NGS Family History Conferences

Genealogy Events Calendar

Date Event Location
21 - 21 September 2019 Genetic Genealogy 101 Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society presents: Genetic Genealogy 101 Are you bewildered by genetic genealogy? What are the three kinds of DNA? What is Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA matching? Come and learn the basics. Presenter is Michael Cooley who has given genetic genealogy presentations at Humboldt State University and the Family History Library is Salt Lake City. This is a free event. Saturday, September 21st. Chat at noon, meeting 1:00pm – 2:00pm Location: The Finley Center 2060 West College Ave. Santa Rosa

21 - 21 September 2019 VCGS July 2019 Free Family History Program Camarillo, California


Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the

Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

1:00 p.m. “The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)”

Presented by John Schmal

In honor of Mexican-American History Month, this presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. With his friend Donna Morales, he recently coauthored "Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico" (Heritage Books, 2002). He has degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “How to Find your Roots in Mexico” Presented by John Schmal

Following the general presentation, John Schmal will review various resources for finding your roots in Mexico.


The VCGS DNA SIG invites interested parties to join their free meeting about different aspects of genealogical DNA.

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21 - 21 September 2019 September 2019 Educational Series: Diahan Southard Macon, Georgia

September 2019 Educational Series:
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy. Suite D, Macon GA 31206

1. Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
2. Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results
3. Connecting Your DNA Matches
4. A Day Out With Your DNA

Cost: $40 GGS members, $50 Non-members, $5.00 late registration fee

21 - 21 September 2019 Fox Valley Genealogical Society 26th Annual Fall Conference Naperville, Illinois

Tracing Treasures Past is the theme for the 26th Annual Fall Conference presented by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society featuring Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a range of genealogy topics presented in four one-hour interactive lectures. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, Illinois. We invite you to visit the FVGS website at for conference information and on-line registration.Registration is $40 for FVGS members, $50 for non-members, and $55 for all participants after September 12, 2019. The registration fee includes a box lunch.

This year’s topics include:
1. Apprentices, Indentured Servants and Redemptioners; White Servitude in America – This lecture will examine indentureship in early America, and it will follow a case study of the story behind one of Peggy’s own ancestors’ arrival.
2. Migration Trails Across America – America has been a nation onthe move since the first landings in the colonies. This presentationconcentrates on the most common means of travel in the New World.
3. Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Federal Censuses – Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help me?
4. Putting America to Work – The Records of the WPA – Many of the indexes and records we use today were compiled by the WorksProgress Administration (WPA); those unemployed professionals who were ‘put to work’ in the days following the Great Depression.

Fox Valley Genealogical Society is excited to have Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, as our conference speaker this year. Peggy was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings.The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience as a Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life.Genealogy vendors will be on-site. Grace United Methodist Church at 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, Illinois, is conveniently located just east of Washington Street (north of 75th Street and west of Naper Boulevard). Please direct questions regarding the conference to the conference chair at Join FVGS - Members save $10! Register before 9/12 & save on the conference fee!

19 - 21 September 2019 Montana State Genealogical Conference Helena Montna

The national speakers for the 2019 Montana State Conference will be James M Beidler and Kris Rzepczynski.  They will each present four lectures during the conference.  For further information refer to our website:

17 - 17 August 2019 VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Camarillo, California

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the

Camarillo Public Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010


 1:00 p.m. "Big City, Common Surname: A Family for John Kelly"

Presented by Cafi Cohen

Murdered on the streets of New York in 1876, John Kelly could have been any one of 100+ John Kellys in that year's city directory. With a death certificate that did not name parents, how can his family be identified? Using John Kelly's case as a jumping-off point, this presentation outlines helpful techniques for any big city research as well as common name research in any location.

Cafi Cohen earned degrees in chemistry and medical technology from UCLA and the University of North Dakota and has worked as a laboratory research, piano teacher, home school promoter, and nationwide speaker and author of books on homeschooling. She has been active in genealogy research since 1995, following her ancestral lines from California, the Midwest, the old south, and New England to Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy.

2:30 p.m. Workshop: “Preserving Your Past”

Presented by John Callahan

VCGS’s own treasure, John Callahan, will present tips, tricks, and techniques on writing up your family histories.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting

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17 - 17 August 2019 Ethics in Genealogy featuring Judy G. Russell Akron, Ohio

The Ethical Genealogist
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists

13 August 2019 Family History Today: Researching your Ancestral Town New York, New York

Date & Time: August 13, 6:30 PM

Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Are you interested in learning more about the day-to-day lives of your ancestors? Find out how you can investigate the history and culture of the Jewish community in your ancestral town(s) at the Center for Jewish History and beyond. Presented by Moriah Amit, the Center’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian.

Tickets: ($10 general admission; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, students). Note: Our programs frequently sell out. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. Sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

10 - 10 August 2019 Annual Genealogical Symposium Augusta, Georgia

AGS Genealogical Symposium 

With Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG., CGL.,
August 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.)

at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext., Augusta, GA 30909
Symposium registration fee includes snacks, lunch, syllabus, and lectures.

Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. Part 1 of a 2-part series concerning the same case, the presentation shows how cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today. 
Follow-up: What can be Learned Offline about a Case Solved Online?
Building upon “Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online,” offline research explains ancestral motivations and actions. this presentation shows how to find, access, and interpret offline records
Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls
A case study set in the early 1800s demonstrates methodology for using autosomal DNA test results to help solve longstanding genealogical problems.
Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
Thorough research often yields disparate evidence items. Genealogists can organize the mixture, assess it as a whole, and convert the assemblage into a provable conclusion.​

24 July 2019 Family History Today: “A person is only forgotten when their name is forgotten” - The German Stolpersteine New York, New York

Date & Time: July 24, 6:30 PM

Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

In this talk, Michael Simonson, Archivist and the Director of Public Outreach at the Leo Baeck Institute, will introduce us to the history and current practice of laying Stolpersteine (literally “stumbling stone”) memorials in Germany. Drawing on his personal experiences working with those who wish to remember former Jewish citizens, Michael will highlight the stories of some of the Jewish families being remembered, elucidate the steps he took to track down living descendants, and discuss the reactions of those in the communities where these stones have been placed. 

Tickets: ($10 general admission; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, students). Note: Our programs frequently sell out. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. Sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and Leo Baeck Institute.