NGS Family History Conferences

Genealogy Events Calendar

Date Event Location
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 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

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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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. 

21 - 26 July 2019 Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research Athens, Georgia

Genealogists from novice to advanced, personal family historians to professionals are gathering in Athens, GA Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2019 to attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research! Registration opens Saturday, 2 March 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your genealogicalresearch skills and expand your knowledge of available resources while meeting and networking with like-minded friends.IGHR is a week-long genealogical institute––its faculty (and students) include some of the best researchers in the field of genealogy. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Courselevels range from basic skills to advanced methodology and evidence analysis designed to solve complex research problems; course topics range from resources for specific geographic locations to in-depth skill development on specific subjects, such as military records and DNA analysis. Unlike conferences, institute courses are designed to ensure attendees are well-grounded in a topic by the end of the week. View detailed descriptions and register for one of our thirteen courses on the IGHR website following is a small sampling of what our students have said after attending IGHR classes: “It far exceeded my expectations for the class content, accommodations and meals.” “As always, I walked away much better prepared to do genealogy than I came. Worth every penny.” “This course exceeded my expectations in every way. It will take years to apply all I learned.” “I loved every minute of this class! The topics were comprehensive and beneficial and all of the instructors were knowledgeable and engaging. I really enjoyed being exposed to a wide variety of professional genealogists who are well respected in their field.” “I unlearned a lot of bad habits I had picked up by being self-taught.” “Could not have imagined I would have come out of this week of learning with the knowledge and resources now available to me.” In Athens, IGHR attendees enjoy classes, most accommodations, and food under the same roof at the Universityof Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel located on the campus of the University of Georgia. Inaddition to the convenient venue, excellent courses, and opportunities to network and socialize with fellowgenealogists, IGHR attendees benefit from access to the outstanding libraries of the University of Georgiaincluding the Main Library with its worldwide collection of historical and genealogical material, maps, andgovernment documents; the Alexander Campbell King Law Library; and the Hargrett Rare Book and ManuscriptLibrary. Furthermore, the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room provides researchers the opportunity to use limited-access databases as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. For more information about IGHR, hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society, please visit our website ( and follow us on social media.

20 - 20 July 2019 FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo Athens, Georgia

FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo

Free Event, No Registration Required

Saturday, 20 July 2019 10 a.m – 5 p.m.

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602

FamilySearch personnel will provide sessions throughout the day on how to take advantage of the extensive, free resources available online at! Additionally, Pat Gordon will present "Finding Your Ancestors During the Great Depression: CCC and WPA." 

We hope you will join us for an informative and fun-filled day attending presentations, visiting vendor and society booths, exploring resources, asking questions, and meeting others interested in genealogy. Be sure to spend time visiting the booths in the exhibit hall and the bookstore upstairs!

Parking is available in the South Campus Parking Deck adjacent to the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel as well as some of the surrounding surface lots.

FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo Schedule of Presentations: 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Family Trees on 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Records noon – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch break 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Finding Your Ancestors During the Great Depression: CCC and WPA, Pat Gordon, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Research Wiki 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Family Trees on 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Records 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Thank you, FamilySearch for generously sponsoring the Family History and Genealogy Expo at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR)!

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FamilySearch International is the largest genealogical organization in the world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services. The commitment of FamilySearch to help people connect with their ancestors is rooted in their beliefs—that families are meant to be central to our lives and that family relationships are intended to continue beyond this life.

20 - 20 July 2019 Ventura County Genealogical Society's Free Family History Program Camarillo, California

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a Free Family History Presentation Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 930101:00 P.M.
“25 TIPS FOR RESEARCHING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS” Presented by Gena Philibert-OrtegaEvery year for Women’s History Month, Gena creates 30 blog posts about researching female ancestors. Based on those articles, you are invited to learn 25 tips that will help you identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors.Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) & a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include 3 books and numerous articles published in magazines and online. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can also be found on the Genealogy Bank blog. Gena has presented to diverse groups including the National Genealogical Society Conference, Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, Geo-Literary Society, & the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. She has done genealogical research for the first season of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow and the Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, & women's material culture.
2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “USING THE FAMILY SEARCH CATALOG”Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega The Family Search Catalog is one of the most important genealogy tools you should be using … but do you know all the features it has? Learn more about ways to search, search terms, and other catalogs that help you find Family History Library materials outside of Salt Lake City.
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING Join us for a small group discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable devices; this will facilitate your research.Visit our website at