May 2-5, 2018

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference

Grand Rapid, Michigan


 Martin County Genealogical Society

May 14, 2018

Stuart, Florida, 6:00 p.m. – A video presentation by Alice L. Luckhardt at the Blake Library on Monterey RD in the Armstrong Room on a local Stuart resident, Dr. George Porter, who took care of the President Lincoln Conspirators in 1865 and was the only one to know the secret burial place of John Wilkes Booth.  The program is free and open to the public.


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 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


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,


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.


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:


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 US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.


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 or email us with questions at


Ulster Historical Foundation 
Telling the story of the people of Ulster

October 15-19, 2018

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Foundation’s staff, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, have been invited to deliver a week-long course entitled, Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors at the 2018 British Institute in Salt Lake City, UT from 15 to 19 October 2018.
The course is an in-depth programme designed to give the interested genealogist maximum benefit from the knowledge and skills of the presenters. It is suitable for both the beginner and those more experienced.
The British Institute is a prestigious event hosted annually by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. For further information and to register go to the ISBGFH website