NGS Family History Conferences

Genealogy Events Calendar

Date Event Location
20 - 20 July 2019 MTGS July bi-monthly meeting @ TN State Library and Archives Nashville, Tennessee
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SPEAKER OF THE DAY: Veronica Sales, Archival Assistant

TSLATOPIC: "How to Find and Use Church Records in Your Genealogical Research"

Veronica Sales is an Archival Assistant IV at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. She earned her Master of Arts in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining the Public Services staff at TSLA, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Rutherford County Archives. Veronica also has a background in Historic Preservation, which includes an internship at a non-profit preservation organization in Helena, Montana. She also contributed to a survey of historic structures in Campbell County, TN, among other projects. And back by popular demand, Dr. David Dowell will be available following the meeting for his popular "DNA CHAT." So bring your DNA testing questions for some expert advice!

18 - 20 July 2019 Midwestern Roots Indianapolis, Indiana
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Explore your family’s Midwestern roots with a variety of nationally renowned speakers at the Crossroads of America, featuring Blaine T. Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and more on July 19 and 20 with preconference events on July 18!

As a special kick-off, come early for a live show from the hosts of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey will talk about New Harmony in this exciting presentation on July 17, 2019. Conference attendees will receive a special discounted rate.

15 - 15 June 2019 Ventura County Genealogical Society Family History Presentation Camarillo, California
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THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the

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

1:00 P.M. “Deception, Divorce, Desertion, and DNA; Finding a Grandfather for Dave”

by Cheryl Storton, CG

This presentation will explore a case study which begins with a flawed birth certificate. The researcher is then taken on a merry chase through eight states and a multitude of diverse records – many involving chicanery and artifice. The presentation then will look at DNA as a tool to search out a biological grandfather.

Cheryl Storton has been researching her family since the 1980s. For over twenty years she served the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society as President, Seminar Chair, and Program Chair. She became a certified genealogist in 2016 after submitting an extensive portfolio. Cheryl now teaches genealogy classes in Arroyo Grande. Her main goal is linking the generations with proof statements, summaries, or detailed proof arguments. She is also attempting to clean out her huge collection of pictures and documents. Wish her luck!

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “EXPLORING CAMARILLO LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES”

Presented by Kay Engel Kay will provide information on what digital resources are available at the Camarillo Library for genealogical research, and how to use them.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING

Discussion Members of VCGS who also attended the recent Genealogy Jamboree “Genetic Genealogy Thursday” in Burbank have agreed to participate in a panel discussion about what they learned. They will provide a few highlights of the day, and bring us up-to-date on some of the latest techniques for use with your DNA results.

Visit our website at https://venturacogensoc.org/

15 June 2019 State Archives Seminar Germantown, Tennessee
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The Tennessee Genealogical Society is hosting an event June 15, 2019, on the use of state Archives.  Representatives from the Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas Archives and/or Library will be presenting.  Each state will present sessions on the basic functions, services and contents of their state archives.  Additionally, they will have presentations on:

  • Preservation of Documents
  • Identification, Care and Management of Photographs
  • Tracing Your African-American Ancestors

Time

Description

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome

9:15- 10:15

Overview of the Tennessee Archives

10:15 - 11:15

Overview of the Arkansas Archives

11:15 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 12:30

Overview of the Mississippi Archives

12:30 - 1:00

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Tracing Your African American Ancestors

2:00 - 3:00

Identification, Care and Management of Photographs

3:00 - 3:15

Break

3:15 - 4:15

Preservation of Documents

4:15 - 4:45

Final Q&A

4:45 - 5:00

Wrapup

13 June 2019 Family History Today for Young Professionals (20s-30s): Genealogy Happy Hour New York, New York
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Time: 7 PM

Location: 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Want to put your online snooping habits to good use?

Join us for a unique after-hours opportunity to learn from our expert genealogy librarians. We’ll show you how to find out where your grandparents and great-grandparents lived, what kind of work they did, when they arrived in the U.S., and more. Then, you’ll dig into our treasure trove of online genealogy records. Afterwards, share your discoveries with your fellow family history sleuths.

Wine and light refreshments will be served. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Tickets: $10 Regular; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, students

Note: Space is very limited. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

18 - 18 May 2019 May 2019 Meeting John P Holt BRENTWOOD LiBRARY, Brentwood TN
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Upcoming Event: Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, Bi-Monthly Meeting.

TIME: Saturday, May 18 , 2019 @1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The John P Holt Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Drive, Brentwood, TN, 37027

SPEAKER OF THE DAY: Ken Fieth, Metro-Davidson County Archivist

TOPIC: "The Giers Glass Plate Negative Collection 1890-1905"

Ken Fieth is the Metropolitan Government Archivist for Nashville and Davidson County, having over 35 years' experience in archival management. He is a charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, being the first person in Tennessee inducted into the academy. He received his B.A. in American History from David Lipscomb University and his M.A. in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Ken serves on the Davidson County Public Records Commission, the board of the Andrew Jackson Chapter SAR, the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion, and the Friends of Fort Negley. His favorite hobbies include WWII living history interpretation and horseback riding. In addition to presenting our May program, Ken will also present our annual Writer's Award for the best article from the previous years' issues of our award-winning periodical, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History. As an added treat, Dr. David Dowell will be available following the meeting for his popular "DNA CHAT." So bring your DNA testing questions for some expert advice!As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

18 - 18 May 2019 Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California
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THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the

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

1:00 P.M. GOING TO AMERICA – AN INTERACTIVE SIMULATION OF THE ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION PROCESS WITH JOEL WEINTRAUB

Have you ever wondered what immigrants arriving at Ellis Island went through? Join us as 9 volunteers will demonstrate the actual records of 9 immigrants who came through Ellis Island. A slide show illustrating the various documents of the immigration process will accompany the simulation. Attendees are invited to arrive early, as there will be seven tables of Ellis Island/immigration memorabilia including a piece of Ellis Island! (Members should get there early or they will miss these exhibits.) Members should be prepared to be stamped and chalked, just like ancestral immigrants were. They can even take an Ellis Island IQ test if they want (but we won’t be using our buttonhook on them!).

Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. Joel has expertise in Federal Census information, and published articles on the U.S. census, the name change belief at Ellis Island, searching records in NYC, and a biographical revision of biologist AL Heermann.

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “FINDING WALDO” AT ELLIS ISLAND presented by Joel Weintraub

Joel will continue his presentation by discussing how to locate difficult passenger manifests and the assumptions of nine search strategies that help us accomplish that. He will use a real person’s 1907 voyage, and explain why some search approaches cannot find his record, and why others have no difficulty. This talk is very much about genealogical research and the pitfalls of making assumptions about databases, even if your ancestors came before Ellis Island’s heyday (1892-1924).

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING

Please join us for a presentation titled “Ancestry DNA Tips & Tricks.” Ancestry DNA has more autosomal testers than any of the other companies, so chances are good that you have at least one test kit there. Don Worth and Carley Worth will present their best tips for maximizing your matches at Ancestry DNA.

Visit our website for more information https://venturacogensoc.org/

15 May 2019 Family History Today: Urban genealogy - Researching New York City’s Buildings New York, New York
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Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011Date & Time: May 15, 6:30 PMTickets: urbangenealogy.bpt.me ($10 Regular; $5 CJH Members/Seniors/Students) Who built my building? When? Who designed it? Has it changed? What did it used to look like? Who’s lived there over the decades? Has it been written about or photographed? New York City enjoys unrivalled resources for hunting down answers to those questions. In the past, such research meant visiting archives, city offices, libraries and historical societies, but in recent decades vast amounts of material have migrated to the cloud. For more than 30 years, Anthony Robins has taught New Yorkers the secrets of uncovering the city’s history in an annual seminar at the Municipal Art Society. This one-hour introduction synthesizes the highlights of that seminar, focusing on some of the most useful on-line resources — from New York City property records to newspaper databases to public library collections to photo research — and demonstrates their use.About the Speaker: Architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins (www.AnthonyWRobins.com) spent 20 years on staff at the New York Landmarks Commission, supervising the work of historians researching the city's landmarks and historic districts. Now in private practice, he continues to research the history of the city's buildings, while writing, teaching and leading walking tours. His books include Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark; Classics of American Architecture: The World Trade Center; Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway; and New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, winner of a 2017-2018 New York City Book Award from the New York Society Library.An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. This program is presented by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

08 - 11 May 2019 NGS 2019 Family History Conference St. Charles, Missouri
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St. Charles has been home to immigrants for generations pioneering the way west. Enjoy your own Journey of Discovery by joining thousands of family historians as they meet on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles, 8–11 May 2019. Select from more than 170 lectures and special events.

Network with experts in the field, learning their techniques and methods. As you mingle with friends with a common interest, ask those questions that are perhaps impeding your own research. Exhibitors will display new products, provide demonstrations in a special area, and endeavor to answer your specific questions.

20 - 20 April 2019 Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California
Details:

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the

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

1:00 P.M. AMERICA: LAND OF THE FARM, HOME OF THE PLOUGH

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben

Farmers have been the backbone of America from the first settlers until the present day. Without these important people, and their families, there would not be food to eat . . . yet genealogists frequently use the phrase, “My ancestors were JUST farmers.” Just farmers? Then they were the necessary part of the population so everyone else could survive! Learn some about the farming occupation along with how to locate records of these important people; understand the vital role of your farmer forefather (and foremother . . . and all the forechildren!). Included: Some history of how America and its language have been influenced by this occupation. Suitable for all levels of genealogy experience.

Jean Wilcox Hibben; Ph.D., MA, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; Ph.D. – Folklore), is a national speaker and author. A member of the DAR, she is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts, with a couple of other genealogists, under the moniker Genealogy Journeys® (genaandjean.blogspot.com).

2:30 P.M. MOTIVE, MEANS, AND OPPORTUNITY: THE SAD SAGA OF GEORGE RICHARDS

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben

This case study of a man whose choices served to confuse his descendants is reconstructed in this lecture. He was there, then gone, then back – see how a variety of records unlocked his real story. From England to the US, George’s life was filled with conundrums and poor choices. See how to locate original records (not all online); separate fact from fiction; and assess evidence for accuracy.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING

DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo. All are invited to attend.