There are rumblings on social media about the possible end of in-person genealogy events like conferences and seminars. With all of the blogs, webinars, and email newsletters out there, are in-person genealogy events dead?
I am thrilled to be the featured speaker at the ACPL Genealogy Center’s Military Symposium this year. With the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War, this year’s symposium will revolve around Civil War topics. I will present one of the lectures on Friday and all four on Saturday.
The symposium is sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc.
On Friday, October 8:
- 2:30-3:30: “Using Military Records for Genealogical Research” by Curt Witcher
- 4:00-5:00: “The Last Full Measure: Military Burials” (I have some cool examples that I’m very excited about!)
On Saturday, October 9:
- 9:30-10:30: “Researching Your Civil War Ancestor Online”
- 11:00-12:00: “State and Local Records for Civil War Research”
- 1:30-2:30: “After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans”
- 3:00-4:00: “For Benefit of the Soldier: Civil War Fraternal Organizations”
All of the sessions will be in meeting room A-B at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cost is $25. Make checks payable to ACGSI and send to:
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
PO Box 12003
Fort Wayne, IN 46862
For more information, visit the Genealogy Center’s programs page or call (260) 421-1225. I look forward to seeing you there!
FamilySearch has just announced they will be hosting the new RootsTech Conference which will be held in Salt Lake City 10-12 February 2011. Sponsors of the conference include Ancestry.com, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), and Brigham Young University.
Jim Ericson and Shipley Munson of FamilySearch described it as new type of genealogy/technology conference. Where the GENTECH has had a consumer/user focus and BYU’s Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference focuses on scholastic/developers, the new RootsTech Conference will merge the two groups.
RootsTech promises to be a forum where “power users” (those who are very comfortable using technology), early adopters and visionaries can interact and collaborate with the creators of that technology. Those creators, in turn, can get feedback from the users. The goal is to spark new innovation, collaboration, and “extend the technology.”
Who should participate, either as attendees or as presenters? According to the website, “Those who want to help define the future of genealogy through technological innovation.”
This is not a replacement of BYU’s annual August conference. As for the annual Computerized Family History Conference (usually held in March), RootsTech was described as what the Computerized conference is evolving into.
FamilySearch anticipates between 1,000 and 1,200 attendees at the first RootsTech conference.
More details can be found at rootstech.familysearch.org. There will also be information available at next week’s Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Knoxville. (If you are thinking about proposing a talk, you will need to act quickly, as the deadline is 15 September.)
This sounds to me like a very interesting concept. If successful, it could bring about more innovation.
Below is the official press release:
New RootsTech Conference to Bring Technologists Face-to-face with Genealogists
SALT LAKE CITY —Technologists and genealogists from around the world will gather at the first annual RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011. The new conference, hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, aims to bring technologists and genealogists together to help deepen understanding of current technologies and discover new ideas in applying technology to genealogy. Learn more at rootstech.familysearch.org.
“When the users and creators of technology come together, innovation occurs,” said Jay Verkler, president and CEO of FamilySearch. “The RootsTech Conference will accelerate that innovation through panels, discussion groups, and interactive demonstrations.”
Josh Taylor, Director of Education and Programs for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, says the time is right for such a conference.
“The collection of technologies present at the last National Genealogical Society Conference in Salt Lake City was so impressive that we see a need and opportunity for a strong annual technology genealogy conference to pursue solutions for the unique challenges facing genealogists,” Taylor said.
The RootsTech Conference is designed to foster innovation by bringing technology users and creators together in a meaningful way. Thousands of genealogists who use technology in pursuit of one of the most popular hobbies in the world will discover how new and emerging technologies can improve and simplify their activities. Genealogists will be treated to technology prototype demonstrations, interactive workshops, and opportunities to test innovative new product and service concepts. Technology providers will get the opportunity to demonstrate product concepts face-to-face to their customer—the family history enthusiast—and better understand their needs.
“Technology is driving a revolution in family history,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “We’re excited to participate in the RootsTech Conference, and we see it as a great chance to explore with genealogists how technology can help them even more in the future.”
The RootsTech 2011 conference will be hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by Ancestry.com, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Brigham Young University, and other leaders in the genealogy community.
“Brigham Young University is pleased to participate in this conference, which brings together the Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy and the Family History Technology Workshop under the same umbrella. We think this creates a new and unique national forum for genealogists, software developers, and researchers to move genealogy forward,” said Christophe Giraude-Carrier, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science at Brigham Young University.
Technology creators will discover new and existing technologies and techniques to help their development practices and also see how they can be applied to the unique discipline of genealogy. Anticipated themes for the conference include: using social networking to collaborate as families and societies, data backup and digital preservation, using multimedia, records and media digitization, how to use cloud computing to deploy reliable, scalable systems, handwriting recognition and automated transcription, mobile computing devices and applications, GPS mapping, and much more.
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Are you kicking yourself for not registering for the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference before the June 1 deadline for the early registration discount? Well, stop doing that, because you have a second chance — the deadline has been extended to June 21!
Don’t pass up this opportunity to save $50 on the full (4-day) conference registration! Full details about the conference, including online registration, can be found at http://www.fgs.org/2010conference/
The deadline to register online or by phone for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2008 Conference is this Friday, August 22 at 5:00pm CDT. After that, you will need to do a walk-in registration at the conference.
The conference is in Philadelphia, September 3-6. Details about the conference as well as online registration can be found at www.fgsconference.org.
See you in Philadelphia!