Thursday, June 29, 2006

Amtrak Discount for FGS/NEHGS Conference

Love riding trains? Planning on attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies / New England Historic Genealogical Society conference “Birthplace of American Genealogy” in Boston, MA August 30 – September 2, 2006?

Well, now you can combine the two! Amtrak is offering a 10% discount on the lowest available fare to Boston, MA between August 27 – September 5, 2006.
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Travel dates are approved for three days before the conference and three days after so you can do research at some of the finest repositories in the area including NEHGS and the Boston Public Library.

To book your reservation call FGS travel agent Nancy Mettes at (800) 999-6101 or email her at Tell her you would like to make your reservation for the FGS/NEHGS conference in Boston, MA. She will be happy to help you with your travel plans. If you plan to travel by air, Nancy is available to assist you with that reservation, also.

Additionally, you may call Amtrak directly at (800) 872-7245. Convention travel may not be booked on the Internet. Please remember to mention the fare code X18L-966 when making your reservation.

Fare is valid on Metroliner and Acela service for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of full applicable accommodation charges. This offer is not valid on Auto Train.

Let’s go Training to Boston!!!

Sue Kaufman
FGS/NEHGS Conference Co-Chair

More things to add to your conference week calendar

The Boston Globe online edition of today had a neat set of images and descriptions for the "best tourist attractions in Boston." A quick visit to this site will be helpful to both local residents and those of you who will be traveling to Boston from other places. I saw a couple of things I still want to do in Boston.

July 1st is getting closer!

Only two days left to take advantage of the early registration discount for the FGS/NEHGS Conference. July 1st is the last day to save $30.00 with your online or postmarked registration. There is so much to choose from at this conference. Whether you live in New England, the Midwest, the Canadian province of New Brunswick or Quebec, in County Kerry, Ireland, or just outside of London, England -- this conference has something related to your own search for ancestral information. Check out the program listing at the FGS Website.

As Maureen Taylor says in the posting below this one, start your planning now for your days at the conference.

Getting Serious about FGS

If you've already registered for FGS Boston it's time to get serious about planning. If you haven't signed-up yet, hurry up or you'll miss out on all the fun.Four days -- full of networking, lectures, vendors, and so much more.
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Pick a Topic

FGS Boston offers an unprecented of number of lectures and an expansive exhibit hall. In order to see and hear as much as possible, make an itinerary for each day. Start with the FGS conference website.

  • Find out which companies will have booths in the exhibit hall by clicking on the Exhibitors tab at the top of the screen. You can scroll through an alphabetical list of vendors.
  • Click on the Conference Information link under the logo and start picking and choosing your options. For instance, got a favorite lecturer? Click on Speakers to see a list of names, their lectures and times. If you are particularly interested in a topic use the drop-down menu under Agenda to select one and see what's being offered.
  • Interested in everything? Click on a day to explore the listings.

You'll need a calendar or chart to keep track of what you've chosen. Just make sure you leave time in your busy schedule for the luncheons and to chat with other researchers.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Exhibitor: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Dick Eastman provided the blog with this expanded detail about his newsletter and EOGN's presence in the Exhibit Hall at the conference.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter is a daily online publication with over 25,000 subscribers worldwide. The newsletter provides reviews of new genealogy products, the latest genealogy business news, technical articles about how to get more from your computer, information on how to save money, announcements of upcoming genealogy events around the world, audio interviews ("podcasts") with expert genealogists and industry leaders, and much more.

Newsletter author Dick Eastman and editor Pam Cerutti will be at the conference to meet subscribers and to demonstrate the newsletter's many services to everyone.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

One week left to save $30.00!

July 1st is just a week away. If you register by July 1st (postmark date or securely online at you save $30.00 ($155.00 fee vs. $185.00 after that date and at the door) off the full conference registration fee. That fee pays for four full days of genealogical and historical education. Single day registration is also available.
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For easy and secure on-line registration go to the FGS Webite.

What will you do with the $30.00 savings? Check out the conference meal events and sign up for at least one of them. Then look at the long list of vendors already signed up for the Exhibit Hall. A genealogist never lacks for a place to spend money.

Exhibitor: Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Inc.

We have asked exhibitors to share more about what you will find at their booth space in the Exhibit Hall at the conference. The Exhibit Hall in the Hynes Convention Center will be open on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the conference.

Bev Peterson from Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Inc. sent this:
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Fun Stuff for Genealogists will be bringing lots and lots of their over 500 "fun and useful" goodies for genealogists. The newest items include a "My Genealogy Stuff" zip pencil pouch, a wine bottle opener, and the hottest item to hit genealogy "Tag-Alongs" a pack of cards designed specifically for you to add your ancestors photos and vital data and carry with you to libraries or to family reunions where people just can't read a pedigree chart. You can see these and all of their products on their Fun Stuff for Genealogists website.

Visit the "Fun Stuff" web site before the FGS conference and get your shopping list ready ahead of time!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Calling Professional Genealogists

One of the important parts of the FGS Conferences is the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference. This year it takes place on the first day of the FGS/NEHGS Conference, August 30th. It does require an extra fee and registrants for the PMC receive an additional syllabus devoted to the professional genealogy lectures at the PMC. For some more details on the PMC, check out the APG Website at and register online at

Donna Moughty, PMC Chair, and Dick Robinson, who is in charge of publicity for the PMC, sent this message for the blog: Read More

You still have until July 1 to register early (and get a APG member discount) for the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference in Boston on August 30.

Not sure about attending? Here's an example of what you'll be missing!

"Print on Demand - A Publishing Option for Genealogists" by Birdie Monk Holsclaw, CG, FUGA, and Jake Gehring.

Learn about "print-on-demand," a recently developed technology which can offer new publishing and marketing options for the professional genealogist. This presentation will discuss the advantages and disadvantages, and give real-life examples showing the variety of printed materials you can create with relative ease and flexibility.

Professional genealogists and those considering a new career will also hear nine other great presentations. Nowhere else will you find the information and networking opportunities that can help you achieve, prosper, and grow in your careers.

Boston Harbor is the next port on your voyage toward a successful genealogical career. Don’t let the ship sail without you.

The Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference 30 August 2006 in Boston at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference Registration discounts until July 1

Hope to see you there.

[From the editor: no, they won’t let us have the PMC sessions in the actual harbor!We will be in real classrooms like the rest of the FGS Conference.]

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Only two weeks till the July 1st discount deadline

As of June 17, just two weeks remain till the Saturday, July 1st discount registration deadline (postmarked by July 1st or online) that saves you $30.00 off the full conference registration fee of $185.00. Why not register now for just $155.00 (U.S.) to attend four full days of genealogical and historical education? Read More

The Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to this event. Why not join the fantastic numbers of genealogists, historians, archivists, librarians, editors, volunteers, and others from a variety of states and countries who have already registered? The FGS website has an updated list of all the vendors and organizations that have already reserved space in the Exhibit Hall.

Don’t forget: save $30.00 if you register by or on July 1st.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Wednesday Luncheons

Wednesday, August 30th Luncheons

Networking Luncheon
No speaker, just a great opportunity to eat with other genealogists and talk about our favorite subject, genealogy. (Session W-35)

Federation of Genealogical Societies Delegate Luncheon and Caucus
Join FGS member society delegates as we report in on the activities of the Federation's members. All delegates are welcome to share their stories and learn tips and strategies from each other. (Session W-36)

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists Luncheon
Speaker:John Philip Coletta, PhD
What the Old Records Really Say: The Fun and Challenge of Understanding Archaic English (Session W-37A)

Thursday Luncheons

Thursday, August 31st Luncheons

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Luncheon
Speaker: Sherry Irvine, CG, FSA(Scot)
So Many Joneses: Names, Numbers, and the Triumph of the Welsh (Session T-106)

New England Historic Genealogical Society Luncheon
Speaker: D. Brenton Simons
Silly, Appalling, and Amusingly Absurd True Stories from NEHGS (Session T-107)

The Irish Ancestral Research Association Luncheon
Speaker: Gregory O'Connor
Some Proposals for Irish/USA/Canadian Genealogical Cooperation (Session T-108)

USGenWeb Luncheon

Speaker: Chuck Knuthson
Ten Years Later - The USGenWeb Project: A Valuable Research Resource (Session T-109)

Friday Luncheons

Friday, September 1, 2006

Allen County Public Library Luncheon
Speaker: Curt B. Witcher
The Future of the Past: Realities and Responsibilities (Session F-197)

Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon
Speaker: Birdie Monk Holsclaw, CG, FUGA
Murphy's Law in Genealogy (Session F-198)

Genealogical Society of Utah Luncheon
Genealogical Society of Utah (Session F-199)

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Luncheon
Speaker: Lauren Maehrlein
Adventures in New York Research (Session F-200)

Saturday Luncheons

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Luncheon
Speaker: Charles Martin
Black History to Find My Family History: The Early Life and Times of the H.B. Moss Family (Session S-287)

Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon
Speaker: Constance Potter
The National Archives: What Would George III Think of Us Now? (Session S-288)

Genealogical Speakers Guild and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Luncheon
Speaker: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Finding Your Voice: Speaking and Writing in the Genealogical World (Session S-289)

National Genealogical Society Luncheon
Speaker: Buford J. Suffridge, Jr.
Was Grandpa Really Grandpa? (Session S-290)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Chocolate Chip Cookies and FREE Internet Access

This past Monday, I spent some time looking around the Sheraton in Boston again. This time the conference Audio-Visual chair, Josh Taylor, accompanied me. In the coming weeks the blog will carry more on the conference hotel, its many amenities, and the attached shopping mall. I couldn't decide which was more important, cookies or FREE access to my e-mail -- the cookies won out and get first billing.
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Chocolate chip cookies in Boston
Did you know you can check the Boston Globe newspaper online? Under the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) tab, there is a link to Food – and on the left hand side of that screen you can click on to Message Boards. One recent topic was “Best Bakery for Chocolate Chip Cookies” and an oft-recommended place was Paradise Bakery in the Prudential Center, part of the complex where the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston are located.

Free Internet access at the conference hotel
For those of you who are bringing your laptop computer to the conference, I hope you have a wireless card installed. In the hotel lobby and in some other public areas in the hotel, you can access the internet at NO charge every hour of the day! If you are a fan of Starbucks, you might want to sip a latte at its location in the hotel lobby, open up your computer, and check your e-mail for free. (No, the latte is not free.) As if that isn’t enough, there are also several computers in the lobby for guest use in going online. Of course, we each had to test the system for you and happily report we were able to check our e-mail while there. In your hotel room, Internet access is 9.95 a day.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Just 21 days left!

July 1st is quickly approaching. That is the conference registration deadline which will provide you with a $30.00 discount off the full registration fee. Of course you can register after that - but to save the $30.00 be sure to have your mailed registration postmarked no later than July 1st or register online by July 1st.

FGS has been hearing from a lot of people lately -- registration is booming and we look forward to seeing you, too! Don't let the early deadline slip away. Check out the details and register online at the FGS website.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Lecture on Professional Speaking

The blog received this message from Richard F. Robinson, CG, who is in charge of publicity for the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference (APG PMC). The PMC is held annually at the Federation of Genealogical Societies'conference and this year it is being held on Wednesday, August 30th. To attend the PMC you must also be registered for the FGS/NEHGS Conference. Future editions of the blog will carry more details on the exciting PMC presentations.
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For additional details on the PMC and a list of all the speakers and their presentations, visit the APG website.

You still have until July 1 to register early and get discounts for both the FGS conference and the APG PMC. Visit the FGS Website for registration details. Not sure about attending the PMC? Here's just one example of what you'll be missing!

by George G. Morgan

Professional speaking is a business venture, just like performing professional research for clients, writing, training, and other genealogical ventures. It requires development of the right presentation for the audience(s) you will be addressing. However, it is essential that you consider the cost components of speaking as a part of your business. Learn more in this presentation at the APG-PMC about successfully incorporating speaking into your professional services portfolio.

Professional genealogists and those considering a new career will also hear
nine other great presentations. Nowhere else will you find the information
and networking opportunities that can help you achieve, prosper, and grow in
your careers.

Don't let the ship sail without you.

The Association of Professional Genealogists
Professional Management Conference
30 August 2006 in Boston at the Federation of Genealogical Societies'conference
Registration discounts until July 1

Hope to see you there.
Dick Robinson

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Spotlight on Speaker Marcia Iannizze Melnyk

In New England genealogical circles, Marcia Melnyk is a popular and well-known lecturer. She teaches beginning and advanced genealogy classes. She is also the author of The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research (Fourth Edition) (NEHGS, 1999), The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research(Family Tree Books, 2000), The Genealogist's Question and Answer Book(Family Tree Books, 2002) and Family History 101(Family Tree Books, 2005).

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In addition, Melnyk is a founding member of the Italian Genealogical Society of America. At FGS Boston you can hear her talk about Italian research. It's a topic she knows well. She visited Italy, reconnected with family and had fun in the archives. Here's what she had to say about her lecture.

Italian Genealogical Research

Researching your Italian ancestors can be a challenging but very rewarding venture. You must learn everything you can about the family on this side of the Atlantic before you can "jump the pond" and research in the Italian records. This lecture covers a brief history of the Italian Civil and Church Records as well as the unique records available to today's researchers. Once you get into the Italian records you will be amazed at the completeness of the information provided on a simple civil record. We will also discuss the handwriting, format, and nuances to these records. Many examples and tips will be provided to help you successfully accumulate your Famiglia di Italia!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Additional Hotel Rooms for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference

FGS has just increased the room block at the conference hotel, the Sheraton Boston, due to popular request.

If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now is the time to do so. The conference hotel rate is almost 60% off the regular room rate at this hotel. You can find details about the conference, including program and registration information as well as contact information about the Sheraton Boston, at