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Saturday, January 31
Whittier Area Genealogical Society 32nd Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Masonic Lodge / 7604 Greenleaf Ave. / Whittier, CA, USA
Geoffrey Rasmussen, speaker, author of videos, articles, and developer of Legacy Family Tree software program will speak on four different topics on Saturday, January 31, 2015. For more information, visit the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) website, download the flyer, and register for this amazing event!
 


Saturday, January 31
Whittier Area Genealogical Society Presents Geoffrey Rasmussen  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier, California
WAGS presents its annual seminar with Geoffrey Rasmussen who will talk on 1) Digital Research Guidance & To Do Lists, 2) Googling Around with Google & Other Technologies, 3) Timelines & Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogy Success, and 4) Technology & Techniques for Researching A Common Surname.
 


Saturday, January 31
Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of IL General Meeting & Free Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm
1st. Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL; 150 Ashland; LaGrange, IL
"Finishing the Story" presented by Jennifer Holik http://jenniferholik.com
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Jennifer will show you how to search as she did for her newest book "The Tiger's Widow".
 
Please visit www.csagsi.org for more information.



Tuesday, February 3
Researching Your Chicago Ancestor  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL
Steve Szabados will provide advice, tips, and tricks for genealogy research in Chicago.


Tuesday, February 3
Boulder Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO
Free educational session from 6:30 to 7:15: "What do Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII have to do with Genealogy?" presented by Diane Barbour. This talk will explain why we get those double year dates when we do early American research in genealogy. Calendars have a large influence on our ancestors. This talk will help you understand why and what they mean.

The main program beginning at 7:30 pm will feature several society members speaking about My Family’s Immigration Story. Hear the details of four unique tales of coming to America and get some ideas for researching your immigrant ancestors.

This presentation will follow a brief BGS business meeting. All activities are held at the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, Sky Lounge (5th Floor)
 


Saturday, February 7 through Saturday, February 28
Introduction to Beginning Genealogy  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bedford Public Library
Classes are held on four consecutive Saturday sessions. Different topics are covered during each class. Some of the topics covered are: where to begin, organization, forms and how to use them, records and how to find them, and places to go to find information. Handouts are provided at each class containing Internet sites of interest. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple.
 


Saturday, February 7
Bucks County Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
“Adoption Research for Genealogists” presented by Michael S. Ramage, Certified Genealogist. Learn about adoption laws and methods that may enable you to uncover hidden adoptions in your family with a real life case study.
 
For more info: www.bucksgen.org


Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City
Wednesday, February 11 through Saturday, February 14
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City  (FGS Events)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up for a one-time special genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 11–14, 2015. FGS and RootsTech will share the expo hall, general sessions, activities, and more while each conference offers their own program of sessions. FGS sessions will focus on methodology, records, ethnic research, and migration for honing your research skills and society issues to motivate and inspire society volunteers. RootsTech will offer a program of technology-based solutions for the genealogy needs of both individuals and societies.
 
Register for FGS only or add-on a RootsTech pass for an additional fee to have access to both programs.
 


Saturday, February 14
Early Migration Patterns into Kentucky with an Emphasis on Pioneer Women   (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: Early historic settlement in Kentucky: The emigration experience
This session will discuss the two principal routes that settlers took into Kentucky, conditions of travel, typical composition of the traveling parties, residential options upon arrival and frontier living conditions.
Session 2: Women on the frontier
This session will focus on the experience of women on the frontier, including specific responsibilities they shouldered, challenges and dangers that they faced, means of coping (or not) and their contributions to the shaping of frontier culture and, eventually, civil society.

About the Speaker:
Nancy O’Malley, Assistant Director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, is a professional archaeologist specializing in the historic era. 
 


Saturday, February 14
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 Caron Primas Brennan - “Ancestry.com Primer”

This presentation will look at the Ancestry.com site, including the Ancestry Trees, and review what it has to offer beginners as well as more advanced genealogy researchers. It will also discuss what is available through the free site and the paid subscription.

 
 


Thursday, February 19
Riding the (Genealogical) Rails in Chicago  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL
Presented by Larry Olson


Saturday, February 21
West Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Avenue, Sun City, AZ
West Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring John Colletta, Ph.D., at their annual seminar. Four lectures will be given at this day long seminar around the theme, "Our Ancestors from Overseas: Discovering and Recording Their Stories". Winter visitors are welcome to attend! For additional information, contact Judy at 2ndvp@azwvgs.org. 
 
 


Saturday, February 21
Finding a Family for Eleanore in Spite of Adoption, Name Changes, Divorces & Family Secrets  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura County Public Health Center, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Presenter: Cheryl Storton

Cheryl Storton is a long-time member of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, past President and Program Chair. She has been doing her own family research since 1980, and worked as a professional researcher for several years. She has spoken at multiple local and state genealogical societies, including the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree. Cheryl is a member of the DAR, Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.
 



Tuesday, March 3
Preserving Your Family Memories  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL
Cheryl Winter will suggest ways to preserve family memories through word, photos and more. Cheryl has done a beautiful job creating scrapbooks for EGS! 


Saturday, March 14
40th Annual Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL
A full day conference with great speakers & topics, your favorite Exhibitors, hot buffet lunch, and an opportunity to network with other researchers. Space is limited to 250 registrants. Speakers: Stephen P. Morse, Thomas MacEntee, Marsha Peterson-Maass, Katherine R. Willson. Topics: Methodology – Organizing – Resources – Brick Walls - Search Tools – Research plans – Frugal habits - Self-publishing – Advanced tools – DNA & Genetic genealogy - Adding to your will – and more.
For Details and Registration Information visit www.dcgs.org, select Events/2015 Conference
 
Visit www.dcgs.org.
 
 


Saturday, March 14
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 Dr. Daniel Hubbard, Lake County Genealogical Society President - “Researching at the Appomattox Court House”

Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.
 
 


Thursday, March 19
Lee County Genealogical Society Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
12:30 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers
New technology tools provide exciting new ways to connect with other researchers. From blogs to wikis, Flickr to YouTube, social bookmarking to LibraryThing, and Facebook to Twitter, this presentation will provide a grand tour of many different categories of social networking tools that can add power and fun to research. 


Lee County Genealogical Society Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
12:30 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers with Drew Smith
New technology tools provide exciting new ways to connect with other researchers. From blogs to wikis, Flickr to YouTube, social bookmarking to LibraryThing, and Facebook to Twitter, this presentation will provide a grand tour of many different categories of social networking tools that can add power and fun to research.
 
Drew Smith is an Assistant Librarian with the Academic Services unit of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He is the author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Company.
 


Thursday, March 19
Evernote for Genealogy (webinar)  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL


Saturday, March 21
WCGS 2015 Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays, Round Rock TX
Guest speaker George G. Morgan from Tampa, FL will share his vast knowledge of genealogical research on topics such as reading between the lines of obituaries, using maps to find the right place for your ancestors, along with Google Country Search Engines. Registration will open on or around 15 January 2015 with Early Bird registration until 06 March 2015. Start checking the Williamson County Genealogical Society's website about 10 January 2015.
 


Saturday, March 21
Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society Presents Their 2015 Annual Seminar Speaker, Bill Dollarhide  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society will present Bill Dollarhide who will speak on four topics: 1) You Know About Census Records But What About Census Substitutes? 2) Using Deeds to Trace the Trails of Your Ancestors, 3) Finding Living Relatives Online, and 4) Dollarhide's Five Rules.
 


Saturday, March 21
South Bend Area Genealogical Society 17th Annual Michiana Genealogy Fair 2015  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mishawaka Penn Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, IN
Speaker: Harold Henderson CG
10:30 a.m. “Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives” 
Harold will present his personal sample of archives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin- and a few suggestions of where to find the one YOU need.
 
1:30 p.m. “Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn’t on Your Side”
Genealogist can’t count on the full confessions Perry Mason got every week in the old TV series. Try the Sherlock Holmes model instead. Get a feel for indirect evidence with examples from actual research.
 
Exhibitors will be available all day in the Lions Room and in the Rotunda by the Children’s Dept. There will also be research assistance in the Friends of the Library Leaning Center. A light lunch, or snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be available for a nominal fee from a caterer at the Library. Additionally, several restaurants are in close proximity. Parking is plentiful, free at the Library, surrounding parking lots, and city streets. 
 
Information is also available at www.sbags.org or via email at, sjcgensoc@gmail.com


Saturday, March 21
Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Spring Lecture  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Dallas, TX
"Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools"

Noted professional genealogist Debbie Parker Wayne will begin with a brief review of genetic genealogy basics and advice about choosing a DNA testing company. The remaining sessions will provide in-depth information about tools and applications for mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Each session will include a real-life case study which uses the latest tools and techniques to analyze these DNA types.
 


Friday, March 27 through Saturday, March 28
Spring Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
2:00 pm
Fairfax Marriott, 11787 Lee Jackson Hwy, Fairfax, VA
Two-day conference (2pm-8pm on Friday; 9am-3:45pm on Saturday) features tracks on various topics, including:
German, Eastern European, military, and African American research; state-specific research in North Carolina and Pennsylvania; online genealogy and other topics.
 


Saturday, March 28
Eleventh Annual Hill Country Family History Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Boerne Civic Center; 820 Adler Road; Boerne, TX
Guest Speaker: Lisa Louise Cook, owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company; author of four books and Producer and Host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast. 
 
Her topics will be: How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case; How to Save Your Research from Destruction and Ensure Its Future Survival; How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote; and Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers. 

Pre-Seminar dinner with Lisa Louise Cooke: Friday, March 27;  6:30 Social and 7:00 Dinner at the Helene House, 111 Staffel Street; Boerne, TX.  Registration will begin on 5 January 2015.
 
Visit www.GSKCTX.org for more information.


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
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: John Stryker - “Genealogy Apps/Google Tools”

Google is NOT just a search engine. It is much more than a tool for finding websites and most people barely scratch the surface of its possibilities. Learn how the many other services that Google provides including Google Books, Maps, YouTube, Photos and more can be used to help you fill in your family tree. We will also cover several useful mobile applications, many of which are used with Google.
 


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, 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
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.
 


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.