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Friday, January 20
North Carolina Genealogical Society: How a Genealogist Uses the State Archives and Library of NC  (FGS Member Society Events)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented by Diane L. Richard, professional genealogist and owner of Mosaic Research and Project Management.

Preparation is key to making a successful visit to a research facility. Learn tips and tricks for what to do in advance of arriving in Raleigh. We’ll also walk through the nitty-gritty of an actual visit—everything from signing into the building through checking out at the security desk after an effective day of research.

Saturday, January 21
Middle TN Genealogical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
TN State Library and Archives, 403 7th Ave.N, Nashville, TN 37243
"Ancestors, Antiques, and Artifacts, you are welcome to join us for Show and Tell. We hope that you will bring something to share with us from your own family heirlooms. This is a mystery meeting because knows what people will bring. This is an exciting meeting that we hope you will not miss. No charge for the meeting.

Saturday, January 21
Ventura County Genealogical Society: Free Family History Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Don Worth, "Save Your Genealogy from the Dumpster!"
Find out things you can do today that will guarantee that your precious family history is passed on to the next generations, even if you don't yet know who your family's future historians might be.

Sunday, January 22 through Friday, January 27
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Hilton SLC Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Join us for the 22nd annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), a week-long, in-depth learning experience hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association. SLIG opens with registration and a welcome reception on Sunday, January 22nd, and ends with a banquet on Friday evening, January 27th. Classes run Monday through Friday, with special events and research time at the nearby Family History Library (shuttles available) in the evenings.
SLIG 2017 is offering 14 courses taught by the field's top educators. Primarily focused on high-intermediate to advanced-level courses, SLIG also offers intermediate courses geared to strengthen the core understanding of the research process.
Registration opens July 9, 2016, 9:00 am MDT - many courses will fill quickly. Lodging reservations are also taken directly by SLIG. Details may be found at slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Saturday, January 28
Whittier Area Genealogical Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM, will lecture on four topics: More Than the Census-Our families did exist between those ten year intervals, Estate Files-Are you getting the most out of them, Incorporating Social History into Your Research, and Finding Dead Ancestors is Easy-Finding Living Relatives can be a Challenge!

Saturday, January 28
Texas Czech Genelogical Society: Nuggets to Treasures  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Caldwell, Texas Conference Center
Annual Meeting, Education and Entertainment, Lunch, Czech
Items for Sale.

Saturday, January 28
San Mateo County Genealogical Society: Onomastics — Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA
Speaker: Martha Wallace. Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names. Names were originally used to identify characteristics of a person. However, over time, some of those original meanings have been lost. Additionally, many cultures developed patterns to further identify a person and to carry on names within families. In genealogy, knowing the naming patterns of a cultural or regional group can lead to breaking down brick walls.

We will explore patronymics and matronymics in many languages and look at the naming patterns practiced by four different socio-religious groups in four areas of early American settlement.

Saturday, February 4
Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
“Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor” presented by DLAR Librarian Katherine Ludwig on the history of the David Library, description of the Library’s holdings and how to use them. Her talk will focus on the Library’s collections and services. The presentation will be genealogical in nature and will cover the resources needed to research many aspects of the American Revolutionary War era.

Beginners Corner at 9:30 am with refreshments and genealogy store.

Tuesday, February 7
Boulder Genealogical Society: Your Favorite Black Sheep Ancestor  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
350 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO 80303
Monthly meeting and presentation.

Thursday, February 9 through Monday, February 20
Florida Genealogical Society at Florida State Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 N. US Highway 301, Tampa, Florida
Florida Genealogical Society at the 2017 Florida State Fair

Friday, February 17
Online Resources are Key to Successful Research into NC Ancestry  (FGS Member Society Events)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented by Diane L. Richard.

Whether devising a research plan for an in-person visit or determining what records are extant and how you can access them, some Internet-based homework will prove valuable. Learn about the myriad online resources created by the State Archives of North Carolina, the State Library of North Carolina, and affiliate North Carolina institutions, which you will want to consult before you ever set foot in Raleigh to research your North Carolinian ancestors.

Saturday, February 25
Pinellas Genealogy Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771
This all-day event features Lisa Louise Cooke, the primary speaker, as well as three breakout speakers. Lisa’s four presentations will deal with (1) Google tools and procedures for solving family history mysteries, (2) getting the scoop on your ancestors with newspapers, (3) nine strategies for finding living relatives, and (4) future technology and genealogy--five strategies you need. Lisa is a nationally known speaker and author as well as a renowned genealogy blogger, and we are excited about her presentations at this event.

The topics of the breakout sessions will be: (1) “How Do I Organize My Genealogy Records?” by Debbe Hagner, (2) “What’s New at FamilySearch.org with Focus on ‘Memories’” by Debra Fleming, and (3) “English & Welsh Family History: Useful Online Research Resources” by Liz Pearson.

In addition to the speakers, this event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, raffles, door prizes, huge book sale, and plenty of time to network with guest organizations and other researchers. The registration fee is $40 for PGS members and $45 for non-members. After 18 February, the cost is $50, so register early.

Saturday, February 25
San Mateo County Genealogical Society: The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Speaker: Sharon Hoyt
One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a two-week job, and never returned. The enduring mystery of his disappearance was deepened by the records he left, which differed from his family's stories about him.

Years after his disappearance, a small but vital clue from a family member’s record led to a wide network of August’s previously unknown relatives and associates. Investigating the people who shared his early years not only revealed his mysterious origins, but provided a likely answer to the century-old question of his fate. Learn how thorough records analysis and research on family, friends, and neighbors can help break down even long-standing brick walls.

Friday, March 24 through Saturday, March 25
North Hills Genealogists: Discover Your Roots, Discover Yourself Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm
The Columbian Room, 250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA
Friday Workshop and four lectures on Saturday by one of the most prominent leaders in genealogy, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Come learn from about finding "unfindable" ancestors, problem analysis and solving, and how the new field of DNA can help. Friday afternoon's workshop is on overcoming record shortages which can be attended alone or as part of the weekend package.
For more information see the website at www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org.

Saturday, March 25
South Bend Area Genealogical Society 2017 Spring Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S Main St, South Bend, IN 46601
19th annual Spring Conference featuring national speaker Tina Beaird. Ms. Beaird will be presenting two programs - Courthouse Finds and Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors. A third program on the St. Joseph County Archive Records will also be presented by Vicky Rydzynski, Archivist/Records manager with the St. Joseph County Archives & Records Center. Vendors and lunch will be available.

Friday, April 7 through Saturday, April 8
Topeka Genealogical Society's 45th Annual Conference co-hosted by the Kansas Historical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
KHS - 6425 SW 6th St., Topeka, KS
"Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogy". Guest speaker, D. Joshua Taylor will present 4 topics on Saturday beginning at 8:00am. Friday breakout sessions begin at 12:30pm-5:00pm with a variety of local speakers and topics.

Saturday, April 22
VGS Spring 2017 Conference: DNA and Social Media Research Strategies  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Four Points Sheraton, 4700 S. Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA
Join VGS at the Library of VA on Friday (4/21/2017) from 10 to 3 for guided research which is free and open to all. On Saturday, Shannon Combs-Bennett will give four lectures: Genetic Genealogy for the Beginner, Creating a Research Plan for DNA Testing, Organize your DNA Data, and Crowdsourcing Your Genealogy to Break Down Walls. Registration for the Saturday conference includes lunch.

Saturday, April 22 through Saturday, April 22
Ohio Chapter PalAm 2017 Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH
"Beyond the Obvious - German Genealogy"
Presenting Dr. Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., German Research Specialist at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, as our featured speaker.

Topics: Beyond the Obvious: Beyond Practical and Social Concerns for Emigration to America; Historical Events that Affect German Genealogical Research; The Genealogical Value of German Guild Records: How to fill the Gaps When Church Records are Missing; German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution.

Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, and Full Buffet lunch by Schmidt's Sausage Haus.

Member: $45; Non-Member: $55; Deadline for advance registration: April 8, 2017; After April 8, 2017 cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members

Registration will be available online at: https://oh-palam.org/registernow.php or with check payable to Ohio Chapter-Palam.

Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329; For questions e-mail: lindabelle@lcs.net

Saturday, May 6
San Mateo County Genealogical Society: Not Your Usual Records  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Menlo Park LDS Hall 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park, CA
Not Your Usual Records with Amy Johnson Crow
Step off the beaten path with Amy and discover unexpected resources. Amy is a Certified Genealogist and speaks at events throughout the nation.

Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree & 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Coference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am
Burbank, California
Save The Dates!
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
"Hunting Your Heritage"
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
"Diving Into DNA"
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Workshops (including Friday JamboFree presentations)
Thursday, June 8; Friday June 9; Sunday, June 11, 2017
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Burbank, California
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is pleased to announce the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 8 - 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will be a full day of DNA presentations. In-Depth Workshops will occur throughout both conferences. Registration will begin in January 2017. For further information, visit the Jamboree website at www.genealogyjamboree.com and the Jamboree blog at www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.
We look forward to seeing you at Jamboree 2017!

Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25
Maryland to Kentucky Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
11:00 am
Brescia University, Owensboro, KY
The 2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond Genealogy Conference is June 22-25 at Brescia University in Owensboro, KY. Registration, orientation and keynote speaker presentation on Thursday; choose from 40 class sessions, genealogy sharing and vendors on Friday and Saturday; conclude with Sunday Mass.

The first MD2KY Reunion in 1990 at Nazareth, KY was an opportunity for descendants of the Maryland to Kentucky pioneers to meet and share family history information. The most recent event in 2014 at St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY hosted 465 participants from 26 states.

Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, MN
An all-star lineup of speakers, including well-known international figures, is slated for the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, set for July 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Among 39 confirmed presenters are figures including Roger Minert, Ernest Thode, Dirk Weissleder of Germany, Baerbel Johnson, Fritz Juengling, Michael Lacopo, James Beidler, Paula Stuart-Warren, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Jill Morelli and Stephen Morse.

Other international presenters include Ursula Krause, Werner Esser and Timo Kracke, all of Germany, and Benjamin Hollister of Australia.

The conference — “CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.” — will offer 70 presentations over three full days.

Presentations on regional specialties include Ostfriesen, Luxembourg, Palatinate, Bremen, Alsace, Baden, Black Sea Germans, Austria, Czech Republic (Bohemia), Pomerania, West Prussia, East Prussia, Lithuania, eastern Europe, former eastern German provinces, Australia, and others.

Daily “Connections” sessions are planned for attendees to meet others with common interests in specific Germanic regions.

The “Connections” focus of this international conference also offers a unique opportunity for Germanic genealogists to make personal connections with people from other countries as well as nationally, said officials of the German-American Genealogical Partnership, which is organizing the conference.

For the full lineup of speakers and other conference information, visit the website of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, conference host, at www.GGSMN.org, click “2017 GAGP Conference.”

Friday, July 28 through Saturday, July 29
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel
2017 International Germanic Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference Offers Unique Opportunities
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—A growing international Germanic genealogy organization has set the date for the first of what is to become a biennial international conference offering Germanic family researchers unique opportunities to connect with people from other countries.
The conference, organized by the German-American Genealogical Partnership, is set for July 28 and 29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.
“For anyone involved in researching Germanic ancestors, this is a rare opportunity to make personal connections with people from the United States, Germany and other countries. We especially encourage members and leaders of societies in the Partnership to join us in this inaugural international conference,” said Kent Cutkomp, one of the key founders of the Partnership and a past president of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of the 2017 conference.
A special discussion day for society leaders is set for July 27, 2017, the day prior to the official start of the conference.
The conference—“CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.”—will offer more than 30 presentations by Germanic genealogy experts worldwide. Attendees will be invited to be part of a conference surname and locality database to match up with others attending, Cutkomp said.
Study rooms with computers and expert personal assistance will offer help with German script, language and research. The conference also will feature impromptu gatherings by region or special interest and a large field of vendors and exhibitors, he said.
The conference is scheduled at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb. Attendees may book room reservations at the hotel beginning in August. Registration for the conference opens in January 2017.
The Partnership, founded in 2015, joins Germanic societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the more than 60 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.
“Our purpose in creating the Partnership is to expand cooperation among societies nationally and internationally for the benefit of their individual members,” Cutkomp said. “We are undertaking a number of major initiatives, one of those being the 2017 international conference.”

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference  (FGS Events)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Save the Date for FGS 2017!
Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop with its rich genealogical resources for this four day genealogy event with local host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 21
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)’s 16th Genealogical and Cultural Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Pittsburgh International Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1111 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15231

All members and non-members of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International are invited to participate in our Conference events.

Join us for a rich spectrum of International, National, and Local presenters. In addition to the many Czech, Moravian, Slovak, Rusyn and German-Bohemian genealogical related break-out sessions, this conference will also include optional tours of the local regions rich ethnic historical and cultural sites.

Other highlights include: a Parade of Kroje (folk dress) fashion show, a Vendor Room, CGSI Traveling Research Library, Silent Auction, Translation Service, Networking Room (Informal Regional 'Round-table' groups are forming across the nation and continue to meet locally for education and mutual assistance).  

Please Note this is in 2017.  The following year 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the ‘Pittsburgh Pact’ which led to the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918!  This is the same Hotel as our 2001 Conference. 

Plans are still being made so watch  http://www.cgsi.org/    for full CGSI Conference 2017 Information including Registration, Accommodations, Travel, Conference Program Details, Speaker Bios, Tour Information, and Discounted ‘Early-Bird’ fee options.

CGSI is a non-profit cultural genealogy group staffed by all volunteers. For more information or to join CGSI visit: http://www.cgsi.org/