Call for APG 2017 PMC Presentations – Deadline 23 December 2016

The following Call For Presentations is from Annette Lyttle, 2017 PMC Coordinator:

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The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 19th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 29 September – 1 October 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, D.C. – Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2017 APG Professional Management Conference:

– Classes presented by an individual or panel—one hour in length
– Workshops—two hours in length
– Discussion groups led by one or more individuals
– Poster sessions – informal discussions of a topic during networking time, posters to remain accessible to attendees at other times

PMC presentations should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate and improve their current businesses, and meet the demands of the 21st Century client. Prospective speakers are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods)

– Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

– DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it)

– Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project)

– Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

– Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking)

– Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

– Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research)

– Certification and Accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation)

– Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

– Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

– Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

– Washington, D.C. (for example, orientation to the city for first-time visitors, orientation to using a D.C. repository)

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

ATTENDEE DEMOGRAPHICS FROM THE 2016 PMC
Half of attendees have been professional genealogists for five years or more and 56% hold a master’s or doctoral degree. 57% are lecturers themselves, and 37% are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees (83%) offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2017 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Friday, 23 December 2016.

Proposals must include the following:
– Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)
– Title of the presentation and category (from the list above)
– Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)
– Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50–75 words)
– Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75–100 words)
– Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location
– Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded and broadcast for the virtual PMC (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)
– Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Running a Genealogical Business.

Presenter Compensation
Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive:
– Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
– Lunch for the day of the presentation
– Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700
– All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:
$400 for a one-hour presentation by an individual or panel
$650 for a two-hour workshop
$550 for a one-hour keynote presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive
$50 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive
Complimentary PMC registration for a poster session

All one-hour presentation proposals will be considered for keynote spots.

Royalty payments for syllabus sales and recording of the live-streamed session following the conclusion of the PMC will be detailed in the speaker contract.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

Leadership Expert Liz Wiseman to Keynote RootsTech Innovator Summit

The following news release is from FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah, (8 November 2016) —Do you multiply or diminish intelligence? Liz Wiseman, a leadership strategist, best-selling author, and inspiring speaker whose recent clients include Disney, Microsoft, eBay and PayPal, Google, and Facebook, is excited to share highlights of what she has learned as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Innovator Summit at RootsTech. Innovator Summit is a one-day event for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to explore business and technological opportunities in the multibillion dollar family history industry. The Innovator Summit will be held on February 8, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the founder and president of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She has been listed on the biennial Thinkers50 ranking for 2013 and 2015 and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

Wiseman is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work; Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter; and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

She has spent years working around a lot of really smart executives in tech industries and conducted significant research in the field of leadership. She’s observed how some leaders actually shut down the brain power of people around them.

“Yet, other leaders seem to amplify the intelligence of people around them,” said Wiseman. “These leaders were intelligence multipliers.” She said that “when these leaders walked into a room, it was as if you could see lightbulbs going off over people’s heads, and ideas flowed and problems got solved.”

Wiseman has emphasized that one of the most important aspects that she learned in this research was “that when we linger too long on a plateau a little part of us dies inside. But when we step out of the space of knowing—where we are fully capable—and step into unfamiliar territory, we feel alive. I think it is actually where we feel divine, and, in some ways, I feel like it is where we see God’s hand working in our lives.”

Wiseman is a frequent lecturer at BYU, Stanford University, and the Naval Postgraduate Academy. She is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, where she worked over the course of 17 years as the vice president of Oracle University and as the global leader for human resource development. During her tenure at Oracle, she led several major global initiatives and has worked and traveled in over 40 countries. She writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Time.

The RootsTech Innovator Summit keynote session begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a full day of classes, the semifinal round of the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, a networking social, and other related activities.

The annual Innovator Showdown contest is designed to foster innovation in the family history industry. Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen and announced, with $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes offered by sponsors to the winners.

About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Will Keynote & Judge at RootsTech 2017

The following news release was received from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 27 October 2016)RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, is pleased to welcome the popular Italian-American celebrity chef, Buddy Valastro, also known as the hit TLC series, Cake Boss™ as a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Valastro will also judge a local cake decorating contest hosted by RootsTech.

The amicable Valastro is a Hoboken, New Jersey, resident and owner of Carlo’s Bakery. He has endeared himself to millions of people as the animated, passionate chef on the TLC series, The Cake Boss. His staff’s creative expertise in designing over-the-top cakes for locals and celebrities is only half the allure. The show’s long-running success can also be attributed to the fun, dynamic interactions and involvement of 3–4 generations of Valastro’s Italian-American family who help run the thriving family business.

“Family is the most important part of my life,” says Valastro. “You have to embrace and be proud of where you come from. I can’t wait to share my story of how my past, present, and future have shaped who I am with the audience.”

During his RootsTech 2017 keynote address, the Cake Boss will share the story of how his strong family ties, roots, and traditions have shaped his life and business success, which include 12 bakeries, additional TLC series (The Next Great Baker and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue), and several books, to name a few.

Running bakeries is almost genetic in Buddy’s family. His grandfather and great-grandfather were both bakers in Sicily, Italy. His father, Buddy Valastro Sr., ran his own bakery for many years in New Jersey. When Buddy Valastro Jr. was 11 years old, he began working side by side with his father at Carlo’s Bakery.

Buddy Sr. died when his son was 17, leaving a very large hole in the teenager’s life. However, his tutelage had provided Buddy with “cast-iron business sense” and imbued in him a work ethic and a wealth of knowledge. He stepped up and took over his father’s role as proprietor and baker in Carlo’s bakery.

Buddy learned much without his father’s presence in the business but struggled making sfogliatelle dough, which is used in making Italian shell-shaped filled pastries called lobster tails, one of the bakery’s specialties. Buddy recalls the night his father came to him in a dream and told him, “I am here for one reason, to show you how to make lobster tails.” The next day, for the first time, Buddy successfully created the seemingly impossible dough and the very popular lobster tails were back. From then on, he says, he knew he could do anything he put his mind to and found comfort knowing that his father was looking after him.

After a few years, Buddy Jr. decided to take cake decorating to a new level with designer cakes. He created, among other spectacular cakes, a NASCAR racecar cake weighing over 10,000 pounds. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the Food Network Challenge where he took top prize in the fourth battle. He was urged to try a show for himself so he pitched a show featuring himself with his family. TLC executives were impressed enough to shoot a pilot episode in the shop which was a hit with audiences, and Cake Boss was born. The show is now in its eighth season.

Buddy’s extended family is indispensable both to the show and in running what has now become a chain of bakeries in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and some Norwegian Cruise Line ships. The business has diversified and expanded, but the legacy that began three generations ago in Sicily lives on. Buddy willingly holds to the traditions of his father’s bakery.

“Life lessons my parents have taught me define who I am today. I never forget where I’ve come from and try to pass that down to my children today,” says Valastro.

In addition to keynoting at RootsTech 2017, Valastro will help judge the first-ever RootsTech cake decorating competition.

There will be four different categories to compete in—wedding, birthday, holiday, and graduation—and there will be three finalists and one grand prize winner selected in each category. Cakes will be on display Saturday during RootsTech and Family Discovery Day where thousands of people will view and have a chance to vote for “People’s Choice” winners in each category. Official rules and entry information for the contest will be available soon at RootsTech.org.

The Mayflower Society to Mark the 400th Anniversary of the Sailing With Week Before Thanksgiving Program

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PLYMOUTH, MA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 22, 2016 – 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower and, in the first of many events leading up to that year, members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will gather in Plymouth on November 19 for the Plymouth 400 ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ program.

Led by Pilgrim William Bradford, members dressed in Pilgrim attire will walk from the Mayflower Society House to Hedge House on the waterfront where an inspirational program filled with live music, illuminated art, and more will occur. A GSMD member who is a proven descendant of Governor William Bradford will read Bradford’s famous “One Small Candle” quote during the program.

The descendants will then return to the Mayflower Society House front lawn where they will conduct a brief service of remembrance for the Mayflower passengers who traveled to the New World in 1620. The tribute will include 102 luminaries lit in commemoration of our Pilgrim ancestors and their accomplishments. General public is welcome.

“The Mayflower Society invites visitors and guests to join the procession to and from the event,” said Lea Sinclair Filson, Governor General. “Families visiting Plymouth will create lasting memories that make Thanksgiving more meaningful.”

A full day of activities in Plymouth will delight visitors and locals. A Thanksgiving parade takes place at 11am with festive shopping along Court Street throughout the day. The Mayflower Society House will be open to the public for tours from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ event takes place at Hedge House, located at 126 Water Street. Historic Plymouth downtown will illuminate windows across the area to add a magical effect to the anniversary event.

“We welcome visitors to the Mayflower Society House at 4 Winslow Street,” said Dr. Walter Powell, Executive Director. “It is important to us that the story of the Mayflower pilgrims’ importance as founders of America is remembered by all.”

Partners in Lieden, the Netherlands and in Plymouth, England will mirror the ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ ceremony in those countries and will also hold commemorative events from now through 2020.

Day at a Glance: http:// America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Historic Village and Demos – Brewster Gardens
10:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies – DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade – Main Street
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – New England Food Fest – DCR Memorial Park
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Wampanoag Education Village – DCR Memorial Park
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Mayflower Society House open for tours – 4 Winslow Street
3:00 p.m. – Gather for procession at Mayflower Society House
3:30 p.m. – Walk to Hedge House for ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ event – 126 Water St.

Following event – Memorial Service for Pilgrims – Mayflower Society House
6:30 p.m. – Drum and Bugle Corp Reunion Concert – Memorial Hall

For more information on America’s Hometown Thanksgiving weekend including security, parking, lodging and a detailed schedule of events in Plymouth for Nov. 18-20, visit USAThanksgiving.com

About The Mayflower Society
Founded in 1897, The Mayflower Society, or General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with national headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who travelled to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Its mission is two-fold: to educate the public about the importance the Pilgrims had on Western civilization; and to maintain the highest standards possible for genealogy research on the lineage of the Pilgrims. The Society operates a genealogy research library at its Plymouth headquarters and publishes the GSMD Silver Books, a series of genealogy books on lineage of the Mayflower passengers; the Mayflower Quarterly Magazine; and The Mayflower Journal. It also operates and offers tours of the historic Mayflower Society House in downtown Plymouth.

Three Swedish Workshops – Portland, Tacoma, and Seattle – Sept 20, 24, & 25

The following is from my friend, Kathy Meade:

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SwedGen Tour 2016
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There will be three wonderful Swedish genealogy research workshops in North America this autumn that you don’t want to miss if you have the opportunity. Three genealogists from Sweden, Anna-Lena Hultman, Charlotte Börjesson, and Olof Cronberg plus Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital will be visiting Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, September 20th, Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, September 24th and Seattle, Washington in Sunday, September 25.

The genealogists from Sweden and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will lead a one-day workshop at each city giving lectures on records in ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics. The Swedish genealogists will provide one-on-one consultations. To request an individual consultation, go to: http://www.swedgen.se/researchquery/ and fill out the form. There are a limited number of consultations and the selection will be based on order of request. Event information is listed below:

Portland, Oregon Sponsored by Nordic Northwest
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
2 PM – 8:00 PM
West Hills Unitarian Church Universalist Fellowship
8470 Oleson Road, Portland, Or 97223
Program Price – $10 for only one lecture, $20 for entire program
Individual Research Consultation – $25
Registration – http://www.scanheritage.org/#!calendar-1/mbrew or call 503-977-0275

Tacoma, Washington Sponsored by the Scandinavian Cultural Center
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9 AM – 4 PM
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University
2180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447
Price – $25 includes program, light lunch and two snacks; one-on-one consultation additional $10
Registration: – Call 253- 535-7411
Click here for the Swedish Genealogy Workshop Page.

Seattle, Washington Sponsored by the Swedish Club
Sunday, September 25, 2016
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Swedish Club 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Price – Free for Blue Club members and $20 for general public
Registration: – http://swedishclubnw.org/

Following are a couple of links with registration information.
http://www.swedgen.se/swedgentour-2016/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/arkivdigital-and-swedish-genealogists-visit-oregon-and-washington/

SwedGen Tour 2016
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SWEDGEN SPEAKERS
Charlotte Börjesson has been doing genealogical research for more than 20 years and has deep experience with both Swedish and American resources. She has been a board member of the Computer Genealogy Society of Sweden (DIS) and is currently active as a Disbyt representative. She is the culture leader for the Vasa Order of America in northern Sweden. Her areas of expertise include research within in western Sweden as well as computer genealogical research and photography. She has participated in the SwedGen tours since 2002.

Olof Cronberg was for many years the chairman of the Computer Genealogy Society of Sweden (DIS). He is a medical doctor. He has extensive experience working with both Swedish and American genealogical resources and has a very strong understanding of the genealogical software program, Disbyt. He has participated in many of the SwedGen tours.

Anna-Lena Hultman has been doing genealogical research for more than 40 years and is well-known as an expert on emigration research and Västergötland. She was one of the key persons in the development of the Emibas CD, a CD with information on more than 1.1 names emigrants leaving Sweden between 1845 and 1930. She also guides many North Americans during the summer months in locating their ancestor’s homestead in Västergötland. Anna-Lena has her own research stuga in Hössna. Anna-Lena has participated in all the SwedGen tours.

Kathy Meade is the U.S. representative for ArkivDigital, a company that offers online access to newly photographed color images of the Swedish historical records. Besides working for ArkivDigital, Ms. Meade volunteers at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago the Arlington Heights Memorial assisting patrons in researching their Swedish heritage. Kathy has been helping persons with their Swedish research as well as giving Swedish genealogy presentations throughout the country for more than ten years.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh

Book your room now for #FGS2017

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9/7/2016 – Austin, TX.

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2017 Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Two Pittsburgh hotels are now taking reservations for the FGS 2017 conference – “Building Bridges to the Past.” The conference will be held August 30-September 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Westin Convention Center and the Omni William Penn Hotel are offering reduced rates to FGS 2017 Conference attendees from Wednesday, August 23 to Friday, September 8 (subject to availability). Both hotels are conveniently located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Westin Convention Center (Main Conference Hotel)
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Full details and links for FGS discounted reservations can be found on the FGS website.

Conference hotels fill up quickly, so it is not too early to make reservations. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Conference: October 22, 2016 in York, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society is sponsoring a conference Saturday, October 22, 2016. Titled Focusing on Our German Heritage, the conference will begin at 8:30 am and run until 4:30 pm. It will be held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, York, Pennsylvania 17404.

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The following is from my friends at MAGS, and can be found at their website.

The MAGS presents our fall conference with the following topics and speakers.

German Gazetteers: Geographic Dictionaries to Your Rescue!
Dr. Fritz Juengling
This presentation will show how to use the following gazetteers in tandem to find virtually any village now or once in Germany: Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschenReichs; Gemeindelexikonfür das KönigreichPreußen; Kartenmeister.com; Map Guide to German Parish Registers.

Finding a German Heimat Online
James M. Beidler
Researching your ancestors deep into Germany simply doesn’t happen unless you know the name of the village of origin. This presentation will review the sources to tie your immigrant to a Heimat and then find the village and its records.

German Guilds and Their Records: Filling in the Gaps for Missing Church Registers
Dr. Fritz Juengling
This class will cover the purposes organization of guilds, various records types kept by guilds and how these can be used to fill gaps or extend research. Some discussion of occupations will also be given.

Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America: Beyond the Obvious Reasons
Dr. Fritz Juengling
Millions of Germans emigrated to other lands and their reasons for doing so are varied. Some reasons are obvious, others less so. In this presentation, using a case study, we will learn about a less well known sociological reason for emigration.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Fritz Juengling
Dr. Juengling received his two Bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Education and International Studies German Emphasis, both with Honors, at Western Oregon University. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Germanic Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics.

Dr. Juengling has taught all levels of German, including Medieval German literature, and Old English (Anglo-Saxon) at the college level. He has also taught German, English, and Latin at the high school level. He is an Accredited Genealogist® for Germany and the Netherlands through The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. He is a European Research Specialist, specializing in German, Dutch, and Scandinavian research, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

James M. Beidler
Jim Beidler is the editor of our own publication Der Kurier, the newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He has spoken at our conferences many times. Jim just published another new book – Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites.

Exhibit Space May Now be Ordered for the NGS Conference, Raleigh, NC May 10-13 2017

I just got the following announcement from Erin at the National Genealogical Society.

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NGS invites you to exhibit at its annual Family History Conference which will be held in Raleigh, NC from 10−13 May 2017.

The benefits of exhibiting at NGS conferences are endless!

  • Dedicated exhibit hall hours when attendees are not in session
  • » Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • » Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Connect with as many as 2,000 conference attendees with a specific interest in genealogy
  • Free promotional opportunities in the conference program, conference website, mobile app, and conference blog
  • Free Wi-Fi for exhibitor and attendee use within the exhibit hall (hard wire connections are recommended for mission critical tasks)
  • One free conference registration with booth purchase
  • More than 30 hours of exhibit time in four days
  • Traffic builders in the exhibit hall, including concession and Wi-Fi areas
  • Exhibitor lounge featuring free Wi-Fi

10’x10’ exhibit booths are only $310 for a business or non-profit and $250 for a society/association. The Exhibit hall will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center. For booth availability please see the floor plan at http://goo.gl/yIQBR6.

For more information on exhibiting and to reserve a booth please visit the website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/exhibit/.

Ancestry Day in Washington State, Sept. 23-24, 2016

The following is from the Washington State Library blog:

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Join Ancestry, Washington State Archives, Washington State Library, Legacy Washington and the Washington State Historical Society as they present Ancestry Day in Washington State, Sept 23-24, 2016. Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event. Registration for the Ancestry Day on Saturday, Sept 24 is $35.00 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry. Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional $15.00, which includes a box lunch and the lunch speaker.

Special presentations will be offered by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State History Museum on Friday, Sept. 23, for $15.00. These are limited to the first 225 participants that register for Saturday.

Read the full blog.

Get the details and register for the event.

Two Free Week-Long Online Seminars Available Starting Monday From FamilySearch

The following announcement was received from Raymon Naisbitt, AG® at FamilySearch International:

The Family History Library is hosting two free week-long research seminars that will also be hosted live as free online webinars.

  • Next week, Aug 22nd-26th there will be 19 classes/webinars offered on United States Research
  • From Sept 12-16th there will be 24 classes/webinars offered on research in Europe.

Register for free at http://bit.ly/2blpozl
Or go to wiki.familysearch.org and type “classes and webinars.”

Family Discovery Day in Gig Harbor, Washington: August 6, 2016

The following except is from the July 25, 2016 edition of the Tacoma News Tribune. It’s the paper that lands on my driveway every morning – and I see that a Family Discovery Day is about to take place in nearby Gig Harbor.

It is called Family Discovery Day, and one person describes it as “a mini Genealogy Roadshow.” It is in Gig Harbor and it is free.

If you have felt the desire to discover more about your ancestry, how to organize your effort, or how to use modern technology to make connections over the centuries, this event may be for you.

Family Discovery Day is four hours of fun and informative workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, hosted by my friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at their beautiful building at 12002 Peacock Hill in Gig Harbor.

Admittedly a rank amateur at family history efforts, I did once tape an oral history interview of my beloved maternal grandmother when she was 80 and blind, and when I typed it up it became a family treasure.

Read the full article.

Annette Burke Lyttle Named 2017 APG Professional Management Conference Coordinator

The following news release is from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director, Association of Professional Genealogists

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Lyttle Brings Broad Event-Planning Expertise to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 July 2015 — The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced the appointment of Annette Burke Lyttle as coordinator for the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC). Lyttle of The Villages, Florida, brings lengthy experience in logistics and event management to the conference.

As PMC Coordinator, Lyttle will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual conference, which offers topics relevant to genealogy professionals and those interested in the profession. Her career began in logistics management in the U.S. Army, after which she moved on to positions in corporate, higher education, small business, and volunteer work. She holds an M.A. in English language and literature and a B.A. in journalism. She is the owner of Heritage Detective, LLC, and currently serves on the committee for APG’s 2016 PMC, which will take place 22-24 September, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“APG’s PMC is unique in its focus on professional genealogy. It addresses the challenges faced by professionals, with lectures and workshops that help genealogists grow their businesses,” said Lyttle. “I look forward to working with the APG team to continue to offer an exciting program with learning and networking opportunities.”

“We are excited to have Annette Burke Lyttle join the APG team as PMC Coordinator,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “Her experience and skills will be a wonderful asset to planning and implementing the 2017 PMC.”

About APG PMC 2016 and 2017
The 18th annual APG PMC will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 22-24 September 2016, in Fort Wayne. Indiana. Register today at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html. Join the APG PMC discussion on our Facebook or LinkedIn sites, or on Twitter using hashtag #APGen. Planning for the 2017 APG PMC is in its early stages.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference Call for Presentations

The following is from the Texas State Genealogical Society:

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Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2016

11 March 2016 — Austin, Texas The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2016 Family History Conference. This year’s conference will be held 28-30 October 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016.

About the Proposals
We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic presenters! If you feel passionate about your area of expertise and would like to teach and inspire other genealogists, this is the venue for you. Seasoned speakers and speakers new to the genealogical lecturing arena are encouraged to submit presentations.
The areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic genealogical topics (How-To, or Getting Started)
  • Methodology and problem-solving techniques
  • Ethnic research topics (African-American, German-Texan, Czech-Texan, etc.)
  • Adoptee challenges
  • DNA
  • Researching in record groups (land records, probate records, etc.)
  • Texas- and Southern-focused research

Presenters may submit proposals for as many as five lectures.

Submission Requirements
Presentations should be one hour in length. This includes any question-and-answer period the presenter may want to allow. Please send proposals in the following formats: Microsoft Word, pdf, or rich text format (rtf). File names should include your last name and title of lecture (example: Smith – Understanding DNA Results).

Presenters should send a genealogical résumé or biography in addition to your proposals. Please include any prior speaking experience. Be sure to submit the following information for each lecture you propose:

  • Your full name
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • A lecture outline or summary (not more than one page)
  • Audio-visual requirements (projector, screen, etc.)
  • Target audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)

Email your individual proposals as file attachments to the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org. Please send one proposal per email. Proposals must be received no later than May 15, 2016.

Selected presenters will also be required to provide the following information and materials for advertising purposes and for the syllabus:

  • Photo
  • Biography (about 150 words)
  • Camera-ready handout for each lecture in PDF format (not to exceed 6 pages per lecture)

TxSGS will provide a projector, microphone and stand.

Compensation
Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $100 for each one-hour lecture.
Additionally, a $25 bonus per lecture, will be awarded to the those presenters selected for submitting syllabus materials by the syllabus material deadline. All required dates will be outlined in the acceptance letter sent to the selected presenters.
In addition each speaker will also receive a $150 stipend as reimbursement for expenses as well as a free registration to the conference. No other expenses will be provided or reimbursed. Meals that are included as part of the conference registration will be provided, as well as a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

Anticipated Timeline

  • May 15, 2016 – Proposals due
  • June 19, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance sent out
  • September 2, 2016 – Syllabus materials due

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org.

About TxSGS
Founded in 1960, the Texas State Genealogical Society promotes, assists, develops, and conserves the genealogical and historical resources of Texas.

Contact: Texas State Genealogical Society
Attn: Conference Chair
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2700
Austin, Texas 78741
conference@txsgs.org

Early Bird Discount for the 2016 NGS Conference in Ft. Lauderdale Ends March 31

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 18 MARCH 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.

The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history. In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as

  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to the sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Roundup
On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Local Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Governor Mike Leavitt Speaks at Saturday’s RootsTech Opening Session

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This morning, one of the folks for whom I have great admiration spoke at the Family Discovery Day opening session here at RootsTech 2016. Former Governor of Utah Mike Leavitt spent a few minutes telling stories. Posted to the screen were the topics for a number of stories that he’d selected. He let the audience pick the stories they wanted to hear by text messaging, using their smart phones. The same approach was used Friday, during the Innovator Showdown, when the audience voted for the People’s Choice award.

The audience picked the stories they most wanted to hear, and Mike proceeded to tell them. He told about how there had been a fire in the governor’s mansion, caused by faulty wiring to a Christmas tree, and how that became the most memorable Christmas ever – the outpouring of help given to the family, the hours spent helping out in a local homeless shelter,and more. He told us a bit about the delegate-winning process that was used in getting the Republication nomination for Governor Romney, and how that same process is being used today. He told us of the day that he informed Olene Walker that she was about to become governor, as he had been called to serve at secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration in Washington. Mike also told us about the Oval Office and how it’s said that it’s called that as there are no corners to hide in.

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The Governor acutally started and ended his story-telling by speaking of the excitement of the moment that it was announced that Utah had won the Winter Olympics – and how needing a last-minute runner for the Olympic flame, a 5th grader was chosen to carry the torch and how it changed that young person’s life.

He ended by saying something like this – and these probably are not his exact words… “The fire on the stick – it’s family.” Wow, what a great start for the final opening session of RootsTech 2016.