Records – Todd Knowles
The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses and the Wretched Refuse: U.S.; Immigration from 1820-1954 – Beth Taylor
Learn How to Make a Family History eBook – Susan Holdaway
Evaluating Scandinavian (Nordic) Information in New.FamilySearch & FamilyTree: 10 Do’s and Don’ts For Cleaning It Up – Ruth Maness
Supercharge Your Research: Cut Ten Years Off Your Learning Curve – Barry Ewell
England Internet Resources – Claire Brisson-Banks
Green Arrow Project – Descendancy Searches on FamilyTree- Cathy Anderegg
Tracing LDS Ancestors & Beyond – Jill Romney Woodbury
Writing Your Personal History (and Living to Tell About It) – Michael Booth

Click here for more information and to register. See you there!

New GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar Items Posted 7-13-2011

The following items were posted to the 2011 Genealogyblog Genealogy Events Calendar today, 7-13-2011:

July 16, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will have a class on from 9 to 11 am on “Getting Started with Legacy Genealogy Software.” Jim Johnson will be teaching the class. Join them as Jim explains how to set up your family file and how to input your information properly. Intermediate and advanced Legacy classes will be offered at a later date. You are invited to bring your laptop computer so you can follow along live with the lesson, if you have Legacy installed. This class is limited to the first 24 to sign up, since they need tables in the classroom for the laptops. Email hqrlinfo@gmail.com or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

July 23, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will sponsor a class from 9 to 11 am on “Using Maps in Pursuit of Family History.” Dave Liesse will be giving a presentation on the use of maps in developing your family history. He’ll cover types of maps available, where they can be found, and how they can be used to best advantage. Note to South King County Genealogical Society members: although there will be a little overlap, this is NOT the same presentation you’ve seen before! Dave’s interest in maps and geography goes back to when he was a single-digit age, a natural outgrowth of his interest in airlines (which comes from being part of an airline family). He reads maps — and airline timetables — the way many of us read books, looking for all the nuances they hide. We’re all sure to find at least one useful tidbit from his presentation! Email hqrlinfo@gmail.com or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. Registration recommended but not required. They need to know how many handouts to produce. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

September 17, 2011 – Ogden, Utah

The Ogden Utah Family History Center Conference will take place in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University. For more information, See: http://www.orfhc.org/

October 8, 2011- Tacoma, Washington

The Heritage Quest Research Library will sponsor their annual Autumn Quest at theTacoma Elks Club, 1965 S Union Ave., featuring Michael John Neill. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

October 15, 2011 – Logan, Utah

The Logan Utah Family History Center Conference, with the theme, “With Help I can Find Them”, will take place 9 am to 5:30 pm at Bridgerland applied Technology College, 600 W 1400 N., Logan. Ron Tanner, Product Manager for new.FamilySearch will be the keynote speaker. For more information, See: https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Logan_Utah_Family_History_Center/Conference

October 15, 2011 – Shelton, Washington

The Mason County Genealogical Society will sponsor an all-day seminar be held at the Shelton United Methodist Church located at 1900 King St, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Speaker will be Jim Johnson, lecturing on Animap and Maps on the Internet. Jim is the Director of the Heritage Quest Research Library. Steven Morrison will speak on Irish History For Genealogists. Entertainment during the lunch break will be provided by members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wamcgs/conferencebrochure.pdf

October 22, 2011 – Colville, Washington

The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society is sponsoring their NeWGS 30th Annual Fall Conference from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Colville Ambulance Shack. This year’s theme is “Moving Right Along!” The speaker will be Jim Johnson, the Director of the Heritage Quest Library in Sumner, WA. Jim will speak to us on the following topics: Western Migration During the Gold Rush Era; Google Earth and Maps for the Genealogist; and Cemetery and Death Records. For more information, See: http://www.newgs.org/upload/events/2011_Fall_Seminar_flyer.pdf

October 29, 2011 – Portland, Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon will sponsor their annual Fall Seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, See: http://www.gfo.org/index.htm


It is my goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

Scroll down the blog to just below the “Categories” in the the right-hand column and click on the Calendar Year of your choice or just click on the following links:

2011 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (97 entries)
From July 14, 2011
2012 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (20 entries)
2013 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (4 entries)
2014 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (2 entries)
2015 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (2 entries)

2011-2015 Genealogy Event Calendars Updated at GenealogyBlog.com

The Genealogyblog Genealogy Event Calendars for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 have been updated at Genealogyblog.com.

It is my goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

Scroll down the blog to just below the “Categories” in the the right-hand column and click on the Calendar Year of your choice or just click on the following links:

2011 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (97 entries)
From July 14, 2011
2012 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (20 entries)
2013 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (4 entries)
2014 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (2 entries)
2015 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar (2 entries)

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

Please report errors, bad links, additions & corrections to me at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com

The easiest way to SEARCH the Event Calendar is just do a “control f” on your keyboard and type in a place, word, or date you are searching for.

Genealogy Related Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, Fairs, Retreats, Cruises, Ethnic Events, & Institutes are all listed – In Reverse Chronological Order, with links for registration, and further information on the event.

2013 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar

It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

Please report errors, bad links, additions & corrections to me at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com

The easiest way to SEARCH the Event Calendar is just do a “control f” on your keyboard and type in a place, word, or date you are searching for.

The following Calendar is for 2013 only. Click here for 2011 events. Click here for 2012 events. Click here for 2014 events. Click here for 2015 events.
GENEALOGY RELATED SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, FAIRS, RETREATS, CRUISES, ETHNIC EVENTS, & INSTITUTES – In Reverse Chronological Order

December 1-7, 2013 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 29th anniversary Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-992-3705.

October 31 – November 2, 2013 – Texas

The Texas State Genealogy Society State Convention will held – location to be announced. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/

June 9-14, 2013 – Birmingham, Alabama

The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) will take place at Samford University. The following program tracks are planned: Techniques & Technology; Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies; Research in the South, Part II; Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis; Writing & Publishing for Genealogists; Genealogy as a Profession; German Genealogical Research; Understanding Land Records; To Be Determined; and Scottish Genealogical Research. For more information, See: http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/

May 8-11, 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada

The National Genealogical Society will hold their annual conference at the Las Vegas Hilton, an off-strip hotel located at 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

April 27, 2013 – Bloomington, Indiana

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that D. Joshua Taylor of the genealogy TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be our featured speaker at our annual conference scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, IN. Other speakers are Lou Malcomb, Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA and Harold Henderson, CG. The IGS will also host its 2013 Society Management Seminar, Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Lawrence County Museum of History, in Bedford, IN, as part of the pre-conference activities. Speakers will be Larry King, Christine Eykholt Friesel and Tamara Hemmerlein. Please go to the IGS website for more information about this conference and for registration details.

April 6, 2013 – Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC

George G. Morgan will be the featured speaker at a program sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Caswell County Historical Association. In this program, Who is YOUR Ancestor?, Mr. Morgan will talk about why your ancestors migrated from place to place, the importance of maps in your research, efficient methods to use maps quickly and effectively, alternative records that are not often considered, and organizing the information you gather to expose patterns and character traits. Registration and program content can be found at www.ncgenealogy.org

Genealogy Workshop & Seminar in Little Rock May 21 & 22

The following announcement was received from Jan Davenport.

Little Rock Workshop & Seminar

Genealogy Workshop: Preserving African American Community History & Heritage – Friday, May 21, 2010, 9am-5pm

Internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs will conduct a sessions on tracing your African American family roots. Everyone is invited whether you’re a beginner or professional genealogist. Burroughs will discuss how to process family papers, family records and genealogy in the electronic age.

There will also be special presentations on Arkansas African American communities such as Dark Hollow, Wrightsville and Hoxie.

The Friday workshop is sponsored by Black History Commission of Arkansas, Curtis Sykes Memorial Grant Fund, Afro American Genealogical Society, Preservation of African American Cemeteries and Mosaic Tempalrs Cultural Center.

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 9am-4pm, Ancestry.com Day!

Lisa Arnold will be the key speaker. Come learn how to get the most out of Ancestry.com! Arnold will also discuss online family trees, the African American Collection at Ancestry and the World Archives project.

You don’t want to miss this great workshop! There will be Free Give Aways and Door Prizes.

The workshops are free and open to the public but registration is required. Click on the registration form below for additional information. Lunch can be pre-purchased. If you are not buying lunch you can email us at phyllis@arkansasheritage.org to register. Provide your name, address and phone number and whether you will attend 1 or both days.

This event is sponsored by Ancestry.com, Mosaic Tempalrs Cultural Center and Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

Click Here For Genealogy Workshop Registration Form

Please fill out the form and return to the PO Box listed on the form. Unfortunately, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is unable to accept registrations or fees for lunch.

Heading for the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa next week!

Arizona Family History Expo-2010 Patty and I spent the week manning a FRPC exhibit (store?) set up in the Heritage Room at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Thus the light blogging… It’s been a very busy week here. We will be here until 10 pm this evening and then tear down and prepare for the Mesa Arizona Family History Expo. Dollarhide and I are driving down on Wednesday, setting up on Thursday, exhibiting on Friday & Saturday – then driving home on Sunday. It’s gonna’ be very tiring I fear.

A whole lot of folks are speaking at the Arizona Family History Expo this year. About 40 presenters will be giving lectures on numerous genealogical topics. Click here to learn more about the speakers. I just happen to be one of them.

So join us in Mesa! January 23-23, 2010 – this next week.

Open Forum: Blogging, Social Networking, and Podcasting at the FGS Conference

The following news release was received from George Morgan:

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies 2009 Conference
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2009 from 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Hall IV

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to host an open forum for everyone interested in meeting, networking, and discussing blogging, social networks, and podcasting. Everyone is invited, beginner to experienced!

Drew Smith, author of the new landmark book, Social Networking for Genealogists (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009), will kick off the session. He will briefly describe each of the tools and then open the floor to questions and discussion. Drew will be joined by co-facilitators: Jim Ericson and Gena Ortega of FamilyLink.com, whose services include WorldVitalRecords.com and Genealogy Wise, the new genealogy social network; and George G. Morgan, blogger and co-host of The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast. In addition, bloggers and podcasters will be invited to attend and share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and get to know one another. Everyone will make new friends and connect with people they’ve perhaps only met online. There will be some surprises as well.

Start your FGS Conference experience by “living social” with other attendees. You won’t be disappointed!

For more information about the FGS Conference and to register, please visit the website at http://www.fgs.org.

Contact: George G. Morgan
aha@ahaseminars.com
(813) 205-3032

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar Now Posted

calendar I now have the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar posted online. From the Home Page of this blog, scroll down the right-hand column beyond the LONG category list to the 2009/10 Genealogy Event Calendars heading. There you will find three calendars.

2009 Genealogy Events Calendar – produced by GenealogyBlog – Seminars, Tours, Conferences, Cruises and such…

2010 Genealogy Events Calendar – produced by GenealogyBlog – Seminars, Tours, Conferences, Cruises and such…

Miriam’s Online Events Calendar – produced by Miriam Robbins Midkiff, and found on her AnceStories blog. This calendar lists Online Genealogy Carnivals & events.

As of this evening there are 127 events worldwide posted on the 2009 Calendar alone…

Is your event not there? Then send me the info, and I’ll post it! You can drop it as a “comment” on the Calendar and I’ll insert it where it belongs in the text – or just end it to me at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com

Genealogy-Related Events Wanted

I am currently compiling a GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar to run continuously on the GenealogyBlog site. It’s going to be rather unique, both in layout, and “shelf-life.” I’m producing it in reverse order (events farthest in the future posted first), so that I can just let old events run off the bottom. I’m also inviting event attendees, sponsors, and coordinators to leave after-the-event commentary about how the program went.

Following is an example of how a typical event will look

October 2-3, 2009 – Neenah, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will sponsor its annual Fall 2009 Seminar, with featured speaker, Michael John Neill. It will be held at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way. A Friday afternoon workshop is scheduled for October 2. For more information, see: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/

Send your Genealogy Events, laid out in format similar to that above to me at Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com. I invite more detail if you have it, such as lecture titles, cost, contact info. and deadlines. All email addresses will be converted to “at” in place of @ to cut email address harvesting for spam purposes. Don’t worry about duplication of something I may already have, as I will hand-post and hand-edit every entry. Please put the words Genealogy Event in the subject line of your email

2009 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar

It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

Please report errors, bad links, additions & corrections to me at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com

The easiest way to SEARCH the Event Calendar is just do a “control f” on your keyboard and type in a place, word, or date you are searching for.

The following Calendar is for 2009 only. Click Here for 2010 genealogy events.

GENEALOGY RELATED SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, FAIRS, RETREATS, CRUISES, REUNIONS, ETHNIC EVENTS, & INSTITUTES – In Reverse Chronological Order

December 6-12, 2009 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 25th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-949-7259.

November 7, 2009 – Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 55th Anniversary Seminar, with “The Genealogy Guys,” George Morgan and Drew Smith as the featured speakers. Two tracks will run with fours classes each. The program will take place at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. For more information, see: http://gotancestors.com/

November 4-6, 2009 – Albany, New York

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society is sponsoring a three-day research trip to the New York State Archives and Library in Albany, New York. Registrants are to be provided with three days of assisted research at the Library and Archives, plus social events.
The program fee, including the banquet, reception, and all other arrangements, is $110 for NYGBS members, and $150 for non-members. A special room rate has been arranged at the Crowne Plaza at $99 per night. Call the hotel directly at 518-462-6611 and tell them you are attending the NYG&B program to get the rate. To register, contact Lauren Maehrlein, education “at” nygbs.org, phone 212-755-8532, ext. 36, or register online at: www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org

October 29-31, 2009 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

The International Black Genealogy Summit, “Reconnecting Lost Links” has been announced. This conference is to include all AAHGS chapters, the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) of larger societies, the independent black groups that make up the West Coast Summit as well as independent black genealogical and historical societies in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. For more information, see: www.blackgenealogysummit.com

October 26-31, 2009 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Family History Expos is sponsoring their Family History Library Research Retreat (October 2009). The classes are to be held at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, with daily research in the adjacent Family History Library. For more information, see: http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=47

24 October 2009 – Roswell, NM

The Wilson-Cobb History & Genealogy Research Library is sponsoring a seminar titled Genealogy “CSI”: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors with J. Mark Lowe as the featured speaker.
His topics are: “Using the Internet for Genealogy and Research,” “Finding Your Landless Ancestors,” “Cemeteries as a Genealogical Resource,” and “Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions.” For information, contact: Wilson-Cobb Research Library, PO Box 1216, Roswell, NM 88202, 575-622-3322, wilsoncobb “at” dfn.com

October 24, 2009 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Victoria Genealogical Society Seminar will be held, and will feature Dave Obee and Sherry Irvine. For more information, see: http://www.victoriags.org/

October 17, 2009 – Montgomery, California

The Monterey County Genealogy Society’s annual workshop features Karen Clifford. Karen will speak on “Electronic Resources for Solving Difficult Research Problems;” “Understanding Migration;” “Land Records from Colonial Times to the Present;” and “British Basics.” The lunch & syllabus are included in the registration fee. Free parking is available adjacent to Monterey Peninsula College Library/Technology Center. For registration additional information, see: www.mocogenso.org

October 17, 2009 – Louisville, Kentucky

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Louisville Genealogical Society will hold its annual Family History Seminar and Book Fair at the Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road in Louisville.
The featured guest speaker is genealogist George G. Morgan of Tampa, Florida. Mr. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a company providing training to library personnel and genealogists since 1996. For more information about Mr. Morgan, go to his Web site at http://ahaseminars.com/
For the seminar, Mr. Morgan’s topics are (1) Bring Them Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile; (2) State-Land States & Federal-Land States: Researching U.S. Land Records; (3) The U.S. Naturalization Process and Documents: 1790-1954; (4) Using the HeritageQuest Databases.
Everything except the guest lectures and lunch are included in the $5 general admission charge. This year’s free classes include Adoption Research (led by Susan Brown), Library Resources (Joe Hardesty), Planning a Research Trip (Betty Darnell), On-line Databases (Ivan Baugh), Orphan Trains: A History (Mel Arnold), Whole Family Research (Deborah Campisano), Organization 101 (Barbara Davis), and Cemetery Preservation (Ann Johnson).
The book fair attracts both local and out-of-state vendors. In addition, we have a silent auction including genealogical, regional, and other related items.
A box lunch may be ordered with preregistration. Further seminar information and a registration form will be posted on the Web site as they become available: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kylgs/seminar2.html Send inquiries to lougensoc@yahoo.com

October 17, 2009 – Columbus Ohio

The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America, specializing in German Genealogy, is sponsoring their 2009 Annual Fall Seminar. The featured speakers will be John T. Humphrey, CG and Ann Miller Scott, MSLS, speaking on “Published Sources for German Ancestors,” “Moravians in the 18th Century,” an “Update on the PalAm Library Collection,” and “German-American Newspapers.” For more information and registration online, see: www.oh-palam.org Write: Ohio Chapter PalAm, PO Box 141260, Columbus, OH 43214

October 17, 2009 – Surrey, British Columbia

The annual tri-stake family history conference will take place at the Surrey Stake Center, 6270 126th Street. For information, see: http://www.cangenealogy.com/tri-stake/index.htm

October 16-17, 2009 – Redding, California

Family History Expos is sponsoring their California Family History Expo, to be held at the Redding Convention Center, 747 Auditorium Drive. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am on Friday, October 16, 2009. Early Bird registration for both days – ends August 24, 2009 is $65; Pre-registration for both days – ends October 10, 2009 is $75; At the door – $85. One-day cost at the door is $45. For more information, See: http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=52

October 16-17, 2009 – Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library’s second “Branching Out in Genealogy” Seminar will feature Carolyn Earle Billingsley. For more details, see: www.calcasieu.lib.la.us, or e-mail: gen “at” calcasieu.lib.la.us or phone 337-437-3490.

October 14-17, 2009 – Independence, Ohio

The annual Seminar of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International will be held in the Cleveland area. The site of the program is at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South. The featured speakers are Lisa A Alzo, Rudy Bachna, Milan Belej Ph.D., Mark Bigaoette, Helene Cincebeaux, Richard D. Custer, Rev. Jan Dus, Gregory C. Ference, John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Veronica Ratica Hipp, Karen Hobbs, Joe Horack, Dr. Michael Kopanic, Dr. Mirosalv “Mirek” Koudelka, Donald N. Kozlowski, Jon Righetti, Roy Ruchka, and Stephen J. Sebesta. For more information, see: http://www.cgsi.org/news.asp?intNewsID=168

October 10, 2009 – Winchester, Virginia

The Virginia Genealogical Society and The Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society are cosponsoring a conference in Winchester, VA October 9, 2009 Reception from 5 – 7 at the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at Handley Library in downtown Winchester. The archives will be open to researchers who are attending the conference. October 10,2009 Conference from 9 – 4 at The Conference Center at Winchester Medical Center. Speakers are Dorothy Boyd-Bragg, Victor “Vic” Dunn, Pam K. Sayre and Richard “Rick” Sayre. Make your lodging arrangements now, as a block of rooms has been set aside for this event at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 142 Fox Ridge Lane, Winchester, VA 22603, phone (540) 667-7050. For more information, see: http://www.vgs.org/events.htm

October 10, 2009 – Tacoma, Washington

HQRL is proud to announce that the program for the Heritage Quest Research Library Autumn Quest Seminar to be held at the Tacoma Elks Club on October 10, 2009 will be “Digging for your Ancestors Using Google” by Daniel M. Lynch of Waterbury, Connecticut. Dan is the author of the best selling book: “Google Your Family Tree” and is a nationally known speaker.

Dan is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), a Life Member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists where he also served as board member and vice president, and is a frequent lecturer at local and national genealogy conferences. He has been featured on several television programs, including ABCs Good Morning America, has published and maintains several popular genealogy Web sites, and his articles have been published in leading genealogy publications including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, and the APG Quarterly.
You can find out more about Dan and his book at www.googleyourfamilytree.com

Many of you have already purchased this outstanding book, and Dan will be happy to sign your copy at the seminar.

We will also be selling the book at the seminar for $34.95. Please indicate on your reservation form if you wish for us to reserve you a copy. (He will autograph those as well.)

We anticipate that we will have a large turnout for this program se we recommed that you sign up early since space will be limited at the Elks club.

More information, registration forms, and directions to the Elks Club can be found on our website at www.HQRL.com
Our phone at the library is 253-863-1806
Here is a direct link to the form: http://www.hqrl.com/AQ09brochure3.pdf

October 5-9, 2009 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, see: www.isbgfh.org/

October 2-3, 2009 – Neenah, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will sponsor its annual Fall 2009 Seminar, with featured speaker, Michael John Neill. It will be held at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way. A Friday afternoon workshop is scheduled for October 2. For more information, see: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/

September 27-October 2, 2009 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The National Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 2009 Fall Research Trip to Salt Lake City. Trip Directors will be Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, and Shirley Wilcox Langdon, CG, FNGS. Accommodations will be at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Space is limited to 30 attendees. Register online at www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/research_trips . The registration deadline is June 30, 2009.

September 26, 2009 – Tampa, Florida

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) presents its annual Fall Seminar at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College with Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA. The distinguished, internationally recognized genealogy expert, speaker, author, and researcher will present four excellent lectures: “The Elusive Ancestor: There’s No Such Thing as “Too Poor to Trace;” “Sources & Citations Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA;” “The Identity Crisis: Right Name, Wrong Man? Wrong Name, Right Man?;” “Okay, I Got the Neighbors – Now What Do I Do with Them? “
In addition, an informal luncheon workshop about getting started with your genealogy will be presented. Box lunches will be available for purchase on the day of the conference. Vendors, exhibitors, and door prizes will also be available. For more information and a registration form are available at http://fgstampa.org

September 26, 2009 – Naperville, Illinois

The Fox Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring its annual all-day conference “Colonial Connections,” featuring Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, supervisor of the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section. Lloyd will speak on: “Colonial Migrations,” “Colonial Probates and Statutes,” “Surnames and Forenames,” and “The Scots-Irish in Colonial America.” Vendors will be in attendance. A continental breakfast & lunch are included. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Rd. For more information, phone: (630) 728-2624 or (630) 978-8444, or email ilfvgs “at” gmail.com. Register online at http://www.ilfvgs.org/

September 26, 2009 – Bangor, Maine

The Maine Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual conference. The speakers include Joe Anderson, and Marcia Iannizzi Melnyk. The workshop topics include: Deed Research, Taking an Oral History, Franco-American Research with Quebec Records, Immigrant Experience – Sailing to America, Maine’s Early Churches, New Trends in Internet Research, Immigrant Research Strategies, Forms, Forms and More Forms, Breaking Through Brick-walls, Native American Genealogy in the Northeast and The Great Irish Potato Famine. For more information, see: http://www.maineroots.org/

September 25-26, 2009 – Springfield, Missouri

The Ozarks Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual conference with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG as their featured speaker. The seminar will be held at the University Center Convention Center. For more information, see: http://ozarksgs.org/

September 25-26, 2009 – Helena, Montana

The 20th Montana State Genealogical Society Conference “Growing Genealogy” will feature Jana Sloan Broglin. For more information, email: blgsmarket “at” aol.com

September 24-27, 2009 – Addison, Texas

The Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research (HOGAR) is sponsoring the 30th Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference. The Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison (suburb of Dallas). For more information, see: http://hispanicgenealogyconference.webs.com. You may also contact Dorina Thomas, President of HOGAR de Dallas at dorinat “at” earthlink.net

September 20-27, 2009 – Edinburgh, Scotland

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring their inaugural research tour to Edinburgh. The weeklong intensive research program will be based out of Scotland’s two premier genealogical repositories, The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). For more information, see: www.newenglandancestors.org

September 19, 2009 – Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Friends of the National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is sponsoring Life in the Past Lane VI. The event will be held at the Williams Inn in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Watch for information on the website: http://www.narafriends-pittsfield.org/

September 18-20, 2009 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will sponsor their annual seminar at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa. Special focus is on Scotland. For more information, see: www.bifhsgo.ca/

September 17-19, 2009 – Independence, Missouri

The Hull Family Association Meeting will be held in the home of the Mid-Continent Public Library’s (New) Midwest Genealogy Center. It is the largest public genealogical library in the US. The HFA is an organization of over 400 members. They include anyone with surname: Hull, Hohl, Holl; and lines from England, Ireland and Germany. A special tour of the Genealogy Center is on the agenda. Visit them at http://www.hullfamilyassociation.org/meeting.shtml for registration information.

September 11-13 – Spokane, Washington

The Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Conference will feature Megan Smolenyak. The conference is hosted by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, and will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. The four-diamond Davenport Hotel will be the venue for the meetings, vendors, and meals and is offering special accommodations package. Single and double-occupancy rooms are $155 per night, triple are $165, and accommodations for four are $175 per night. Be sure to tell them you’re attending the conference in order to receive your discount! This is a one-day seminar with four tracks and two special lectures by Megan Smolenyak. Also available will be a special dinner with Megan Friday night and breakfast Sunday morning. For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ewasgs/

September 10-11, 2009 – New York, New York

The Education Committee of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, in partnership with the Holland Society of New York and the New York Public Library, is sponsoring a two-day Dutch Research program.
Thursday, September 10, will be a full day of lectures presented by Harry Macy Jr., Dr. Firth Haring Fabend, Christopher Brooks, and Dr. Janny Venema. Friday, September 11, offers a day of assisted research at the New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of Genealogy and Local History and/or at the Holland Society library.
The two-day program is available to members of the NYG&B and members of the Holland Society for $150. Non-members may register at $200. Registration for the Thursday lecture program is $90 members and $125 non-members. To register, Email – Lauren Maehrlein: education “at” nygbs.org, phone 212-755-8532, ext. 36, or register online at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org

September 9-14, 2009 – Rapid City, South Dakota

Hosted by the Black Hills GRHS Chapter, the 39th annual Convention of the Germans From Russia Heritage Society will be held in Rapid City. The host hotel is the Ramkota Best Western Hotel & Convention Center in Rapid City. For more information, see: http://www.grhs.org/

September 5-17, 2009 – Mediterranean – Greece

Join the Legacy Software team for a 12-day cruise of the Mediterranean / Greece on the luxurious Norwegian Cruise Lines Jade ship. This cruise starts in Barcelona and then goes to Rome, Naples / Pompeii, Dubrovnik, Venice, Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul. What a trip! For information, see: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2009med.asp

September 2-5, 2009 – Little Rock, Arkansas

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Arkansas Genealogical Society invite you to the 2009 Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists. Join us as “Passages through Time” presents 200 lectures, workshops, luncheons, a banquet, and some very special events. The speakers are from all over the U.S. and represent many of the best presenters you will ever hear. The topics include topics on research all over the U.S., some foreign research, research facilities, methodology, DNA, African American research, online databases, websites, professional genealogy, and so much more. A special feature is the wealth of topics directed at running successful genealogical societies. Each registrant receives a CD containing the syllabus of handouts for most of the lectures. The conference features a plethora of education combined with a lot of fun and genealogical discussion. Many genealogical, historical, and professional organizations have partnered with us for this conference.
The Exhibit Hall will be an exciting place. It is already half-full so don’t delay reserving a booth to promote and sell your organization, business, services, products, memberships or other genealogical and historical related information. FGS Conference booths cost less than a quarter of what booths generally cost at historical and medical conferences. It’s an affordable way to advertise your business, organization, or service to more than a thousand genealogists.
For more information, conference registration, or to reserve an Exhibit Hall booth, see: www.fgsconference.org. For continuing details, updates, extended information, and special announcements see the ongoing conference blog at www.fgsconferenceblog.org. Have a question? Email it to: FGSPublicity “at” fgs.org.

August 28-31, 2009 – Nottingham, England

The Halsted Trust is hosting a major family & local history conference, titled “Open the Door & Here Are the People.” Major speakers now booked for the conference include Richard Holmes, the renowned military historian, broadcaster and author; George Redmonds, the leading authority on English surnames and their origins; and Nick Barratt, the popular broadcaster, genealogist and writer. The event will take place at the East Midlands Conference Center in Nottingham. For more information, see: http://www.openthedoor.org.uk/

August 28-29, 2009 – Sandy, Utah

The Salt Lake City, Utah Family History Expo 2009 will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center at 9575 South State Street in Sandy, Utah. It is sponsored by the FamilySearch.org and Family History Expos.com

Registration at the door begins on Friday, August 28th at 7:00 am. The keynote address will be at 8:00 am. The exhibit hall opens to the public at 9:00 am. Classes begin after at 10:00 and run through 6 pm. The complete schedule can be found on line at http://www.fhexpos.com/events/event_schedule.php?event_id=50

Admission to the exhibit hall and keynote address is FREE to the public, and classes will be offered for a minimal fee.

  • Pre-register for two days of classes at the low admission price of $68.00
  • Registration after the 3rd will be $78.00. (Ends: Aug 24, 2009)
  • One day at the door cost will be $48.00

http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=50 ($78 at the door) Pre-register online at http://www.FHExpos.com, by phone at 801.829.3295, or send a check to: Family History Expos; PO Box 187; Morgan, UT 84050.

August 26-30, 2009 – Orkney Springs, Virginia

Wholly Genes, Inc is sponsoring the 2009 Genealogy Conference and “Land Cruise.” This is Wholly Genes fifth annual genealogy conference, previously held on cruise ships. Economic conditions warrant our doing something a little bit different this year.
The 2009 conference will be held at the Shrine Mont Conference Center in historic Orkney Springs, Virginia. This rural setting provides a very inexpensive venue for the genealogy presentations and its proximity to Washington D.C. offers us the opportunity to follow those preparatory lectures with an all-day research trip to the extraordinary research repositories of the nation’s capital.
The speakers are John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.; Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL; Patricia O-Brian Shawker, CG; and Craig Roberts Scott, CG. Users of The Master Genealogist software will also have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced TMG users, includingBob Velke, President of Wholly Genes Software; Lee Hoffman, beta tester and compiler of “Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist”; Terry Reigel, beta tester and author of “Primer for The Master Genealogist” and; representatives of the Wholly Genes technical support staff. For more information, see: http://www.whollygenes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=CRUISE

August 22, 2009 – Lafayette, Indiana

The Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society will sponsor a workshop, with featured speaker, Jeffrey A. Bockman. It will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3224 Jasper St West Lafayette, IN 47906. The topics will be “No Birth Certificate? No Problem,” “Living With Brick Walls,” and ” A Gift That Money Can’t Buy.” For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~intcags/ – under Meetings.

August 15, 2009 – Brunswick, Maine

The Maine Highland Games will take place at Thomas Point Beach. For more information, see: http://www.mainehighlandgames.org/

August 8, 2009 – Madras, Oregon

The High Desert Celtic Festival and Highland Games will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Hwy 97 & Fairgrounds Rd. The featured headliner entertainers are the Wicked Tinkers; the program features the Scottish Highland Games, Celtic Dancers, Children’s Activities, Vendors of Fine Celtic Wares, Clan Representation, Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band, Festival Pub, food and fun! For more information, see: http://www.hdcs.net/festival.htm

August 7-8, 2009 – Jefferson City, Missouri

The Missouri State Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual conference at the Capital Plaza Hotel with featured speaker, Julie Miller, CGSM. Julie Miller is a Certified Genealogist with more than 30 years of genealogy experience. She is a newspaper columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise and is on the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. Ms. Miller is the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Past President of the Colorado Genealogical Society. For more information, see: www.mosga.org/

August 2-7, 2009 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia will host the 29th annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. It will e held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel at 17th and Race Street. For more information, see: www.jewishgen.org/jgsp/2009Conference.htm and http://www.philly2009.org/

August 1, 2009 – Newark, Delaware

The Wilmington Delaware Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to present “A Family History Event” on Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 9 am to 4 pm, at their meetinghouse in Newark, Delaware (500 W. Chestnut Hill Road), with the theme: “Around the World in a Day: Let Your Fingers Do the Searching.” Free.
Keynote speakers include Paul F. Smart and Paul G. Nauta from FamilySearch.org, and the author of “Google Your Family Tree,” Daniel Lynch. Classroom sessions, interactive exhibits and cultural rooms will focus on various online research sources and geographic regions of the world.
Come for an hour or stay for the day! For the beginning genealogist to the professional. For additional information and to register, please visit: www.afamilyhistoryevent.org

August 1, 2009 – Spokane, Washington

The Spokane Highland Games will be held on the South Lawn of the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. Turn out for a day of entertainment, fun and education. Featured during the day will be: massed bands, pipe band exhibitions, individual piping, heavy athletics , highland dancing, children’s’ games and sheepdog exhibitions. Performances will include Scottish country dancing and live Celtic music. Ongoing throughout the day will highland cattle, food vendors, clan gathering, Scottish and Celtic vendors, and much more. For more information, see: http://www.spokanehighlandgames.org/

July 28-31, 2009 – Provo, Utah

The annual Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be sponsored by BYU. The theme is “Strengthening Ties That Bind Families Together Forever.” For information, see: http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwgen/

July 25-26, 2009 – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Gathering 2009 Edinburgh will be held in Holyrood Park, which will host a magnificent Highland Games and Scottish Festival over the two days, then on the Saturday evening Clan members will parade up the historic Royal Mile and take their seats on the castle esplanade for a spectacular Clan Pageant. For more information, see: http://www.clangathering.org/

July 24-25, 2009 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Federation of East European Family History Societies and the Society for German Genealogy of Eastern Europe is sponsoring their annual seminar, to be held at the Radisson Milwaukee North Shore. For information, see: http://www.feefhs.org/

July 21-26, 2009 – Grass Valley, California

The Cornish American Heritage Society and the California Cornish Cousins are sponsoring the 15th Gathering of Cornish Cousins. Speakers include Philip Payton, Valessa Beeman, Ros Paterson and others. For more information, see: www.cornishgathering.org

July 21-24 – Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

The International Genealogy Festival will be held at the University of Strathclyde. The festival is one of Scotland’s National Homecoming Celebrations. It will have 3 main components: The Whigmaleery: four days of stand and exhibitors; The Coarum: lectures, exhibitions, events, and activities including Landmark Lectures by important figures and international specialists; The Come-All-Ye Ceildh – It wouldn’t be a Festival without one! For information, see: http://www.strathclydegenealogy.co.uk/

July 19-24, 2009 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and La Société de généalogie de l’Outaouais are sponsoring the first Semaine de généalogie Genealogy Week. This will be an intensive one-week hands-on program. Researchers will travel with the group to resource centers to participate in tutorials and lectures on specialized topics. The remainder of the day will be devoted to your research. For further information, see: http://ogsottawa.on.ca/genealogyweek.php

July 18, 2009 – Tucson, Arizona

The Arizona State Genealogical Society is sponsoring a one-day seminar focusing on locating immigrant ancestors and their documentation. Sue Clark is speaking on “The Elis Island Experience;” “Joanne Kartchner is speaking on “The Naturalization Process & What Information can be Found in the Records;” and “Barbara Salyer will speak on “Methods of Locating that Naturalization Paper.” The program will run from 9 am to 3 pm at the University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Room 2117. Cost is $20 for ASGS members, $25 for non-members. The registration deadline is July 10, 2009. Lunch is not included in the fee. For more information, see: http://azsgs.org/event/monsoon-madness/

July 18, 2009 – Waltham, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council annual seminar and meeting will be held at the LaCava Center at Bentley University in Waltham MA. The featured speaker will be Paula Stuart-Warren, a national known genealogy and historical researcher. Ms. Warren is a course coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has lectured at the NGS and FGS conferences since 1993. Paula’s topics for the day will include:

  • Using the Resources of the Family History Library
  • What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
  • American Indian Research (Panel Discussion)
  • Becoming a Professional Genealogist (Panel Discussion)

The day will feature special guest Vincent J. Cannato, PhD, associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Connato will discuss his new book, American Passage-The History of Ellis Island Highlights of the seminar will include updates on legislation affecting genealogists’ access to records on a national and state level. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will sponsor lectures on: Using DNA in Your Genealogy, Internet Websites for Family History, and Getting the Most from NEHGS (online and offline).

The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) will sponsor four lectures of Irish family history interest including First Generation Irish and Genealogical Resources of the State Library of Massachusetts.

Join them for this exciting and comprehensive program with something for everyone!

See: http://www.massgencouncil.org for more information and registration under “2009 Seminar Registration” and “2009 Seminar Information”.

July 17-18, 2009 – Sheridan, Wyoming

Family History Expos is sponsoring their Wyoming Family History Expo, to be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1809 Sugarland Drive. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am on Friday, July 16, 2009. Early Bird registration for both days – ends May 30, 2009 is $65; Pre-registration for both days – ends July 15, 2009 is $75; At the door – $85. One-day cost at the door is $45. For more information, See: http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=51

July 16-19, 2009 – Lufkin, Texas

Angelina College is sponsoring their 13th annual Genealogy Conference. The is “Steps to Success.” Speakers will include: Melvin C. Johnson, Trevia Wooster Beverly, Philip Burnett Adderley, Kelvin Meyers, Marynell Anderson Bryant, Emily Croom, Charlie Gardes, Pat Gordon, Donald Raney, and John A. Sellers. For details, see: http://www.angelina.edu/genealogy.htm

July 12, 2009 – St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring a research tour to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Join expert genealogists at St. John’s premier facilities, including the Provincial Archives – “The Rooms,” the Maritime History Archive at Memorial University, and the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Together these repositories hold vital records, church records, all census records, voter lists, probate, and land grants the Keith Matthews collection (list of all people who worked in fishery from 16th century to 1850), ship lists, crew lists, logbooks, Irish and English parish records and original newspapers of Newfoundland. For details, see: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6502.asp

July 11-12, 2009 – Mt. Vernon, Washington

Sponsored by the Celtic Arts Foundation, the Skagit Valley Highland Games & Scottish Faire at Edgewater Park. Held the second full weekend each July, attendance for the Festival surpasses 10,000 people each year. It’s sort of “Scottish 3-ring circus;” with a wide range of activities for young and old alike.
The Skagit Valley Highland Games is part of an annual circuit of competitions held in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. As such, the quality of performers in solo bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Highland dancing is at an extremely high level. World Champions have performed on several occasions at the Skagit Valley Highland Games. They regularly have competitors visiting our event from Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom, as well as Australia and New Zealand. For more information, see: http://www.celticarts.org/index.php?page_id=32

June 25-28, 2009 – Hope, Idaho

The Idaho State Historical Society will sponsor the 4th annual David Thompson Bicentennial Conference/Encampment. For more information: e-mail: krism “at” northwestmuseum.org or bcmuseum “at” verizon.net.

June 27, 2009 – Wellington, Ohio

The Ohio Scottish Games will be held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds. For more information, see: http://www.ohioscottishgames.com/

June 26-28, 2009 – Burbank, California

The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is a three-day genealogical conference for researchers at all experience levels. Friday morning features free sessions for beginners and youth, as well as other special events. The speakers’ list reads like a Who’s Who of genealogy, with over 50 esteemed professional genealogists. The exhibit floor is center stage for exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and a family history marketplace for software, books, DNA, subscription databases, genealogical and heritage societies, and many other organizations. Jamboree has a well-earned reputation as doing things “just a little differently” with fun twists, entertainment, and networking opportunities. Follow the Jamboree blog at: www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com and check the website of the Southern California Genealogical Society for more information, see: www.scgsgenealogy.com/

June 20, 2009 – Wichita, Kansas

The 2009 conference presented by The Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Inc. and The Wichita Genealogical Society, featuring Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is scheduled at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas. Sessions include: “Trace Your Roots with DNA,” “Welcome to Roots Television,” “Reverse Genealogy,” and “Find That Obituary: Online Newspaper Research.” Early registration: $45.00, if received by 5/30/2009. Late registration: $50.00. Contact kscouncilgensoc “at” juno.com for details or visit the website at: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/kcgs/

June 19-21, 2009 – Stirling, Scotland

Homecoming Stirling 2009 is a 3-day Family History Conference for those interested in Scotland or with Scottish connections. It will be held in Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, in Stirling. For more information, see: www.homecomingstirling.com/

June 18-20, 2009 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Palatines to America – German Genealogy Society will sponsor their 2009 national conference at the Allen County public Library. The conference is called “Research With the Experts,” and features Annette Burgert. Additional workshops and expert consultants are planned. “PalAm Expert Consultants + ACPL Experts + Great Library = Brickwall Solutions.” Information and reservations can be made online at http://palamnationalconference.org/registration/ or write to: Ann Rodick, 211 S. Spriggs Ct. Bloomington, IN 47403-9610.

June 14-21, 2009 – Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

The International Convention of Germans from Russia, sponsored by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will be held with Leona Mann and Mabel Kiessling co-chairing the convention. For more information, see: www.ahsgr.org/convention.htm

June 13-14, 2009 – Blairsville, Georgia

The Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games is sponsored by the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, see: http://www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org/

13 June, 2009 – Clover, North Carolina

The Clover Scottish Games & Scotch-Irish Festival will be held at the Slover Memorial Stadium, The program runs from 9 am to 4 pm, with free admission. The Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival, held in 2009 on the second Saturday in June, is an outgrowth of the heritage of the people of the Town of Clover. Through our festival we seek to encourage the growth of our shared heritage by showcasing those who practice Scottish and Scotch-Irish arts, crafts, athletics, music and traditions. From this rich pageantry we hope to instill and inspire our young people to keep the traditions burning. For more information, see: http://www.cloverscottishgames.com/

June 13, 2009 – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

The Prince George Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar featuring Dave Obee, Eunice Robinson, and Lesley Anderson. Dave will speak on “Working Without the Net,” and “Family history on the Prairies.” Eunice Robinson will speak on “Exploring Irish Records and Emigration Sites.” Lesley Anderson will speak on “Finding Parish Records,” and “How Far Can You Go… Online?” the seminar will be held at the Westwood Mennonite Church, 2685 South Ospika Boulevard. Cost is $40. Preregistration by May 31 will include lunch. For more information, see: http://members.tripod.com/pg_genealogy_society/welcome.html

June 13, 2009 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is sponsoring a one-day workshop to introduce some of the types of records and techniques for researching your family tree. The workshop will highlight vital records (civil and church), census records and probates (wills. Secondary sources will be dealt with, with examples of how to use online newspaper indexes and accounts. The program will run from 10 am to 3:30 pm. For more information, see: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html

June 12-13, 2009 – Loveland, Colorado

Family History Expos is sponsoring their Colorado Family History Expo, to be held at the Embassy Suites & Conference Center, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am on Friday, June 12, 2009. Early Bird registration for both days – ends April 30, 2009 is $65; Pre-registration for both days – ends June 8, 2009 is $75; At the door – $85. One-day cost at the door is $45 For more information, see: http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=48

June 7-12, 2009 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sponsored by the Toronto Branch or the Ontario Genealogical Society, the Genealogy Summer Camp is an innovative week-long program that brings both out-of-town and local researchers with Ontario roots to the cluster of archives and libraries in Toronto. Participants will travel as a group to a different repository, including the Archives of Ontario in its new location at York University. For more information, see: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/summer.html

June 6, 2009 – Coxsackie, New York

The Greene County (NY) Historical Society is sponsoring its 33rd Annual Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sites along the Hudson River, from Catskill to Coxsackie, have been chosen to celebrate the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The Freightmaster’s Building at historic Catskill Point in Catskill will serve as tour headquarters. Tickets, route maps and picnic lunches can be purchased there the day of the tour. Tickets are $20 the day of the tour or $15 in advance for which reservations must be received by June 1. Proceeds support the Greene County Historical Society and its national landmarks, the Bronck House Museum and Thomas Cole’s Cedar Grove, as well as the Vedder Research Library. Make checks payable to GCHS: Greene County Historical Society, PO Box 44. Coxsackie, NY 12051. For more information, See Greene County Historical Society’s Calendar of Events.

June 6, 2009 – Canton, Ohio

The Stark County Irish & Scottish Festival will be held at the Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW. For more information, see: http://www.thecelticclubofohio.com/

June 5-6, 2009 – Marshall, Arkansas

The Searcy County (AR) Historical Society is sponsoring the Twentieth Annual North Arkansas Ancestor Fair at the E H Building, County Fairgrounds. Friday (9:30 am- 3:30 pm): Arkansas History Commission Staff present programs on: Baptist Records; Land platting & legal descriptions; Using newspapers in genealogical research; Gleaning information from photographs. Friday Evening (6:30 pm): Mixer-Dinner to meet kin & start ancestor hunting. Saturday (9 am-3 pm): Genealogical Swap Meet with family historians and genealogical/historical societies from north Arkansas counties. For more information, see: www.ancestorfair.us/ or contact James Johnston, 2333 N East Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72703; 479-442-3691; Johnston “at” ipa.net

June 5-6, 2009 – Greenville, South Carolina

The Greenville Scottish Games will take place. The colors, tastes, sights and sounds you will experience are all evocative of clan life in the wild Highlands of Scotland. The Championship Heavy Athletic competition is drawn from the warrior traditions at ancient clan gatherings, as is the Highland Dancing competition, albeit considerably more evolved from the original warlike expressions of victory over defeated enemies. The Southern Piping Championship will remind you vividly of how the Great Highland War Pipes were an integral part of every Scottish clan marching into battle. The crafts – from the weaving of tartans to the stained glass demonstrations – would have been all around you at a Gathering of the Clans from long ago. For more information, see: http://www.greenvillegames.org/index.php/Overview

May 30, 2009 – Haydon, Idaho

The Kootenai County Genealogical Society & The Family History Store is hosting Colleen Fitzpatrick for a one-day seminar. More information can be found by e-mailing leory1 “at” earthlink.net or telephone Louisa Durkin at 208-699-2687 or 208-666-6064.

May 30, 2009 – Marion, Indiana

The Marion Public Library in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Howard County Genealogical Society, Indiana Genealogy Society and many others will present a one-day workshop on May 30, 2009. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will present 5 sessions on Using DNA in Genealogy Research at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Marion, Indiana. The cost for the one-day seminar is only $65 if you register by April 1, and includes all sessions, lunch and evening banquet. For more information or to obtain a registration form visit our website at: http://www.marion.lib.in.us/departments/indianahistory/dna/dna_workshop.htm, email rstoffer “at” marion.lib.in.us or call 765-668-2900 ext 153.

May 29-31, 2009 – Oakville, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual conference, entitled “From the Printed Page to the Digital Age.” Kory Meyerink will be the featured speaker. For more information, see: www.ogs.on.ca/

May 29, 2009 – Bellville, Ohio

The Ohio Genealogical Society will break ground for its new library and headquarters in Bellville, Ohio, on Friday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. See: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=4637

May 28-31, 2009 – Lukas, Kentucky

The Glasgow Highland Games takes place. For information, see: http://www.glasgowhighlandgames.com/

May 23-24, 2009 – Alma, Michigan

The 42nd Alma Highland Games & Celtic Festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year the festival brings visitors the very best of Scottish tradition, combining great competition with Scottish hospitality.
The festival includes piping, drumming, and band competitions, along with traditional Scottish dancing and fiddling. Visit the many clan tents to find our more about Scottish tradition.
Watch nearly 1,000 pipers and drummers playing at once in a mass band. Stick around and take part in our Ceilidh (party) on Saturday night. For more information, see: http://www.almahighlandfestival.com/

May 22-23, 2009 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is sponsoring a 1 ½ day seminar entitled “Climbing Your DNA: Genetic Genealogy” on the use of DNA testing in genealogical research problem solving. The program will feature Roberta Estes. The six sessions are entitled: “DNA and Genealogy-Introduction:” “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Side-mtDNA;” “Twists and Turns in the Rocky Road-Case Studies;” “My Results are Back-Now What?;” “Autosomal DNA Testing and You-What is It;” “What Does It Mean and How to Use It;” & “Making DNA Loveable – How to Take Your DNA Results and Turn Them Into an Heirloom Gift for Your Family.” For more information, see: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/programs.html

May 23, 2009 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library is sponsoring a program titled “Colonial North Carolina, with Ann Nicholson Flint speaking. The program will be from 9:00 am to11:00 am, For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/; phone 253-863-1806 to preregister, there is a $10 fee.

May 21-24, 2009 – Springfield, Illinois

The Mormon History Association will hold its annual meeting in Springfield. The title of the Conference is “Mormonism and the Land of Lincoln: Intersections, Crosscurrents, and Dispersions.” For more information and online registration, visit the Association’s website at http://www.mhahome.org/ and click on “conference registration.”

May 17-24, 2009 – London, England

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring an English Family History Research Tour. Based at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), researchers will be offered daily classes providing historical context & research methodology tips for working with the extensive record collection of the Society of Genealogists facility. For more information, see: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6501.asp

May 16-17, 2009 – Houston, Texas

The Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival will take place at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club at 1 Abercrombie Drive. The Entertainment line-up has been finalized for the 2009 Games with Jiggernaut, Clandestine, Teribus & Ed Miller & Friends. For more information, see: http://www.houstonhighlandgames.com/

May 16, 2009 – Berlin, Connecticut

The Connecticut Genealogical Society will have their annual meeting with Irene Lambert, BS., as the featured speaker. She will present a program titled “Discovering the Personality Traits of Your Ancestors Through the Process of Graphoanalysis.” The program will run from 9 am to 3 pm. Advance reservations are required. For more information, see: http://www.ctfamilyhistory.com/csg_view_event.php?event=106

May 16, 2009 – Erie, Pennsylvania

The Erie Society for Genealogical Research (ESHR) is sponsoring a all-day seminar featuring Hank Jones, speaking on “When the Sources are Wrong!;” “Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine Emigrants;” “Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research;” “How Psychic Roots became an “Unsolved Mystery!” The seminar will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Blasco Library. For more information, see: http://erie.pa-roots.com/2009GeneConf.html

May 16, 2009 – Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual Spring Seminar, with John Philip Colletta as their featured speaker. The seminar topics are: “Breaking through brick walls,” “Lesser used federal records, (Homestead Files, Passport Applications, Civil War Income Tax, Appointments of Postmasters, to name a few);” “How to assemble a reliable family history;” and “How to write a readable family history.” For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waseags/

May 16 2009 – Sequim, Washington

The Clallam County Genealogical Society will present a day long seminar with Donna Potter Phillips entitled “Ghost Hunting on the Internet.” It will be held at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church in Sequim. For further information, see: http://olypen.com/ccgs/MaySeminarwPhillips.html

May 14-21, 2009 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Michael John Neill will sponsor his annual Salt Lake City Family History Trip. For information, see: www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

May 13-19, 2009 – Raleigh, North Carolina

The National Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual conference to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference hotel is the Raleigh Marriott City Center, 501 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. For more information, see: www.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2009/

May 9, 2009 – Thousand Oaks, California

The Conejo Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar. Barbara Renick will be the featured speaker. Her lecture topics are: “Eleven Layers of Online Searches;” “Online: How You Get There Does Make a Difference;” “What’s New at Family Search;” and “Finding Your Ancestors in Un-indexed Books.” For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacvgs/Seminar.html or e-mail: cvgs2009seminar “at” aol.com.

May 9, 2009 – Savannah, Georgia

The 33rd Annual “Savannah Scottish Games, a Celtic Gathering” will take place. The Savannah Games are held on the campus of the historic Bethesda Home for Boys. Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Events include piping competition, bagpipe bands, highland dancing competition, Scottish heavy athletics, Scottish immigrant re-enactors, modern Celtic music, border-collie herding and obedience demonstrations, and children’s events. Also available are delicious Scottish & American foods, vendors offering Celtic wares, genealogists eager and willing to answer questions, and the backbone of all Scottish Games, clan tents that offer information about their clans while seeking and welcoming long-lost distant relatives. For more information, see: http://www.savannahscottishgames.com/

May 9, 2009 – Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Genealogy Society, the Idaho State Historical Society, and FamilyTreeDNA are hosting a DNA Conference. The all-day event, “Solving Mysteries through DNA,” examines 3 types of DNA testing: tracing one’s ancestors when a paper trail runs dry, genetic testing for health issues, & forensic DNA to solve crimes and help locate missing persons. The keynote speaker is Emily Aulicino, who currently serves as the Northwest Regional Coordinator and Speaker of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) for the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A number of other prominent speakers are also slated to speak. The program runs from 8 am to 5 pm at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chindon. Cost is #5 IGS and ISHA members; $45 for non-members if registered by April 30, 2009 – after that date the fees go up by $10 & $5 respectively. The price includes lunch. For more information, see: http://www.idahogenealogy.org/

May 9, 2009 – Paramus, New Jersey

The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, N.J. is sponsoring an immigration seminar titled “From Europe to America.” The featured speakers are Dr. John P. Colletta, Eric L. Roth, and Jonathan D. Shea. The program will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm in the Moses Family Meeting and Training Center, 400 Paramus Rd. Vendors will be on-site. For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njgsbc/ or email: GSBC_seminar “at” yahoo.com.

May 9, 2009 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Celtic Festival & Highland Games will take place from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Rd. Salute the Celtic contribution to colonial Bethabara with nationally-known main-stage musicians. Old and new this year will be lots of great Celtic food, Celtic dancing, border collie demonstrations, Celtic crafts, and Highland athletic competitions. There will also be Scottish clan tents, marching pipe bands, the annual Parade of Tartans and the colonial NC Highland Regiment. Children may borrow Celtic costumes, and participate in colonial and highland games and the Scots milita. Click here for more information

May 9, 2009 – Logan, Utah

Family History Expos is sponsoring their Logan, Utah Family History Expo, to be held at the Eccles Conference Center. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am. Early Bird registration – ends April 15, 2009 is $40; Pre-registration – ends May 15, 2009 is $45; At the door- $50. For more information, see: http://www.fhexpos.com/events/upcoming.php?event_id=45

May 8-10, 2009 – Carrollton, Kentucky

The 27th Annual Kentucky Scottish Weekend will take place at the General Butler State Resort Park. For information, see: http://www.kyscottishweekend.org/home.htm

May 3, 2009 – London, England

Fair Promotions, Ltd, in cooperation with Family History Societies and related groups will hold their event at the Barbican Exhibition Centre. The hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, see: www.thefhevent.com/

May 2, 2009 – Birmingham, Alabama

“Southeastern Pioneers in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries” is the theme of the Alabama Genealogical Society’s spring seminar, to be held at Samford University. Featured speakers are Dorothy Williams Potter and Elizabeth Wells. For more information, see: http://algensoc.org

May 2, 2009 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Alvin Sherman Library is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Genealogy Fair, to be held from 9 am to 4 pm. Speakers will be John Colletta, Ph.D., Author of “They Came in Ships;” Roberta Estes, director the Lost Colony DNA Project; Matt Kaplan, Ph.D., geneticist for DNA Shoah Project; Rick Kittles, Ph.D., geneticist for PBS’ African-American Lives; & Lynn Turner, AG, director Hispanic Records Division of the Family Search Indexing Project. The program is free & open to the public. For more information, see: http://www.nova.edu/library/genealogyfair/

May 2, 2009 – St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual Family History Conference, to be held at the Maryland Heights Community Centre. The featured speaker will be David Rencher AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Director of Records and Information Division, Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). This organization has taken on the project to convert the Church’s vast collection of microfilmed records into indexed digital images, which will then be made available on the Internet. David’s current assignment promises to transform the way genealogists access original documents pertaining to their family history research. For more information on the conference, see: www.stlgs.org/fair.htm

May 2, 2009 – Austin, Texas

The Austin Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 2009 Annual Seminar, featuring Pam Boyer Sayre & Richard G Sayre. They will speak on “Military Service Records;” “Territorial Papers of the United States;” “Getting to Know You, Getting to Know More About You,” & “Google Earth for Genealogists.” For more information, see: http://www.austintxgensoc.org/seminar.php

May 2, 2009 – Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

The Abbotsford Genealogical Society will sponsor a seminar with Dave Obee to be held at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Dave will speak on: “The Errors of our Ways;” “Newspapers in Family History Research;” Tracing forward to Find Distant Cousins;” “ and “Destination Canada (Immigration).” For information, see: http://www.abbygs.ca/training.htm

April 26, 2009 – Waltham, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council is sponsoring their annual seminar. The speakers are sponsored by NEHGS of Boston. Lecturers include Michael LeClerc, speaking on “Online Resources for New England Research.” Josh Taylor of NEHGS will give two presentations on “Essential Tools for Genealogists: What to buy and How to buy it!” and “Genealogical Networking in Today’s World.” Ann S. Lainhart will give two lectures on “State Census Records” and “Massachusetts Institutional Records at the State Archives.” The program includes specialized topics such as “Researching Parish Records in Portugal” and “Recovering the Lost History of Annie Londonderry: An Idiosyncratic Search for the World’s First Female Sports Star.” Additionally, there will be two lectures from New England History Festival founder John Horrigan, including “Great American Fires of the 19th Century” and “Winters of the Revolution.” For more information, email: mbrophy “at” brophygen.com.

April 25-26, 2009 – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The Kelowna and District Family History Society will sponsor a seminar featuring Rick and Sandra Roberts. For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bckdgs/

April 25, 2009 – Santa Clara, California

The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting Christine Rose in an all-day seminar, “Using Little Known or Neglected Records: A Potpourri.” Contact Richard Ferman at: ferman “at” sbcglobal.net for more information or se the website at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cascchgs/main/meeting.html

April 25, 2009 – Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society is sponsoring an all-day seminar with Lloyd Bockstruck. He will speak on “Court Records for Genealogical Research,” “Colonial and States Statutes: Overlooked Sources for Genealogical Research,” “Bridging the Atlantic: Finding Your Ancestral Home,” and “Substitutes for Birth and Death Records.”
This will be the seventeenth all-day session sponsored by SCGS. It will be held in the Harry A. Merlo Theater at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Highway 101 at River Road.
Pre-registration is highly recommended to reserve your seat for this event. Price of admission for pre-registration is $20 for members of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, $25 for non-members. Admission at the door, beginning at 8 a.m., will be $30. Send your reservations to Registrar Audrey Phillips, 96 Eastside Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954-3609. Questions about registration can also be directed to her by phone at 707-763-4492. Other questions about the seminar should be directed to Lois Nimmo, program chairman, e-mail: loisnim “at” scbglobal.net or phone 707-537-1684. For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cascgs/bockstruck2.htm

April 25, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia

The Washington D.C. Family History Center is sponsoring their 3rd Annual Family History Conference. The conference will be held at the Washington DC Stake Center, (location of the Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. For more information, see: http://www.wdcfhc.org/Conference/index.php

April 25, 2009 – Jacksonville, Florida

The Jacksonville Public Library and Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society are sponsoring their Spring Seminar and Genealogy Fair. The speaker is Jana Sloan Broglin, CG. She will speak on: “Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks: or Aunt Merle Didn’t Run a Boarding House;” “Hot off the Press;” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home;” and “The Key to the Courthouse.” The Fair will run from 9 am – 4 pm. The Genealogy Fair begins at 9 am. The lectures begin at 10.
The program will take place at the Main Library,
303 North Laura St. The seminar will take place in the Auditorium, and the 
Genealogy Fair in the Conference. For more information,
call: (904) 630-2409 or see the website at: http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/progs/main/genealogy-seminar2009.html

April 25, 2009 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library is sponsoring a program on getting the most out of WeRelate. Cynthia Theusch will present the program that starts at 10 am in meeting room A. For more information, see: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/programs.html

April 25, 2008 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Pamela K. Boyer will be the featured speaker for the Indiana Genealogical Society’s 20th Anniversary Conference. Other speakers will be Dr. Jack Early, Curt Witcher, Bennie McRae, Dr. Alan January, Kevin Flanagan, Dona Stokes-Lucas and Ron Darrah. For more information or to register, go to www.indgensoc.org/conference.html or write to 2009 Conference, Indiana Genealogical Society, PO Box 10507, Ft. Wayne, IN 46852-0507.

April 25, 2009 – Topeka, Kansas

The Topeka Genealogical Society and the Kansas State Historical Society are sponsoring the 37th Annual Conference. John Phillip Colletta will be the featured speaker. The seminar will be held at the Kansas State History Center, 6425 SW Sixth St. For more information, see: www.tgstopeka.org/conference.html

April 25, 2008 – Omaha, Nebraska

The Greater Omaha Genealogy Society is sponsoring a workshop, featuring Roger P. Minert. For more information, please contact Karen at gogsworkshop “at” radiks.net . Also see: http://gogsmembers.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/2009-spring-workshop-coming/

April 25, 2009 – Cleveland, Ohio

The Western Reserve Historical Society is sponsoring an all-day seminar titled: “Out of the Shoebox! Sharing Your Family History.” This seminar features several speakers who will discuss methods you can use to share your family history, including: publishing books, web pages, cook books, memory books, photo albums, and newsletters. The seminar takes place Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland. The Registration fee is $30.00. If you want a box lunch, the fee will be $38.00, payable in advance prior to April 20, 2009. For more information, see: http://wrhs.org/index.php/library/genealogy#genseminars

April 25, 2009 – Plain City, Ohio

The Ohio Chapter of the Palatines to America-German Genealogy Society is sponsoring its Spring Conference “Information Exchange on German Genealogy.” Speakers include: Ken Smith, Earnest Thode, Kenny Burck & Deb Cyprych, Ann Scott, and Debra Dunbar Nowell. The program will take place at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Ave. For more information, see: www.oh-palam.org or contact Jean Hall, 181 Heischman Avenue, Worthingon, OH 43085. For more information, see: http://www.oh-palam.org/events.php

April 25 2009 – Olympia, Washington

The Olympia Genealogical Society is sponsoring their Annual Spring Seminar with Hank Jones. His topic are: “When the Sources are Wrong!;” “Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research;” “Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine & Other Emigrants;” and “Genealogy in the New Millennium: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.” For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/seminars.htm


April 25, 2009 – Aberdeen, Scotland

The Aberdeen & NE Scotland Family History Society will be hosting the 20th Annual conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. It will be held at Kings’ College Conference Centre in historic Old Aberdeen. For more information, see: www.scothist.org/

April 24-25, 2009 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sponsored by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the Lancaster County Historical Society, the 2009 Lancaster Family History Conference will take place at the Eden Resort Inn. The theme of the conference is Roots on the Move! Stories of Immigration. The keynote speaker will be Barry Moreno, director of Ellis Island Memorial Library. Immigration will be the topic of the keynote lecture. He will also present classes on: “Stories from Ellis Island,” “Women and Immigration,” and “Children and Immigration.” On Friday April 24, there will be a special motor coach tour to Ellis Island. See: http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Get_Involved/History_Conference

April 23-26, 2009 – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will sponsor their 40th Anniversary Showcase Genealogy Conference. For more information, see: www.saskgenealogy.com/

April 22-26, 2009 – Manchester, New Hampshire

The 10th New England Regional Conference “Discovering Family Treasures,” will feature speakers Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Tom Jones and Jim Hansen. More information or to register, see: www.nergc.org

April 22-23, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia

The National Archives Research Center in Washington, District of Columbia is sponsoring their fifth annual Genealogy Fair. It will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on both days. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, see: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/

April 18-19, 2009 – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games will take place at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. For more information, see: http://lasvegascelticsociety.org/

April 18-19, 2009 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Alberta Genealogical Society Conference will take place. The program will be held at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre on Kingsway Avenue. Speakers at the Conference include Dr. Peter Baskerville, Deanna Bullock, Peter Darby, Dr. Merrill Distad, Heater Jaremko, Susan L. McKeen, Lyn Meehan, Dave Obee, Barbara Roth, James P. Terry, and Dr. Frank Tough. For more information, see: www.abgensoc.ca/

April 18, 2009 – Anchorage, Alaska

The Anchorage Genealogical Society will present a seminar featuring Megan Smolenyk, speaking on: “Introduction to Ancestry.com,” “Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones,” “Find that Obituary Online Newspaper Search” and “Cases That Made my Brain Hurt.” For more information, see: www.anchoragegenealogy.org/seminar.htm

April 18, 2009 – Moline, Illinois

The Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical society and the Scott County, Iowa Genealogical Society will sponsor the 35th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference. The featured speaker will be Curt Witcher. The seminar will be held at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st St. For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/news/AnnualGenConference.html

April 18, 2009 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society will sponsor their annual seminar, to be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel. For more information, see: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~la-lghs/seminar.htm

April 18, 2009 – Milwaukie, Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is sponsoring their annual Spring Seminar. The featured speaker is Larry Jensen, speaking on: “Determining Places of Origin of Immigrant Ancestors;” “Use of Maps and Atlases in German Research;” “Understanding German Jurisdictions;” and “Sources Used in Resolving German Research Problems.” The seminar will take place at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd. For more information, see: http://www.gfo.org/seminar/FlyerSpr09ZG.pdf

April 18, 2009 – Greentree, Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar featuring George K. Schweitzer, Ph.D. Dr. Schweitzer will speak on “Military Genealogical Research;” “Tracing Ancestors Back Across the Atlantic;” and “Pennsylvania Genealogical Research.” The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Fees are $40 per person for WPGS and WQED members; $45 per person for non-members. A hot buffet lunch is included. For more information, see: http://www.wpgs.org/spring_seminar.htm

April 18, 2009 – Plano, Texas

The Genealogy Friends, are sponsoring an All-Day Workshop, featuring Naomi Taplin and Alan Lefever from the Texas Baptist Historical Collection, speaking on: “Preserving Precious Memories.” Bring your own family treasures and learn how best to preserve them. The seminar will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Plano Bible Chapel, 1900 Shiloh Road. Pre-registration is $38.00 – $45 at the door. Contact: Brenda Kellow, President, The Genealogy Friends, PO Box 860477, Plano, TX 75086-0477; GenFriends “at” GenealogyFriends.org; www.GenealogyFriends.org

April 18, 2009 – Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Genealogical Society is sponsoring an all-day seminar with Barbara Vines Little as the feature speaker. The program features four lectures. They are “Beyond Patents and Grants: The “Other” Papers in the Virginia Land Office Records;” “An Untapped Treasure House: The Records of the Auditor of Public Accounts;” “Hidden Virginia Resources;” and “Things I’ve learned in Forty Years: ‘Secrets’ for Successful Virginia Research.” For more information, see: http://www.vgs.org/spring09brochure.pdf

April 18, 2009 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Alberta Genealogical Society is sponsoring their Annual Conference, to be held at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre on Kingsway Avenue. For more information, see: http://www.abgensoc.ca/events.html

April 17-19, 2009 – Huntersville, North Carolina

The Rural Hill Scottish Festival and the 16th Loch Norman Highland Games takes place. See: http://www.ruralhill.net/

April 15-18, 2009 – Portland, Oregon

The Pacific Northwest History Conference, Northwest Oral History Association and the Oregon Sesquicentennial Extravaganza takes place at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport. The Extravaganza will have the theme of “Rendezvous 2009!” The goal reflects the sharing of ideas, perspectives, skills and cultures in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest that will take place at the Extravaganza. Attendees will include community leaders, staff and volunteers from historical societies, museums, historic cemeteries, ethnic organizations, schools, historic preservation commissions, humanities groups, the tourism industry, economic development, history buffs, genealogists and professional historians, archaeologists, youth, and local, tribal, state and federal governments. All will be welcome at the Extravaganza. For more information, see: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml

Apr 13, 2009 – Mercer Island, Washington

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is sponsoring a program featuring “Russian Jewish Genealogy: Genealogical documents from the 1800s through World War II” to be presented by Michael Steinore. Many sources of genealogical information exist for those with ancestors who lived in Czarist Russia and/or the Soviet Union. Some are easier to find and translate than others. This presentation offers practical advice on how to locate, understand, and use some of the important sources for Russian Jewish genealogy. The program is to be held in the auditorium at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Washington. Doors open at 7 pm, presentation starts at 7:30 pm. The JGSWS library will be available. WiFi will be available. Free admission for JGSWS members, $5.00 for non-members. For more information, see: http://www.jgsws.org/

2010 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar

It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

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GENEALOGY RELATED SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, FAIRS, RETREATS, CRUISES, ETHNIC EVENTS, & INSTITUTES – In Reverse Chronological Order

2010 – New York State

The New York State Chapter of the Palatines to America will sponsor the 300th anniversary celebration of Palatine immigration to America.

December 5-11, 2010 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 25th anniversary Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-949-7259.

September 18, 2010 – Chehalis, Washington

The Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Conference will be hosted by the Lewis County Genealogical Society and the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society, and will be held in the Chehalis area. For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/ Details will be posted as they become available.

August 18-21, 2010 – Knoxville, Tennessee

The Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold their annual conference in Knoxville, with a strong emphasis on genealogy on the Internet.

July 21-25, 2010 – Bismarck, North Dakota

Hosted by the Germans From Russia Heritage Society board of Directors, the 40th annual Convention of the Germans From Russia Heritage Society will be held in Bismarck. For more information, see: http://www.grhs.org/

June 11-13, 2010 – Burbank, California

The Southern California Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual SCGS Jamboree. The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Resource Expo is a three-day gathering of genealogists, family historians, experts, novices, exhibitors, vendors, genealogical society leaders, speakers and others who are interested in tracing their roots. The 2010 Genealogy Jamboree is expected to draw over 1200 participants. There will be more than 75 presentations and panel discussions, over 30 lecturers, a room full of exhibitors and vendors, and plenty of opportunities to network and socialize.
For more information, see: www.scgsgenealogy.com/

April 28 – May 5, 2010 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The National Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, see the following website (when it launches): www.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2010/

March 6, 2010 – Bountiful, Utah

The Bountiful Family History Fair is a major event in Utah. In 2008, they had 1700 attend the fair. There were 90 classes, a 358 page syllabus (paper and CD format for the frist time), 1500+ sack lunchs made by the youth, 30+ vendors (from England, Chicago, Arizona, and Utah).
It is impossible to effectively communicate how much information “changes hands” at one of their annual Family History Fairs. There’s so much going on, and so much to choose from, that each person who attends has a different experience. It’s an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of genealogical resources, education and idea-sharing. For more information, see: http://www.familyhistoryfair.com

January 11-15, 2010 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held at the downtown Radisson Hotel. The following courses are planned: Course 1 = American Records and Research: Focusing on Families; Course 2 = Mid-Atlantic Research (New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Penna.); Course 3 = Scottish Research; Course 4 = Central and Eastern European Research; Course 5 = Immigrant Origins; Course 6 = Computers and Technology; Course 7 = Advanced Genealogical Methods; Course 8 = Producing a Quality Narrative; Course 9 = American Land and Court Records; Course 10 = Problem Solving; Course 11 = Accreditation and Certification Preparation; and Course 12 = U.S. Military. For more information, see: http://www.infouga.org/site/

2011 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar

It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

Please report errors, bad links, additions & corrections to me at: Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com

The easiest way to SEARCH the Event Calendar is just do a “control f” on your keyboard and type in a place, word, or date you are searching for.

The following Calendar is for 2011 only. Click here for 2012 events. Click here for 2013 events. Click here for 2014 Events. Click here for 2015 events.

GENEALOGY RELATED SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, FAIRS, RETREATS, CRUISES, ETHNIC EVENTS, & INSTITUTES – In Reverse Chronological Order

December 4-10, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-949-7259.

November 19, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

The Irish Genealogical Society’s 15th Anniversary Seminar is to be held at the Monaghan Knights of Columbus Hall, 19801 Farmington Road. “Discover Your True Self, Discover Your Irish Roots” is the theme with Nualla Farrel-Griffin from Ontario to speak. We expect about 125 people and there will be vendors and door prizes. Cost is $35, which includes a continental breakfast and a lunch if received by Nov. 5th; $45 after that date. The program runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Registration forms can be found at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~miigsm/ or you can call Sue at 248-477-5846.

November 13-20, 2011 – Southern Caribbean

Wholly Genes, Inc. will sponsor their seventh annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise to the Southern Caribbean. For more information, See: http://www.whollygenes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=CRUISE

November 12, 2011 – Barnstable, Massachusetts

The Falmouth Genealogical Society and Cape Cod Genealogical Society will host an all-day seminar. Dick Eastman will be the featured speaker.

November 11-12, 2011 – Duluth, Georgia

Family History Expos will sponsor the annual Northern California Family History Expo, to be held at the Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. Duluth, Georgia 30097. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, see: http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent.aspx?eid=38

November 11-12, 2011 – Whidbey Island, Washington

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island will host Steven W. Morrison, speaking on the following topics: Friday night: “Outlaw Genealogy – Finding the Outlaw in YOUR Family.” Saturday: “Peopling the British Isles – Genetic Origins of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England;” “Detours Around – Irish Roadblocks and Stonewalls”;” Irish Research Trip”; and “Irish Roots –Jeopardy.” For more information, see: http://www.gsswi.org/seminar.php

November 11, 2011 – Maitland, Florida

The Florida State Genealogical Society will sponsor its 2011 annual conference with Keynote speaker, Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck. the program will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, 600 North Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland, FL 32751. For more information, See: http://www.flsgs.org/aem.php?eid=2

November 5, 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Chapter of the Palatines to America German Genealogy is sponsoring their 2011 Fall Conference at the MCL South Banquet Room. The featured speaker is Dr. Marianne Wokeck, professor of history at IUPUI. the lecture topics are: “The Effects of War on Migration and Settlement in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Rhine lands“, “Relocation from the Rhine Lands to the American Colonies and Young United States” and “What Was in It for Women” and “The Role of Female Immigrants before and after the American Revolution.” for more information, See: http://www.palam.org/chapters.php?chapter=7ttchapter

November 5, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

The Western Wayne County Genealogical Society and the Livonia Civic Center Library are hosting a seminar called “Finding That Elusive Ancestor,” with Barbara Vines Little. It wil be from 8 am to 5 pm at the Livonia Civic Center Library at 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan. 734-466-2491 is the phone # for the library.
People can go on WWCGS’ website www.rootsweb.com/miwwcgs/ or they can call Sue at 248-477-5846. Registration is $27 before Oct. 27th, plus a lunch that costs $7.00. It’s $35 after Oct. 27th and no guarantee of lunch. There will be vendors and door prizes. About 100 people are expected.

November 5, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop for family historians with English ancestors. The event will be held at the North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street. For more information, See: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/English2011.html

November 4-5, 2011 – North Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual Fall Seminar and Book Fair, featuring Mark, Lowe, CG, FUGA. the event will take place at the Wyndam Hotel, #2 Riverfront Place. On Friday evening, Mark will have a workshop – in two parks, entitled “Preparing for a Day in Court.” On Saturday, he will present: Out on a Limb, Trapped by Bad Research and Brick Walls;” “the Big Three, Tennessee’s Geographic Regions;” and “Is it Really Online: Finding and Using Original Sources at Home or in the Library.” The AGS Annual meeting will also take place Saturday afternoon.
Family Roots Publishing Co. will be exhibiting at this conference.

For more information, See: http://www.agsgenealogy.org/forms/AGS%20Seminar%202011%20Flyer.pdf

November 3-5, 2011 – Houston, Texas

The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) Conference is to be held at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, with Clayton Library Friends as local host. The theme will be “From Allen’s Landing to the Moon Landing: Destination Houston!” There will be a Pre-Conference day on November 3 with events in the morning at Clayton Library and a writing workshop in the afternoon at the Hotel put on by the Conference speaker Paula Stuart-Warren. Paula will speak on the following topics: Finding and Using Manuscript and Special Collections Repositories: A lecture on how using manuscripts and special collections as sources of information can help fill in gaps in your family’s history; Southern Deeds: More than Land: To most people, deeds are nothing more than land transactions. Find out how Southern deeds can be the key to unlocking vaults of valuable information that would surprise many; Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking: Many people’s ancestors traversed the nation working for the railroad. This lecture demonstrates the wealth of historical materials available all across the US, and how to find it; and The WPA Era: What it Created for Genealogists: During the 1930’s and 1940’s the Works Progress/Projects Administration put many people to work and created a goldmine such as record transcriptions, courthouse and manuscript inventories, indexes, city/county histories, and histories of businesses and families. Learn here what may be available for you. For more information, See: http://www.claytonlibraryfriends.org/Data/Document-Library/944554494.pdf.

October 30 – November 6, 2011

The New England Historic Genealogical Society will sponsor their thirty-third annual research tour to the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following a continued tradition of excellence, NEHGS staff will guide you through a week of research, consultations, lectures, group meals, and other activities as you explore the collections of the largest genealogical library in the world. For more information, See: http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=25030

October 29, 2011 – Raleigh, North Carolina

A seminar is to take place at the North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601: Researching Your Ancestors in Colonial Times will be presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society in conjunction with the NCGS Annual Meeting. The Speaker will be Barbara Vines Little, CGSM, whose talks will provide the information that can move your research to the next level.
Working With Colonial Records – A look at how to effectively deal with the vagarities of colonial government and the lack of records.
Land and Inheritance – Understanding the law in regard to inheritance, especially of land, is an important tool in interpreting records. Without a thorough understanding of how real and personal property was inherited especially in an intestate estate or under the rules of primo-geniture and entail, it is impossible for the researcher to make accurate assumptions of relationships based upon the inheritance of land.
Backtracking Your Migrating Ancestor: A Methodology That Works – When an ancestor suddenly appears in an area with no obvious clue to his origin, many researchers are lost. Yet carefully combing for clues in the area in which he is found will often provide the answer. This lecture provides a framework for researchers to follow in their search for their ancestor’s origin.
Taxes: Milk Them for All They’re Worth! – Most often used as substitute census, tax lists, when interpreted properly, can provide a wealth of information on individuals, their occupations, families, lifestyles, and antecedents.
Registration and additional information available at: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

October 29, 2011 – Portland, Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon will sponsor their annual Fall Seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, See: http://www.gfo.org/index.htm

October 29, 2011 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Victoria Genealogical Society is sponsoring a workshop with Lisa Louise Cook. Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy radio show available through her web site www.genealogygems.TV and iTunes. For more information, See: http://www.victoriags.org/events.php#seminars

October 29, 2011 – Kirchener, Ontario, Canada

The Kitchener Public Library will sponsor a genealogy fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free event will be held in Kitchener’s City Hall Rotunda at 200 King Street West. Speakers and workshops are scheduled throughout the day, suitable for both beginner and seasoned researchers. Exhibits will include local area archives, libraries and museums, as well as vendors of specialized genealogy products and services. For more information, See: http://www.kpl.org/_docs/programs/GenealogyFair2011.pdf

October 26-29, 2011 – St. Louis, Missouri

The CzechoSlovak Genealogical Society International is sponsoring its 13th Genealogical/Cultural Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, and featuring speakers on genealogical, cultural and historical topics. For more information, See: http://www.cgsi.org/news/events/2011/10/26/cgsi’s-13th-biennial-conference-mo.

October 22-27, 2011 – Bermuda

World Cruise Headquarters will sponsor a 5-night Bermuda cruise on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, with departure from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey and Port of Call at Kings Wharf, Bermuda. For more information, See: http://wwcruisehq.com/index_files/WorldwideCruiseHeadquarters_Family_History_Cruises.htm

October 22, 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana State Library will sponsor the third annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is FREE and open to the general public. Visit the tables in the “midway” to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors. Three FREE programs will be offered throughout the day: What’s New with FamilySearch? by Deborah Engleking – Assistant Director of the Indianapolis, Indiana Stake Family History Center; A Dozen Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Project by Loretto Dennis Szucs – Nationally known author and editor of genealogical material and Executive Editor and Vice-President of Community Relations for Ancestry.com; and Hidden Sources presented by Loretto Dennis Szucs. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Johnson at glhfair@library.in.gov or See: http://www.in.gov/library/4189.htm.

October 22, 2011 – Paramus, New Jersey

The Genealogy Society of Bergen County (GSBC) is sponsoring a seminar on Technologies for Genealogists featuring Dick Eastman, to be held at the Bergen Community College from 9 am – 4 pm. The Seminar Topics are:

  • The Organized Genealogist – Various methods of organizing online searches, recording results, and preserving the information for the long term.
  • The Latest Technology for Genealogists – A look at today’s technology.
  • Satellite Navigation for Genealogists – Online geo databases, navigation satellites and even Russian spy satellites used to locate sites.
  • Photographing Old and Delicate Documents and Photographs – Use your computer BEFORE you snap the picture.

For complete information, visit www.njgsbc.org.

October 22, 2011 – Colville, Washington

The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society is sponsoring their NeWGS 30th Annual Fall Conference from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Colville Ambulance Shack. This year’s theme is “Moving Right Along!” The speaker will be Jim Johnson, the Director of the Heritage Quest Library in Sumner, WA. Jim will speak to us on the following topics: Western Migration During the Gold Rush Era; Google Earth and Maps for the Genealogist; and Cemetery and Death Records. For more information, See: http://www.newgs.org/upload/events/2011_Fall_Seminar_flyer.pdf

October 22, 2011 – Seattle, Washington
Seattle Genealogical Society’s Fall 2011 Seminar will be held Saturday from 9am-4pm at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. The Seminar will feature four sessions with an emphasis on finding military records. Learn more about the SGS Fall 2011 Seminar on the SGS website: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/content/seminars
For a registration brochure, contact SGS at (206) 522- 8658 or email sgsseminar@gmail.com

October 22, 2011 – Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada

The Qualicum Beach Family History Society is sponsoring an all-day workshop at the Quality Resort Baydside, Parksville. Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee will present four sessions with topics ranging from Irish Ancestry to Canadian Immigration and the use of Google. The registration fee is to be set, all will include a healthy lunch. For more information, See: http://www.qbfhs.ca/upcoming-events

October 21-23, 2011 – Dublin, Ireland

The second “Back To Our Past” genealogy and family/social history event will held in Dublin on October 21-23 2011, at Industries Hall, RDS Dublin. for more information, See: http://www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/

October 20-22, 2011 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

The African American Genealogy Society of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Public Library, with its Genealogy Center, are sponsoring the National Black Genealogy Summit. The theme of the summit is “African Diaspora: Awakening Our Legacy.” Prospective, novice, intermediate, and advanced genealogists will convene for the National Black Genealogy Summit at the Grand Wayne Center and Allen County Public Library (ACPL). This conference promises an innovative, comprehensive, and hands-on approach to genealogical and historical research. Experts in African American genealogy will demonstrate research strategies, provide useful tips, and explore new resources. Extended research hours in the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center will be available exclusively to conference attendees. For more information, See: http://www.blackgenealogyconference.info/about.

October 15, 2011 – Mission Viejo, California

The South Orange County California Genealogical Society of Mission Viejo, CA will sponsor “A Family History Seminar” featuring Curt B. Witcher, renowned lecturer & manager of the Allen Co. Library Genealogy Dept. – Ft. Wayne, Indiana. For more information see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/seminar.htm.

October 15, 2011 – Sacramento, California

Root Cellar-Sacramento Genealogical Society; the California State Archives; and the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley will sponsor their 13th Annual Family History Day. The conference will feature genealogy classes, research in the Root Cellar Genealogical Library, Archive tours and the potential for attendees to learn more about genealogical, historical and lineage societies, research libraries and archives staff. See www.rootcellar.org for further details.

October 15, 2011 – Ventura, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society will sponsor their 2011 annual seminar. The featured speaker is Karen Clifford. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cavcgs/index.html

October 15, 2011 – North Haven, Connecticut

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists will sponsor all all day event entitled “Beyond the Borders” to be held at the North Haven Holiday Inn. Speakers Walter Woodward, Diane Bergstedt, Catherine Zahn and Mel Wolfgang will be presenting the following topics respectively: “Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America: Outmigration from Connecticut to
the Western Reserve of Ohio
;” “Rednecks, Rebels and Red Men: the Genealogy of the Cherokee Scottish;” “Diaspora;” “Hook’em While They’re Young: Getting Children Involved in Family History;” and “Uncommon Research Tools that can Lead to Uncommonly Good Results.” Registration is at 9 a.m. Cost is $55, $60 if postmarked after September 30, 2011. The Register deadline is October 10, 2011. For more information, contact the CSG Office at 860-569-0002 or See: http://www.csginc.org/csg_view_event.php?event=149 To register, Click here.

October 15, 2011 – Carterville, Illinois

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, and John A. Logan College are sponsoring the 2011 Annual Fall Conference and Book Fair, to be held at the Ray Hancock Conference Center, John A. Logan College, Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, Illinois. The featured speaker is J. Mark Lowe, CG, speaking on: Making those Early Census Records Talk to You (Stop avoiding those pre-1850 census records. Turn those 1’s and 0’s into lively pictures of your family); Road Crews and Jury Selections: Finding an Ancestor without a Census (Our ancestors were expected to be good citizens. Court Minutes can identify where and when our ancestors participated in the community. Learn about their appropriate conduct or their leaving town); Using State Legislative Petitions to Solve Problems (Requests from citizens can be used to solve difficult location problems or work around burned counties. Learn about the legislative petitions, available finding aids, and the strategies to put them in your toolkit); and Finding Uncle John by Talking to the Neighbors (Using census records, manuscripts, and land records, learn details about your ancestor’s neighborhood, and the people with whom they worked, prayed, fought, and married). Registration for the Conference is not necessary to attend the Book Fair, but is required for all other activities. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgssi/conf2011.html.

October 15, 2011 – Plain City, Ohio

The Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy is sponsoring their 2011 Fall Conference titled “German Immigration, Settlement and Contributions” featuring Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann. For more information, See: www.oh-palam.org/events.php or write to Ohio Chapter PalAm, PO Box 302, Worthington, OH 43085.

October 15, 2011 – Plano, Texas

The Plano and Richardson Texas Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are sponsoring their free annual Great Family Search conference. The keynote speaker will be Jim Greene, Marketing Manager for FamilySearch. Presenters also include: Shipley Munson, Sharlene Barton, Loyd Campbell, Arturo Cuéllar Gonzalez, Kay Harrell, Jeanette Hurst, Ron Jackons, Rich Kinnunen, Lynell Bennett Moss, Frances Sexton, Dotti Webb, and Monty Webb. For more information, See: http://www.greatfamilysearch.com/

October 15, 2011 – San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society is sponsoring their annual seminar, featuring Maureen Taylor, the photo detective. For more information, See:rootsweb.com/~txsaghs2 Phone 210.342.5242 or go to the society’s Web site rootsweb.com/~txsaghs2.

October 15, 2011 – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 2011 Fall Conference, titled “Beyond the Basics,” at the Country Springs Hotel, Water Park & Conference Center, Pewaukee, Wisconsin. James Hansen, FASG, Genealogical Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives, will be the featured speaker. The event is hosted by the Waukesha County Genealogical Society. For more information, See: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/page/Meetings+%26+Conferences.

October 15, 2011 – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

The Surrey Family History Center is sponsoring a Tri-Stake Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6270, 126th St. For more information, See: http://www.findingyourroots.ca/

October 14-15, 2011 – Clive, Iowa

The Iowa Genealogical Society is sponsoring its annual Fall Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, at Faith Lutheran Church,10395 University Avenue, Clive, Iowa. The featured speaker will be Billie Stone Fogarty, a professional genealogist, former history teacher, and author of Guidebook to Researching My Family Tree. For more information, See: http://www.iowagenealogy.org/events/igs-fall-conference-scheduled-for-october-14-15-2011/.

October 14-15, 2011 – Syracuse, New York

The Central New York Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a banquet and full-day conference featuring Barry Ewell, Senior Marketing Manager at IBM, Expert in Internet, Field Research, Digital and Software Resources, from Salt Lake City. The event will be held at Comfort Inn, 6701 Buckley Road, Syracuse, NY 13212. for more information and registration, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/50th_anniversary.htm

October 15, 2011 – Logan, Utah

The Logan Utah Family History Center Conference, with the theme, “With Help I can Find Them”, will take place 9 am to 5:30 pm at Bridgerland applied Technology College, 600 W 1400 N., Logan. Ron Tanner, Product Manager for new.FamilySearch will be the keynote speaker. For more information, See: https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Logan_Utah_Family_History_Center/Conference

October 15, 2011 – Shelton, Washington

The Mason County Genealogical Society will sponsor an all-day seminar be held at the Shelton United Methodist Church located at 1900 King St, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Speaker will be Jim Johnson, lecturing on Animap and Maps on the Internet. Jim is the Director of the Heritage Quest Research Library. Steven Morrison will speak on Irish History For Genealogists. Entertainment during the lunch break will be provided by members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wamcgs/conferencebrochure.pdf

October 14, 2011 – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

The 2011 Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Fall Seminar Workshop, “Abstracting Land Deeds: Pulling Out Essentials,” will be presented by George Findlen, CG, at the Country Springs Hotel, Water Park & Conference Center from 12:30-3:30 PM. For more information, See: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/page/Upcoming+Wisconsin+%26+National+Events

October 11-15, 2011 – Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Metropolitan Library will sponsor a German Heritage Week. Free programs will include German research in the United States and Germany, using internet resources, and more. The week will end with The Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy 2011 Fall Seminar, “German Immigration, Settlement and Contributions,” featuring Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann (see above October 15, 2011 – Plain City, Ohio entry)

October 10, 2011 – Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

A class titled: German Genealogy: How to Read Meyers Orts und Verkehrs-Lexikon will be held from 1-3pm at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library. Meyers Orts is the 1912 German gazetteer to find place names in the German Empire. Linda Herrick will be the instructor. The class is sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 518 Water Street, Sheboygan Falls. There is a charge for each class. Call the Center at (920) 467-4667 to reserve a place.

October 9-16, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The Dallas Genealogy Society is sponsoring a research trip to The Family History Library in Salt lake City. DGS members Pat and Jim Stone will again organize the trip and arrange for help with genealogical problems. For more information, See: http://www.dallasgenealogy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=18

October 9-16, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is sponsoring a Salt Lake City Research Trip. The trip will be led by Mary Lou Delahunt. Click here for more information and a registration form.

October 8, 2011 – Madison, Wisconsin

The Dane County Area Genealogical Society Genealogy Fair will take place from 9 AM-3:30 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4505 Regent St. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ewidcags/

October 8, 2011 – Merrill, Wisconsin

The North Pines Genealogical Group will hold its Heritage Fair at the T. B. Scott Library. The program will have a civil war theme. For more information, See: http://www.northpinesgenealogygroup.4t.com/custom3.html

October 8, 2011- Tacoma, Washington

The Heritage Quest Research Library will sponsor their annual Autumn Quest at theTacoma Elks Club, 1965 S Union Ave., featuring Michael John Neill. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

October 7-8, 2011 – San Mateo, California

Family History Expos will sponsor the annual Northern California Family History Expo, to be held at the San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo, California 94403. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, see: http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent.aspx?eid=36

October 7-8, 2011 – St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Genealogical Society is sponsoring their North Star 2011 Genealogy Conference, featuring George G. Morgan. He will speak on “Getting the Most from Ancestry.com;” “Bring ‘Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile;” “Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps the Find the Right Place;” and “Bits and Obits: Reading between the Lines.” For more information, See: http://www.mngs.org/calendar.htm#northstar

October 3-7, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History is sponsoring its Annual British Institute. This year’s institute will feature Barbara Baker, who will lead “Finding Records of Property Ownership in England”; John M. Kitzmiller II’s class will be “The Amazing Honourable East India Company” and David Rencher who will lead “Genealogical Research in Ireland – Advanced Methodology.” More details on these courses and registration information can be found on the society’s Web site: www.isbgfh.org

October 1 2011 – Des Plaines, Illinois

The Polish Genealogical Society of America is sponsoring their 33rd annual conference, entitled “Puzzled by the Past? Put the Pieces Together!” The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago OHare Airport, 2930 S. River Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois. The featured speakers will be Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan D. Shea. For more information, See: http://www.pgsa.org/index.php#conference

October 1, 2011 – Bellville, Ohio

The Ohio Genealogical Society is sponsoring their annual Fall Seminar entitled “Celebrate Family History Month.” The program will be held at the Samuel D. Isaly Library of the Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 West. The featured speaker will be Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. For more information, See the seminar web page for further details, including a printable registration form.

October 1, 2011 – Spokane, Washington

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society will sponsor Dr. George Schweitzer. He will give three presentations on the causes and the resulting records of the Civil War. For more information, see: http://www.ewgsi.org/events.php

October 1, 2011 – Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

The New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc. is holding a Genealogy Fair with 35 tables of genealogy materials. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Joachim’s Church Hall, 603 Loch Lomond Road. For more information, See: http://www.nbgssj.ca/GenealogicalFair_October12011.asp

October 1, 2011 – Ennis, Ireland

The Clare Roots Society is sponsoring a major Genealogy and Family History Conference at the Templegate Hotel Ennis, Co Clare. The theme of the conference is “The future of Our Past.” The Keynote speaker is Dr. Nick Barratt, speaking on “Family History and the Media.” Nick will examine the way genealogy has been transformed over the last 5 years by TV and the Internet, going behind the scenes of programs like “Who Do You Think You Are” to reveal how they are made, and the impact the shows have had on the way people research. Other speakers include Dr. Catriona Crowe of the National Archives of Ireland; Liam Curran, Ennis, who will speak on “The Irish Soldier in the British Army in the First World War“. John Grenham M.A ., M.A.P.G.I., F.I.G.R.S. will speak on “Jam Tomorrow: what’s online and what’s coming?” Jim Herlihy, of Cork, will speak on “The Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries” and Antoinette O’Brien, of the Clare Heritage Centre Corofin will speak about The Centre and its collection. for more information, See: http://www.eventelephant.com/clarerootssocietyconference2011.

September 30 – October 1, 2011 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Manitoba Genealogical Society will sponsor their 35th Anniversary Seminar, entitled “It’s All Relative” to be held at the Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Ave. in St. James. Speakers include Jim Blanchard, Dave Obee, Louis-Philipe Bujold, Mark Nelson, Elizabeth Briggs, Howard Mathieson, Daniel Watt, and Idelle Talbot. For more information, See: http://www.mbgenealogy.com/index.php?page=seminar-2011

September 29 – October 8, 2011 – New England and Eastern Canada

Legacy Family Tree will sponsor a cruise of New England and Eastern Canada on the luxurious Royal Caribbean’s Explorer Of The Seas ship. This cruise starts and ends in New Jersey, USA and visits the following ports: Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey. for more information, See: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2011.asp

September 25 – October 2, 2011 – London, England
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring a research trip to London. Participants will take part in two group dinners, consultations, and guided research through the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the National Archives (UK). Daily educational activities include lectures and tours by the experts at the National Archives (UK), SOG, and NEHGS. Featured NEHGS experts include David C. Dearborn and Christopher C. Child. For more information, See: http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=25029

September 24, 2011 – Naperville, Illinois

The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will host Christine Rose, lecturing on Building a Better Pedigree. Christine will speak on the following four topics: Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case; Local Land Records in Depth; Avoiad the Crooked Path! Genealogical Problem Solving; and “Solving” the Problem Onsite in 25 Hours or Less. For more information, see: www.ilfvgs.org and click on Education/Annual Conference.

September 24, 2011 – New York, New York

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society is sponsoring a full-day program at the New York Public Library entitled: “Cutting Edge Genealogy: Using New Technology and Thinking to Move Your Research Forward.” The program features Dick Eastman, whose “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” is read by more than 60,000 genealogists; speaking on: Genealogy Searches on Google: Extract the most genealogical information possible; and The Latest Technology for Genealogists: An in-depth look at today’s technology. Ruth A. Carr is the former Chief of the Milstein Division of History Genealogy, New York Public Library, speaking on: Other Places Your Ancestors Might Be Hiding: “Non-Genealogy” Databases and Internet Resources to Explore. David Kleiman is co-founder and chair of the New York Computers and Genealogy Special Interest Group, speaking on Rediscovering the Globe: Maps Online, GIS, Google Earth: explore place name search tricks to finding images of historic maps and Technology & Design: Looking Good in Print and on the Screen: explore options for both paper, and online presentations. For more information, See: http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=235

September 23-24, 2011 – Springfield, Missouri

The 31st Annual Ozarks Genealogical Society Conference will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Springfield, Missouri. Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS will be the featured speaker. Lectures will include land records, working with manuscript collections, and tracking migrating ancestors. Four mini-sessions will also be offered Saturday morning on beginning genealogy research, how to obtain records from a distant repository, how to care for treasured family documents, and accessing materials from museums of the National Park Service. The full conference is $45 and includes all sessions, lunch, Vendor Showcase
and a source book. Early registration discounts are available until September 9. Contact Patti Hobbs 417-429-2151 or conference@ozarksgs.org. For more information and to register, See: http://www.ozarksgs.org.

September 22-24, 2011 – Kalispell, Montana

The Montana State Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual conference with featured speaker, Tom W. Jones. The conference will be held in Kalispell at the Hilton Garden Inn. The featured speaker will be Thomas W. Jones, PhD, A Certified Genealogist & Certified Genealogical Lecturer. He will be speaking on the following subjects: Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor; Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestors European Origins; Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages; and How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet. Pre-registration is required. Contact V. Valentine at bigsmarket@aol.com or telephone 406.656.9840. For more information, see: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/Conferences/2011Kalispell.htm

September 20-21, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The SwedGen 2011 Research Day will be split into two morning sessions at the Family History Support Center in Salt Lake City. Go to: http://www.lilleskogen.se/ and then click on the schedule to see the presentation schedule for each day and registration information.

September 17, 2011 – Aurora, Colorado

The Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado will host the SwedGen 2011 Research Day at the Community College of Aurora, CO. For complete details and registration information, go to:
http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cosgs/documents/SwedGenTour2011.pdf

September 17, 2011 – Williamstown, Massachusetts

The Friends of the National Archives – Pittsfield, MA, will sponsor its annual Genealogy Conference, “Life in the Past Lane VIII,” on at the Williams Inn on the Green in Williamstown, MA. Lectures will be presented by by Meldon Wolfgang III, Jean Nudd Elliott, Paul Bunnell, Mary Flood, Michelle LeClair and Peter Sisario. A roundtable question and answer period hosted by a panel of experts. Vendors will be in attendance. The registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch. Note that this event happens the day after their last day of operations at the National Archives in Pittsfield, as Sept. 16 will be the last day they are open to the public. For more information, See: http://www.narafriends-pittsfield.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75:conference3&catid=35:calendar&Itemid=46

September 17, 2011 – Ogden, Utah

The Ogden Utah Family History Center Conference will take place in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University. For more information, See: http://www.orfhc.org/

September 16-18, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) Family History Conference will take place at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. the conference will feature a dozen expert international, national and local speakers, including Phil Jenkins, Audrey Collins and Helen Osborn, with a special plenary presentation by Sherry Irvine; a Marketplace of related genealogy products and services, and a Research Room with access to genealogy databases. Click here for the conference program. For more information, See: http://www.bifhsgo.ca/cpage.php?pt=22

September 16-17, 2011 – Richland, Washington

The Washington State Genealogical Society will sponsor their 2011 Annual Seminar, with local host, the Tri-City Genealogical Society. The featured speaker will be Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, from St. Louis, MO. In addition to a bonus session on Friday night, Patricia will present three topics on Saturday, along with many other presenters with many topics. There will be three concurrent topics of four each, including a lecture by Leland K. Meitzler on using tax records. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, see: http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wsgs2011/index.htm Check out the one page pdf flyer or the new conference tri-fold flyer.

September 16-18, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Celebrate Your Anglo-Celtic Roots at the 17th Annual Conference sponsored by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) at Library and Archives Canada in Canada’s beautiful capital, Ottawa, Ontario. The program features England and Wales, and includes presentations on London and the Home Counties. Hear expert international, national and local lecturers, attend pre-conference seminars, access genealogy data bases and experienced researchers, and browse a marketplace of genealogy related products and services. For more information, See: www.bifhsgo.ca or email: conference@bifhsgo.ca or phone 613-234-2520.

September 13 – October 4, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is sponsoring “Biographical Research for Ontario Genealogists.” The class will run for four weeks on Tuesdays, and is presented by Janice Nickerson. For more information, See: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/courses.html

September 10-17, 2011 – New York, New York

The Ontario Genealogical Society is sponsoring a unique seven-day cruise on Carnival Cruise Line, with a Canada/New England Genealogy Cruise. The cruise will leave from New York City on Saturday September 10, 2011, and return to New York September 17. Stops will be made in Boston, Portland, Saint John and Halifax. Dave Obee will speak on the following topics: Destination Canada; The Error of Our Ways; The Geography of Genealogy; and Write Your Family History. For more information, See: http://www.ogs.on.ca/home/cruise.php.

September 11, 2011 – Rock Island, Illinois

The Swedish Swenson Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, IL will host a SwedGen 2011 Research Day (9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The event is free but registration is required for both the event and individual consultations. For registration information, go to: http://www.augustana.edu/x34121.xml

September 10, 2011 – Chicago, Illinois

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center will sponsor a Swedish Research Day on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where representatives of SwedGen Tour 2011 will be present: four experienced genealogists from Sweden and three representatives from Lantmäteriet, the Swedish mapping center. The SwedGen Tour 2011 group is touring the United States to teach Swedish-Americans how to find their roots and to do Swedish research.
The Swedish Research Day will include presentations and demonstrations on how to use the various resources for Swedish genealogical and historical research. There will be presentations on Swedish genealogical resources, both CD and online; tips on how to research in the Swedish church books; tax registers and probate records; and how to find Swedish historical maps. For more information, See: http://www.swedishamericanmuseum.org/museuminfo/news/swedish-research-day-swedgen-2011/

September 10, 2011 – Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Fourth Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum will be held at the Civil War Museum from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four speakers covering topics related to battles and events of 1861. The speakers include Dr. Tom Sweeney on Care for the Wounded at Wilson’s Creek; Lance Herdegen on the Second Wisconsin at Bull Run; Dan Joyce on the 90-day 1st Wisconsin Infantry, and Bruce Allardice on the Ten Worst Civil War Generals. For information call 262-653-4141. Also See: http://www.civilwarwisconsin.com/component/jcalpro/view/27.html

September 9-10, 2011 – Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints District Branch & the Alberta Genealogical Society Grande Prairie are sponsoring a FREE FamilySearch / Genealogy Workshop, to be held Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 11212 – 102nd St. from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdsay from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Avondale School, 10226 – 108th Ave. for more information, See: http://www.abgensoc.ca/events.html

September 7-10, 2011 – Springfield, Illinois

The Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference, hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701, with luncheons and other events at the Hilton Springfield (across the street). Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, see: http://www.fgs.org/2011conference/

September 6-11, 2011 – Springfield, Illinois

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Springfield, Illinois (see above item). for more information, See: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/.

August 27, 2011 – Houston, Texas

The Clayton Library Friends is sponsoring an all-day seminar featuring Arlene Eakle, Ph.D.. Registration is at 10:15, with the seminar beginning at 10:30. Arlene will speak on the following topics: Migration Patterns from the British Isles to the Southern United States Before 1850. The lecture includes People Differences: English, Irish, Scots, and Welsh; Appalachian Triangle: Eastern Tennessee, Northwestern North Carolina, Southeastern Kentucky, and Southwestern Virginia; Naming Patterns: Your Key to Ancestral Origins in the Southern United States; and Tracing a Southern Pedigree—Research strategies, finding aids, indexes, and under-used sources to by-pass burned courthouses. For morei nformation, See: http://www.claytonlibraryfriends.org/Content-Public/Page-Edit/Page.asp?iID=1876714186.

August 26-27, 2011 – Hamilton, New Zealand

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists is holding its annual nationwide Family History Fair at the Claudelands Events Centre. for more information, see: www.nzfamilyhistoryfair.org.nz

FamilySearch.org will be there along with various repositories, museums and local historical societies and commercial services including Findmypast, Ancestry, The Genalogist and MyHeritage. For more
August 20, 2011 – Evansville, Indiana

A FREE all-day workshop will be held Aug. 20 at Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. J. Mark Lowe will speak at the library’s Special Collections Department on the second floor. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The one-hour sessions will be “My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for your Rural Ancestor” (9 a.m.); “Finding Your Landless Ancestors” (10:30 a.m.); “Here Comes the Bride, and There She Goes” (a combination) (1 p.m.); and “Using That Brick Wall As a Foundation” (2:30 p.m.). Orders can be placed for a catered lunch in the newly-landscaped Willard Park (chicken, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, roll, cookies and beverage) at a cost of $7. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, contact Willard Library, 21 First Ave., Evansville, IN 47711; phone (812) 425-4309; e-mail, lmartin@willard.lib.in.us.

August 20, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Genealogical Society will sponsor an “Introduction to Quaker Research” on from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Iowa Genealogical Society Library, 628 East Grand Avenue. Explore Quaker organization, records, dating conventions and research techniques. Examine the changes over time in recording birth, death & marriages. Understand the importance of minutes of Quaker Monthly Meetings and what can be gleaned from those minutes. Preregistration is required. The cost is just $5 for IGS members and $10 for non-members. Contact IGS at 515-276-0287; igs@iowagenealogy.org. For more information, see: http://www.iowagenealogy.org.

August 20, 2011 – Riverton, Utah

Have you wanted to keep a journal of important life events, but just don’t have the time? Family history enthusiasts will want to take advantage of a free seminar to be held on Saturday, August 20th from 9 to noon at the Riverton FamilySearch Library to learn creative ways to accomplish this goal in record time. Keynote speaker Randal Wright will be speaking on “The Three-Word Journal: Finding Your Purpose in Life.” His presentation teaches you how to recall the meaningful experiences in your life by summarizing each into three well-chosen words in approximately 10 seconds. These three words can later be expanded into a full journal entry that becomes part of your life history.

Randal A. Wright obtained a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. He has worked with the LDS Church Educational System for many years and also taught in the religion department at BYU. He is the author of several books including: The Three Word Journal; Achieving Your Life Mission; 25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make; Protecting Your Family in an X-rated World and The Case for Chastity. He has been a frequent speaker at Education Week and Especially for Youth. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Austin, Texas, and are the parents of five married children and have 14 grandchildren.

Following the keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes that will cover topics of interest to both beginning and advanced family history enthusiasts.

Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:
• “New FamilySearch Advanced Issues: Part 1”⎯Cathy Anderegg
• “Pennsylvania Research, An Overview”⎯Tim Bingaman
• “The Google Genealogist”⎯Devin Ashby
• “You sNEWS, You Lose: Using Newspapers in Research”⎯Bret Petersen

The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:
• “New FamilySearch Advanced Issues: Part 2”⎯Cathy Anderegg
• “Synchronizing PAF 5 Data with New FamilySearch Using Ancestral Quest, the Program from which PAF 5 Was Derived”⎯Paul Johnson
• “Research Strategies and Websites”⎯Diana Toland
• “FamilySearch and Billion Graves: Family History Sources Right at Your Feet”⎯Tim Cross

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

August 19-20, 2011 – Sandy, Utah

The First Annual UGA Summer Family History Conference will be held at the Larry H. Miller campus of Salt Lake Community College, 9750 S 300 W, Sandy, Utah. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For information on the classes, See: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=s&eid=13 To Registration information, See: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=t&eid=13

August 14-19, 2011 – Washington, D.C.

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is sponsoring their annual conference, titled “A Capital Conference!” The conference is hosted by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington. For more information, See: http://www.dc2011.org/

August 13, 2011 – Aberdeen, North Carolina

The North Carolina and the Moore County Genealogical Societies will present “Gathering, Organizing, and Sharing Your Family History” at the Hampton Inn–Southern Pines/Pinehurst in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Pamela Boyer Sayer, CG, CGL, will speak on the following topics: Where Do I Go From Here?; Our National Treasure, The Library of Congress; Digitizing Your Way to Organization; and Sharing Your Family History. For more information, See: http://www.ncgenealogy.org/images/stories/events/2011/aberdeenlectures.pdf. To register, See: http://www.ncgenealogy.org/images/stories/events/2011/aberdeenregform.pdf

August 13, 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee

The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society is sponsoring a “Beginning Land Platting Workshop” with J. Mark Lowe. The workshop is be from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the FiftyForward Knowles Center, 174 Rains Ave., across from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. For more information, See: http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewdate.htm

August 12-14, 2011 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe is sponsoring their annual conference, entitled “From Whence We Came” at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, 1808 Wellington Ave. (next to the International Airport). The program is billed as a convention for people of German origin interested in the genealogy, culture and history of their ancestors who migrated through Russian Poland, Volhynia, and surrounding areas. Following is a list of Speakers and Topics: Friday 8:50 – Genealogy 101 – Thelma Findlay; Friday 10:15 – How to Conduct Family Interviews and Write Stories – Kathleen Kufeldt; Friday 1:00 – History and Migration of Germans to Poland and Volhynia – Bill Remus; Friday 2:30 – Translating 19th Century Polish Parish Records – Jerry Frank; Saturday 8:30 – Introduction to the Use of EWZ Records – Edith Adam; Saturday 9:40 – Translating 19th Century Russian Cyrillic Records Part 1 – Sigrid Pohl Perry; Saturday 10:50 – Translating 19th Century Russian Cyrillic Records Part 2 – Sigrid Pohl Perry; Saturday 1:00 – Letters in the Attic – Voices from War Torn Europe – Ron Neumann; Saturday 2:15 – Tzar Nicholas and Six Degrees of Separation – Felix Kuehn; Saturday 3:45 – How to Use DNA in Genealogy – Bill Remus; Saturday Banquet – The International Boundary – Felix Kuehn; Sunday 9:00 – Germans and the Cloth Making Industry Around Lodz – Jerry Frank; and on Sunday at 10:30 – A Child’s View of Collectivization – Gabrielle Goldstone. For more information, See: http://www.sggee.org/convention/convention_news

August 9-11 – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will sponsor their Genealogy Summer Camp 2011, to be held at the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 110 – 1514 11th Ave., Regina, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, See: http://www.saskgenealogy.com/calendar.html.

August 6, 2011 – Frankfurt, Kentucky

The Kentucky Genealogical Society brings is sponsoring Elizabeth Shown Mills for the 36th Annual Kentucky Genealogical Society Seminar, entitled: “Clearing Your Genealogical Hurdles,” the program will be held at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St. in downtown Frankfort, KY. Elizabeth will speak on: Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Techniques for Everyday Success; Proving ‘Oral History’: How to Find the Truth About a Family Story; In a Rut? 7 Ways to Jump-Start Your Research; and The Genealogical Proof Standard: How to Build a Case When No Record States the Answer. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. for sign-in and vendor browsing. The seminar itself will begin at 8:45 and end at 4 p.m. The registration fee for KGS members is $40. For others, the fee is $60. Lunch is included in all registrations. For more information, See: http://kygs.org/meetings/sem2011.pdf

August 6, 2011 – Akron, Ohio

The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are sponsoring “Discovering Your Ancestors Online” from 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. This FREE day-long program will take place in the auditorium of Main Library, located at 60 South High Street, Akron, OH 44326. The featured speakers are: Laura Prescott, current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a consultant at Footnote.com; ProQuest Training Specialist Edward Loera; and Judith Porter, Director of the Family History Center in Tallmadge, Ohio. The program includes: Genealogy Research Online: Sites and Strategies That May Surprise You (Laura Prescott); Find Your Family on Footnote.com (Laura Prescott); Ancestry (Edward Loera); Heritage Quest (Edward Loera); and Family Search – The Largest Source of Free Genealogy (Judith Porter). Parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. To register, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or speccollections@akronlibrary.org. For more information, See: http://sc.akronlibrary.org/classes-events/discovering-your-ancestors-online/.

August 6, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library are sponsoring a “Finding Ontario Ancestors” Workshop. It promises to be a summer workshop of exploring the richness of Ontario records. the workshop is to be held at the North York Central Library Auditorium , 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto (North York Centre subway station). Find out how to get the most from familiar records or discover a new source to expand your understanding of your Ontario ancestors. You’ll enjoy this relaxed, information-packed day with speakers who revel in the intricacies and richness of records—and love to share their knowledge. For more information, See: http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/Finding_Ontario_Ancestors_2011.html

August 5-6, 2011 – Columbia, Missouri

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is sponsoring their annual conference, featuring keynote speaker, Henry Z. “Hank” Jones. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center. Hank Jones has been actively climbing family trees since the age of eight and, following his graduation from Stanford, has specialized in tracing 18th century German emigrants. His books on the subject include The Palatine Families of Ireland, The Palatine Families of New York – 1710 (two volumes, winner of the Donald Lines Jacobus Award as “Best Genealogical Work of the Year”), More Palatine Families, Westerwald to America, and his new 3-volume set, Even More Palatine Families.
In his “other life,” Hank was a film actor for twenty-five years, appearing in eight Walt Disney films and over 300 appearances in TV shows including My Three Sons, Love Boat, Mork & Mindy, The Jeffersons and many more.
Hank’s besteller, Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy, a study of how intuitive nudges and serendipitious events sometimes influence our genealogical searches, is now in its 9th printing. It was dramatized on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” program. Its sequel, More Psychic Roots: Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy is drawn from his own experiences and those of over 200 other family historians from around the world.
He received the NGS Award of Merit for “Distinguished Work in Genealogy” and has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, of whom there are only fifty in the world. Hank has served on the national board of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild and as a Trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
For more information about the event, see: http://www.mosga.org/conference2011.html

August 5, 2011 – Quitman, Texas

Up-to-the-minute ideas on how to explore one’s family tree – for beginners and experienced researchers – will be presented by an internationally-recognized genealogy author and workshop speaker at a free public workshop during Old Settlers Reunion Week in Quitman, Wood County, Texas. George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, author of nine books and hundreds of genealogy articles in magazines, journals, newsletters, and online, will share his knowledge acquired in 40-plus years of genealogy research Friday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. The seminar is open to the general public, and members of East Texas genealogical societies are also encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is by calling 903-763-2535 or by email at wcgstx@gmail.com. The seminar is sponsored by the North East Texas Library System and the Quitman Public Library and hosted by the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society.

August 3-6, 2011 – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Joint Stevne of Tronderlag of America, Gudbrandsdal, and Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lags is sponsoring Tre Lag Steve 2011, with the theme of “Telling Our Story, to be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. the program will include a Tour, Genealogy Research, Cultural Programs, Entertainment, Banquet, and Lag Business Meetings. For more information, See: http://www.tronderlag.org/stevne2011.htm

August 1-7 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The American Historical Society of Germans From Russia will hold their annual convention at the Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, see: http://www.ahsgr.org/conventions/2011Convention/2011_Convention.htm

July 30, 2011 – Webster Groves, Missouri

The St. Louis Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar featuring Maureen Taylor, speaking on: Identifying and Dating Family Photos; Discovering Genealogical clues in 19th Century Photographs; Reading Immigrant Clues in Photos; and Photo Editing Programs: An Overview The seminar will be held at Orlando Gardens, 8352 Watson Road. For more information, See: http://www.stlgs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34&Itemid=43

July 29-30 – Overland Park, Kansas

Family History Expos is sponsoring an Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas. 66211. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, See: http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent.aspx?eid=35

July 26-29, 2011 – Provo, Utah

The annual Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held at the BYU conference center. The 2011 theme is “Strengthening Ties That Bind Families Together.” The 43rd annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will offer more than 100 classes, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information. Class topics include New FamilySearch, FamilySearch, Using Computers, Internet and Technology, Computer Tools Hands–on–Workshop, Church Records Worldwide, Writing Family Histories, Research Methodologies, United States Research, British Research, International Research, Scandinavian and German Research. For more information, See: http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwgen/

July 23-24, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Genealogical Society will sponsor a Research Slumber Party from 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23rd through 6 a.m. Sunday, July 24th at the Iowa Genealogical Society Library, 628 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Reservations required. $25 per person includes supper. Contact IGS: 515-276-0287; igs@iowagenealogy.org. For more information, See: http://www.iowagenealogy.org.

July 23, 2011 – Danville, Illinois

The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society will conduct a class on the use of Ancestry’s Family Tree Maker software. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Illiana Genealogy Library, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832 and costs $35. Robert Sbertoli will be the instructor. For more information, See: http://my.calendars.net/ighsdanville

July 23, 2011 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

Organized jointly by Ancestry.com and the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center, the Fort Wayne Ancestry Day 2011 will take place at the Grand Wayne Conference Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Join the experts at Ancestry.com and the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center for a full day of classes and Q&A that will help you take your family history research further than ever before. The following classes will be presented: “Insider Search Tips for Ancestry.com;” “How to Find Civil War Roots at Ancestry.com;” “Hidden Treasures of The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne;” “A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project;” and “Ask The Experts Panel.” Pre-registation is required. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. For further information or to register, See: the Ancestry Day web page.

Jul 23, 2011 – Waltham, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) 2011 annual seminar will be held from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) at Bentley University – LaCava Conference Center, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452. The program is titled “Chronicling the Bay State.” The featured speakers will be Dick Eastman, Beau Sharbrough, Mel Wolfgang, Marian Pierre-Louis, Lori Lyn Price, David Lambert, David Dearborn, and Tom Howard, among others. For more information, See: http://www.massgencouncil.org/

July 23, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will sponsor a class from 9 to 11 am on “Using Maps in Pursuit of Family History.” Dave Liesse will be giving a presentation on the use of maps in developing your family history. He’ll cover types of maps available, where they can be found, and how they can be used to best advantage. Note to South King County Genealogical Society members: although there will be a little overlap, this is NOT the same presentation you’ve seen before! Dave’s interest in maps and geography goes back to when he was a single-digit age, a natural outgrowth of his interest in airlines (which comes from being part of an airline family). He reads maps — and airline timetables — the way many of us read books, looking for all the nuances they hide. We’re all sure to find at least one useful tidbit from his presentation! Email hqrlinfo@gmail.com or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. Registration is recommended but not required. They need to know how many handouts to produce. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

July 22-23, 2011 – Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring the Summer Institute 2011 entitled “Genealogy & Technology.” It is to be held from 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m. at the Dallas J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The Keynote Speakers are George G. Morgan & Drew Smith, aka “The Genealogy Guys. For further information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/TXSGS-New/Pages/Calendar.htm, and http://www.dallasgenealogy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=304:dgs-summer-institute-2011.

July 21 & 28, 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee

The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society is sponsoring advanced Genealogy, with Mrs. Virginia Watson. The program is be from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and will be held at the FiftyForward Knowles Center, 174 Rains Ave., across from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The topics to be covered are: Fraternal Organizations: Finding their Records; Confederate Death & Burial Records: How to find them and what they contain; Organizing Your Records: Recording and Retrieval using Old & New Technology and Colonial visionaries and the Great Wagon Road into the South: Migration from Virginia into Tennessee.
For more information, See: http://www.mtgs.org/mtgsnewdate.htm

July 20-24, 2011 – Spokane, Washington

The Germans from Russia Heritage Society will sponsor their 41st annual conference at The Davenport Hotel & Tower. The library and bookstore will be open on Wed. July 20th, and a city tour that day as well as a dinner cruise that evening on nearby Lake Coeur d´Alene is planned. Opening Ceremonies will begin Thursday morning, followed by a variety of workshops on genealogy, history, cultural cooking and programs relating to using DNA for genealogy research. For more information, see their website, or call the GRHS headquarters at (701)223-6167. Special rates are available for convention attendees if you mention “Germans from Russia”. The hotel reservation number is (800)899-1482.

July 20, 2011 – Florence, Kentucky

The Boone County KY Germanna Study Group is sponsoring “Germanna in the Hinterland,” to be held at the Hopeful Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road. This is a Study Group formed to collect and preserve family histories of the German Lutherans who traveled here from Madison County, Virginia. They arrived in Boone County, Ky. on November 25, 1805 and shortly thereafter founded The Hopeful Lutheran Church. For more information, See: http://www.boonegermanna.com/

July 16, 2011 – Ventura, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society is sponsoring the VCGS Second annual FREE Mid-Summer Mini-Seminar, featuring Gena Philibert Ortega, presenting: “Finding & Using Unusual Genealogical Sources” and Expert Secrets for Solving Your Brick Walls.” For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cavcgs/Minisem%20PR_Jul2011.pdf

July 16, 2011 – Lansing, Michigan

The Abrams Foundation, the Michigan History Foundation, and the Michigan Genealogical Council will sponsor the annual Abrams Genealogy Seminar, which will be held at the Michigan Historical Center. The Keynote speaker is David Rencher. In the afternoon, conference attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of speakers/topics. The topics include: Interpreting Vital Records in Latin, Polish and Czech; How to Start Your Genealogical Research; How My Michigan Ancestors Have Made Me A Better Genealogist; The 1st Michigan Colored Troops in the Civil War (102nd U.S.C.T.); Sibling Connections; Land Record Research In Michigan; and ending with a Tour of the Archives of Michigan. The Archives of Michigan will be open for research from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see: http://mimgc.org/2011AbramsSeminar

July 16, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL) will have a class on from 9 to 11 am on “Getting Started with Legacy Genealogy Software.” Jim Johnson will be teaching the class. Join them as Jim explains how to set up your family file and how to input your information properly. Intermediate and advanced Legacy classes will be offered at a later date. You are invited to bring your laptop computer so you can follow along live with the lesson, if you have Legacy installed. This class is limited to the first 24 to sign up, since they need tables in the classroom for the laptops. Email hqrlinfo@gmail.com or call the Library fron 11-4 Tuesday thru Saturday to register. HQRL is located at 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Phone: 253-863-1806. For more information, See: http://www.hqrl.com/eventcalendar.html

July 14-16, 2011 – Lufkin, Texas

The 15th Annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference, entitled “Family Myths and Realities” will be held at Angelina College, 3500 South First Street (Hwy 59 South – two miles south of Loop 187). Eight Speakers will be offering 24 sessions, plus two all-day workshops. Exhibitors & Vendors will also be in attendance. For more information, See: http://www.angelina.edu/genealogy/genealogy.html

July 10-15, 2011 – Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland

The National Institute on Genealogical Research (N.I.G.R.), at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland, is an intensive program offering on-site examination of federal records. Designed for experienced researchers, it is not an introduction to genealogy. The 2011 program focuses on commonly used records such as immigration, military, land, African American, and naturalization. Complementing those core lectures will be presentations on lesser-known federal records useful to family historians. The group spends one day at Archives II in College Park, Maryland, and there are optional evening sessions at the Library of Congress and the DAR library. Tuition is $350 for applications postmarked on, or before, 15 May 2011, or $400 thereafter. Scholarships are available. Add your name to our mailing list to receive a brochure by either filling out the Mailing List Form; e-mailing us; or writing to NIGR, P.O. Box 118, Greenbelt, MD 20768-0118. for more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~natgenin/

July 9, 2011 – Whitewater, Wisconsin

The German Interest Group – Wisconsin is sponsoring thier 2011 workshop, entitled “Tracing Your German Family,” The probgram will be held at the Hamilton Center (attached to the James R. Connor University Center), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin. The featured speaker will be Lois Hemmeter Edwards, author of Beginner’s Guide to Germanic Genealogy and former editor of Germanic Genealogy Journal. The lecture topics will be “Beginning Germanic Genealogy,” “German Church Records and Civil Records – Language, Format & Content,” “Surprising and Amusing Discoveries in German Research,” and “Researching Two Pomeranian Towns.” For more information or questions call (608)752-0358, (608)879-2479 ext.225, or (608)363-8848. You can send a SASE to German Interest Group – Wisconsin, PO BOX 2185, Janesville WI 53547 to request a registration brochure.

July 7-9, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The Federation of East European Family History Societies sponsored their annual Conference, held at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. For information and a history on past FEEFHS conferences, See: http://feefhs.org/conferences.html

June 14-19, 2011 – Waterville, Maine

The 34th Annual Conference and Meeting of the Association for Gravestone Studies was was held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on June 14-19, 2011. See: http://www.gravestonestudies.org/conferences.htm

June 3-5, 2011 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Quebec Family History Society sponsored Roots 2011, which took place at McGill University. For more information, See: http://www.qfhs.ca/roots_2011_program.shtml

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December 7-13, 2014 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 30th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-992-3705.

June 8-13, 2014 – Birmingham, Alabama

The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) will take place at Samford University. The following program tracks are planned: Techniques & Technology; Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies; To Be Determined; Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis; Writing & Publishing for Genealogists; Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents; Virginia: Her Records & Her Laws; Researching African American Ancestors; U.S. Military Records; and Irish Genealogical Research. For more information, See: http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/

March 15, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to partner once again with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online genealogy website, to bring Ancestry Day to Philadelphia. This full day of genealogy lectures will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, March 15. NEW THIS YEAR: the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is opening its research library the Friday prior to Ancestry Day to all Ancestry Day registrants (with free library tours, lectures, document display of family trees, and more!) Read the full press release here: http://hsp.org/news/ancestry-day-returns-to-philadelphia-on-march-15

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It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

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December 6-12, 2015 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 31st annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-992-3705.

August 1, 2015, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
EAST EUROPEAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 2015 SEMINAR – Ancestral Evidence – Names, Places and Documents!
Speakers Presentation: WILLIAM “FRED” HOFFMAN – “Understanding Language Variations of East European First Names” and “The How and Why of East European Place Name Changes”. MATTHEW BIELAWA – “Analyzing Vital Records of the Austrian, Prussian and Russian Empires”. JOHN PIHACH – “Beyond Vital Records: Galician Documents of Genealogical Value from Poland and Ukraine”.
(Languages include Polish, Ukrainian, Latin, German, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and Lithuanian.)

For more information, see: http://www.eegsociety.org/Seminar2015.aspx

June 14-19, 2015 – Birmingham, Alabama

The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) will take place at Samford University. The following program tracks are planned: Techniques & Technology; Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies; Research in the South, Part 1; Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis; Writing & Publishing for Genealogists; Genealogy as a Profession; Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts & Their Effect on Migration; Land; To Be Determined; and Tracing Your English Ancestors. For more information, See: http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/

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It is our goal to publish the most comprehensive listing of genealogy-related events available anywhere. Please email your events to Lmeitzler “at” gmail.com as soon as you have your event place & date set. Send updates as you get more details. You may also mail copy to: GenealogyBlog.com, PO Box 830, Bountiful, UT 84011. All events that are half-day or more are welcomed. This isn’t the place for general meeting announcements.

The GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar is in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. The events that we know of farthest into the future are listed first. By laying the GenealogyBlog Genealogy Event Calendar out in this way, we are able to leave events posted AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN PLACE. We invite our readers to send short summaries of the events following the event itself. Commentary on such things as attendance numbers, vendors, accommodations, the program, and so forth are welcomed. Please include your name, city, state, and if outside the U.S., your country. Give the date, name and place of the event first please.

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December 2-8, 2012 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Do You Want to Make Gigantic Leaps in Locating Your Ancestors? Do you have brick-wall problems in your genealogy research? If so – plan on joining with GenealogyBlog Editor, Leland K. Meitzler, and Donna Potter Phillips at the 28th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library this December.
The Salt Lake Christmas tour is known for having the highest percentage of professional researchers per attendee of any Salt Lake research tour.
Why December? Early December is an ideal time to come to the Family History Library. The library isn’t crowded, as it is at other times of the year. The festivities in Salt Lake City are underway and the Christmas Tour Family is waiting with open arms for you to join them.
By joining us in Salt Lake City on a Salt Lake Christmas Tour, you will be in the right place – at the right time – to locate more ancestors than you may have ever found before.
For more information, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com , or call 801-992-3705.

November 1-3 – Texas

The Texas State Genealogy Society State Convention will held – location to be announced. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/

October 22, 2011 – Lakewood, Colorado

The Palatines to America – German Genealogy Society Colorado Chapter is sponsoring the Colorado Chapter Fall Seminar and Annual German Dinner at the Holiday Inn, 7390 W. Hampden, Lakewood, CO Beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Mr. L. Tim Ostwald and “The Forum”. Featuring Mr. Lloyd Bockstruck, M.A., MLS, FNGS, speaking on “The Hessian Soldiers“, “Land Granted by Federal and State Governments“, and “Migration from the Revolutionary War to 1850“. A deli lunch and complimentary parking are provided. A Social Hour and German Dinner to follow. For more information, See: http://www.palam.org/chapters.php?chapter=1ttchapter

August 29-September 1, 2012 – Birmingham, Alabama

The Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference, hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society will be held at the Birmingham Convention Center, Birmingham, Alabama. The Sheraton Hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the convention center will be the host hotel. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, See: http://www.fgs.org/2012conference/

July 22-27, 2012 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt) will be held at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. The instructors are all experienced genealogical researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. Four different week-long genealogical courses which incorporate hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art and friendly community atmosphere. For more information, See: http://www.gripitt.org/

July 19-21, 2012 – Lufkin, Texas

The 16th annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference, is to be held at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas – 3500 South First Street (Hwy 59 South – two miles south of Loop 187). Lufkin is the hub of the East Texas region, located in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. This Conference awards Certified Professional Educator Provider (CPE) Certificates, accredited by the Texas Educational Agency (#501201) and Angelina College awards Continuing Education Units (CEU) to individuals who have successfully completed educational activities for which academic credit is not awarded. For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsgs/TXSGS-New/Pages/Calendar.htm

June 10-15, 2012 – Birmingham, Alabama

The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) will take place at Samford University. The following program tracks are planned: Techniques and Technology; Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies; Research in the South, Part I; Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; Writing & Publishing for Genealogists; Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Docum ents; Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts & Their Effect on Migration; Researching African-American Ancestors; Military Records Research III: 1820-1919; and Tracing Your English Ancestors. For more information, See: http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/

June 14-16, 2012 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Palatines to America – German Genealogy Society will sponsor their National Conference and Annual Meeting. to be in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, See: http://www.palam.org/index.php#events

June 8-10, 2012 – Burbank, California

The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree will take place at the Marriott Burbank Airport. For more information, See: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/

June 1-3, 2012 – Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual conference. For more information, See: http://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php

May 19, 2012 – Valley View, Ohio

The East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society will sponsor a seminar with Megan Smolenyak, to be held at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, Harry E. Eastridge Professional Development Center Building, 5811 Canal Rd. Her lecture topics are: “Trace Your Roots with DNA,” “Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones,” “Find The Obituary! Online Newspaper Research” and “Cases That Made My Brain Hurt” For more information, See: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oheccgs/

May 19, 2012 – Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Genealogical Society’s Spring 2012 Seminar will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at the Museum of History & Industry’s McEachern Auditorium, 2700 24th Ave East. George G. Morgan, from “The Genealogy Guys” will be the featured speaker. Registration starts in March of 2012. Look for more information at http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/content/seminars or contact us at sgsseminar@gmail.com. $35 SGS Members. $45 non-members.

May 9-12, 2012 – Cincinnati, Ohio

The National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The convention center is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, just blocks from I-71 and I-75 and 10 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The downtown area offers shopping, dining, theatre, a lively arts and music scene, and is just a short walk from the Ohio River. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. Click on the following links for the Conference Flyer 17″ by 11″ (PDF 121KB) 8.5″ by 11″ (PDF 1.35 MB).

April 27-28, 2012 – Green Bay, Wisconsin

The 2012 Gene-A-Rama will be held at the Hotel Sierra and KI Convention Center. For more information, See: http://wsgs.wetpaint.com/page/Meetings+%26+Conferences.

April 21, 2012 – Denver, Colorado

Palatines to America – German Genealogy Society Colorado Chapter will sponsor the Colorado Chapter Spring Seminar and Annual Business Meeting at the Holiday Inn – Central, 4849 Bannock St, Denver, CO. The featured speaker is Henry “Hank” Z. Jones, Jr., FASG, speaking on: “When the Sources are Wrong!“, “Tracing the Origins of 18th Century Palatine and Other Emigrants“, “Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research“, and “Genealogy Today: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going“. Deli lunch and complimentary parking provided. For more information, See: http://www.palam.org/chapters.php?chapter=1ttchapter.

April 14, 2012 – Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Genealogical Society will sponsor their third annual IGS Spring Technology Conference. For more information, See: http://www.iowagenealogy.org/events/conferences/spring-technology-conference/

April 13-14, 2012 – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

The Alberta Genealogical Society will sponsor their annual Gen-Fair. for more information, See: http://www.abgensoc.ca/

April 12-14, 2012 – Cleveland, Ohio

The Ohio Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 51st Annual Conference, entitled “History and Genealogy: Finding Clues to Ancestral Lives.” The event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 9801 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Periodically check the conference web page for further information. This web page includes subscription information for the conference E-zine.

March 16-17, 2012 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International is sponsoring their CGSI Symposium Friday and Saturday at the Family History Library and the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Dinner will be held Saturday at the Plaza. for more information, See: http://www.cgsi.org/news/events/2012/03/16/cgsi-symposium-salt-lake-city-ut.

February 2-4, 2012 – Salt Lake City, Utah

The annual RootsTech Conference will be held in the Salt Palace. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC will be exhibiting. For more information, See: http://rootstech.familysearch.org/

January 23-27, 2012 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Genealogical Association is sponsoring its annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2012. For More information, See: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=6 Click here to check out the tracks for the 2012 Institute.