NGS Family History Conferences

Genealogy Events Calendar

Date Event Location
18 - 18 May 2019 May 2019 Meeting John P Holt BRENTWOOD LiBRARY, Brentwood TN

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.

15 May 2019 Family History Today: Urban genealogy - Researching New York City’s Buildings New York, New York

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011Date & Time: May 15, 6:30 PMTickets: ($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 ( 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

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


Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the

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


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® (


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.


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.


13 - 13 April 2019 DGS Spring Seminar 2019 Dallas, Texas

We are happy to welcome back renowned genealogist Michael Lacopo for our Spring 2019 Seminar. It will be held on Sat. April 13 at the downtown Dallas Public Library. Michael will be presenting on the theme of "A Method to our Madness: Sound Methodology for Successful Research." Early Bird rate ends March 31.

13 April 2019 2019 Spring Seminar Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave., US Rt 42, Plain City, OH

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Spring SeminarTHE LAND THEY LIVED ON!Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Avenue, U.S. Route 42, Plain City, OhioSaturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.Featured Speaker: Warren Bittner, CG, Well-known genealogical researcher and lecturer.Topics: How German History Affects ResearchGermany and its Legal Records;Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs;Meyer's Gazetteer: Gateway to Germany.Registration: $55, members $45; Deadline March 27, 2019 - after March 27: $65, members $55; No refunds after April 6, 2019.Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, Der Dutchman pastries, coffee and juice for breakfast and full Buffet lunch including Broasted Chicken and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Stuffing, Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, and DessertRegister today! Use Pay Pal online at the website: make check payable to Ohio Chapter – Palam and mail to: Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329, questions?

07 April 2019 Family Genealogy Day: Exploring Family Photos New York, New York

Through a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family, find out how family photos can help you discover and document your family’s history. Search for informative clues within our family photo exhibitions, create a portrait collage of your family, color historical fashions that your ancestors may have worn, learn simple tips for preserving your family photos and scrapbooks, and more. We welcome explorers of all ages and abilities.

This program is presented in conjunction with the following exhibitions: Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album and All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World. On April 7, all Center for Jewish History exhibitions will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM. To learn more about our current exhibitions, please visit Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall. Please note that food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibition galleries.

The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society are proud to partner with PJ Library for this and other upcoming family programs. PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family!

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please select session 1: 11 AM-12:30 PM, or session 2: 1:30-3 PM (morning and afternoon sessions are identical) at or 800-838-3006.

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum. It is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


05 - 06 April 2019 Spring Conference and Expo-"Finding Your Missing Branches" Reston, Virginia

FxGS Spring Conference offers 2 days of lectures, workshops, individual consultations, and dozens of vendors.

Speakers/topics include:  Mark Lowe -  Daniel Boone, Kentucky, Southern Migration & Secret Societies;

Dr. Shelley Murphy - African American Research Challenges;

Char Bah - African American Research, Writing & Publishing;

Pam Vestal - Hidden Stories, Finding and Telling Them;

Diahan Southard - Beginning and Intermediate DNA;

and much more.

30 - 30 March 2019 African American Genealogy with Deborah Abbott Akron, Ohio

Topics - African American Genealogy: Leaving No Stone Unturned and It's a Needle in a Haystack: Slave Research

16 - 16 March 2019 VCGS Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents a

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the

Camarillo Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

1:00 p.m. Presentation: DNA Testing in the News: Beyond the Headlines

Speaker: Mary E. Hall

Only someone who's been living in the north woods without electricity or cellphone service can be unaware at this point in 2019 that law enforcement is intensely interested in using our genealogical DNA test results as resources in criminal investigations. Since the news broke in April of last year that police in California had used the genetic genealogy database to help identify a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer case -- reported by The Legal Genealogist and many others then and since -- we've all been on notice that DNA results that came into being solely for genealogical reasons are exceedingly useful in solving cold cases and that law enforcement has figured that out. Mary will explore some recent DNA related news headlines, share how DNA testing and test databases were involved, and highlight current options for family historians concerned about privacy and ethics as we hunt for the parents of our gg-grandmother. 

An avid genealogist for over 15 years, Mary was bitten by the DNA bug in 2009.  She co-leads the DNA Interest Group for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society where she is a member and past President.  Mary is also a member of several lineage organizations, as well as national and regional genealogical societies.  She welcomes questions about DNA for genealogical purposes at

2:30 p.m. Workshop: Genealogy at the County Fair – Diane Cook, presenter

Diane Cook, Superintendent of the Hobbies, Models & Collectibles in the Gem & Mineral building at the Ventura County Fair, will give a workshop on how members can assist fair attendees with basic genealogy searches at the fair.   Diane has been a volunteer at the Ventura County Fair for many years and looks forward to another opportunity in 2019.

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

Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA user name and password, along with your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet, or another portable device to facilitate your research.