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Wednesday, October 7
D-OGS 25th Anniversary Celebration  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm
OWASA Community Center, 400 W. Jones St., Carrboro, NC
D-OGS 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration this October 2015!
D-OGS was started in 1989. Our mission was to establish a genealogical community dedicated to the research and preservation of family history of Durham and Orange Counties. Providing research assistance and educational opportunities to our members and the public through outreach programs, monthly meetings, newsletters, and a journal were also critical elements of our mission and are still being carried out today.
For our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we will celebrate the highlights of our Society and its members in some of the following ways:
  • Charter members will attend to talk about what it was like to start D-OGS
  • Members will talk about how they came to join D-OGS and what their first year was like in the society
  • We will highlight D-OGS accomplishments in the genealogical or historical fields
  • We will celebrate those members we have lost but loved
  • We will show off our scrapbooks and photo albums
  • Highlight members’ family from Durham and Orange Counties
  • We will have a transportation list for ride-sharing to and from the event
  • We will eat food and have a good time
Ride Share: Please call Carol Boggs at (919) 967-3646 to schedule a ride to and from this event.
Hope to see you there!
The 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Thursday, October 8
Death Stands Ready at the Door: Early American Tombstone Iconography and Attitudes Towards Death  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
45 E. Par Street, Orlando, FL 32804
Speaker: Allison Ryall, Genealogy Specialist, West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center
Early tombstone iconography reflects the attitudes that our ancestors held about death. Understanding burial traditions and practices can enhance family history research by providing insight into our ancestors’ religious beliefs, family patterns, and societal expectations. Burying grounds tell stories of war, social class, and immigration while symbolically revealing to us the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. September through May. The location has not been set yet so check back closer to this event.
General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. September through May. There are no General Meetings during the summer months of June, July and August. These meetings usually feature a short business meeting, immediately followed by a speaker covering topics of interest to genealogy and local history researchers. Drawings are held for door prizes and the meetings are followed by snacks and a social time. Visitors and guests always welcome. The meetings are open to the public.
BE THERE EARLY at 7:00 p.m. for a mini-session, an informal place that precedes the General Meeting to bring your questions, successes or suggestions for others.

Friday, October 9
BCG: Genealogy Talks at Church History Museum in Salt Lake  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Church History Museum Auditorium, Salt Lake City, UT
Six top genealogists will give free lectures during the day beginning at 9 A.M. Friday, October 9, at the Church History Museum Auditorium in Salt Lake City. This is a live event with no recording. Speakers and topics:
Michael Hait on “reasonably exhaustive research,”
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom on researching women,
Judy G. Russell on DNA,
Michael Ramage on forensic genealogy,
Elizabeth Shown Mills on the lessons from the case of Margaret’s baby’s father, and
Thomas W. Jones on when newfound evidence overturns a proved conclusion.

Saturday, October 10
Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Fall Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Richmond, Virginia
Featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG.

Saturday, October 10
4th Annual Wichita Genealogical Society Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
Eugene M Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E 29th St N., Wichita, Kansas
The featured speaker will be Diane C. Loosle.  She is an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogist. She has a Bachelors degree in History with an emphasis in Family History and Genealogy and a Masters of Business Administration. She has worked for FamilySearch for the past twenty-one years as a British Reference Consultant, British Reference Unit Supervisor, Customer Experience Manager, FamilySearch Genealogical Community Services Manager, Director Genealogical Services and is currently the Director of the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers worldwide.
We will also hear from Michelle Enke. She is the Local History Librarian at the Wichita Public Library for over 13 years, and manager of the Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy/Special Collections Center.  Michelle has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s in History from Truman State University. 
  • What Do We Care About?” by Diane C. Loosle
  • Family Search: “An Introduction to Who We Are, by Diane C. Loosle
  • “Off the Stacks and On the Web: Kansas Genealogy and History Online”, by Michelle Enke
  • Family Search: “Getting the Most out of The Website”, by Diane C. Loose                     
  • Family Search Wiki: “To the Rescue When It Gets Tricky”, by Diane C. Loosle
  • Family Search Memories: “Preserving Your Memories for the Future”, by Diane C Loosle
Light Breakfast and Lunch is included with paid registration.  Free Vendor Fair.

Saturday, October 10
NeWGS 2015 Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
the Ambulance Shack at North end of Colville, WA.
Presented by Don McConnell, retired Army officer and senior intelligence analyst, authority on soldiers serving before and during the Civil War, and Civil War living history enthusiast. Topics for our seminar include searching on Ancestry.com and Fold3 as well as clues for finding military records for the soldier serving before and during the Civil War. There are plenty of cool door prizes as well as a luncheon buffet included in the price of the seminar. You don't want to miss this one. In fact, why not bring a friend? Remember you don't have to be a member to attend.
For more details and registration form please download the workshop flyer. (http://www.newgs.org/upload/events/files/1440477978_2015workshopflyer.pdf)

Thursday, October 15
An Overview of the Buffalo Jewish Archives Project  (FGS Member Society Events)
Fellowship Hall of the Asbury United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
7PM Short Program: "Webinars for Genealogy" by Larry Naukam
8PM Long Program: "An Overview of the Buffalo Jewish Archives Project" by Dr. Chana Revell Kotzin

Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, October 18
Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar 2015  (FGS Member Society Events)
Program: "The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems"
Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Saturday, October 17
Ventura County Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA 93010
Mark Your Calendar for the VCGS Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Featuring Sheila Benedict
Topics: Collecting, Recording, and Evaluating Research
Re-assess Your Data: Is It Quality Research or Grandma's Army Boots?
Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy
Finding Your Irish (and other out-of-country) Ancestor

To view more information and to register go to: http://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=329

Questions? Email: seminar@venturacogensoc.org

Saturday, October 17
Contra Costa Genealogical Society 2015 Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA
Speaker: Kathryn M. Marshall, PhD 
  • Changing Boundaries and Lost Ancestors
  • Locating Your Ancestors with Animap, Historic Mapworks, BLM, and Google Earth
Speaker: Dr. James M. Baker, PhD, CG
  • 2015 Genealogy Staying Current with your research: Up-to-Date Tools and Resources
  • Expanding Frontier: Can You Find the Early 1800s US Data On-line?

Saturday, October 17
Fresno County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Clovis Veterans Memorial District 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612, in the Liberty Ballroom
The Central Valley welcomes on of the premier genealogy speakers!

Fresno County Genealogical Society presents our 12th Annual Genealogy Seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.

On Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Workshop topics:
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote,
Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames,
How to Reopen and Work on a Genealogical Cold Case,
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers.

Pre-register on-line at by September 27th for the best price.
No registrations accepted after October 10th.

Registration confirmations will be mailed and no refunds will be issued once you have registered. No registrations will be sold at the door.

Contact us at (559)600-6230 or seminarfcgs@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 17
Fall Genealogy Workshop: Hatched, Matched and Dispatched  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown
  • Vital Records (and SSDI)
  • Cemetery Research
  • Obituaries (and Newspapers)

Saturday, October 17
Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealoical Society – Atlantic Canada Genealogy Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am
Toronto, ON
Enjoy a full day of fascinating lectures on the people of Canada's four Atlantic provinces. Led by keynote speaker Terrence M. Punch of Halifax, with additional lectures by Roberta Clark and Terri Raymond, this workshop will explore the resources available to help you find your Atlantic ancestors. The focus will be on understanding the patterns and sources of immigration into the four Atlantic provinces over the past four hundred years as well as subsequent migrations from Atlantic Canada to other parts of Canada and to the United States.

Tuesday, October 20
Hitting Pay Dirt: Federal Land Records  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Center, Alexandria, Virginia
If you've ever seen a movie with a scene of a land rush, you know that the federal government opened vacant land to homesteaders, enticing them with rock-bottom prices. Learn about the 30 states that used this process and find out who qualified. Explore land patents on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website and the files located at the National Archives.

Next Level Facebook for Societies
Tuesday, October 20
Next Level Facebook for Societies  (FGS Webinars)
8:00 pm
Your computer via GoToWebinar®
FGS 2015 FGS Webinar Series 
October 20th — "Next Level Facebook for Societies" by Jen Baldwin 

Wednesday, October 21
"Navigating Cook Cook Clerk of the Circuit Court"  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Wheaton Public Library- Lower Level
Presenter: Raymond Johnson

Thursday, October 22
Civil War Tombstone Project  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Presenter: Jerry Reiman
Since 2013, Topekan Jerry Reiman has been cleaning the headstones of Civil War veterans buried in Topeka cemeteries. Jerry will tell about his work, how and why he started this project, and interesting discoveries along the way.
Program is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 23 through Saturday, October 24
Illinois State Genealogical Society 2015 Fall Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
Save the date and reserve your room today!

Saturday, October 24
2015 Annual Seminar – Johnson County Genealogical Society and Library  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
The Ritz Charles Event Center, 9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS
Johnson County Genealogical Society is proud to present our speaker for 2015. George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, webinars, and on cruises and tours. 
Topics for the seminar:
Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
Alterate Records You May Never Have Considered
Clues in the News: Your Ancestor in Community Context

Saturday, October 24
New Mexico Genealogical Society 55th Symposium  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Albuquerque, NM
What do you need in your genealogical toolbox in 2015? The NMGS one-day symposium will offer some 21st century tools to help elevate your genealogy research to the next level.

DNA, Timelines, Publishing, Evernote, Place Names

Saturday, October 24
BCGS Fall Seminar with Ann Staley   (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
1401 W. 23rd St. Panama City, FL
The Bay County Genealogical Society Fall seminar will feature C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM. Ann is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Conference Planning and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library. Ann is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Florida State Genealogical Society, and the Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society.
  • Claws or Clues – Scratching for the Elusive Ancestor
  • Googling Your Family: Using the Whole Google Website
  • The Twilight Zone...Strange Websites for Family History Research
  • Courthouses and the Records They Keep

Saturday, October 24
Ohio Chapter 2015 PalAm Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
445 Jefferson Ave, U.S. Rte 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Featured Speaker: Marianne Wokeck, native German author of Trade in Strangers; and Chancellor’s Professor of History, Indiana University.
  • To Move or Not To Move: Transatlantic Relocation in the Age of Sail
  • Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns
  • The Branding of "Other":  Defining and Re-Defining Ethnic Identity in the 18th Century
  • Preaching and Walking the Walk:  The Role of Minister's Households in Shaping Local Customs and Tradition
Fee including materials & Der Dutchman lunch: $49;  PalAm Members: $39 
Deadline for Early Registration is October 9, 2015;  After October 9 add $10  (non-members $59; members $49).
Register online by PayPal: http://www.oh-palam.org/ or send to: Linda Dietrich, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239, e-mail: ginnyp1958@att.net

Saturday, October 24
Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar with Pam and Rick Sayre  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Milwaukie, Oregon
Speakers are Pam and Rick Sayre - Topics for the all-day Seminar on Saturday October 24th, 2015 include:
  • Social Security Sleuthing
  • Finding Records of Military Service in Published U.S. Documents, 1776-1945
  • Using NARA’s Finding Aids and Website
  • Soldiers’ Homes
Pam and Rick Sayre both hold Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Saturday, October 24
Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:45 pm
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas, TX 75201
"Thinking, Assessing and Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage & Death". Featured speaker - Dr. Michael Lacopo.
  • Lecture 1 - She Came From Nowhere - A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.
  • Lecture 2 - Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence".
  • Lecture 3 - Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.
  • Lecture 4 - Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.

Saturday, October 24
Genealogical Research at the Genesee County History Department: Opportunities and Resources with Co  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:30 am
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Library, Central Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Lafayette
Join the Western New York Genealogical Society as Dr. Michael J. Eula, the Genesee County Historian, presents “Genealogical Research at the Genesee County History Department: Opportunities and Resources.”

The Genesee County History Department has a number of genealogical resources available to the general public. These resources include collections on specific families, New York State Censuses for various years, cemetery records, military records, obituary records, and church records. In this talk, Dr. Eula will discuss the specifics regarding what is available and how County staff can be of service. He will also discuss what is available not only for in-person research, but also what is available online via the History Department website.

Free To Attend. Public Welcome.

Sunday, October 25
GFO: Maps, Wonderful Maps! with Pam and Rick Sayre  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Genealogical Forum of Oregon in Portland, Oregon
Maps! Wonderful Maps!
Maps enable genealogists to understand more about an ancestor's migration, community, and occupation. In this two hour hands on workshop, students will learn about traditional and online resources for finding historical, topographical, birds eye view, and other maps, how to interpret the maps’ symbols and notations, and how to correlate other information with map data to place an ancestor in time and place.
In online demonstrations, students will see some of the myriad sites for finding and downloading appropriate maps. For hands on exercises, students will be provided with hard copies of maps, documents, and other tools to be used in correlating deeds, censuses, newspaper articles, or other documents with maps to solve genealogical problems using various kinds of maps, from deed plats to land ownership maps to panoramic maps. Demonstrations and exercises will include a mix of rural and urban problems and solutions.
Pam and Rick Sayre both hold Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Friday, October 30 through Saturday, October 31
North Hills Genealogists' Fall 2015 Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fall Genealogy Conference
The North Hills Genealogists' Fall 2015 Conference will take place on 
Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Two featured speakers: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Michael J. Leclerc
  • Programs for beginning to advanced genealogists
  • Attend the entire conference or customize your schedule
Topics include:
   Friday – afternoon and evening
  • When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence (Judy G. Russell)
  • Mechanics of Writing Your Family History (Michael J. Leclerc)
   Saturday – morning sessions
  • Genealogy 101: What Do I Do Next? (Michael J. Leclerc)
Using Old Documents in Your Research
Telling Your Family’s Story with Mocavo and Findmypast
  • Genealogy 102: Methodology (Judy G. Russell)
Polls, Personality and Property:  Making Sense of Tax Lists
Don't Forget the Ladies:  A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law
   Saturday – afternoon sessions
  • Where There Is - or Isn't - a Will
  • No Vitals?  No problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
Online registration and additional information:

2015 TSGS Annual Family History Conference
Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1
2015 TSGS Annual Family History Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Austin, Texas
Register Now!
The TSGS Annual Family History Conference will be in Austin, Texas
October 30 — November 1, 2015.
Registration is now open for the TSGS 2015 Family History Conference scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 1 in Austin, Texas. This jam-packed event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Austin located in Austin, Texas, and is for genealogists and family historians of all skill levels!

Take advantage of the special early-bird price of $130 for a full 3-day pass including lunches on both Saturday and Sunday. This price is only available through October 10, 2015. Attend only Friday for $50, or only Saturday or only Sunday for $80. Become a TSGS member and enjoy a further savings of $20 off the early-bird pricing. (New members will receive their personal discount code via email within 24 hours of paying membership online.) Don’t have your membership discount code? Email memberinfo@txsgs.org

TSGS 2015 by the Numbers

See what's in store for you at this 3-day genealogy extravaganza!

  • TSGS is pleased to welcome not 1, but 2 keynote speakers — national-level speakers Lisa Louise Cooke and J. Mark Lowe — who will be giving a total of 6 keynote presentations!
  • Attendees will enjoy learning from the 14 different tracks including Genealogy for Beginners, DNA, African-American Research, Courthouse Records & Records Loss, Adoption, Hispanic Research, Methodology, Libraries & Repositories, Historical Context, Societies & Communities, and Digital Genealogy. 
  • This year's 27 breakout session speakers from 7 states bring a breadth of genealogy research experience to share with you in a total of 43 breakout sessions!
  • Exchange ideas and ask questions in the the 2 scheduled panels — Both Sides of the Reference Desk and Society Projects A-plenty.
  • The TSGS 2015 program features a total of 7 add-on workshops on topics including DNA, technology, Southern research, and court records facilitated by speakers Debbie Parker-Wayne, Lisa Louise Cooke, and J. Mark Lowe.


  • Be entertained during dinner by J. Mark Lowe and celebrate with the TSGS Award winners Saturday evening at the Annual TSGS Awards Banquet.
  • Enjoy meeting other family historians who share your passion for ancestors at various social events including a Welcome Reception on Friday evening and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday (included with your registration).See the full schedule of events for this 3-day genealogy extravaganza: http://www.txsgs.org/conference/schedule/!

Register now at: http://www.txsgs.org/conference/conference-registration/.

Saturday, November 7
Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan 20th Anniversary  (FGS Member Society Events)
Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights, Michigan
The 20th Anniversary Seminar will feature Donna Moughty. Visit the event page at the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan for updates on time, cost, and registration.

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 recognized 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!

Saturday, November 7
Fairfax Genealogy Fall Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Dunn Loring Vol Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 22027
"Add a little Law to your Genealogy Toolkit" - Fairfax Genealogy Society presents Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL in a one-day series of presentations. The presentations will include: "The First Trip to the Courthouse"; "Dowered or Bound Out: Widows and Orphans"; and "Finding the Law"--how to find the law that applies to your situation.
Register on line at http://fxgsfallfair2015.eventbrite.com Cost: FxGS members $35; Nonmembers, $40; after Oct 15th $45--includes box lunch. Registration starts at 8 am; program a 9 am. Parking adjacent to hall; handicapped accessible.

Saturday, November 7
San Mateo County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park, CA
A program of four lectures presented by Angie Bush, MS.
  • Y-DNA & mtDNA Testing
  • Understanding Autosomal DNA
  • Using atDNA for Genealoical & Adoption Research
  • DNA & the Genealogical Proof Standard

Saturday, November 14
Conference for a Cause  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Loveland, CO
First annual Conference for a Cause!
In 2015, the Larimer County Genealogical Society will be featuring nationally renowned genealogist and co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, D Joshua Taylor. This event will be a fundraiser for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions and the Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR Historic Marker Project at Grandview Cemetery. Join LCGS for this all day seminar and an exploration of a variety of family history topics presented by Mr. Taylor.

Take Your Programming Online: Virtual Options for Any-Sized Society
Tuesday, November 17
Take Your Programming Online: Virtual Options for Any-Sized Society  (FGS Webinars)
8:00 pm
Your computer via GoToWebinar®
FGS 2015 Webinar Series
November 17th — "Take Your Programming Online: Virtual Options for Any-Sized Society" by Rorey Cathcart

Saturday, November 21
MTGS All-Day Genealogy Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG and FUGA  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Brentwood Public Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN, 37027
SPEAKER: Nationally known, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG AND FUGA.
Subjects for the Day: ---"There's No Such Thing as 'Too Poor to Trace'!" ----Using Evidence Creatively to Smash Brick Walls. ---- Okay, I 'Got the Neighbors': Now What Do I Do With Them? ----Margaret's Baby's Father & the Lessons He Taught Me (about Illegitimacies, Name Changes, and Burned Courthouses!

Saturday, November 21
Ventura Co Genealogical Society, November Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben
"Civil War Research: Learning about Your Union Veteran Ancestor" It is easier than ever to get the records of a Civil War ancestor. This lecture focuses, primarily, on Union records. Basic steps on how to recognize that a person fought in the War Between the States as well as the processes that can be used to determine his regiment and company will be explored. Also provided: steps to navigate the NARA web site for the purpose of ordering veteran records. Other pertinent websites (Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Fold3) will be explored. What researchers can expect to find on the records will be discussed, along with tips on less obvious things to search for in the documents received. These are illustrated with copies of Civil War military and pension records. This is a basic lecture, good for beginning researchers as well as those who have more experience in the field of family history.

Sunday, December 13
“U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1930s: Sources and Strategies for Challenging Cases.”  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
Speaker: John Philip Colletta, PhD

This lecture summarizes briefly the sources for finding the arrival record of a 19th- or 20th-century immigrant to America. It then elaborates on a variety of alternative sources and methods for overcoming particularly challenging issues that often hinder success, such as variant spellings of names, conflicting arrival dates, confusion of ship names, various ports of departure and arrival, and missing passenger manifests.

The event will culminate in a book signing of “They Came in Ships” ($15); By advance reservation, copies of these books will be available: “Finding Italian Roots” ($19), “Only a Few Bones” ($30).

John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.

He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).

Learn more.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
33rd Annual Whittier Area Genealogical Society Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, California
Professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, will conduct an all-day seminar. He specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research. He will speak on the following topics:
  • Genealogy Do-Over
  • Successful Collateral & Cluster Searching
  • After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research Genealogy:
  • The Future Is Now

Saturday, March 12, 2016
DuPage County Genealogical Society 41st Annual Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL
Great speakers covering a variety of topics with four tracks each with four sessions are being planned for the 41st Annual DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 through Saturday, March 19, 2016
California African Amererican Genealogical Society's 30th Anniversary Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Los Angeles, California
Save the Date!
"African American History is America's History: Reaching In, Reaching Out"
Come early and take advantage of opportunities to research family history in Los Angeles and Southern California. In addition to a conference filled with relevant genealogical sessions, you can also plan to take the Black History Tour of Los Angeles, visit libraries, museums and cemeteries serving as picturesque resting places for some of the most famous people in the world… in addition to the movie studios, Disneyland and other theme park venues offering fun and thrills on the cusp of spring break!!
Conference details, hotel information and call for presentations will be available soon. For further information: www.caags.org, or email conference@caags.org

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Sonoma County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Finley Community Center, West College Ave & Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA
The Sonoma County Genealogical Society is pleased to present "The Legal Genealogist," Judy G. Russell, at our 2016 Spring Seminar, to be held on 16 April 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Finley Community Center, located at West College Avenue and Stony Point Rd. in Santa Rosa, CA. Judy is known as the "Genealogist with a Law Degree," and she will be presenting 4 lectures throughout the day.
In addition we will have our Seminar Raffle with some great prizes again. Participants can pre-order box lunches when they register for the Seminar. It's going to be a Great Day!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Pre-Conference DNA/Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am
Burbank, California
Save The Dates!
47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
"Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past"
Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5, 2016
Pre-Conference DNA and Workshops
"The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016"
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Southern California Genealogical Society's Annual Genealogy Jamboree will be held Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. The Pre-Conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. Jamboree, the Pre-Conference DNA day, and the Jamboree Extension Series of webinars draw attendees of all experience levels from around the world. A call for presentations has been issued. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 7, 2015. Registration will begin in January 2016. Early-bird registration deadline is April 23, 2016. 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 2016!

Friday, June 3, 2016 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Toronto, Ontario
The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on June 3-5, 2016. The conference theme, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, has been selected to inspire excitement among speakers, exhibitors and attendees alike. A call for presentations has been issued and details are available on the Conference website. Deadline for proposals is 14 August 2015.

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 through Saturday, September 3, 2016
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference  (FGS Events)
Springfield, Illinois
Save the Date for FGS 2016!
Centuries of Memories
Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us and local host Illinois State Genealogical Society as we return to the Land of Lincoln in 2016!