Family History Expos Goes Virtual

Are you familiar with Family History Expos? This group organized conferences all over the country for a number of years. Today they are taking advantage of the opportunities online services provide and have gone virtual. It’s not just expos either. To steal a quote from Emeril Lagasse, they have “kicked it up a notch”.  Today’s services include:

  • GenTeacher – a growing series of recorded classes that you can view when it is convenient for you. Each lesson also includes a downloadable research guide. These lessons cost $9.95.
  • Ask-the-Pros Q&A are live events covering a specific topic. The topic for the session scheduled on August 29th is Beginning Research – Probate. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time so the researcher can give you an in-depth answer.
  • Make sure you check out the Shop too. You’ll find books, charts, forms and lots more.

Their first conference – Pirates of the Pedigree – is scheduled for October 15-20, 2018. Not only is there an impressive agenda, there will also be a virtual exhibit hall and door prizes. Registration is open and early birds can register for $69. After September 3, 2018, the fee goes up to $99.

To learn more, you will find them at

Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference



Need help researching your Western European ancestors? FamilySearch can help!

FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be holding its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.

Get registration details and complete course descriptions at FamilySearch.

RootsTech Streaming Schedule

Here is the schedule of live streaming sessions at the 2017 RootsTech conference. You can watch them live on the home page. They will also be recorded and later posted on the website. Note that all times listed here are Mountain Time.


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies
Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

Visit the Streaming Schedule page for more details.

NFGC Reminder

Reminder . . . Tomorrow (March 6th) is the last day for online registration for the North Florida Genealogy Conference being held March 19th at the Orange Park Family History Center. Cost is only $25 for a day full of interesting classes, delicious box lunch and the chance to network with genealogy researchers from the north Florida/South Georgia area. Register now so you won’t be left out!

North Florida Genealogical Conference

North Florida Genealogy Conference flyer

The North Florida Genealogical Conference will be held Saturday, March 19th, at the Orange Park Family History Center (461 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park). Registration fee is $25.00 which includes a box lunch. Deadline to register is March 6th. You’ll find details and online registration at

Here’s a list of the scheduled sessions: