Upcoming Genealogy Events Around Florida

and the United States

Check out the Central Florida Genealogy Events calendar also.

 

 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

PINELLAS GENEALOGY SOCIETY AND LARGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Seminar

 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Principal speaker: Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Her topics:

First Trip to the Courthouse

No Vitals – NoProblem

Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will

DNA and the Golden Rule

Two Break-out Sessions:

Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis  by George G. Morgan

Organizing Your DNA Testing  by Drew Smith

 Continental Breakfast, Book Sale, Lunch, and Door Prizes

More info at: http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/Sem18.aspx

Registration form: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~øpgs AnnualGenealogySeminar

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February 28 – March 3, 2018

RootsTech 2018

Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 Similar to past years, they will stream several sessions of the conference live on their website. Once the conference is over, recordings of these sessions will be posted on their website for a limited time (generally until the next RootsTech RootsTech Pass Comparison: https://www.rootstech.org/pass-comparison

Register at: https://blog.eogn.com/2017/09/19/rootstech-2018-now-open-for-registration/

FamilySearch International is the hosting organization of RootsTech

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March 8th 2018

Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society

Cooper Memorial Library Room 108.

Doors open at 4:30pm presentation starts at 5PM. General Public is welcome to this Free event.

Peter Stauder will move from the unusual record sources in Ireland to the more unusual places to help in your research for ancestors.

Mr. Stauder is a retired USAF Colonel who started his family research in the 1980’s using microfiche and microfilms, his focus is on Ireland, Catholic, England and German records.  Pete Stauders has traveled to all 3 countries in search for records.

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March 10, 2018

North Florida Genealogy Conference

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00 A.M. for walk-in registrations)
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 461 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073.

Join us for the 8th Annual North Florida Genealogy Conference!

More information and to register, go to https://nfgenealogyconference.org/

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March 17, 2018

Beginning Genealogy Classes

Central Florida Genealogical Society

LDS Cultural Hall, 45 East Par Street, Orlando, FL

Class flyer is HERE. You can email cfgs@cfgs.org for more info.

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 April 15-20, 2018

Tar Heel Discoveries

State Archives of North Carolina & Government and Heritage Library, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

Operated by Diane L. Richard and Vickie P. Young

Introducing: Tar Heel Discoveries – Guided North Carolina Genealogical Research

Diane L. Richard and Victoria P. Young announce the formation of their joint business venture offering individuals the opportunity to maximize results when researching their North Carolina ancestors.

Designed to accommodate genealogists with varying levels of research experience, Tar Heel Discoveries offers personalized, individualized support and instruction over five days at the North Carolina State Archives and Government & Heritage Library in Raleigh. Two week-long sessions (15-20 April and 14-19 October) are offered in 2018. Registration is now open!

Diane and Vickie have over 25 years combined experience as full-time professional genealogists specializing in North Carolina research and are members of a number of industry organizations, including the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Have you ever been frustrated when visiting a new repository (or one you haven’t been to in a while) by not knowing how to efficiently utilize its holdings? Interested in learning from experts on North Carolina history and genealogical research topics? Have you come to a “brick wall” and don’t know which resources to consult? Want to touch original documents relating to your ancestors? Then consider joining us for a week of learning and new discoveries!

For program details (fees and what is included) and more information, visit www.tarheeldiscoveries.com or email us with questions at info@tarheeldiscoveries.com.

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April 15 – 23, 2018

8-night Genealogy Cruise

Hosted by Gary and Diana Smith

The 2018 Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise will be on board the Celebrity Equinox and will sail the Eastern Caribbean. It holds 2,850 passengers. The Equinox was voted the “Best Overall Cruise (Large Ship)” by the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards in 2015. You can learn more about the Celebrity Equinox at https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-ships/celebrity-equinox.

Departing from Miami, the Celebrity Equinox will stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nassau, Bahamas. It will return to Miami on April 23.

The days at sea will be filled with genealogy presentations. This year’s theme is, “Pilgrims, Pioneers, and Aliens Genealogy.”

Of course, every day on this cruise will feature all the other activities found on first-class cruise ships. And then there is the food…

For more information about this year’s genealogy cruise, look at: http://bit.ly/2xq16P7. Then contact Herb of CruiseEverything at 800-959-7447.

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April 20 – April 21, 2018

Topeka Kansas Genealogical Society’s 46th Annual Conference – “Finding Unfindable Ancestors”

Friday morning, personal research – Friday afternoon, breakout sessions

Saturday, featured guest speaker, Thomas W. Jones, board-certified genealogist, editor of
the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, award winning writer and author.

Visit our website for more information: http://www.tgstopeka.org

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April 21, 2018

Central Florida Genealogical Society

All-day Genealogy Seminar

Speaker: John Colletta, Ph.D

FREE to all CFGS members (must become a member by March 31, 2018)

Box Lunch available for $10

Registration: 9:30 a.m.

Seminar: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LDS Cultural Hall, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 45 East Par St., Orlando, FL 32804

Please register by April 15, 2018

Topics:

  • Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD!

When the path of genealogical investigation leads to a brick wall, it’s time to use your head. This lecture offers guidelines and points of methodology for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, such as: several men of the same name; several towns with the same name; several names for the same town; errors in original sources; families with common surnames; insufficient or contradictory information. Six case studies demonstrate the principles.

  • Naturalization Records, 1790-1930s: Sources and Strategies for Challenging Cases

After summarizing briefly the basics of finding an immigrant ancestor’s naturalization record, this lecture focuses on more challenging cases. It discusses possible reasons why a record may not be found and offers alternative sources and strategies. Specific examples demonstrate how using other types of federal records, such as passport applications and homestead files, as well as Web sites and microfilmed indexes, may lead to success.

  • Lesser-Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives

Whenever the path of an ancestor’s life intersected with a federal government agency, paperwork was created. That paperwork fills our National Archives. Most of it has not been indexed, published, microfilmed or digitized, but some of it has. This lecture explores some of the more easily accessible paperwork that provides rich biographical detail about our ancestors. Discussion includes a selection from the following: 1) passport applications, 1791- 1925; 2) homestead files, beginning 1863; 3) Civil War Income Tax records, 1862-72; 4) The Journals of Congress, 1789-1873; 5) Appointments of Postmasters, 1789-1971; 6) Federal Court records, 1789-1911; and 7) Civil War draft registrations, 1863-65. (Can also be a two-hour lecture to include all of these federal records.)

  • How to Prepare for Successful Research in European Records

This lecture discusses how Americans can prepare for successful genealogical research overseas, whether that research is conducted through correspondence or in person. Using numerous examples, it addresses the facts that are needed to get started on European research, how to break through language barriers, become familiar with the records of the target country, and learn to read the old script. It explains the importance of writing letters of introduction and knowing the historical and cultural context in which the old records were created.

Directions: From I-4 heading East: Take exit #86 Par St. (right exit); turn left onto Par. Continue 0.2 mile to Formosa. Right on Formosa, then first left into parking lot. Park and enter at the rear of the building, which is at the corner of Formosa & Par. From I-4 heading West: Take exit #87 Fairbanks Ave. (right exit). Turn left onto Fairbanks Ave. Continue for 0.3 mile and turn right onto Formosa Ave. Note that in 0.25 miles, Formosa takes a sharp right and then a sharp left to go under I-4; then continue about 0.4 mile to the parking lot on the right, just before the traffic light.

Park and enter at the rear of the building, which is on the corner of Formosa & Par.

*Registration includes: Morning refreshments, handouts, and door prizes. To ensure lunch, registrations must be received by 18 April.

To register, please mail the registration form to: Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 533958, Orlando, FL 32853-3958. Please include your check made out to CFGS.

You may also register via the CFGS website at www.cfgs.org

Questions? Call (407) 504-0287 or email cfgs@cfgs.org

Registration form can be found HERE.

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March 24, 2018

Ohio Genealogical Society Florida Chapter presents their 2018 Annual Conference

https://ogsfl.org/upload/files/FCOGS.2018Conference.Registration.pdf

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May 2-5, 2018

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference

Grand Rapid, Michigan

http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/

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June 2 – 7 June 2018

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)

Athens, GA

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally renowned genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Course levels range from basic skills for beginners 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. View detailed descriptions and register for one of our eleven courses on the IGHR website http://ighr.gagensociety.org. IGHR is sponsored and hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society. Courses are taught at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, GA.

IGHR 2018 Courses

Course One – Methods & Sources – coordinator Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Course Two – Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies – coordinator Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Course Three – Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis – coordinator Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Course Four – Writing & Publishing for Genealogists – coordinator Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Course Five – Advanced German Genealogy – coordinator F. Warren Bittner, CG

Course Six – Research in the South: Trans-Mississippi South – coordinator J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Course Seven – Irish Genealogical Research – coordinator David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

Course Eight – Military Records I – coordinator Michael L. Strauss, AG

Course Nine – Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Gov Docs – coordinators Benjamin B. Spratling, J.D., and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL

Course Ten – Researching African-American Ancestors – coordinator Frazine K. Taylor

Course Eleven – Genetic Genealogy Tools and Techniques: Intermediate DNA for Genealogy – coordinator Karen Stanbary, CG

http://ighr.gagensociety.org

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June 13 – 16, 2018

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society National Conference

Buffalo, New York – Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo – featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. and Baerbel K. Johnson, AG. Registration information available on website soon, www.palam.org

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August 22 – 25, 2018

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

Fort Wayne, Indiana

FGS 2018 National Conference — FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world.

https://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=43

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Sep. 2 – 9, 2018

5th Annual Heritage Books Genealogy Conference & Cruise to Bermuda  on Celebrity’s Summit leaving from Cape Liberty, NJ

Join us for an educational and fun-filled voyage on the cruise ship Celebrity Summit when it leaves from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and sails to King’s Wharf, Bermuda, while we learn about genealogical research methods, sources, and tools from some of the foremost speakers in those fields — ​Audrey Collins; Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG; Paul Milner; David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA; and Craig R. Scott, CG.

You will be among friends, old and new, as well as among fellow researchers from around the world as you soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference, but at one remarkably low price that includes meals, taxes, port charges, onboard entertainment, and conference events!

As popular as our lecture series is, many veterans of our conference value something else even more — the opportunity to share a meal with a world-class genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time with the experts to discuss their specific research challenges. Come armed with your records and be prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, finding aids, and research methods that will help you to break down those brick walls. Some people find these private consultations alone to be worth the trip!

To learn more or book your cabin today, please visit: http://www.hbgenealogycruises.com/bermuda-2018

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September 7-14, 2018

The Ultimate History and Genealogy Cruise

The Alaska cruise, 7-14 September 2018 on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas will leave from Seattle, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia over 7 days.

The conference program will feature 40–45 talks in three streams from an international team of 12–15 speakers. No talks will occur when in port or during scenic cruising. An optional full day extra seminar is being considered the day before the cruise to offer additional value to the many who will travel from a distance. This will feature leading north American speakers and a different program.

The featured presenters on the cruise are:

  • Chris Paton (Scotland) – Chris is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US. He has written many books (including nine for Unlock the Past) and numerous articles for genealogy magazines.
  • Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions.

Other speakers are Dr Janet Few and Caroline Gurney from England, Jan Gow from New Zealand, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith from Australia and Cyndi Ingle from the United States. More will be announced.

For details, bookings and registration of interest go to http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/alaska. US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.

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October 14-19, 2018

Tar Heel Discoveries

State Archives of North Carolina & Government and Heritage Library, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

Operated by Diane L. Richard and Vickie P. Young

Introducing: Tar Heel Discoveries – Guided North Carolina Genealogical Research

Diane L. Richard and Victoria P. Young announce the formation of their joint business venture offering individuals the opportunity to maximize results when researching their North Carolina ancestors.

Designed to accommodate genealogists with varying levels of research experience, Tar Heel Discoveries offers personalized, individualized support and instruction over five days at the North Carolina State Archives and Government & Heritage Library in Raleigh. Two week-long sessions (15-20 April and 14-19 October) are offered in 2018. Registration is now open!

Diane and Vickie have over 25 years combined experience as full-time professional genealogists specializing in North Carolina research and are members of a number of industry organizations, including the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Have you ever been frustrated when visiting a new repository (or one you haven’t been to in a while) by not knowing how to efficiently utilize its holdings? Interested in learning from experts on North Carolina history and genealogical research topics? Have you come to a “brick wall” and don’t know which resources to consult? Want to touch original documents relating to your ancestors? Then consider joining us for a week of learning and new discoveries!

For program details (fees and what is included) and more information, visit www.tarheeldiscoveries.com or email us with questions at info@tarheeldiscoveries.com.