Friday, February 25, 2011

New GeneaWebinars Calendar

I have posted about several genealogy webinars that are available free online because I love the convenience of learning new genealogy skills from home. I had just started thinking about creating a master list, when Dear Myrtle created an online calendar for coordinating these webinars. 

The new website is and it is a place where webinar hosts can post information on their programs including topics, presenters, dates, times and links to registration information. Genealogists can check the calendar and find programs of interest that will fit their schedules. Most of these webinars are free programs if you attend the live session. Some of the webinars are archived for viewing at a later date and are either available for a limited time or to the host society's members. There are also some that are available by purchasing a CD after the live program, such as from Legacy Family Tree.

Thanks Myrt for setting up this new site!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jamboree Extension Series

The following announcement was made by the Southern California Genealogical Society regarding their new free online webinars.

February 22, 2011
The Southern California Genealogical Society is proud to announce a new program, the Jamboree Extension Series,that provides family history and genealogy educational webinar (web-based seminar) sessions for genealogists around the world. The program will offer Jamboree-style seminars for up to 1000 attendees per session, at no charge. The Jamboree Extension Series is offered as a service to the genealogical community as part of the Society's mission "to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques."

Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

While the original webcasts are available to all genealogists, SCGS members will be able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website. Archive sessions will be available approximately three days following the webinar.

See the Southern California Genealogical Society's website for more details and registration information.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Six RootsTech Sessions to be Broadcast Live

Note: The following announcement was received from RootsTech. As I am unable to attend the conference this year, I am excited to be able to hear a few of the sessions from home.
4 February 2011

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a new family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011, announced today that six of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at The first-year conference has attracted over 2,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include some of the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the six broadcasts, speakers, and times of the presentations. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 10, 2011
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m., A world of Information, Shane Robison, chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard
  • 9-9:30 a.m., Turning Roots, Branches, Trees into Nodes, Links, Graphs, Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer, FamilySearch International
  • 3-4:00 p.m., Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage, Barry Ewell, founder of
Friday, February 11, 2011
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Changing Face of Genealogy, by Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m., Cloud Computing: What is it and how it has been used to create the next, by Brian Pugh, senior engineer, FamilySearch International              
 Saturday, February 12, 2011
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Personal Archiving and Primary Documents, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archives
  • 1:45-2:45 p.m., Virtual Presentations Round Table and Collaborative Panel Discussion, Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist and technology specialist
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m., The Power of PDF: Tools for Every Genealogist ,  D. Josh Taylor, Director of Education and Programs at New England Historical Genealogical Society.  
About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) Registration Time

If you are thinking of attending the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), a week-long institute at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., then it is time to be sure your name is on the mailing list. The NIGR web site gives all the details on the program, which will be held July 10-15, 2011. Fill out the form on the web site to join the mailing list, as the brochures are mailed early in February. Once you receive your brochure be sure to send in your registration form as soon as possible as the institute is limited to about 40 participants and fills quickly. Registration is handled via U.S. mail.

The focus of this institute is on using federal records for genealogical research. The program covers commonly used records such as immigration, military, land and naturalization, as well as lesser-known federal records useful to family historians. There are optional evening sessions at the Library of Congress and the DAR Library.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) Early Bird Deadline

The following was written by the organizers of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference:

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) Early Bird Deadline is fast approaching on February 15th.  NERGC will be held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Over sixty top speakers from the United States, Ireland and Poland will be speaking at the conference. Keynote speakers include John Philip Colletta and Paul Milner. Other events at the conference include the Society Fair, special workshops, Special Interest Groups, an Exhibitor Hall, the Ancestors Road Show and much, much more.  Save $25 by registering for the conference before the deadline.   See the NERGC website for more information