NGS 2014 Genealogy Conference in Richmond

NGS 2014 logoMark your calendars: The National Genealogical Society (U.S) has announced that next year’s Family History Conference will be at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Virginia from May 7 -10.

The theme for the 2014 conference is “Virginia: The First Frontier,” so you can expect to see plenty of “Old Dominion” records and history. But conference planners promise more than 150 lectures that will include “migration into, within, and out of the region down the Great Wagon Road, over the Appalachian Mountains, and across the south to Texas and beyond.” Plan to learn about the “history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Virginia and the neighboring states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, and problem solving. There will also be an emphasis on the use of technology (GenTech) in genealogical research including genetics, mobile devices, and apps.”

If you plan to go, get your hotel reservation in early–reservations are already being accepted, though actual conference registration doesn’t open until December 1. Check out hotel information and sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you can keep up-to-date on news and announcements.

Family History and DNA: Spencer Wells at SCGS

A couple of months ago, I blogged the cool news that the Southern California Genealogical Society will be sponsoring a one-day genetic genealogy conference on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in conjunction with its annual Jamboree.

In the following video interview, a news reporter chats with Spencer Wells, one of the keynote speakers for “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013.” They talk about how the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project uses DNA to place us on a worldwide family tree. Spencer even helps the reporter take his own DNA cheek scraping on live TV.

Whether you’d love a teaser for the upcoming genetic genealogy conference or you’re just interested in DNA, check out this video:

Early-Bird Deadline Fast Approaching for APG 2013 Professional Management Conference

I’m really looking forward to speaking at this year’s PMC conference. Hope to see you there!  Here’s all the details on the fast approaching registration deadline.

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 11 February 2013−The early-bird deadline is approaching the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) 2013 Professional Management Conference (PMC), to be held 19-20 March in Salt Lake City. The deadline for registration discounts is Friday, 15 February.

The event will be held in Salt Lake City on the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, the two days prior to the RootsTech conference (

This year’s theme is, “Building a Successful Business.” Speakers will be:

Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers—An Interactive Case Study;
Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research;
Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records;
More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG

Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign
Thomas MacEntee

Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies
Lisa Louise Cooke

The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Organization for Genealogy Speakers
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March, which is open to members and non-members.

Register Now for APG PMC 2013
Attendance at PMC is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at .

Two National Conferences Merge Creating Larger Family History Event

Most genealogists firmly believe that genealogy is more than just collecting name and dates. And to their delight the organizers of the popular RootsTech conference reinforce that belief by adding the Story@Home Conference to the lineup at  RootsTech 2013 which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah March 21 through the 23, 2013.

Here are all the details from the press release:

RootsTech is pleased to announce the addition of Story@Home, offering a full selection of classes and workshops dedicated to the art and inspiration of connecting generations through stories.

With the addition of the Story@Home, RootsTech now provides a rich conference experience for anyone interested in learning how to preserve and share their personal and family stories. Story@Home presenters include nationally renowned storytelling experts, including Syd Lieberman and Kim Weitkamp.

Held March 21-23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, RootsTech offers an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques in an effort to find, organize, preserve, and share family connections, history, and stories.

Story@Home helps bring family histories to life through the power of story. Over 20 classes offer insight in how to successfully research, tell, record, publish, and share family stories. Learn More Already Registered For RootsTech? Story@Home is automatically included in the Full Conference Pass, including 3-day, 1-day, and Student passes.

If you’re registered for the Getting Started track, add Story@Home classes for just $40. Simply edit your registration, choose the Story@Home + Getting Started Combo pass, and pay the price difference.

RootsTech now has something for everyone, from the avid genealogist to those just getting started, or for those who simply want to discover the latest technologies and solutions to better connect with their family. At RootsTech, experience world-class content from speakers from all over the country, an exciting exhibitor hall, and great keynote speakers.

NGS 2013 Family History Conference Program Online

It’s never too early to make plans when you are going to attend a genealogy event. There’s so much to do and see and careful planning ensures you experience what matters most to you.

Thankfully, the National Genealogical Society releases their program well in advance, giving you time to peruse the list of speakers (I’ll be there and would love to see you in one of my classes on Evernote, Google Search and Google Earth!), topics and special events.

And don’t forget to build in some time during your trip to see the local sites and shows that the Las Vegas area has to offer.  The Building New Bridges conference is already shaping up to be a “must attend” on any serious family historians calendar.



Building New Bridges

Arlington, VA, 18 NOVEMBER 2012: The National Genealogical Society has released the full 2013 Family History Conference Program.  It is available online and is fully searchable at

The theme of the thirty-fifth NGS Family History Conference is Building New Bridgesand it will be held 8–11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NGS varies the theme and geographic location of its conference annually and brings together thousands of genealogists and family historians to learn the latest in genealogical research.  The online searchable program allows prospective conference attendees to review the full scope of more than forty lecture topics offered daily during the four-day conference in Las Vegas. An exhibit area with over one hundred exhibitors will be open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday and will include the latest in genealogical software, online research providers, published sources, societies, and DNA testing sources.


A PDF version of the registration brochure is available at The brochure includes information about lectures, sessions, speakers, luncheons, tours, pre-conference events, registration times and rates, and accessibility as well as general conference and exhibit hall specifics.  Some examples of the diverse offerings of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference include DNA, ethnic research, technology, immigration, the law, migration, methodology, religion, Skillbuilding, the West, and woman. To request a registration brochure, e-mail Courtney Holmes

Registration will begin Saturday, 1 December 2012. To register online, visit the NGS website at


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