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Monday, March 30
Researching Your Irish Family History  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Jackson County Genealogy Library; 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501
Full-day seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish Research presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members: $45, non-members: $55. Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members: $55, non-members: $65. Visit http://rvgsociety.org to learn more. 



Saturday, April 11
The Family History Event   (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Luzerne County Community College Conference Center, Nanticoke, PA 18634
The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, is proud to announce this year’s Family History Event on April 11th!
This fun and factual day is for novice and experienced genealogists alike, and features vendors and exhibitors, several guest speakers, door prizes and lunch.

Keynote speaker, Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D.,will present “Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry."
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., is an intellectual property attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Bettinger is the author of The Genetic Genealogist, a blog that examines the intersections of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research since 2007.

Jonathan Shea, A.G., will start with records found here (census, ship lists, church records, draft cards, and more) and then travel across the pond using examples from his Eastern European research.
Mr. Shea will also present a lecture on translation of Polish/Ukrainian/Lithuanian documents.
Jonathan Shea, A.G., serves on the foreign language faculty of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. He is the founding president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc., and now serves as its reference archivist and editor of its journal Pathways and Passages.

Private consultations with the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG-GPA) will also be available for an additional fee.
 


Saturday, April 11
Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am
Toronto, Ontario
This full-day workshop sponsored by Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society will help you find out more about the men and women who lived in what is now Ontario before Confederation. During the course of the day, we’ll explore the social and economic history of the province between the 1790s and the 1860s with the guidance of nine expert speakers. We’ll learn how to make the most of historical maps to understand how Upper Canada took shape and enhance our genealogy research. We’ll follow the development of the roads, rivers, canals and railways that connected families and communities. We’ll find out how to access and interpret land, church, justice, military and company records. And we’ll discover the treasures that can be found in papers of early surveyors-general and petitions of various kinds.

The early-bird registration deadline is 14 March.
 


Saturday, April 11
Bucks County Genealogical Society Online Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Council Rock High School North Library, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA
“Frugal Hangout” for Genealogy – Free Online Research With Friends
Research your family history with family, friends, and friendly, experienced peers from Bucks County Genealogical Society. Free use of Ancestry.com Library Edition will be available at Council Rock High School North using their library computers. Receive or offer assistance from or to other guests from starting your family history to breaking down brick walls. Bring your own laptop using the school's WiFi, or use one of the library computers. Door prizes include subscription to GenealogyBank! Free admission – Open to the Public. No registration required.

For more info: www.bucksgen.org


Saturday, April 11
Second Saturday Genealogy – Kentucky Genalogical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky
Session 1: The ABCs of DNA
This session will teach attendees about the basic genetic terminology & concepts, the main types of tests available for genealogical purposes, their inheritance patterns and their limitations. They will also learn how to identify their testing goal and which test would best meet that goal.
 
Session 2: Why Y? Patrilineal DNA Research for Genetic Genealogy
Topics covered will include Y-DNA inheritance, types of Y tests, testing objectives, testing company offerings, using results.
 
Speaker: Debra Renard
 


Saturday, April 11
North Suburban Genealogical Society Public Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL
“Genealogical Society Panel Discussion with Q&A” - NSGS Member Panel
* Clark Dean, CG -- Finding Two Illusive Women: A Case Study
* Judy Hughes -- A Fresh Look At Brick Walls; New Ways to Rethink Old Problems
* Terry Jackson -- An Adoption Story: Italian Immigration & The Newberry Library
* Tom Van Heule -- How to Convert Old Data (Slides & Pictures) Into Computer Files

The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments. The meeting room is on the lower level and has a ramp for handicap accessibility.
 


Saturday, April 18
Sonoma County Genealogy Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma County Genealogy Society presents the 2015 Spring Seminar with Speaker Thomas MacEntee. Book sales, Raffle, and more.
 


Saturday, April 18
Tennesse Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Huntsville, Alabama
The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society is hosting Barbara Vines Little, CG, for a day-long seminar focusing on Virginia Records and Identifying Women. The seminar will be held at the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library. Reservations and payment must be received by April 8, 2015. Please see the TVGS website for more information and a registration form.
 


Saturday, April 18
FREE Family History Program -- Ventura County California Genealogical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura Co Public Health Auditorium, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Speaker: Hal Bookbinder
Main Program: "The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe"
Few Jews lived in Eastern Europe 1,000 years ago. Yet, it was to become the home of 80% of the World’s Jews. As Russia expanded westward, more and more Jews came within the Russian Empire. This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews in its midst and the Eastern European borders changes which frequently resulted in ancestral towns coming under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found.
 


Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 25
43rd Annual Conference – Topeka Genealogical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas
Mining the Gold in Genealogy Sources
Breakout sessions on Friday featuring local speakers. Four presentations on Saturday by nationally-recognized speaker Jana Broglin, CG, OGSF. 
 
View the conference brochure for details and registration form.


Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 25
Tracking Your Ancestors Through War and Peace  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:00 pm
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN
Craig R. Scott will be our featured speaker starting with a Friday evening reception. On Saturday, Craig will give three presentations. There will also be eight breakout sessions with various topics.

More information and registration information is available on the Minnesota Genealogical Society website at http://mngs.org.


Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 2
TIARA Research Trip to Dublin  (FGS Member Society Events)
Dublin, Ireland
TIARA is pleased to announce the 2015 Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland. We will review your research prior to leaving for Dublin to help you determine your research strategies. You will be assisted in Ireland by knowledgeable researchers who will be there to offer advice, share your joy in finding a record and your disappointment if it isn’t the right one!
 


Saturday, April 25
Ohio Chapter PalAm, 2015 Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., US Rte 42, Plain City, OH
GERMAN GENEALOGY - RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND HISTORY
Speakers: Allen Bernard, PhD, Evolution of German Religious Practices
Rebecca Hill, MA, A Presidential Library with a Genealogical Slant.
Patricia Van Skaik, MA, Using Social Media for Genealogy
Ernie Thode, Passenger Lists for Germans on Both Sides of the Atlantic.
Register online at http://www.oh-palam.org/
or send to: Linda Dietrich, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239


Saturday, April 25
Genealogical Forum of Oregon Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Milwaukie [Oregon] Elks
Finding Your Family Beyond Vital Records with Laura Prescott

Seminar topics include:
~ Treasures Within the Ivory Tower - Finding Family in Academic Archives
~ Turning Fiction into Fact
~ loc.gov - Using Our Nation’s Library Online
~ The Rest of the Story - Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History
 



Saturday, May 2 through Saturday, May 9
TIARA Research Trip to Belfast  (FGS Member Society Events)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
TIARA is pleased to announce the 2015 Genealogy Research Trip to Belfast, N Ireland. We will review your research prior to leaving for Belfast to help you determine your research strategies. You will be assisted in Ireland by knowledgeable researchers who will be there to offer advice, share your joy in finding a record and your disappointment if it isn’t the right one!
 


Saturday, May 9
BC Genealogical Society 2015 Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
The British Columbia Genealogical Society's 2015 Seminar features Jill Morelli, sole proprietor of Cascade Research Services, who lectures and writes on genealogical topics that often transcend the more narrowly defined family history.

Topics: The “Push” and the “Pull”: Emigration Decision-Making in the 19th Century';
I Found My Family on the Internet! Now what do I do?;
Discovering the ‘Other’ Censuses: State and Non-Population Enumerations;
Soldiers, Spies & Farm Wives: the Changing Roles of Women During the Civil War!.
 
Early bird priced tickets till April 15.
 


Saturday, May 9
North Suburban Genealogical Society Public Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL
The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments. The meeting room is on the lower level and has a ramp for handicap accessibility.

The meeting will feature: Tina Beaird, Plainfield Library: Genealogy and Local History Librarian - “Pinning Down Your Past: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire”

Many of us have used Facebook to find distant cousins and former high school friends. When it comes to Genealogy, lots of social media sties are popping up to help make searching for ancestors fun. Join Tina for a session on how to use sites like Pinterest, Flickr, History Pin and more to find, identify and share ancestors.
 



Friday, June 26 through Saturday, June 27
Palatines to America 2015 National Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 23 S. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA
Two Day German Genealogy Conference
Speakers: Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M.; Jonathan R. Stayer; Katharine Lowe Brown, Ph.D.; Iren Snavely, Ph.D., M.S.; Joe Lieby; Kathleen Hale.
Topics: Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Resources on the palatines at the PA State Library, State Land Records of Pennsylvania, The Germanna Colony of Virginia of 1714, German Genealogy and the Internet, German Church Records, German City Dwellers in 19th Century America, Gems of Wisdom, Germans in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Identifying German Origins of American Immigrants, Early Religious Experience in America, Travelling in the Footsteps of Your German Ancestors.
 



Saturday, July 11
MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Summer Conference with speakers Debbie Parker Wayne, Thomas MacEntee, Craig Pfannkuche, Ray Johnson, Maureen Brady, Jane Haldeman and Greg Phelps. This all day conference will be held at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Registration is now open with early registration available until 2 April 2015.
 



Saturday, August 1
Kentucky Genealogical Society 40th Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Kentucky Genealogical Society 40th Annual Seminar
Save the date! John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. will be the 2015 KGS Seminar speaker. Topics and details coming in early 2015.
 


Saturday, August 8
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois 2015 Family History Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ray Hancock Conference Center, John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville IL
Nationally known genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS will present 4 sessions:
  1. Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830;  
  2. Essential Technology for Genealogists;
  3. The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher;
  4. Online Resources for Colonial America.
Lunch is included with your paid registration received prior to July 25th. Seating is limited, so register early. Free Vendor Fair.
 


Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15
The Northwest Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, Arlington, WA
The annual Northwest Genealogy Conference is dedicated to bringing high quality, national level genealogical education to the Pacific Northwest. NwGC is also committed to supporting local experts and speakers with our incredible venue. The 2015 conference will build upon our success in 2014.

In 2015 the NwGC will be offering:
•3 full days of classes
•Options to purchase individual days
•Nationally and internationally renowned speakers
 
Learn more http://nwgc.org
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society


FGS 2015 Alaskan Cruise
Friday, August 28 through Friday, September 4
FGS 2015 Alaskan Cruise  (FGS Events)
Alaska Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord (Sawyer Glacier)
Spend 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious Jewel of the Seas. Round trip sailing from Seattle, Washington. Ports of call: Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia.
 
Featuring
  • Genealogy sessions during days at sea
  • Engaging social events, game nights, and networking
  • Private dinner seating for fellowship with registered attendees
  • Exclusive historic land excursions
 
Book your cabin now at https://www.fgsconference.org/cruise/



Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19
New York State Family History Conference 2015  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Syracuse, NY
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society co-sponsor the conference in Syracuse, NY. Additionally, the 2015 conference is a Federation of Genealogical Societies Regional Conference with a full day of sessions focused on building and managing genealogical societies and related topics, then 2 days of New York-focused lectures and sessions on general topics meant for the intermediate and advanced researcher. Lecturers are among the best, and best known, speakers in the country. FamilySearch, findmypast.com, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Capital District Genealogical Society, and the New York State Archives and Library are conference sponsors.
 



Saturday, November 7
Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Huntsville, Alabama
The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society presents David Ouimette, CG, manager of content strategy at FamilySearch, genealogical lecturer, and author of Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. The theme of this day-long seminar is Pioneers and Patriots: Maximizing Technology for Genealogical Research. More information and registration information is available on the TVGS website. 
 


Saturday, November 7
Tennessee Genealogical Society Annual Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Germantown Church of Christ located at 8723 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tennessee
The Tennessee Genealogical Society is extremely proud to announce that renowned genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, will be the guest speaker for the Annual Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognizedD. Joshua Taylor genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Be sure to mark your calendars now and set aside that date for an exciting genealogical adventure!