Friday, December 30, 2005

Exhibit Hall Registration is Now Online

This week, the Federation of Genealogical Societies opened registration for exhibitors at the 2006 conference to be held August 30 through September 2 in Boston. Go to the FGS Website and read all the info on becoming a part of this vendor hall. The site has a frequently updated layout map of the hall so that you may see what booth spaces are still available. The price is $185 per booth and includes one complimentary conference registration.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

December 31st -- Special Discount Deadline is so near!

Just a reminder that December 31st is the extra early registration deadline for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference. Registration by this date means a savings of $50.00. Of course, you can register later, but I thought you might appreciate this little extra "push" to save money. Register online at the FGS Website.

Topics for Professional Genealogists (and also for everyone else!)

Are you thinking about professional genealogical research or lecturing as an employment or volunteer option? Are you interested in upgrading your research and writing skills? Do you wonder what techniques professionals use to the benefit of their own research and those of their clients? These and related topics are a large part of the 2006 conference. . .
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At the FGS Website you will find more details, but here’s a list of the participating professional organizations:
  • Association of Professional Genealogists (for more on the APG special events see
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild
  • International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists

History in Your Own Backyard

Do you live in the New England area? That alone should give you even more reasons for attending the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference. You are likely acquainted with the Boston "T" and the area's commuter rail. It is so easy to travel to Boston and nearby places from most of New England and other points on the East coast.

As I did some more online searching for Boston history I came across these Websites:
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The first time I walked through the Harvard Square area it struck me that I was visiting a place with a long history. At the sites above I learned that Harvard Square began in 1630 as the Colonial village of Newtowne. It was the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first planned town in English North America, and the 1631 streets are still there today.

I wondered how many Bostonians and other New England residents have taken advantage of all the historic and cultural sites the area has to offer? Every-day life often means residents to go from home to work and back, or home to shopping and back. How about adding a few days to your plans for the 2006 conference and using those days to be a tourist in your own backyard?

One of the contributors to this blog, Maureen Taylor, has been providing us with details and Websites for historical, cultural, and even shopping experiences. Check the archives of this blog in the right-hand column to see her blog postings.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2006 Program is at the FGS Website!

Have you checked the FGS Website lately? The 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference Program is now posted with titles and speaker names. After you look over each day of the program, registration is as simple as clicking on the "Click here to register online" link at the bottom of each day's lineup. . .
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Don't forget that if you register by December 31, 2005, you save $50.00 off the full conference registration fee. (Did you ask Santa to leave you a little something to pay for the extra early discount fee of only $135.00 for a full four day conference?)

As soon as the complete speaker and title details have been received for all the meal functions, those will be posted too. In the meantime, you can still register for the extra early discount and add the meals later via the online registration page. If you do know which organizations' meals you definitely wish to attend, go ahead and sign up for those now.

The Insider: Irish Boston

In a posting earlier this month, Paula Stuart-Warren highlighted the Irish lectures at this conference. There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about your Irish ancestors in Boston whether you decide to stay indoors and listen to a speaker or go outside to tour around.

Michael P. Quinlan's new book, Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past (Globe Pequot, $14.95) is for . . . Read More

anyone with Irish roots or for those that just aspire to them. By visiting the sites in Boston you'll feel a little closer to that island over the pond, i.e. the country of Ireland over the Atlantic. Quinlan includes a history of the Irish in Boston then goes on to include info about Irish pubs (anyone for a pint of Guinness?), historic and cultural sites, and genealogical research institutions. Immerse yourself in Irish lectures during the day and experience the Irish Boston at night. Quinlan's book is your guide to what to do and where to hear the brogue while you're in town.

Boston may be the most Irish city in the United States but I'm local and biased. Then again, does any other city have two websites of information on the Irish in their community? A list of annual Irish events can be found on the website of the Boston Irish Tourism Association. Additional details about Irish historical sites in the area appear on the Boston Heritage Trail site. Whether your Irish ancestors immigrated in the 1700s or in the 1900s you'll find enough to keep you busy day and night while you're in town.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Deadline Clock is Ticking!

December 31, 2005 is the last day to register under the special early bird fee for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference. By registering online at the FGS Website before midnight that day or mailing your registration postmarked no later than the 31st you save $50.00. Just think what that extra $50.00 can buy from the many vendors that will be at the conference! Click on the FGS link in the right hand column and follow the tabs on that site to the registration page. To learn more about the sessions to be offered at this conference, read through the posts on this Blog during the last two months for many details on topics and speakers.

A Sampling of Other Lectures

Here are some of the lecture titles and presenters . . .
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Scott Andrew Bartley
On Death and Dying: Understanding and Using Cemetery Records

John T. Humphrey
Developing the Skills to Become a Genealogist

Chuck Knuthson
Alphabetical Ancestors: Strategies for Researching in Indexes
Researching in Voting Records

Barbara Vines Little
Using All the Census Data: Agricultural, Manufacturing, Population, Slave, Social

J. Mark Lowe
Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You

Sharon Tate Moody
With All My Wordly Goods, I Thee Endow

D. Joshua Taylor
Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations

Technology Lectures

Among the lectures related to current technology are these which will help locate, preserve, and share ancestral information:
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Lela Evans
Broadcast Your Research!

Birdie Monk Holsclaw
Blogging for Genealogists

Dean J. Hunter
Locating English Records on the World Wide Web

Norma Keating
Using E-Bay for Genealogical Research

Rhonda R. McClure
Old and New: Combining the Best of Internet and Traditional Research
Taking It With You: Using PDAs in Your Genealogical Research

David E. Mishkin
Preservation of Modern Imaging Systems

Michael John Neill
Searching Tips and Tricks

Pamela Boyer Porter
Good Computer Housekeeping

U.S. Military Research Lectures

Did your ancestor serve in the military -- these lectures may be of interest . . .
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Amy Johnson Crow
State and Local Records for Civil War Research

Matthew Helm
Through Eaton’s Eyes: Discovering What America’s Soldiers Were Doing Between 1787 and 1845

Walter V. Hickey
Records of Deceased & Deserted Seaman

Barbara E. Leak
Searching for Soldier Ancestors

Marie Melchiori
Old War and War of 1812 Records in the National Archives

U.S. Colonial Research Lectures

A glimpse of some of the colonial lectures in store for you at this conference:
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Patricia Law Hatcher
Developing a Colonial Mindset

Henry B. Hoff
Methods for Identifying the English Origins of American Colonists

John T. Humphrey
Reconstructing Families on the Colonial Frontier

D. Joshua Taylor
Trial by Community: Colonial American Legal Traditions

International Track - Canadian

These are just a sampling of lectures from the Canadian track:
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International Track - Canadian

James Gorton
Genealogical Research at the Archives of Ontario
Immigration and Settlement Records at the Archives of Ontario
Researching Archives of Ontario Genealogical Records from a Distance

Sylvie Tremblay
The Canadian Genealogy Centre
Justice Records in Quebec: The Unknown Source
Notorial Records in Quebec: How to Learn More About Your Ancestors

Saturday, December 10, 2005

International Track: British Isles

We promised you more topics and here's the next installment. We'll keep tantalizing you with these for several more weeks and then we'll tell you about the spectacular keynote and banquet speakers.
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Paul A. Blake
The Scots Irish, Part 1: The Roots from Ireland. The Who, What, Where and When
Royal Navy Records: An Introduction to Sources
British Army Records: An Introduction to Sources
Land Grants in America and American Loyalist Claims

Else Churchill
Using Special and Local Libraries in the United Kingdom
I’m Stuck! Techniques for Localizing that Illusive English Ancestor

Audrey Collins
General Talk on the National Archives [London]
What is Britain?

Dean Hunter
Colonial Americans and Their Records at the National Archives, London
English Probate Records – How to Use Them in Establishing Immigrant Origins

Maggie Loughran
Underused Sources for British Research: Local and Family History Societies
The Scots Irish, Part 2: The Roots from Ireland. The Who, What, Where and When
Early British Population Lists
Best of British Websites

Paul Milner
Are You Lost? Maps and Gazetteers for British Research
Buried Treasures: What’s In the English Parish Chest
English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use, and Interpret
Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Irish Tracks (There are 4 of them!)

You’ve heard of being a “wee bit o' Irish” – well, this conference offers way more than a wee bit of Irish lectures. Here's a peek at some of these:
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Valerie Adams:
A Treasure Trove of Information: An Introduction to the Archives in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

John Grenham and George Handran:
Workshop: Valuation Records

Collette O’Flaherty:
Sources for Genealogy in the National Library of Ireland

Mary Ellen Grogan:
Irish Birth/Marriage/Death Records

Nora Hickey:
Are You Looking for the Correct Surname?

Brian Mitchell:
The Importance of Place: Getting to Grips with Irish Administrative Divisions

Eileen O’Duill:
Researching in Ireland: Planning is the Key to Success

David S. Ouimette:
Finding Your Irish Ancestors

NEHGS Speakers and Titles

This listing represents just some of the lectures sponsored by the host society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
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Bob Anderson:
Solving Great Migration Problems with DNA Data

Marie Daly:
NEHGS Research Library Resources

Peter Judd:
Adding Muscle and Sinew to the Frame of Memory

Judith Halseth:
Researching New England Ancestors from a Distance

Henry Hoff:
Researching Dutch Families in New York and New Jersey

David Lambert
Looking Beyond the Death Record: Locating all Possible Primary Sources on Your Ancestors Last Days

Tim Salls:
Gems of the NEHGS Manuscript Collection

Ruth Wellner:
Making Boston the Hub of Your New England Research

Monday, December 05, 2005

Boston thoughts from a frequent visitor

Kay Freilich, a former FGS Board Member, is contributing a series of posts for this blog. Keep checking back to learn more about Boston from a visitor's point of view.

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By the time the FGS/NEHGS 2006 conference gets started in Boston, my husband and I will have been visiting the host city for twenty years. In 1986 we took our daughter to visit Tufts University as a high school senior. The following year she enrolled in the suburban college and then became one of the many Boston area students who elect to live in the city. Over those years, we’ve visited many of the city sights. We’ve found museums for cold or rainy days, harbor tours for the warm summer, and attractions to appeal to every interest from art to zoos. There is truly something for every interest.

With the conference based in the heart of downtown, getting around to your choice of destinations will be relatively easy. Boston’s public transportation system blankets the city and is easy to use. Fastest to use is the T—the subway system. Multiple lines that bear color-coded names (Red Line, Blue Line, and so on) can carry you from the harbor to the suburbs and all points in between. Changing between lines is easy and maps at each station will help you plan your route. As a starting point, the Boston Sheraton Hotel is closest to the Green Line’s Hynes Center Station.

For those who prefer above ground travel, several companies offer trolley service around the historic spots with a “hop on, hop off” policy for sightseeing stops. City buses serve many spots of interest, but information about which route to use isn’t as readily available. Any of these types of transportation, though, are far better choices than driving your own car. With its narrow, curving streets, driving in Boston is not for the faint of heart. Furthermore, just one look at parking rates will encourage you to look towards the T!

The sights described in the rest of these articles are some of our favorites. Come to Boston a few days early or stay an extra day or two to explore some of them!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Conference Logo Details

This distinctive logo was specially designed for this conference. Check the September 28th blog entry for the meaning behind this logo. Just scroll down this page to Archives in the right hand column and click on September.

Don't forget to read all the past blog entries for more conference details.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Insider: Planning a southern escape

If you’ve ever wanted a good reason to go south for the winter, think about the possibility of island ancestors. According to Henry B. Hoff, cg, fasg, editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and former editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, many Americans have one or more ancestors in the West Indies . . .
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usually because of trade or civil unrest. In his article, "West Indies Research at NEHGS" (New England Ancestors, Fall 2005) Hoff highlighted collections in the library at 101 Newbury St.

At the FGS/NEHGS conference he’ll expand this topic. Attend his lecture, American Connections to the West Indies to find out what is available for what islands. He’ll cover published sources available in major libraries. All you’ll have to do is dream about mornings on the beach, afternoons in the archives next winter and evenings going over all your research notes from his lecture. It sounds like a perfect vacation.