Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

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The following is from RootsTech:

SALT LAKE CITY, 29 January 2016 — RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-6, 2016, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. Saturday’s Family Discovery Day sessions will be broadcast live on LDS.org.

The streamed RootsTech sessions include the general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

RootsTech Streaming Schedule (RootsTech.org Thursday, February 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday February 6, 2016)
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Family Discovery Day Streaming Schedule (LDS.org Saturday, February 6, 2016)
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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.

FamilyTreeWebinars.com Unveils the Next Generation of Online Genealogy Education

The following is from Legacy Family Tree:

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New mobile-responsive site with new playlist, searching, browsing, and indexed jump-to features now available for all 275 genealogy courses

SURPRISE, Arizona; October 27, 2015 — Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of a brand new responsive, mobile-friendly website for FamilyTreeWebinars.com, the leading source for online genealogy education. The new site makes it easy to find topics of interest among the now-275 courses in the library. Genealogists will now be able to watch courses on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

Visit http://familytreewebinars.com/video-detail.php?video_id=75 for a quick video tour.
Other new features include:
• A new search tool to easily find courses.
• Internal indexing of each individual course to allow easy access and jump to specific topics.
• A new resume watching feature that lets members pick up where they left off.
• A playlist to bookmark courses for future review.
• Presenter pages that feature the individual instructor’s courses and materials.

“We’re very excited to make learning more accessible to the genealogy community and our members,” explained Geoff Rasmussen, host of the webinar series. “Genealogists will be able to find what they need more quickly and watch on the platform of their choice. And they won’t have to worry about remembering where they left off. They can focus on increasing their genealogy skills and less on navigating the website.”

Rasmussen will demonstrate the enhancements and changes during upcoming free live webinars which are typically held at 2pm eastern every Wednesday. Website users will benefit from the changes immediately and will appreciate the upgrades that were made specifically with them in mind.

The new website can be found at www.familytreewebinars.com

About Millennia Corporation
Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company strives to provide top-quality genealogy software so people can record and track their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with 275 courses of quality genealogy education.

The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for September 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.

Sep 3 – 11:00 A.M. British Resources on findmypast

1:00 P.M. British Resources on Ancestry.com

Sep 5 – 1:00 P.M. Recursos en línea además de FamilySearch.org

Sep 10 – 1:00 P.M. United States Civil War Records

6:00 P.M. Descendancy Research Webinar

Sep 17 – 11:00 A.M. British Resources on FamilySearch.org

11:00 A.M. Czech Online Church Records Webinar

1:00 P.M. Key Websites for British Research (Besides the “Big 3”)

Sep 19 – 10:00 A.M. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hours) To register, call 1-801-240-4673 at least one week before the workshop to ensure requirements are met before attending.

1:00 P.M. Conozca el sitio PARES

2:00 P.M. Protocolos notariales

3:00 P.M. ¿No hay otros registros?

Sep 22 – 1:00 P.M. Newspaper Research

Sep 24 – 6:00 P.M. United States City Directories Webinar

Click on this link to access the Live Online Classes. Or go to FamilySearch.org; click on Search; select Wiki. Type Family History Library andchoose the top entry. Click on 2.2 Live Online Classes for details; scroll to find the desired class.

ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. 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. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guests may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ancestry Academy Adds Four New Courses

The following is from Ancestry.com:

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Ancestry Academy’s online course library continues to grow with these four new courses taught by experts in the genealogy community. Come check them out!

The Mystery of Manuscripts, with Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG℠, CGL℠, FUGA
Manuscripts and other original documents can provide information not found anywhere else, but they can also be difficult to locate. In this course, Pamela Boyer Sayre will teach you how to distinguish manuscripts from other records, find repositories with manuscript collections, and use finding aids to locate rare manuscripts with information relevant to solving tough research problems.
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Tracing French-Canadian Ancestors and Learning Their Stories, with David Ouimette, CG℠, CGL℠
Guided by instructor David Ouimette, you’ll learn how to find your French-Canadian ancestors as he covers subjects like naming conventions and how to trace U.S. immigrants to their parishes of origin in Quebec. He’ll also teach you how to use and decipher records relevant to your French-Canadian ancestors, as well as introduce you to major websites that will help you the most in your research.
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How Do I Know When I Am Right? with Anne Gillespie Mitchell
In How Do I Know When I Am Right? Anne Gillespie Mitchell will teach you how to determine when you are right about the facts and events of your ancestors’ lives. She’ll walk you through some basic steps you can follow to help you decide whether you’ve found the answer or if you need to search further.
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Seek and Ye Shall Find: Become an Ancestry Search Expert, with Anne Gillespie Mitchell
In this course, you’ll learn how to get the most out of the Ancestry collections and ensure your searches are as effective as possible. Anne Gillespie Mitchell will not only show you how to create a search plan and control your results as you search Ancestry, but she’ll also discuss the different advantages of doing targeted versus global searches of records on Ancestry.
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Find these courses and more on Ancestry Academy!

Family History Library Announces Free Webinar Classes for July 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.

July 2 – 7:00 P.M. Danish Church Records: Feast Days Webinar.

July 9 – 6:00 P.M. United States Naturalization Webinar.

July 13-17 – Wales Research Series Webinars will be held Monday through Friday at 1:00 P.M. Classes include: “Welsh Naming Patterns,” “Wales Maps and Gazetteers,” “Wales Online Websites,” “Wales Anglican and Nonconformist Church Records,” and “Wales Probate Records.”

July 18 – 9:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M. Danish Research Series Webinars. Classes include: “Danish Probate Record Research,” “Accessing Danish Probate Records: Online and Microfilm,” and “Probate Records: Extracting Genealogical Information.”

10:00 A.M. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hours) To register, call 1-801-240-4673 at least one week prior to the workshop to find out which requirements should be completed before attending.

1:00 P.M. Fuentes en FamilySearch Webinar.

July 23 – 6:00 P.M. Beginning LDS Research Webinar.

Webinars can be accessed by going to FamilySearch.org; click Search; select Wiki. Type Family History Library and choose the top entry. Click on 2.2 Live Online Classes for details; scroll to find desired classes.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Courses Running Now Through November

The following is from the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

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RALEIGH, North Carolina: Registration is currently open for six courses offered by the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

“We are very excited about these new courses, covering genetic genealogy; English, German and Native American research; and U.S. federal land and Revolutionary War records,” said co-administrator Michael Hait, CG. “The response to our courses has been outstanding! The Virtual Institute is an excellent option for in-depth genealogical education, especially for those with limited travel options.”

Registration for the following courses is currently open:

  • Paul Milner, “An In-Depth Look at the Big Four Records of English Research,” 30 May–6 June 2015
  • F. Warren Bittner, CG, “Reading German III: Practice Reading German Church Records”, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June 2015
  • Bille Stone Fogarty, MEd, and Rick Fogarty, “Verifying the Family Legend of Native American Ancestry,” 20 June–27 June 2015
  • Craig R. Scott, CG, “A Day in the Revolution: Researching Your Soldier,” 1 August–8 August 2015
  • Angela McGhie, “Digging in Federal Land Records,” 19 September–26 September 2015
  • Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, “Genetic Genealogy for the Professional Genealogist,” 7 November–14 November 2015

About the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers year-round online education on a wide variety of genealogical subjects. Each course consists of six hours of live instruction, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes and a Plus course option allow for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered by genealogy webinars. For more information visit www.vigrgenealogy.com or email: vigrgenealogy@gmail.com.

Ancestry Launches Ancestry Academy – Educational Video Courses for Family History Researchers

The following news release is from Marketwired:

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New Resource Will Feature High-Quality Video Courses Spanning a Variety of Family History Topics; Expert Guidance to Help Experts and Novices Alike

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – April 22, 2015) – Ancestry, the world’s leading family history service, has launched Ancestry Academy, a new educational resource that offers high-quality video instruction from family history and genealogy experts. Covering a wide range of topics of interest in family history research, including Native American ancestry, online US census research, and DNA testing, this new educational content will help anyone, no matter their knowledge, better research and understand their family’s unique history.

“Whether you are just beginning your family history research or an expert genealogist, nearly anyone can learn something new from the terrific lineup of expert instructors featured on Ancestry Academy,” said Laura Prescott, Director of Ancestry Academy. “Our goal is to deliver the best online video instruction library of family history courses to as many people as possible to provide an educational and rewarding experience while researching their family history.”

Ancestry Academy courses are divided into smaller lessons enabling self-paced learning, and an easy to use navigation helps members identify topics within a course simply. There is also an opportunity to evaluate your proficiency on a subject through optional tests available after completion of a course.

“Ancestry Academy is a natural next step in our effort to provide the best in education and resources for people interested in researching their family history,” said Brian Hansen, Vice President of Emerging Businesses at Ancestry. “This new resource, combined with the Ancestry Learning Center and other educational content on Ancestry.com, will provide quality family history education to help every person discover, preserve and share their family history.”

While premium courses will help educate on some of the more popular how-to conversations in family history research, other courses on Ancestry products and websites will also be available free of charge for anyone with a registered account to Ancestry.com.

Currently, there are 15 courses available on Ancestry Academy, with plans for new courses to be added each month on an ongoing basis. Unlimited access to all Ancestry Academy courses is available for $11.99 a month, $99.99 a year, or as part of the Ancestry World Explorer Plus subscription.

To learn more about Ancestry Academy, visit www.ancestryacademy.com.

Live Streaming Sessions Available From RootsTech 2015

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I am now in the Salt Lake City area, awaiting a week of conferences, starting Tuesday morning. RootsTech 2015 itself runs from Thursday Through Saturday. There are 20 of the sessions advertised as being available for live streaming from RootsTech.org. Note that as of this moment, I still don’t see a page and/or links at the RootsWeb site for the live streaming, but I’m sure that’s coming.

See the Press release for times and details.

Virtual PMC 2015 Registration Now Open

The following is from APG:

Registration is now open for the 2015 Virtual Professional Management Conference at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.

The largest Virtual PMC to date offers TWO full days — that’s 9 total sessions — of PMC’s must-have instruction streamed live to your computer or mobile device. Choose from the full Virtual PMC line up, one-day only, or individual sessions. All registrations include 3-month’s access to recordings of the same sessions!

THE VIRTUAL PMC LINE UP

Thursday, 8 January 2015

  • 10:45-11:45am MST — Taxes and the Professional Genealogist, James M. Beidler
  • 1:15-2:15pm MST — Finding the Law, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • 3:00-4:00pm MST — Mind Maps for Genealogy, Ron Arons, MBA
  • 4:15-5:15pm MST– DNA and Genealogical Proof, Angie Bush, MS

Friday, 9 January 2015

  • 8:15-9:15am MST — Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • 9:30-10:30am MST — Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism & Pecuniary Interest, James M. Beidler
  • 10:45-11:45am MST — How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues, Christina Grover
  • 1:15-2:15pm MST — Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many “Clients,” Angela Packer McGhie
  • 3:00-5:15pm MST — Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots with DNA (workshop), CeCe Moore

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences/classes.html for class descriptions and speaker bios.

Register now for Virtual PMC 2015 at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com

REGISTRATION BUNDLES
Create a Virtual PMC package to meet your development needs! Choose from full-conference or single-day options or select only the individual sessions that you want to view. You will receive access to the live streaming of the sessions you register for as well as 3-months’ access to recordings of those same session. (Recordings will be available online beginning 5 February 2015.)

The Virtual PMC 2015 registration packages are:

Full VPMC — Thursday and Friday
Gives you access to all 9 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Thursday 8 January 2015 and Friday 9 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 9 sessions.

Thursday Only
Get access to the 4 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Thursday 8 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 4 sessions.

Friday Only
Access to the 5 Virtual PMC classes streamed live on Friday 9 January 2015, a downloadable PDF of the full conference syllabus, and 3 months of access to recordings of all 5 sessions.

DNA Bundle
Gives you access to Angie Bush’s “DNA and Genealogical Proof” on Thursday, January 8, and CeCe Moore’s “Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover Their Genealogical Roots with DNA” workshop on Friday, January 9, syllabus materials for both presentations, and 3 months of access to the recordings of the 2 sessions.

Live Streaming of Individual Sessions
Receive access to the live stream of a specific individual session, syllabus materials for the individual session, and 3 months of access to the recording of the individual session.

PMC Digital Syllabus
You can also purchase a downloadable version of the PMC 2015 Syllabus. The syllabus is available only with a purchase of a VPMC session or bundle. Some VPMC registrations include a full digital syllabus, see descriptions above. Please note that download is not immediate, a link will be sent to you via email.

Register for Virtual PMC today at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.

Virtual PMC registration is a benefit of APG membership and is open only to members of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Virtual PMC registration closes 6 January 2015.

Click here to learn more about APG membership and to apply online. I’ve been a member for over 30 years, and recommend it to my readers.

Two Excellent FREE Webinars From the North Carolina Genealogical Society Oct 3-5 & Dec 5-7

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The following is from Maryann Stockert Tuck with the NCGS Webinars. Note that NCGS members have free access to the live webinars, as well as the archived classes. Free webinars are limited to specific programs on specific dates.

October 3-5, 2014 Free three-day viewing of Mark Lowe’s “North Carolina Tax Lists: People, Time, and Delinquency” on www.ncgenealogy.org. This webinar was recorded on 19 September 2014.

New Webinar:

21 November 2014. The North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a live webinar featuring Craig R. Scott, CG, “Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestry”.

North Carolinians were active participants in the Revolutionary War, providing men, supplies, and support for the revolutionary cause. Records were created before, during, and after the war. There is more to research than complied military service records and pension application files, such as public claims, pension ledgers, and pension payment vouchers. Records are found in the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the State Library and Archives, and in some unexpected places. Clues to information on ancestors and descendants can be found in the lineage application papers of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.

See the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org for more details and dates of free viewing of the recording of this webinar will occur 5-7 December 2014.

“Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestry” Webinar With Craig Scott

The following was received from the North Carolina Genealogical Society:

21 November 2014. The North Carolina Genealogical Society will present a webinar featuring Craig R. Scott, CG, “Finding a North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestry”.

North Carolinians were active participants in the Revolutionary War, providing men, supplies, and support for the revolutionary cause. Records were created before, during, and after the war. There is more to research than complied military service records and pension application files, such as public claims, pension ledgers, and pension payment vouchers. Records are found in the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the State Library and Archives, and in some unexpected places. Clues to information on ancestors and descendants can be found in the lineage application papers of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.

See the NCGS website: www.ncgenealogy.org for more details and dates of free viewing of the recording of this webinar.

National Genealogical Society Announces Post-Conference Viewing of Ten Sessions

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:
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Arlington, VA, 15 May 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces that registration for post-conference viewing of ten lectures from the NGS 2014 Family History Conference which was recently held in Richmond, Virginia, will be extended through 31 May 2014. Over four hundred people signed up for live streaming before the conference and post- conference viewing is being made available at the request of many who did not learn about the live streaming before the conference.

Details of the post conference program can be found on the NGS Conference website at http://www.playbackngs.com/774-ngs-streaming-packages.html. NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for the recorded sessions can select either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.

Track One: Records and Research Techniques. Learn about best practices and research sources.
Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns. Learn about Virginia

Registration for post-conference viewing will close at 11:59 p.m., 31 May 2014.

All registrants will receive an electronic version (PDF) of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference handout for each session. Registration is discounted for NGS Members with a checkout code.

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You can view the sessions as many times as you want through 10 August 2014. NGS has selected PlayBackNow to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing will be sent to registrants as they sign-up.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

New Online Training Courses Being Offered at FamilySearch

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FamilySearch is now offering some new free online training classes at their Learning Center.

The following courses were announced at the FamilySearch Blog on May 13:

Using Online Czech Records: Land Archives in Opava

Family Tree in Spanish – Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Árbol Familiar

Research classes for Spain and Latin America

¿Y ahora qué? Cómo hacer la investigación genealógica

Encontré este registro ¿y ahora qué?

Research class for Spain, Latin America, Mexico – Tesoros ocultos en los registros originales

United States censuses:

Lesson 1: The Federal Census—An Historical Overview

Lesson 2: 20th Century Censuses, 1930-1900

Lesson 3: Federal Population Schedules, 1890-1880

Lesson 4: Federal Population Schedules, 1870-1850

Lesson 5: Federal Population Schedule, 1840-1790

An Introduction to Chinese research is also listed in the blog post, but as of today, the link does not work. Maybe later?

Call for Papers for the Florida State Genealogical Society Webinar Series

The following was received from Ann Staley:

Webinar presentation proposals are welcome by 1 May 2014 for the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) 2015-2016 “Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series“. The webinars are presented to the FSGS membership and to the public on a monthly basis.

Among the topics being considered are presentations on Computers/Technology, Beginning Genealogy, Research Sources, Immigration/migration, Florida Research (i.e., history, available records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, etc.), Society Management and broader genealogical topics including methodology, problem solving, publishing, military records, land records, etc.

Compensation will be limited to $100 for selected presentations.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Speaker’s Name, address, and telephone number
  • Speaker’s Email address and website URL
  • Title of the Presentation
  • Summary of the presentation
  • Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • Audience skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)
  • Biography of 150 words for publicity
  • Resume of previous (within the last 18 months) experience

Each presentation will be limited to a total of one hour (50 minute presentation and a brief five-minute question-and-answer period). Handout material will be required for each presentation and will be hosted on the FSGS website on the “Members [Only]” page.

Interested individuals should submit up to six proposals to the FSGS e-mail: Trustee3@flsgs.org

Email submissions on or before 1 May 2014 in a PDF file or an MS-Word Doc file.

Live Streaming of 10 Lectures from the NGS 2014 Family History Conference

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The following is from the National Genealogical Society

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Richmond, VA
7–10 May 2014

The National Genealogical Society announces the live streaming of ten lectures from the NGS 2014 Family History Conference. The upcoming conference will be the first time NGS has provided a portion of the conference to NGS members and others across the United States and overseas who are unable to attend the conference in person.

Details of the live streaming program can be found at on the NGS Conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming-at-ngs2014gen/. NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can select either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks. The registration fee for live streaming is discounted for NGS members.

• Track One: Records and Research Techniques can be viewed on Thursday afternoon, 8 May 2014, and Friday morning, 9 May 2014. Join the conference from home and learn about best practices and research sources.

• Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns can be viewed on Friday afternoon, 9 May 2014, and Saturday morning, 10 May 2014. Learn about Virginia’s records and her people who moved south and west to new lands pushing the frontier ever forward.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight 30 April 2014. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference Syllabus. Registration is discounted for NGS Members.

Once registered, you can watch the event live, or if you have other commitments on those dates, you can view the sessions as many times as you want for ninety days following the conference (through 10 August 2014). NGS has selected PlayBackNow to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants before 6 May 2014.

For those fortunate enough to be able to attend the conference in person and chose from ten tracks and more than 175 lectures over four days, a reminder that the discounted Early Bird registration will close on 24 March 2014. Conference attendees may also benefit from NGS live streaming by registering to the view either track or the bundled package, which they will be able to view after they return home. By selecting different lecture presentations to hear live at the conference, they can expand their overall conference experience.