Sunday, November 27, 2005

Conference Flyers

Need freebies for your next genealogical class, seminar, or conference?
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Would your library or historical society put a conference flyer out for patrons to take? If you would like a quantity of the one-page flyers advertising this 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference, just contact Paula Stuart-Warren by clicking on my name in the right hand column.

Let me know how many flyers you would like and where to send them by regular mail. Please give me your request at least 4 weeks in advance of your event. If you need them in less than 4 weeks, I can send you the flyer as an e-mail attachment in PDF format for you to reproduce.

Comments, please

At the end of each item published in this blog is the word “comments.” The 2006 Conference Committee hopes you will click on this word and use this feature
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to tell us why you like FGS Conferences, to let us know how much you enjoyed a previous presentation by one of the scheduled 2006 speakers, and to share your thoughts on the great city of Boston and the surrounding area with other readers. Whether you have been there as a tourist, on business, attending school, doing family history research or have the good fortune to live in New England please let us hear from you. We also welcome your comments on the importance of attending a conference, the networking, the vendor area, the education, and other highlights you have found important to your own research.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Topics & Speakers for You!

In today’s blog segment let’s look at some of the speakers and their topics. We will list more in future blogs.
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I am also looking forward to speakers sharing more detail on their lectures. If you are a speaker at this conference, you can email me ( or click on my name in the right hand column) your extended lecture description and also a paragraph on your background with that specific record type, methodology, project, or repository.

One of the groups participating in this conference is the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC). Many of the societies in this consortium are sponsoring talks. Here is a list of a few of them:

Pauline Cusson, American Canadian Genealogical Society:
Which Records Are Correct? The Uniqueness of Doing French-Canadian Genealogical Research

Diane Gravel, New Hampshire Society of Genealogists:
Beyond the Census: Fleshing Out the Families of 1790 New England

Scott Andrew Bartley, Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants:
The Mayflower Story: Its History, How-to-Join, and Why

Kathy Amoroso, Maine Historical Society:
Maine Historical Society: Resources In-house and Online

Barbara Mathews, Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council:
Negotiating the Maze of Probate Records in Connecticut

So, you don’t have New England Ancestry? Read the next blog item for more lectures.

Speakers and Topics

So, you don’t have just New England ancestry or none at all? The program chair, Rhonda McClure, did not forget you. Keep reading for a sampling of some of the topics for you.
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Sandi Hewlett and John Konvalinka:
Law Library Research

Walter V. Hickey:
Records of Deceased & Deserted Seamen

Birdie Monk Holsclaw:
Extreme Googling for Genealogists

Barbara Vines Little:
Taxes: Milk Them for All They’re Worth

Norma Keating:
Putting the “Gene” Back in Genealogy

Sandra Hargreaves Luebking:
Breaking the Knot: 19th Century Divorce

John T. Humphrey:
Documentation, It’s Essential

Stay tuned to this blog to find more details on the NERGC, BCG, APG, GSG, ICAPGen, Irish, British, Canadian, USGenWeb, US Federal Archives, technology, military, family history writing, ethnic, researching women, youth in genealogy, and other offerings. We’ll even tell you what all those letters stand for!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Insider: Around the Town

Whenever I attend a conference I make a point to step outside the convention center and explore my surroundings. It clears my head after a day of lectures and lets me think about all the new things I've learned.

When you visit Boston you'll find plenty of diversions whatever your interest. Here are two ways to take a break.
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Shop 'til You Drop
Shopping is convenient to the conference. The Prudential Center , Copley Place Mall and those glorious Newbury St. shops are all within walking distance of the Hynes Convention Center. More adventurous shoppers can ride the "T" to reach the Downtown Crossing stores and the Fanueil Hall Marketplace.

The World's a Stage
Boston's theatre district is well-known for it's long running shows such as the Blue Man Group. Click through the list of theaters on Boston City Links to see what's here when you're in town.

To learn more about what's happening in Boston during the FGS conference look at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau website and sign up for their free newsletter. You can also look at the listings on the Boston Globe site, Both of these contain information on all kinds of entertainment in the city.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Take Advantage of the Early Discount

It has been really great to hear from so many people planning on attending this conference. One question that has been asked is about the early registration...
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Enthusiastic genealogists want to take advantage of the $50.00 savings if they register by December 31, 2005. However, they don't know yet which meal functions to choose. There is a simple answer. Just register by December 31st and then later you can go to the FGS Website and register for the luncheons only. There is a spot on the registration page to add comments and there you should indicate that you have already registered for the conference and are now adding meal choices.