RootsTech 2018 Promotional Pricing – Just $199

FamilySearch has posted the Promotional pricing for RootsTech 2018. Those who register will now only pay $199 for the full week’s events. Not quite as cheap as the Early Bird price was, but still a great deal. The price will later be $279 for the full weeks’s events. Click on the illustrations below.

Would like like to do a price comparison for the week’s options? Then Click Here.

What’s New @ RootsTech 2018

We’re already starting to get excited about RootsTech 2018! To learn more about the upcoming program, click on the illustration below. Note that RootsTech will be later in February than it has been in the past. This year it will begin on the last day of February – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – beginning a full day earlier in the week than in the past. The Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown will now become the Innovation Showcase, and be an integral part of RootsTech, and not an add-on day. I understand that the later start in the month will be permanent – so we can do out long-term attendance planning now!

I was asked to be a RootsTech Ambassador this year, so you can expect to see many posts on the subject between now and the early March of 2018.

The 1st International Germanic Genealogy Conference


The 1st International Germanic Genealogy Conference took place July 28 through 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I attended the conference, in support of FRPC’s authors who were speaking there, as well as the five venders who were marketing FRPC’s Germanic publications.

The conference sponsor was the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). Kent Cutkomp, Dirk Weissleder and Kim Ashford are the founders – and much of the conference success can be laid directly at their feet. The Mission and Purpose of IGGP may be found at their website.

It was an amazing conference. Nearly 700 people were in attendance. I can honestly state that it was the best-organized conference I’ve ever attended. I attended the lunches and the banquet, and enjoyed the speakers, and good company at the table. Most of the rest of the time, I roamed the exhibit hall, the lobby and the hallways – visiting with the vendors. I was able to set at a table (reserved for the deaf) right near the podium each time, allowing me to hear – not great, but I was able to get most of the info.

I purchased the conference lectures on a flash drive. Most of the lectures given, except those given at the lunches and banquet, are on the drive. Cost was $149, but well worth it for me. Being deaf keeps me from understanding much of what is being said. It’s not that I can’t hear – so much as I can’t differentiate the sounds. Many consonants sound alike to me. So I now plan to listen to the entire conference with the use of my headphones. That will be fun!

While at the conference (and standing in a lunch line to be exact) I met a young man from Brazil by the name of André Hammann, who works for Team GenealogiaRS. He had heard about the conference just a week or so before it took place, and immediately registered – flying from Brazil to attend. It seems that Brazil has a huge German community that goes back to a first wave of immigration to the county in 1824. See the table below. Click on it to see an article on German Brazilians at Wikipedia.

André is a fifth-generation German-Brazilian – now doing professional genealogy research. He sent me a link to an 18-minute video that was made to celebrate 193 years of German Immigration in Brazil, last 25th July. It highlights some immigration characteristics, and the words are spoken in a German dialect with subtitles in Portuguese. It’s well done! André is looking into having English subtitles added to the film. Click on the above link to see it.

This conference will be the first of many annual gatherings. It’s planned that next year the conference will take place in Germany, and in 2019 Sacramento will be the host city. I will write more about these upcoming events as more data comes available.

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Annual Fall Conference

The following News Release is from Jaymie Middendorf, Marketing & Public Relations Chair for ISGS.

Springfield, IL – July 29, 2017. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is bringing the 2017 Annual Fall Conference to beautiful Moline, Illinois. The Society will hold its conference on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at the iWireless Center. This year’s conference is co-hosted by local society Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society. Registration for the conference is open to the public.

Explore this year’s theme, “Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research, & Writing” with two days of genealogical education for beginners through expert researchers, nationally-known speakers, door prizes, and opportunities to network with other genealogists and family historians. Attendees at the Friday evening banquet and the Saturday luncheon will be entered to win a free DNA test! Speakers include: Karen Stanbary, CG℠, J. H. Fonkert, CG℠, Tony Burroughs, Ginger Frere, Dr. Daniel Hubbard, Marsha Peterson-Maass, & Rachel M. Popma.

One or two-day conference registrations are available. Additional details may be found on the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s website at www.ilgensoc.org.

About the Illinois State Genealogical Society: ISGS was founded in 1968 to stimulate a public interest in the people and families that contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

The Family History Library Announces Third Annual Free Block Party

The following is from FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30, 2017) – The Family History Library and the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor the third annual Family History Block Party on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in downtown Salt Lake City, featuring indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on West Temple Street from North Temple to South Temple, which will be closed to thru traffic. The event is free and all activities are family-friendly.

The Kenshin Taiko drummers, Malibu Revue, Shanahy, and the Snow Canyon Jazz band will provide live entertainment. Other free outside attractions include a rock-climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting, and participation in pioneer-era games, among other activities. There will also be food trucks and snow cones for nominal fees.

Additional fun activities will be offered inside the library. The new interactive discovery experiences enable visitors to discover their famous relatives, learn about where they come from, digitally dress in time-period costume, record family memories, and more. In the adjacent museum, visitors will meet actors dressed as historical characters walking around and test their detective skills about mysteries behind artifacts in the museum. Children can visit the Tell Me the Stories of Jesus children’s exhibit. Toddlers to 12-year-olds will have fun learning through hands-on play and art projects.

The library is hosting this event to help families of all ages discover what a fabulous resource the Family History Library is for those beginning their family history. The hope is that families will come for the fun, discover something interesting about their ancestors, and return to the library again and again as a family to continue to learn and share their personal family stories.

16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference – June 9-10

The following excerpt is from the June 3, 2017 edition of tahlequahdailypress.com:

The 16th Annual Cherokee Ancestry Conference will be hosted by the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S. Keeler Dr., Tahlequah, OK on June 9-10.

The two-day event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.

Participants will also learn about various Cherokee Nation records that are now available online, as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.

Registrations are $70 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $85 for nonmembers.

To learn more, click here.

Is-sur-Tille, France Commemorates the Construction of the American Camp Williams

Is-sur-Tille, France is about to commemorate the construction of the American Camp Williams that was begun 100 years ago. A celebration will be held on 24 September 2017, 100 years after the arrival of American soldiers to Is-sur-Tille, in the great war (WWI). Various events and exhibitions will take place.

Descendants of those that helped to build the camp, worked there, were assigned, or got married there are invited to attend.

See http://www.alenjes.com/camp-american, a site created by my friend, Jeff Bockman.

A list of the American soldiers that married French girls in Is-sur-Tille and the surrounding towns during 1918-1919 has been created. A more detailed list will be included in a publication being created for the 100th anniversary.

FREE 5-Day Western European Family History Conference – Both Online and On-Site in Salt Lake City

Oh, Wow! FamilySearch is doing another week-long series of FREE classes – all dealing with Western European research. It looks like classes are being offered dealing with research in Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland. Check out the class titles below. If you can make the time, I’d highly advise stopping and taking those classes that look interesting to you. These classes are available as streaming webinars, or as on-site classes in the classrooms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Patty and I took a series of similar classes when they were offered last fall, and learned all kinds of things. The following is from FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017), FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.

DATE / TIME – CLASS (SKILL LEVEL) – WEBINAR | CLASSROOM

  • Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM – Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM – Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM – Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM – German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research – Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM – Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM – Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM – Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM – Latin for Researchers (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM – Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Low Countries (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM – Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM – Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM – Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM – Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM – WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM – Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM – Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM – Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City – Archives (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM – Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM – Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM – Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM – Swiss Census Records (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM – Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown

The Innovator Showdown at RootsTech was an exciting time this year. All ten of the finalists had impresive concepts and products, but all ten could not win. Five finalists were selected for the showdown on Friday – and OldNews USA walked away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind services. Following is the RootsTech news release:

Old news, it seems, is actually “new” news. Very innovative news in fact. Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, OldNews USA took top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. OldNews is an android app designed to help users quickly discover their family in historical US newspapers. The app uses the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” collection of more than 11 million newspaper pages from 1789 to 1922 to deliver its results.

In front of a crowd of close to 14,000 live and online viewers, the six RootsTech Innovator Showdown finalists battled for $199,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights in the rapidly-growing, multi-billion dollar family history industry. An experienced amateur genealogist, Bill Nelson of Auburn, Massachusetts, designed the program as a solution to tedious, difficult online newspaper searches. The OldNews USA app was designed to simplify and streamline the search process.

Using keywords, users can look for newspaper accounts of a person or topic with the option to look at articles of historical events. In a person search, you type names and dates into your mobile device and choose a location on Google Maps which produces a list of newspapers in the targeted geographic area for a time period. It brings up images of the actual newspapers with the name or event you are seeking highlighted so you can quickly locate it on the page. Images can be enlarged for easier access to detail.

(See video demo of OldNews USA)

Nelson is a software developer by trade. “I was new to android and needed something to practice on. I had felt the pain points of newspaper research and thought ‘this would be a good project,’” he said. Initially he developed the app for his own use, then realizing it could help other researchers, he expanded it into a mobile app.

OldNews is compatible with Android devices, but Nelson is working to create an app for IOS devices and computers. With his winnings, he can now get business and technological assistance to accelerate development. While OldNews USA is designed to search US newspapers, he hopes to adapted the app for other countries.

The 5 finalists were whittled down from more than 40 applicants from the US and Europe. Each took three minutes to convince the panel of five judges and live audience that their product was deserving of a chunk of the $190,000 in cash and prizes.

The major sponsors of the Innovator Showdown this year included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kickstarter Seed Fund, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and others.

After each presentation, there was a four-minute question and answer period between each contestant and the judges. The judges then selected the top three winners, and the viewing audience selected the People’s Choice Award winner.

With $190,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and services from sponsors at stake—an increase of nearly $100,000 from the original projection—the pressure, tension, and energy of the event was tremendous.

2017 RootsTech Showdown Winners

First Place Judges’ Choice ($90,000 cash, AWS credits, and an investment from Kickstart Seed Fund), Bill Nelson of OldNews USA.
Second Place Judges’ Choice ($44,000 cash and AWS credits), The Qroma tag mobile app for embedding stories into pictures, tagging them by voice commands, and making the data accessible on various platforms.
Third Place Judges’ Choice Award ($26,000 cash and AWS credits), Louis Kessler, Double Match Triangulator, an app to help sort DNA matches into groups of relatives.
People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.
Emberall was the other finalist. It provides a method to capture and store pictures and videos creating an accessible archive.

The judges for the final round included Alan Doan, CEO of Missouri Star Quilt Company, John Richards, Founder and CEO of Startup Ignition, Kenyatta Berry, host of The Genealogy Road Show, Thomas MacEntee, founder of High-Definition Genealogy, and Dalton J. Wright, partner in Kickstart Seed Fund.

The Innovator Showdown, now in its third year, was designed to foster innovation in the family history industry.

Music – It Runs in the Family – An Evening at RootsTech

Thursday evening we will enthrolled and entertained by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with an evening at the Assembly Hall in which they sang the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. I was actually moved to tears a few times.

What really made it special was that between songs, Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III told stories about his famous family, the trials and trevails, as well as the triumphs. Andy is the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II who collaborated with Richard Rodgers to bring us many of those timeless show tunes that were so much a part of many of our lives.

Special guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles sang in about half the songs. He did such a great job with Oklahoma! that I want to jump to my feet and yell as he wrapped it up. But I didn’t. I stayed dignified, and applauded loudly – yelling from my seat…

Following is a list of the songs they sang, with the Broadway show in italics:
It’s a Grand Night for Singing – State Fair
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” – Oklahoma
Oklahoma! – Oklahoma!
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Carousel
If I Loved You – Carousel
Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific
Hello, Young Lovers – The King and I
The Sound of Music – The Sound of Music
My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music
Climb Ev’ry Mountain – The Sound of Music

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Annual Fall Conference – Call for proposals

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society:

January 24, 2017 – Springfield, IL. – Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Annual Fall Conference to be held October 27 & 28, 2017 at iWireless Center in Moline, IL.

This year’s conference theme is “Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research, and Writing.” The ISGS Conference draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional and the hobbyist. Submissions utilizing our theme to promote the expansion of our knowledge and skills are encouraged as well as topics on Illinois, Midwest resources, and the Northwest Territory.

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 27, 2017. Notifications will be sent via email to all speakers who submitted proposals no later than March 10, 2017.

Please visit the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s website for more information. Contact the Conference Committee at isgsconference@ilgensoc.org with any questions.

The RootsTech 2017 Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Patty and I are heading to Salt Lake City Monday to participate in the annual RootsTech conference. For those of you who can’t make it, RootsTech is free live streaming 17 of the sessions. The following information is from RootsTech:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (January 26, 2017)–Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the massive family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 8-11, 2017, announced its free live online streaming schedule for 17 of its popular sessions including Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers, Star Trek’s Levar Burton, The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, and the Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore, Liz Wiseman, and Steve Rockwood.. The live broadcasts online give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers will be able to watch the select broadcasts live at RootsTech.org.

“RootsTech 2017 offers over 200 sessions for those fortunate to attend in-person,” said Chad Schumacher, RootsTech marketing manager. “However, the select sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach significantly, giving many, many more the opportunity to participate remotely online in this world class conference.” In 2016, over 150,000 viewers watched the conference sessions streamed live online. Even more are expected in 2017.

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Streaming Schedule

Watch at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). The stream will automatically refresh at the beginning of each session (otherwise use the Refresh button on your browser).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Innovator Summit General Session
Steve Rockwood (CEO, FamilySearch)
Liz Wiseman (Author, Multipliers)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Industry Trends and Outlook
Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Innovation – Best Practices and Applications
Cydni Tetro

Thursday, February 9, 2017

8:30a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
RootsTech General Session
Steve Rockwood
Jonathan and Drew Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Getting Started in Genealogy
Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together
Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Family History is Anything but Boring
Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer

Friday, February 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
RootsTech General Session
Levar Burton (Star Trek, RootsTech, Reading Rainbow)
Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Mother’s, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines
Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Censational Census Strategies
Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Jen Baldwin

Saturday, February 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
RootsTech General Session
Cece Moore (The Genetic Genealogist)
Buddy Valastro (The Cake Boss)

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Journaling Principles that Work
Steve Reed

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Creating Google Alerts for your Genealogy
Katherine R. Wilson

SCGS Jamboree 2017 Registration is Now Open

The following is from SCGS:

Jamboree 2017 takes place at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, 2017. To register, visit the Jamboree website at http://genealogyjamboree.com/ and register online or download a mail-in registration form.

The theme for Jamboree 2017 is “Hunting Your Heritage” and our heritage focuses for 2017 include the British Isles and Ireland, Armenia and the Caucasus, and African American Research.

This three-day conference features:

  • 60+ speakers
  • 125 class sessions
  • JamboFREE sessions Friday morning
  • In-depth workshops (space limited, additional fee required)
  • Research tours Thursday and Friday
  • Friday and Saturday banquets and sponsored breakfasts
  • Exhibit hall packed with vendors and societies FREE all weekend
  • One-on-one research assistance provided by members of the Southern California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Genetic Genealogy 2017

Back by popular demand, SCGS will hold its fifth Genetic Genealogy Conference, “Diving Into DNA”, on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

The SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from some of the top leaders in the field of genetic genealogy, with topics suitable for all levels of experience using DNA for genealogical research.

The Genetic Genealogy Conference is separate from Jamboree, and separate registration fees will apply.

Workshops 2017 – June 8, 9 and 11

Fifteen intensive workshops will also be offered during these two events providing an opportunity for in-depth study of genealogical research techniques (additional fee required, workshops overlap with some Jamboree and DNA sessions. Visit the website for registration requirements).

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.

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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.