Sunday, January 22, 2017

Field Notes: Midwest Genealogy Conferences 2017

I am sad that I will not be able to attend RootsTech this year. I have never actually been able to attend. Utah is a far distance from Chicago and things just keep getting in the way. Life. Work. Parents and children. Lack of funds. The list goes on. I console myself with the presentations that are available online during the conference, and make plans to attend smaller local and regional conferences. Ones that don't take me too far away for too many days. Such is my life for the foreseeable future.

Here is a list of the upcoming conferences within a reasonable distance of Chicago. I doubt I'll make either the Iowa or Indiana conferences, they are in opposite directions on the same day. I plan on attending the DuPage IL conference, and I'd really like to make the Ohio conference. Time will tell.

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RootsTech February 8 - 11, 2017 - No, I will not be there 'live and in person' but they will be streaming selected presentations. That information has not yet been released, but should be soon. From their website FAQs: "Similar to past years, we will stream several sessions of the conference live on our website. Once the conference is over, recordings of these sessions will be posted on our website for a limited time."

FTU 2017 Winter VIRTUAL Genealogy Conference March 3 - 5, 2017 - "Get all the benefits of a genealogy conference from the comfort of your own home! Over the course of three days, you'll get access to the latest research methods for finding your family history, from DNA testing and the latest technology to new resources and search tools. You'll get 15 presentations that you can download and keep, along with several live chats, access to professional genealogists through the discussion boards, along with tons of freebies and prize drawings." Yes please!

Learn more here:  2017 Winter Virtual Conference at Family Tree University

DuPage County Genealogical Society - 42nd Annual Conference, March 11, 2017
"The program sessions are offered in 4 tracks, each with 4 sessions, choose from 16 topics!  There are topics for everyone... those just getting started, or focus on European research, with DNA, organizing and methodology. And of course, great speakers -  Maybe you've heard of them, follow them on-line, and have used their tools.  Now meet them in person, learn tips and techniques, and ask questions!"

Michael D. Lacopo  Author, lecturer and "Hoosier Daddy?" blogger
Carole Magnuson  Author and lecturer
Kathy Meade  ArkivDigital representative, author, and volunteer specialing in Swedish research
Donna M. Moughty  Consultant, instructor and lecturer specializing in Irish research
Diahan Southard  Consultant, lecturer and "Your DNA Guide"

Learn more here. Register before February 18th and save $5.00!

Iowa Genealogical Society - IGS Spring Technology Conference, April 8, 2017.
IGS will host its eighth annual Spring Technology Conference on Saturday, April 8th.
"Back To Your Roots with J H Fonkert CGSM. For most of his career, Jay worked as a state government policy analyst — a kind of work that required research, analysis and problem-solving. After he heard a couple of accomplished genealogists talk about evidence analysis and methodology, he was hooked. He has since attended professional genealogy education institutes in Washington, D.C., Birmingham, Alabama, and Salt Lake City, and has learned from some of the best."

Learn more here.

Indiana - Crossroads To Your Past! Indiana Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10507, Ft. Wayne IN 46852-0507
Indiana Genealogical Society - IGS Annual Meeting & Conference, April 8, 2017
"Registration is open for the Indiana Genealogical Society's 2017 annual conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library (40 E. St. Clair St.) in downtown Indianapolis. The featured speaker will be noted speaker and genealogist Tony Burroughs."

Learn more here.

Ohio Genealogical Society - 2017 OGS Conference: Genealogy Gone Wild, April 26-29, 2017
"The conference will be held at Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky,Ohio. We have an excellent program for the 2017 OGS conference with a wide variety of topics and speakers for family historians of all abilities. We hope you will enjoy the lectures planned! The conference also offers a variety of workshops to enhance your conference experience. The full program brochure can be downloaded from the program page when it becomes available. Congratulations you are now ready to join the adventure of Genealogy Gone Wild!"

Learn more here.

Do you have any favorite local or regional conferences you attend? Let me know! Share your experiences in the comments. ~Anne

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