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20 August 2016

FREE Mini Seminar

Camarillo, California

Ventura County Genealogical Society
Presents an afternoon with:

Gena Philibert-Ortega

"Step Away From the Computer: Using Archives, Academic Libraries and Museums for Your Research"
Sure there's a lot to discover about your family online. But what exists in archives, museums, and libraries? In many cases, resources that you may have never heard of. In this lecture learn about what repositories exist, what they hold, and how to find information on your ancestor. This lecture is a must for those wanting to conduct a search past the usual genealogy subscription websites.

"Tackling a Research Project: You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what?" After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating and researching so that your time online and off will be a success.

Biography of Gena Philibert-Ortega:
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines and her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest, "From The Family Kitchen". Gena was a researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, and is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. She serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women's social history, and researching women's lives using material artifacts.

20 August 2016

Appraisal Day at NEHGS

Boston, Massachusetts

Appraisal Day at NEHGS
Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.
Saturday, August 20 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston

Want to learn more about your family heirlooms? Curious to find out their value? Bring your favorite pieces to NEHGS to receive information and an appraisal value from experts at Skinner, Inc. Limit three items per person (one ticket per item). All proceeds benefit New England Historic Genealogical Society.

31 August 2016

Italian Genealogy: Resources at NEHGS

Boston, Massachusetts

In partnership with the Sons of Italy in America
Wednesday, August 31 6:30 - 8:00 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Free and open to the public, registration is required

Between 1880 and 1920, an estimated 4 million Italians immigrated to America. Today their descendants make up more than 5% of the total U.S. population. Although there has been a surge of Italian records made available online, the nuances of Italian genealogy can pose a number of stumbling blocks. Join Jeanne Belmonte for an introduction to Italian family history and how NEHGS can help you in your research. Reception to follow; $10 suggested donation.

17 September 2016

Middle TN Genealogical Society

Nashville, Tennessee

FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville, TN

1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Trent Hanner, the senior reference librarian at the TN State Library and Archives. He has a B.A. and Master's in Library Science. Topic: "Out-of State Ancestor Might Be Found at the TN State Library and Archives." Trent Hanner will take us on a virtual tour of resources that fall outside the borders of TN. No charge for this meeting. Refreshments served.

17 September 2016

DGS 2016 Fall Seminar

Dallas, Texas

"Sources & Methods for Family History Research". Featured speaker: Curt Witcher. Location: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

1: Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers
2: German Migration into the Midwest
3: Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key
4: Native American/First Nations Research

17 September 2016

FREE Family History Program

Camarillo, California

Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Genealogical Society Presents:

Marion Werle

"Never Give Up: Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable"

This program is a collection of "I wish I knew that when I was starting out" tips to maximize your research efforts. The speaker will share insights learned after 20 plus years of research about how to extract information that isn't immediately obvious from a wide variety of sources. Topics include names and name variations, strategies for researching common names, revisiting old research with new eyes, obtaining the most out of the records you find, alternate approaches to solving genealogical problems, differences in search engines and indexing, extracting unexpected information from death records, the importance of geography in searches, creative use of city directories and the importance of persistence in genealogical research.

Workshop following the Break:
"Who DNA Think You Are? Part Deux Presenter: Don Worth

Learn how Don is using genetic genealogy, supported by traditional genealogical research strategies, to jump over a 40 year old brick wall. This will be primarily a non-technical presentation to help you understand the value (and limitations) of Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA tests in directing and providing support for your genealogical research.

22, 23, 24 September 2016

2016 Annual Conference

Missoula, Montana

Judy Russell will speak on Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows & Orphans, How Old Did He Have To Be...", What does THAT mean" Understanding the Language of the Law, DNA and the Golden Rule.
Amy Crow will speak about After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records, Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Research, and How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
Conference will be at the Hilton Garden Inn

1 October 2016

VGS/MVGS Joint Fall 2016 Conference

Woodbridge, Virginia

Joint fall conference presented by the Virginia Genealogical Society and Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Join us Friday (free to all) Sep 30th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Prince William County Library's RELIC Room in Manassas for strategy suggestions for difficult genealogical problems and to research at the library. Oct 1st conference will offer two tracks: Genealogy Basics and Digging Deeper in Local and Federal Records. Speakers are Chuck Mason and Sharon Hodges. $44 for members, $55 for non-members, includes lunch.

15 October 2016

2016 Family History Harvest

Camarillo, California

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Camarillo Community Room, Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

SPEAKER: Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM CGLSM, "The Legal Genealogist"

TOPICS: No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence
Polls, Personality & Property: Making Sense of Tax Lists
Where There Is--or Isn't--a Will
Beyond X & Y: Promise & Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA

See website for more information!

22 October 2016

Annual Fall Seminar

Plain City, Ohio

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave, US Rt 42, Plain City, Ohio
"Searching Your Roots in Germany"
Presenting Dr. Helmut Schmahl from the University of Mainz, Germany, as our featured speaker.
Topics: Go Digital: Current Trends in Genealogical Research in Germany; Introduction to Family Research in Southwest Germany; Beyond Lederhosen and Sauerkraut: Everyday Life in Germany in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Traces They Left Behind: German Sources About Our Ancestors.
Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, breakfast pasties, coffee & juice, and Full Buffet lunch with broasted chicken and roast beef.
Member: $50; Non-Member: $60; Deadline for advance registration: October 5, 2016; After October 5, 2016 cost is $60 for Members and $70 for Non-Members
Registration will be available online at: or with check payable to Ohio Chapter-Palam.
Send to Linda Dietrich, Treasurer, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239

22 October 2016

Genealogy and Local History Fair

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year's theme is "200 Years of My Indiana Home," examining the lives and times of Hoosiers throughout the years and exploring the homes and neighborhoods in which they lived. Attendees will learn how to incorporate local history, architecture, house history, and maps and other land record resources into their family research. Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors. Jill Morelli will speak on house histories - looking at the "genealogy" of your house, and using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps in your research. Ann Staley will be speaking on the everyday lives of our ancestors. She will also examine city directories, how to locate them, and how to utilize them in your research.

29 October 2016

Fairfax Genealogical Society 2016 Fall Fair

Annandale, Virginia

Fairfax Genealogical Society presents's Anne Gillespie Mitchell in a day-long event (9 am - 4 pm), "Finding Your Family's Forgotten Stories". Topics include: "Finding Forgotten Stories," "Researching Your Southern Ancestors Online," "Cousin Bait: Making Social Media Work for You," "Putting Food on the Table and A Roof Over Their Head--what they did for a living." At the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. Online registration (FxGS members $35; non-members $45) at $10 box lunch may be reserved for registrants by October 15th.






22-27 January 2017

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

Salt Lake City, Utah

SLIG offers a week-long, in-depth learning experience. SLIG 2017 is offering 14 intermediate to advanced-level courses taught by the field's top educators. SLIG opens with registration and a welcome reception on Sunday, January 22nd, and ends with a banquet on Friday evening, January 27th. Classes run Monday through Friday, with special events and research time at the nearby Family History Library (shuttles available) in the evenings. Registration opens July 9, 2016, 9:00 am MDT.

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