2011 GenealogyBlog Genealogy Events Calendar

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

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

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

November 19, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

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

November 13-20, 2011 – Southern Caribbean

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

November 12, 2011 – Barnstable, Massachusetts

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

November 11-12, 2011 – Duluth, Georgia

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

November 11-12, 2011 – Whidbey Island, Washington

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

November 11, 2011 – Maitland, Florida

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

November 5, 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana

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

November 5, 2011 – Livonia, Michigan

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

November 5, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

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

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

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

November 3-5, 2011 – Houston, Texas

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

October 30 – November 6, 2011

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

October 29, 2011 – Raleigh, North Carolina

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

October 29, 2011 – Portland, Oregon

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

October 29, 2011 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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

October 29, 2011 – Kirchener, Ontario, Canada

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

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

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

October 22-27, 2011 – Bermuda

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

October 22, 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana

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

October 22, 2011 – Paramus, New Jersey

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

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

For complete information, visit www.njgsbc.org.

October 22, 2011 – Colville, Washington

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

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

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

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

October 21-23, 2011 – Dublin, Ireland

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

October 20-22, 2011 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

October 15, 2011 – Mission Viejo, California

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

October 15, 2011 – Sacramento, California

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

October 15, 2011 – Ventura, California

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

October 15, 2011 – North Haven, Connecticut

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

October 15, 2011 – Carterville, Illinois

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

October 15, 2011 – Plain City, Ohio

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

October 15, 2011 – Plano, Texas

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

October 15, 2011 – San Antonio, Texas

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

October 15, 2011 – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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

October 15, 2011 – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

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

October 14-15, 2011 – Clive, Iowa

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

October 14-15, 2011 – Syracuse, New York

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

October 15, 2011 – Logan, Utah

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

October 15, 2011 – Shelton, Washington

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

October 14, 2011 – Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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

October 11-15, 2011 – Columbus, Ohio

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

October 10, 2011 – Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

October 8, 2011 – Madison, Wisconsin

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

October 8, 2011 – Merrill, Wisconsin

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

October 8, 2011- Tacoma, Washington

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

October 7-8, 2011 – San Mateo, California

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

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

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

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

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

October 1 2011 – Des Plaines, Illinois

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

October 1, 2011 – Bellville, Ohio

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

October 1, 2011 – Spokane, Washington

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

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

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

October 1, 2011 – Ennis, Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 24, 2011 – Naperville, Illinois

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

September 24, 2011 – New York, New York

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

September 23-24, 2011 – Springfield, Missouri

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

September 22-24, 2011 – Kalispell, Montana

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

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

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

September 17, 2011 – Aurora, Colorado

The Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado will host the SwedGen 2011 Research Day at the Community College of Aurora, CO. For complete details and registration information, go to:

September 17, 2011 – Williamstown, Massachusetts

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

September 17, 2011 – Ogden, Utah

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

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

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

September 16-17, 2011 – Richland, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2011 – Rock Island, Illinois

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

September 10, 2011 – Chicago, Illinois

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

September 10, 2011 – Kenosha, Wisconsin

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

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

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

September 7-10, 2011 – Springfield, Illinois

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

September 6-11, 2011 – Springfield, Illinois

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

August 27, 2011 – Houston, Texas

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

August 26-27, 2011 – Hamilton, New Zealand

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

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

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

August 20, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa

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

August 20, 2011 – Riverton, Utah

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 19-20, 2011 – Sandy, Utah

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

August 14-19, 2011 – Washington, D.C.

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

August 13, 2011 – Aberdeen, North Carolina

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

August 13, 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee

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

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

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

August 9-11 – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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

August 6, 2011 – Frankfurt, Kentucky

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

August 6, 2011 – Akron, Ohio

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

August 6, 2011 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

August 5-6, 2011 – Columbia, Missouri

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

August 5, 2011 – Quitman, Texas

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

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

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

August 1-7 – Salt Lake City, Utah

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

July 30, 2011 – Webster Groves, Missouri

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

July 29-30 – Overland Park, Kansas

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

July 26-29, 2011 – Provo, Utah

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

July 23-24, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa

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

July 23, 2011 – Danville, Illinois

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

July 23, 2011 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

Jul 23, 2011 – Waltham, Massachusetts

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

July 23, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

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

July 22-23, 2011 – Dallas, Texas

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

July 21 & 28, 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee

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

July 20-24, 2011 – Spokane, Washington

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

July 20, 2011 – Florence, Kentucky

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

July 16, 2011 – Ventura, California

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

July 16, 2011 – Lansing, Michigan

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

July 16, 2011 – Sumner, Washington

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

July 14-16, 2011 – Lufkin, Texas

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

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

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

July 9, 2011 – Whitewater, Wisconsin

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

July 7-9, 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah

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

June 14-19, 2011 – Waterville, Maine

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

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

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

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