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Wednesday, April 26
EPOCH - Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 pm to 9:15 pm
Georgia Genealogical Society
Please register for this informative presentation by Donna Bachowski.

Thursday, April 27
Austin Genealogical Society: Thomas Jones Workshop - Census, Census-Substitutes, and Name-List Strat  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX
Master genealogist Thomas Jones on working with censuses and census-like documents to solve genealogical problems. See website for registration and fees.

Friday, April 28
Austin Genealogical Society: Thomas Jones Workshop - Correlating Sources and Evidence  (FGS Member Society Events)
2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX
Master genealogist Thomas Jones conducts a workshop on correlating sources, information, and evidence, with emphasis on solving genealogical problems

Saturday, April 29 through Saturday, April 29
Thomas Jones at Austin Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX
Austin Genealogical Society Annual Seminar features Master Genealogist Thomas Jones discussing solving family mysteries using autosomal DNA; creating family histories of lasting value; finding unfindable ancestors, and five proven techniques for finding ancestral European origins. Go to website for registration and fees.

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.

Saturday, May 20
VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a Free Family History Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
PRESENTER: Linda Serna
TOPIC: “Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?”
What happens when we hit a road block or brick wall in our research, how to look at the challenge, ideas before you begin to attack the problem, including determining what you need to find and looking for overlooked clues. It then presents several ideas and other sources that may not have been thought of to research, interspersing the sources with specific examples, showing how one can get back on track again.

Saturday, June 3
Maryland Genealogical Society: Reward and Remembrance: Post-Military Service Records  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD
It's often after military service that the most genealogically valuable records are created -- those that award benefits to a soldier and family or honor his or her memory and sacrifice. Hear our expert panel discuss records that offer family gold and human interest to your family tree. Featuring:

Angela McGhie, CGSM – Bounty Land Records

Jonathan Webb Deiss, owner/researcher at soldiersource.com – Pension Records and How to Find Them

Constance Potter, retired NARA reference archivist – WWI Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages

In addition, as part of our continuing observation of the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into WWI, Connie will give a brief overview on WWI service records.

Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM. The first session begins at 9:00 AM.

Cost: $25 - MGS Members $30 - non-members
(Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)

Register online or download the registration form at mdgensoc.org and register by mail.

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.

Sunday, July 23 through Friday, July 28
Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Athens, GA
The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week.

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.”

Saturday, August 19
VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a Free Family History Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA

Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogist’s commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference  (FGS Events)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Registration is open for the FGS 2017 Conference!
Visit www.fgsconference.org to check out the program, find details about conference activities, and register.

Saturday, September 16
Maryland Genealogical Society: Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell "The Legal Genealogist"  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 Campbell Blvd., White Marsh, MD
The Legal Genealogist is coming to town! Prepare for a full day of learning about critical sources and important strategies for tackling your most challenging ancestors. Judy is a nationally known presenter, blogger (www.legalgenealogist.com), and coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods and Evidence Analysis course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Georgia. If you have already heard her, you know you want to be here. And if you haven't heard her, you need to be here.

These four excellent presentations will be delivered in Judy's straightforward and humorous style:

Finding the Law
We’re told as genealogists to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how we do find the laws we need? Examples from Maryland law will be featured.

When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data… but it’s sometimes easier said than done. What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods—and tips and tricks—we can use to resolve them?

“Don’t Forget the Ladies”-A Genealogists’ Guide to Women and the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.

The day includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon in a beautiful conference wing of the hotel. Registration opens and breakfast is served at 8:30 AM. The first lecture begins at 9:30 AM.

Cost: $70 – MGS Members $80 – Non-members

Traveling from a distance? Rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $129 per night (code MDGE 366101). There is a Hampton Inn at the same location.

Also joining us that day is vendor Jigsaw Genealogy. Visit the website to see its selection of wall-sized pedigree charts, forms, worksheets, research kits, archival-safe photo storage materials, and other research necessities.

Register online or download the registration form at mdgensoc.org and register by mail.

Saturday, September 16
VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a Free Family History Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
PRESENTER: Susan Morris
TOPIC: "New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, September 23
28th Annual Montana State Genealogical Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Big Horn Resort, Bilings MT
Conference featuring Thomas W. Jones and CeCe Moore

Saturday, September 23
Fox Valley Genealogical Society Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville, IL

Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt is the theme for the Annual Conference presented by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about one of the HOTTEST topics in genealogy. On Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, Naperville, Illinois, will hold an all-day conference at Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville featuring Patricia Lee Hobbs CGSM.  


Patricia Lee Hobbs CGSM instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional genealogical research in original records. She also teaches at the week-long Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has also presented numerous workshops locally and nationally.


The conference theme is Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt.  

Patricia Lee Hobbs CGSM will present four lectures entitled:

  1. An Overview of Genetic Genealogy

  2. Autosomal DNA Data: Working on the Results

  3. Essential Research: Collateral Lines

  4. Westward Ho! Understanding the Federal Land System


Genealogy vendors will be on-site.  Lunch is included. Grace United Methodist Church is at 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, Illinois, conveniently located just east of Washington Street (north of 75th Street and west of Naper Boulevard).  Please direct questions concerning the conference to the conference chairs at conference@ilfvgs.org. We invite you to visit the FVGS website at www.ilfvgs.org for conference information and registration.


Saturday, October 14
Wichita Genealogical Society 6th Annual Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E 29th N., Wichita, KS
A Day with Ancestry
Speaker Juliaa Szucs
Getting the Most from Ancestry
Common Surnames: Finding Your Smith
Hidden Treasures on Ancestry
A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Research

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/

Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5
18th Gathering of Cornish Cousins  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Salisbury/Gold Hill, North Carolina
Presenters, Workshops, History, Tours, Entertainment, Food.