27 May 2015

Make plans to attend Ft. Lauderdale in 2016

Come join us in Ft. Lauderdale next May!  

The 2016 Family History Conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held
4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

It is expected that the conference will be well attended, so plan to make your reservations early.

The three conference hotels are the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (Conference Hotel), Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, and Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. They will apply the special conference rates for three days before and after the conference. Each hotel offers a variety of amenities and dining options, so choose the one that best fits your needs.You may book your hotel rooms beginning 27 May 2015 through the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Reservations must be made through the CVB to receive the NGS rate. Visit the NGS Accommodations page at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/accommodations to begin booking your hotel reservation.

The four-day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally recognized experts on topics including the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Florida and the neighboring areas of the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem solving, and technology.

16 May 2015

Memories from NGS 2015 Conference in St. Charles



14 May 2015

Day One

Pat Richley-Erickson (aka Dear Myrtle) receiving the President's Award from Jordan Jones, NGS President

J. Mark Lowe

                                     Lewis, the bald eagle


Wednesday Presentation of Awards-Opening Session

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:
Winner: About Towne, newsletter of the Towne Family Association, Inc., edited by Rae Russell Johnson.

Honorable Mention: The Seeley Genealogical Society Newsletter, newsletter of the Seeley Genealogical Society, edited by Katherine M. Olson.

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with less than 500 members:
Winner: GRIVA News and Notes, newsletter of the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia, edited by Sharon Barden Garber.

Honorable Mention: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, edited by Patricia Mansfield Phelan, and BIGWILL News, newsletter of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois, edited by Karen Glass.  

Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with more than 500 members:
Winners: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter, the newsletter of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, edited by Tina Krummel.  

The President's Citation
The President's Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the Society. The NGS President selects the recipient(s). This year’s the citation went to two outstanding individuals: Pat Richley-Erickson aka Dear Myrtle of South Jordan, Utah, and Dr. Ruth Ann Murray, Assistant Dean of the Metropolitan College, Boston University. .

Conference Award of Honor
NGS also recognized several individuals for their dedicated efforts in support of the NGS 2015 Family History Conference in Saint Charles, Missouri. The Award of Honor was presented to the Saint Louis Genealogical Society in recognition of its dedication and sustained service in support of the conference.

Certificates of Appreciation were
given to recognize the committee chairs that spent countless hours preparing for the conference. NGS is aware it would be impossible to produce their conference without the volunteers’ efforts and commitment. So honored were Frances Behrman and Edward Dolata, Local Host Co-Chairs; Karen Goode and Jeani Ward, Volunteer Co-Chairs; Barbara Larson, Carol Bell, and Diane Broniec, Registration Co-Chairs; Ken Webb and Dan Kerchkoff, Exhibitor Co-Chairs; Viki Fagyal, Publicity Chair; Judy Belford, Hospitality Chair; Kay Weber and Carol Hemmersmeier, Youth Camp Co-Chairs; and Paula Novack and Margie Giblin, Booth Co-Chairs.

Congratulations to all the award winners!


13 May 2015

Stop by the JAMB table to lecture recordings

Stop by the JAMB table this week to purchase lecture CDs and MP3s. JAMB is recording all lectures unless the lecture includes the “notes” symbol (see below). Please see the daily schedule in the Program.

The “notes” symbol indicates that JAMB will not record the session. Please take notes.

JAMB will tape and sell lecture CDs and MP3s during the conference at their booth in the registration area.

Pricing is as follows:
Individual CDs or MP3s ……………………… $12.00 each
10 or more CDs or MP3s ………………………$11.00 each
Full conference package of CDs ……………… $9.00 each

NGS does not permit personal taping unless the attendee obtains explicit permission from the speaker and NGS prior to the session.

12 May 2015

Pre-Conference Day Tuesday


Exhibit Hall Set-up

Conference Chair, Ann Carter Fleming


   BCG Education Fund                  Workshop

  Librarians' Day


                     German Workshop
Steve, the security guard

Society Showcase


11 May 2015

Visit the Exhibit Hall during the conference

Photo by Scott Stewart
The Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public. It is located in the North and South Halls on the Lower Level of the convention center.

In the Exhibit Hall there will be an outstanding variety of exhibitors and vendors on hand throughout the conference displaying their genealogical goods and services.

Also, during the past couple of months, exhibitors have been featured on this blog. Look under the topic "Exhibitor Profiles" to see the posts.

The Exhibit Hall is open between sessions and during the lunch break.

Come on in and find that book/software/subscription/membership you've been wanting!

Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 14 May 2015
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday, 15 May 2015
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 16 May 2015
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.