Saturday, July 29, 2006

Is the conference excitement level making you think about these things to do . . .

My mind is spinning with all the great things to do at the conference. Read on for more details on five important parts of the conference

  • About being one of the vendors in the Exhibit Hall? Even with that long list of exhibitors, there are some spaces left in the Hall. Join the long list of vendors to show your wares or describe your genealogical services to genealogists, librarians, historians, editors and others from six countries. If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference you can get details at or contact exhibits co-chair Pat Oxley at

  • About registering for the conference so you won't be left out of the on-site excitement? Just go to the FGS website and register online via the secure site or mail your registration to the FGS Office.

  • About staying at the conference hotel so that both day and evening you will be close to the action, the people, have a nifty place to drop off purchases, and won't have to be in the middle of rush hour traffic in the city? Call the Boston Sheraton at 1-800-325-3535 to reserve your room and identify yourself as a registrant for the FGS/NEHGS Conference. Don't forget that the conference hotel is conveniently in the same complex as the Hynes Convention Center -- so you don't have to venture outside!

  • About details on area transportation, hours to pick-up your registration materials, Exhibit Hall hours, area shopping and restaurant info, what clothing to pack and other things? Keep checking this blog at least weekly to get all those details as they are posted over the next 4.5 weeks leading up to the conference.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Already Registered? Need to add a luncheon, banquet, or the Irish Table Quiz?

Have you already registered for the conference? Maybe you just decided that you would now like to register for a luncheon, the Friday evening banquet or the Irish Table Quiz? We put together step-by-step instructions to do just that online.
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If you saved your registration confirmation e-mail

  • Open that e-mail message and click on the line that says Click here to view event summary.
  • On the page that pops up, there is a summary of conference events. At the top of the page is a tab marked My Registration. Click on that tab.
  • The next page asks for your Confirmation Number. You received that in the e-mailed registration confirmation sent to you. Type the confirmation number in the white box and click OK. ( If you cannot find your number, there is a line on this page that says Click Here if you want your confirmation number e-mailed to you. It will arrive shortly in your e-mail inbox.)
  • The next page that pops up contains all the information you entered when you registered online. At the top of the page is a button that says Modify – click on that to get the next page.
  • Click on Next at the bottom of that page after making sure the info on the page is correct.
  • Further down the page that says "Conference Registrations" at the top, the meal events and workshops are listed. Simply click in the white box following each of the items you wish to add. The ones you had not previously registered for will still have a price next to the white box.
  • After you have indicated the items to be added to your registration, click on Next at the bottom of the page.
  • Complete the payment details on this page and then click on Finish at the bottom of the page.

If you did not save that confirmation e-mail

One more way

  • Go to the FGS website </">> and in the yellow box that says FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference click on Get the Details.
  • On the page that appears, click on Register Now (right side below the conference logo).
  • On the page that appears, enter your name and e-mail address that you registered under and click on the word Next.
  • You will get a page that includes the line "To view or modify or your registration click here."
  • Then follow the first set of instructions above beginning with the third bullet.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

New England on the Program

If one of the reasons you're attending FGS Boston is your New England roots then put the following speakers on your schedule. Search their names in the conference schedule on the FGS website. The program has an impressive lineup of New England related talks. Read More

Scott Andrew Bartley, editor of the Mayflower Descendant and Vermont Genealogy, is talking about the Mayflower Society and how to join in his Thursday lecture, "The Mayflower Story: It's History, How to Join and Why."

Christopher Child, staff genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, specializes in New England migrations and Connecticut research. Learn more about "Northeastern Connecticut: A Crossroads of Resources" on Friday.

Marie E. Daly, Director of Library Research at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is an expert on Irish-Americans in New England. Her lecture, "Researching Irish-American Women," covers the history of Irish female immigration and offers research strategies for finding our Irish-American grandmothers.

David Curtis Dearborn, also of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is a nationally known genealogist and a Fellow of the Society of American Genealogists. On Thursday he offers a personal perspective on genealogy, "A Genealogist's Journey:Memories of the Past, Predictions for the Future."

This is the first of several installments on local speakers on the program.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Opening Session - The Archivist of the United States

The opening session of the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference this year is a very special one. This is the 30th opening session, marking a milestone in the Societies history. The documents forming the society were incorporated in Illinois in 1976. They are now kept in the archives of FGS. Archives are very important. They hold the collective history of an organization, of a family, of a town and even a country.

The Federation is proud to announce that one of the keynote speakers of the opening session of this very exciting annual conference to be the Archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein.

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Mr. Weinstein will be addressing the conference attendees in the topic “The National Archives Vision of the Future and Genealogy” The National Archives of the United States currently has new projects to digitize and create electronic resources and initiatives to keep the nations history in electronic format. The digital age is upon us, and one only has to browse the web, or go to their local genealogical societies website to find digitized records, indexes or family histories to understand the prevalence of these electronic times.

In addition to Mr. Weinstein, the New England Historic Genealogical Society President and CEO D. Brenton Simmons will greet conference goers. Mr. Simmons will inform the audience of NEHGS electronic projects and the NEHGS vision of the future. The Federation is very pleased to have the oldest genealogical society in the country partnering with us to bring you this anniversary conference.

Of course the opening session means the opening of the exhibit hall. Opening of the hall, the place to see the latest and greatest genealogical publications, technologies and exhibits rounds out opening morning activities of what promises to be the most exciting, educational, and eventful genealogical conference in recent memory.

The Federation and NEHGS look forward to having you attend. Please visit the FGS Website at for conference information, and a registration form. You won’t want to miss the opening session with the Archivist of the United States and all the educational sessions, networking opportunities, exhibit browsing and much more that follows.

Please join us!!

Sue Kaufman
FGS/NEHGS National Conference Co-Chair
The Birthplace of American Genealogy
Boston, MA
Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2006

Another Podcast on Conference Details

George G. Morgan, one of the speakers at the conference, just let the blog know about the recent podcast on which almost the last 30 minutes of discussion is about the FGS/NEHGS Conference.

On this podcast, the Genealogy Guys talk about the education, the fun, and the networking of the conference and about . . .
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the city of Boston and the area near the Hynes Convention Center. The "Guys" are George Morgan and Drew Smith, who is also a conference speaker.

On the podcast from this past Sunday, 23 July, George interviews Drew about the upcoming conference. Drew is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and shares some insider information about the conference.

I just clicked on the link and then on Direct Download and listened to the Podcast on my computer.

Exhibitor: Gateway Press

Ann Hughes, from Gateway Press, sent this enthusiastic message about the conference:

Boston! The last time I attended a genealogical conference held in Boston, it was a rousing success. That location drew a wealth of positive, intelligent, successful people. I remember how lively that particular conference was: so many people abuzz with interesting projects! Read More

I always love the FGS conferences, as they draw key genealogical hobbyists from all over the country -- some of whom just happen to be my clients! The best part of any genealogy conference for me, is meeting IN PERSON the people I've worked with over the phone or by e-mail. It's always great, too, to see my colleagues in the exhibit hall and rub elbows with the who's who of genealogy, the professionals who give the talks.

But, truth be told – the thing I may be looking forward to the most about Boston is reprising the fabulous lobster dinner I had there with conference friends many years ago.

Gateway Press has been exhibiting at FGS conferences since their inception, and this August will be no exception. I hope you all come by to discuss your upcoming book projects with me or Kate. We'll be in the exhibit hall next to our sister companies, Genealogical Publishing and Clearfield Companies. See you soon.

Ann H. Hughes and Kate Boyer, Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Need to rent a wheelchair or scooter for the conference?

If you need to rent a wheelchair, motorized scooter, or other medical equipment for the conference week, this is the contact information suggested by the concierge at the Boston Sheraton. I spoke with this company and they will deliver to the conference hotel.

Belmont Medical Supply

Updated Conference Grid and Pre-planning

Earlier this month, this blog shared info about the conference program in a grid format that was posted on the FGS Website. Since that time some neat additions have been made and then latest exciting program grid is posted there. The Program Chair, Rhonda McClure, somehow managed to get all those wonderful lecture titles and speakers names into the grid format that conference attendees are accustomed to seeing.
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The updated conference program grid online is for your pre-conference planning. Once you are at the conference you will receive the details on each lecture and in what room and at what time it is being given. There are usually a few last minute changes at any conference so if you have your four conference days preplanned, don't forget to check it against your conference registration materials you will receive at the Hynes Convention Center.

Check back to the FGS website or watch the blog for news on conference updates. Have fun with your planning – and if you haven’t registered, you can still do that at the FGS website!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

One More Topic from APG: Stolen Ancestors

You can still get a ticket to attend this great Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference on August 30 at the FGS conference hotel, the Sheraton Boston, in historic Back Bay Boston. The PMC is designed for professional genealogists and those who are planning to become one. Not sure about attending? Here's what you'll be missing!

"Stolen Ancestors: How to Identify, Reclaim, and Protect"
by James Jeffrey of the Denver Public Library

James may be America's most outrageous librarian. He says "Stolen Ancestors," where you confuse the dead and irritate the living, will cut through the confusion of finding ancestors.
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It will explore methods and tools to facilitate the recovery of ancestors and the ability to distinguish between fact and genealogical fiction. James even might also tell you where to find the best local history and genealogy bookstores in Boston and where to get the best clam chowder in Davis Square!

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.

For more on the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference that is an exciting, regular part of the FGS Conferences, check out and register for this at

Check out these previous blog posts about the PMC:

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

Hope to see you there.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
PO Box 350998
Westminster, CO 80035

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Lynch

Title: Immigrant Arrivals through Ellis Island and Castle Garden

Session S-296 (Saturday, Session # 296), 9:00-10:00am
Sponsored by Connecticut Society of Genealogists in the New England Regional Genealogical Conference Track

Sure - many hear the story "my grandmother came through Ellis Island" (or great grandmother, grandfather, or insert ancestors name here). BUT – then you go to find them and either come up empty handed or find yourself looking at 2,000 possible matches due to a common name. There are plenty of tricks which can help tame (and can also help when searching Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and elsewhere).
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We'll discuss strategies for expanding and/or narrowing your search, when/why you may need to select one or the other strategy, tricks for extracting more information that first meets the eye, and how this data can be used in conjunction with other sources to tie your family story together. Will also discuss other websites including Castle Garden, Steve Morse, Immigrant Ships, and the Ellis Island site for the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.

NOTE from the speaker: I will accept a limited number of "case study examples" submitted by blog-readers who know they will be in attendance. The only requirement is that you have attempted the search with/without success and are certain the Port of New York was the entry point to the U.S. Include details such as passenger name, any additional info, and how you tried to search and the results. I'll pick 3 or 4 of the best examples to use in my presentation and will hopefully have answers by then (and will bring printed manifests for the submitters at no charge)

Speaker Bio:
I have been actively conducting research for over 25 years and having worked in the computer industry since 1984, have a strength in the overlap of technology with genealogy. I served as VP, Business Development for Ancestry ( from 1998-2001; then managed the subsidiary for the A&E Television Networks prior to their sale of that business to Ancestry. For the last 4 years, I have been a marketing and technology consultant and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is one of my clients. I directed the effort to relaunch their site in 2004 with a refined navigation, additional site content, and more flexible searching options. In addition, we began accepting corrections for transcription errors.

I'm a CT native of Irish & Italian heritage (with my Italians coming through Ellis and the Irish still managing to hide from view, but likely through Castle Garden). Upon the release of the Castle Garden site in August 2005, I worked with Steven Morse in the few days that followed to develop detailed search tips for I've lived in MA and RI, in addition to CT and my site is I was featured on Good Morning America in June 2004 (filmed at Ellis Island), showing how the Internet can be used as a tool for getting started.

The Sponsoring Organization:
The Connecticut Society of Genealogists was formed in 1968 and serves 4,000 members (more than half of whom reside outside the state ). While we do have a specialty emphasis on Connecticut resources, as well as New England and New York, the Society also promotes genealogy in a general sense and sponsors an annual Literary Awards Contest to recognize notable achievements by authors serving the market for genealogy works.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The 2006 Conference Exhibit Hall

This is the place to browse, learn about, or purchase genealogy and history books (new, used, and rare), genealogy software, genealogical society publications and memberships, professional genealogists, maps, travel, databases, DNA, libraries and archives, ethnic research, self-publishing, genealogy magazines and newsletters (both online and off), historic sites, genealogical education, and hereditary organizations. The list of exhibitors is growing daily. For the list of conference exhibitors check out Whew! I must be sure to bring my checkbook and credit card! If you want to ship your purchases home, that service will be available at the conference.
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The two side-by-side exhibit halls contain almost 76,000 square feet. They are open to the public and, as in many places today, you need to have a photo ID with you for entry into Boston's Hynes Convention Center. Conference registrants should wear their name tag. For conference registrants, a full 30 minutes between sessions gives you time to run to a couple of specific booths to browse or make a purchase. Most registrants plan time for the browsing instead of attending a session or two.

Back in a blog entry on July 5th Sue Kaufman talked about the special and gigantic Irish Pavilion area in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday, August 31: 9:00 - 6:00 [The Grand Opening of the Hall takes place immediately following the Keynote session that begins at 8:00 a.m.]

Friday, September 1: 9:00 - 5:00

, September 2: 9:00 - 5:00

Conference Supporters
Three major supporters of this conference will have space in the Exhibit Hall. Make sure you visit the booths for these sponsoring organizations,, ProQuest Information and Learning, and, and thank them for supporting the conference.

A Free Research Consultation
A new feature this year is the Ancestors Road Show, being coordinated by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Conference registrants will have the chance to sign up on Thursday, August 31st, for no-cost, 15 minute consultations on Friday and Saturday with professional genealogists who are experienced in a variety of research specialties.

Do you want to be a part of the Exhibit Hall?
If you, your business, or organization is interested in exhibiting at the conference you can get details at or contact exhibits co-chair Pat Oxley at

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Genealogical Speakers Guild at the Conference

Diana Crisman Smith, a Director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild shared the following information for blog readers.

The stated missions of the Genealogical Speakers Guild are:

  • To provide a unified, effective voice to promote speakers' interests by providing a forum for the discussion of topics of concern to genealogical speakers.
  • To broaden the speaker base by identifying, educating and assisting promising speakers.
  • To raise professional lecture standards.
  • To aid speakers in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to program planners and to audiences.

    The FGS/NEHGS Conference in Boston will offer an excellent opportunity for all of these goals through the activities of GSG at the conference.
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    First, look for the GSG booth in the Exhibit Hall (booth #313). There you will find a friendly face to answer questions, a display of numerous member brochures showcasing their speaking topics, and other information on GSG.

    On Friday there will be a FULL DAY of presentations in the Speakers’ Track. That’s right – five sessions geared toward subjects of interest to current and prospective speakers. You do not need to be a member of GSG to attend these sessions. These five lectures are included in your conference registration fee.

  • At 9 AM, Sheila Benedict, CG, a charter member of GSG, will get the ball rolling with the first step – preparing a proposal that will let the program committee know that you are qualified to speak. [Session F195 “You Are Invited to Speak… Preparing Effective Proposals”]
  • Next, Diana Crisman Smith (GSG Director in charge of conference activities) and Debby T. Horton (GSG Webmaster), share their experience in making yourself known – a speaker needs audiences, after all. [Session F214 “HERE I AM – Marketing Yourself Using Print & Digital Media”]
  • After lunch, George G. Morgan, well-known speaker, author, President of AHA Seminars and immediate past Director of GSG, will charge us up with tips on planning and preparing interesting and informative presentatives. [Session F238 “Planning and Producing a Great Presentation”]
  • Next Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, another GSG member and past officer of APG, nationally-known for speaking and writing, will get to the realities of the business of speaking ….. show me the money! Since many speakers don’t think about what it really costs to prepare their speeches, Paula will outline how to calculate your true costs and not feel guilty setting fees accordingly. [Session F257 “Setting Realistic Fees for Presenting Genealogical Lectures”]
  • And to wrap up the day with a look to the future, Drew Smith, GSG member and FGS Board member, will show some of the newest techniques for putting “pizzazz” into your presentations using computer technology. [Session F277 “Using the Latest Presentation Technology to Connect to Your Audience”]

And finally, for Saturday lunch, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors are planning a very special joint luncheon [Session S321]. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is well known for her work with the PBS Ancestors series and her writing and speaking (particularly on DNA and Genetic studies). She will be speaking on “Finding Your Voice: Speaking and Writing in the Genealogical World.” Sign up now while there is still space available. Sounds great for $20.00.

The Genealogical Speakers Guild looks forward to seeing you in Boston!

Genealogical Speakers Guild Track Topic by George G. Morgan

Are you an genealogical instructor or lecturer? Do you need some help with the presentation from planning to delivering? Or maybe you are interested in lecturing and need some sage advice?

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Speaker: George G. Morgan
Topic: Planning and Producing a Great Presentation

Speaker Bio:
George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Florida-based company working with library cooperatives and consortia providing continuing education to libraries and their employees, and genealogy consulting services. He has more than 30 years’ speaking and training experience, having been a training manager for both Sears, Roebuck & Company and IBM and then president of his own seminar firm. He is a highly experienced meeting and event planner, a conference and genealogy research trip organizer, and a consultant for libraries’ genealogical collection development planning.

George is a well-respected and sought-after speaker at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, and teaches online genealogy class through his company and two genealogical librarianship courses for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies with the University of Toronto.

George’s award-winning weekly genealogy column, "Along Those Lines…” appeared for eight years at and now at his Web site, He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, and many other genealogical publications in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Australia, Singapore, and elsewhere. He has written four books, and is at work on The Official Guide to for

He is co-host of the “The Genealogy Guys Podcast” each week at with partner Drew Smith. This informative and enjoyable program is enjoyed by thousands of genealogists around the world. The podcast is recorded and can be downloaded and enjoyed on- or offline.

George is currently the president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Society of Genealogists (U.K.), and more than twenty other genealogical societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

George’s Participation at FGS 2006

George will be presenting two programs at the FGS Conference in Boston this year: once for the APG Professional Management Conference and once as part of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild Track. His presentation for GSG is titled, “Planning and Producing a Great Presentation.” With his many years of training program development and management, George is the ideal person to deliver this topic!

“There are too many people speaking in the genealogical community who’ve had little or no formal training in how to do the job right, says George. “Their skills in developing well-thought-out, informative presentations and effectively delivering them are lacking. In many cases, these are people who have been “put on the spot” by their local society to present a program. In other cases, though, they don’t rehearse their material and/or they don’t know how to overcome their stage fright. The result can be an unsatisfying experience for both the presenter and the audience.”

George believes that all speakers can benefit from training, support, and continuing education in training methods, presentation media and tools, and presentation delivery strategies. “Each topic is unique and has its own needs in the way of content and supporting materials. Likewise, each audience is distinctive in its informational wants and needs, and a smart speaker will always begin by identifying and trying to understand his or her audience.” This is just the beginning of what George will discuss in his presentation in the GSG Track in Boston.

George has been a long-time member of GSG and believes that the support of other speakers in sharing knowledge and skills to be a superior speaker is vitally important for personal and professional growth. You’ll find that George has those skills and is always ready to share his experience with other people. That’s why we know you’ll enjoy and benefit from his presentation in Boston.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

One more conference highlight – the FGS Banquet

Friday evening at the FGS Conference is reserved for the FGS Banquet. For many of the conference attendees, this is a must do event. It is always a special evening and the 2006 banquet has a special element, the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of FGS. The evening is composed of several special parts: Read More

The evening starts with a cash bar reception with sodas, bottled water, wine, beer, and mixed drinks. This is a good hour for networking and swapping lots of laughter-filled stories from the conference. You may come for this hour even if you don’t purchase a ticket to the banquet.

There is always a meaningful after-dinner program and that includes the presentation of several key awards. The Ruth C. Bishop Annual Volunteer Hall of Honor Award recognizes genealogical society volunteers, both present and past, who render valuable service to organizations far and wide. Ruth Bishop, a special friend of both FGS and NEHGS, personally presents the prestigious Living Volunteer Award.

Many things have been invented or first came to common use in Boston, including the telephone, the microwave oven, the pacemaker, the first email and the @ sign, the instant camera, the use of anesthesia to make surgery possible, the first World Series of baseball, the mutual fund, smallpox inoculation, and baby formula. The Massachusetts constitution is the oldest functioning written constitution in the world, written by John Adams in 1780. And of course we have the famous 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first free black regiment in the Union Army and immortalized in the film Glory. Actors from the Boston History Collaborative will be presenting vignettes about famous Boston inventions. The evening promises to be very interesting, entertaining, and informative. For more on the History Collaborative visit their website,

Several people have asked what to wear to the banquet. A wide range of wearing apparel will be seen there. Most people wear something close to their Sunday best or at least business casual. Over the last few years more people have been dressing up in fancier clothes as well.

For details about the conference program and banquet tickets visit Conference registrants can add banquet tickets at any time by following the link in their confirmation email. Want to bring a guest to dinner? Registrants can purchase as many tickets to the banquet as they like and bring their whole family!

Conference program in a grid format is online

Did you know that the FGS website has the conference program available in a grid format? Check it out at

This version gives you a chance to compare sessions at any given hour. I love the colors! As I read through the grid, I get more excited about the conference. I love all the unique lectures, the variety of the sponsoring organizations, and the voices from so many research repositories. It truly is an International conference.

There are now 4 Irish tracks and more details about that will be on the grid soon. Check back to the website or watch the blog for news on updates.

Have fun with your planning – and if you haven’t registered, you can still do that at the FGS website!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Irish Pavilion Exhibit / Irish Lectures

The Irish are coming; the Irish are coming to Boston!!!

A special area in the exhibit hall and 4 tracks of the conference are set-aside especially for the Irish. We are very excited to announce the Irish Pavilion area. This irish exhibit area, anchored by Ordinance Survey Ireland will be THE place to be for Irish exhibits, resources and information on Irish Family History.

Ordinance Survey Ireland is national mapping authority of Ireland. They have created a computer database of over 40,000 maps that were used for the taxation system in Ireland for land valuation beginning in 1842. They are unveiling this exciting database at the FGS/NEHGS conference. Read More

The last map was published in 1847, which means this exciting resource can be used for pre-famine research. The famine occurred from 1846-1850, and these 1700 maps help to identify some of those that might of immigrated to North America.

The Federation is proud to be the launch conference for Ordinance Survey Ireland. Be sure to stop by and see this very exciting resource, talk to staff from OSI, learn more about the maps, and find your ancestors land!!

Other Irish vendors included in this special Irish Pavilion include: Eneclann, Archive CD Books Ireland, Irish Origins, Irish Family History Foundation, Armagh Ancestry, Failte Ireland, The Irish Ancestral Research Association, and National Archives of Ireland…plus many more!!!

There are sponsored Irish lectures by TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association – that include: Irish Birth/Marriage and Death Records, Ireland in the 18th Century, Kenneth Whelan; Session on sources in both the National Archives and the National Library of Ireland, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, specific county sources, Irish Estate Papers and a special workshop on Irish Valuation Records (a separate fee will be charged for this). Download the full TIARA track information at:

And for further information about the conference and a full schedule visit the Federation of Genealogical Societies website at

Boston is Irish, and the FGS/NEHGS will be the place to find your Irish roots!!!

Sue Kaufman

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Workshops Filling Up

A number of hands-on workshops are being offered as part of the conference, and they are proving very popular. Two workshops on land-platting by Patricia Law Hatcher have sold out. Identifying and Preserving Family Photographs with Maureen Taylor and David Mishkin is also full. You can get on a waiting list to enter these sessions in the event someone cancels their registration.

Other workshops are also available at the conference, Read More

but space is filling quickly so register for these sessions soon! Wendy Bebout Elliott and Shelia Benedict will give hands-on instruction, tips, and techniques for interviewing family members in Using Oral History to Enhance Your Genealogy. Noted Irish specialists John Grenham and George Handran are offering three workshops on Irish Valuation Records. These workshop will cover the information collected as the basis for Griffith’s Valuation such as Field Books, House (Rent) Books, Perambulation Books, and Griffith's Maps; Griffith’s Valuation Original Volumes and Amended or Corrected Volumes; Instructions to the Valuators; and Cancellation Books.

Register now at for these workshops before they sell out completely!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Ten Hours Left to Save $30.00

As I post this, there are just over ten hours remaining to take advantage of the discount registration for the FGS Conference. Register online (or with a postmark of today, July 1st) before the clock turns over to Sunday, July 2nd -- and you will save $30.00.

If you need some more convincing, read the posting below this one and listen to a podcast the will energize you to register.

Enthusiastic audio interview with Michael Leclerc, Conference Co-Chair

Dick Eastman just let the blog know that his podcast interview with Michael Leclerc, co-chair of the FGS/NEHGS Conference, is available through Dick's online newsletter. I just listened to the podcast on my computer and it is jam-packed with conference details, info on special workshops, a few teasers about special things happening at the conference,the amenities in the area, and a lot more.

It is well-done and will definitely convince you further about the benefits of attending this conference. I am already going to the conference and have been involved with the conference committee over the last few years and the interview still got me more enthused about the conference.

It is easy to access via Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

The APG PMC - Lecture from Professional Genealogist Eileen O'Duill from Ireland

Professional genealogists practice their profession around the globe. APG is fortunate to have a PMC speaker from Dublin, Ireland who will tell registrants about International Probate Research.

You still have today (July 1) to register early (and get a member discount) for the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference in Boston on August 30. This event is a special part of the FGS/NEHGS Conference and will be held at the Conference hotel (Sheraton) in historic Back Bay Boston.

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Not sure about attending the PMC? Here's one session you'll be missing!

The Role of the 21st Century Genealogist in International Probate Research

by Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, CGL, of Dublin, Ireland

"In your professional opinion, based on the exhaustive research you have carried out, what living persons, have you identified as the rightful next of kin?" At some point in your career, you may be asked this question. Professional genealogists have become increasing involved in the process of "heir locating" particularly in intestate matters. Identifying the nearest next of kin and documenting their relationship to the deceased requires research skills and determination particularly in international cases. The genealogist completes the research, identifies the rightful heirs, prepares the required documentation and is often asked to provide expert testimony."

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 through July 1. Check the APG website for more details.

Hope to see you there.

Dick Robinson