Tom Jones Speaking at NGS 2022 Family History Conference

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How NGS Conferences Shaped
Tom Jones as a Genealogist Dear , Tom Jones has helped so many of us become better genealogists. He has pushed us on how to think, research, evaluate, and write to create a meaningful and accurate family history. Tom has graced NGS with his support for decades, and he recently shared with us how our conferences helped shape him as a genealogist and a scholar.
“In thinking back on the earliest NGS conferences I attended,” Jones said, “I realized how much growth and enjoyment I got out of them. I have been attending NGS conferences since 1990. Without them, I would not be the genealogist I am today—not even close.
“In the lecture sessions, I learned how to implement genealogical research methods and reasoning, about which previously I had no clue … and which helped me advance my knowledge of my ancestors.
“At NGS conferences, I learned about genealogical credentials and decided to pursue certification. And I regularly renew, which keeps me engaged in current practices in our field.
“I also learned about other genealogical societies at the national and state level and in counties where my ancestors lived. I joined several of them. It’s so important to learn from them too about the locale and variety of records that might exist for your ancestors.
“From NGS conference sponsors and exhibitors and their websites, I discovered countless genealogical products and publications and purchased many that increased my knowledge of genealogical sources and methods. And they helped me find records for my exact family! I still look forward to learning what’s new from the many companies that support genealogy.
“Maybe what I think about most fondly, as I book my hotel, prepare lectures, and get excited about arriving at the NGS conference, is the people. Over the decades, between sessions and at meals, I have interacted with people who shared my genealogical interests, answered my questions, and encouraged my activities.”
If you are still deciding about coming to the NGS Conference in Sacramento in May, we will be there to welcome you and will continue to make it the wonderful, lifelong learning experience Tom Jones gives us so much credit for.
California here we come! Register Now. Early Bird Rates End 18 March. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Jones is an award-winning genealogical author and researcher who began pursuing his family history in 1963. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for sixteen years. He teaches at genealogy conferences, seminars, and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Besides numerous articles in peer-reviewed genealogy journals, he wrote the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof and chapters for Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Professional Genealogy.

  Tom will be speaking In-Person in Sacramento on 25 May and Online at Home on 27 May

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

24 Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon

      3rd annual 24-Hour genealogy webinar marathon   We’re excited to announce The 3rd Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon hosted by and MyHeritage. The marathon will begin on Thursday, April 7 at 5pm eastern U.S. time (Friday, April 8 at 7am Sydney time) and end on Friday, April 8 at 5pm eastern U.S. time (Saturday, April 9 at 7am Sydney time).

Visit to register (free!)

You will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world’s top genealogists and educators. From the 1950 U.S. census to DNA, from Airtable, hard drives and iPads to Poland and Scotland, there’s something for everyone… in every time zone. And thanks to and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes.

How to Listen In

Register at Live attendance for each session is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. If you can’t join us in real time, we’ve got you covered: all recordings will be available afterwards absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to

The Lectures

Viewers will enjoy a wide variety of lectures of genealogy and DNA. Each class will be 45 minutes long including time for questions at the end. Here’s the classes.

– Everything You Need to Know About the 1950 Census by Lisa Louise Cooke
– Confirming Smart Matches™ and Record Matches by Daniel Horowitz
– What’s New in Jewish Genealogy 2022 by Ellen S. Kowitt
– Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists by Cyndi Ingle
– The Geography of Genealogy in Europe by Dave Obee
– Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy by Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
– Supercharge your Research Spreadsheets with Airtable by Francine Crowley Griffis, CG
– Writing as You Go is the WAY to Go! by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
– In Your Ancestor’s Kitchen: Researching the Items You Remember by Gena Philibert-Ortega
– Polish non metrical genealogy sources by Kinga Urbańska
– Analyzing My DNA Matches by Gal Zrihen
– Clans and Families in Scotland by Dr. Bruce Durie
– Who were the Scots-Irish? by Natalie Bodle
– Introduction to Swedish Military Records by Kathy Meade
– Searching for My Ancestors’ Records by Moshe Etlis
– Sons of the Soil: researching our British agricultural labouring ancestors by Janet Few
– The Lady of the Scrapbook: A Newspaper Case Study by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
– Simply using timelines will make a difference in your research! by Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy
– Organizing My Photos by Keren Dotan
– Spinsters and Widows: Using Women to Reconstruct Families by Shannon Green, CG
– Doing Time – Prison Records as Genealogy Resources by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
– Hard drive and SSD drive failure rates and what to do by Andy Klein
– Family Discoveries in Minutes by Devin Ashby
– Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians–Oh, My! by Sunny Morton

 Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar coming soon

The EWGS Spring Seminar is coming soon!
Don’t miss out on these dynamic speakers; they will be bringing us fascinating stories about the area in which we live and how our ancestors came to be here.
This will be our first Hybrid Meeting! Please join us in person or on Zoom!

To register go to the website: EWGSi (The registration is two steps, so be sure to read the instructions at the bottom of the registration form.)

EWGS Spring Seminar
Saturday, April 2
EWGS Spring Seminar
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Our First Hybrid Meeting at the Shadle Public Library! Free parking at the Shadle Library!

Shadle Public Library is located at 2111 W. Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99205

Richard Sola will present:

1) Creating a Region – The Populating of Spokane & The Inland Empire, 1870-1920 We will be looking, decade by decade, at how Spokane grew from a village of less than 50 people in 1870 to a major U.S. city in 1900 with a population of over 100,000. Practical resources for you to use will be discussed.

2) Living Their Lives in the Inland Empire – 1870-1920 Who moved here and why? Where did they come from? How did they get here and why did they stay? What was it like to live in the new city of Spokane?

Susan Dechant will present:

3) A Monumental Story, a Grand Coulee Mystery Once considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Grand Coulee Dam has had a huge impact on not only us here in the state of Washington but on all of the western states that are supplied with energy produced at the dam. During construction of the main dam and later the third powerhouse (roughly from 1933-1975), 81 men were killed working on the project. Who were those men and what are their stories? Susan will share how she used her genealogy research skills to solve the mystery of the missing monument.

NGS looking for Volunteers

NGS 2022 Logo.jpg Greetings, Genealogy Enthusiasts!
It feels like the New Year began just a few weeks ago – and yet, it’s March already! And, the NGS 2022 Family History Conference in Sacramento 24-28 May is only three months away!
As the “Local Host” for the Conference, the California Genealogical Society (CGS) hopes you have had a chance to peruse the Conference Brochure and select the lectures, events, and tours that interest you. Remember – the discounted “Early Bird Deadline” is March 18!
One of the duties of the Local Host is to provide Volunteers with a variety of jobs during the Conference, such as: stuffing attendee tote bags, room monitors, helping with check-in, volunteer room hosts, floaters, and vendor support (in the Expo Hall).
Think about volunteering for an hour or more while you are at the Conference. Not only will it help make the Conference successful, but it is a great way to meet fellow genealogy enthusiasts from all over the country.
Signing up is easy: Go to Invitation to Volunteer. When you click on this link it will take you to SignUp instructions to volunteer. It is easy to do and easy to make changes if needed. Please sign up for several spots – we have lots to fill. You don’t necessarily need to be a registered attendee. Think about spending a day volunteering to help us make the conference successful!
Questions? Send an email to CGS is looking forward to seeing you at the Conference!   Conference Quick Links: NGS 2022 Family History Conference NGS on CGS website Conference Hotel Reservations NGS 2022 Conference Blog California Genealogical Society 2201 Broadway LL2 Oakland, CA 94612 510-663-1358 National Genealogical Society 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810 Falls Church, VA 22042-2318 703-525-0050 Please feel free to forward this email to members of your organization and your newsletter editor!
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The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) hosts its annual Virtual Open House

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) hosts its annual Virtual Open House offering 23 free presentations March 26-April 2. Last year, attendees filled more than 2,000 virtual seats at our Open House.

Whether you want to understand that genetics test you just mailed away, or want to learn how to build your family tree, the GFO has something for everyone.  This year includes presentations focusing specifically on African American, Canadian, Irish, German, Latino, Polish, and British heritages.

Equally important, our classes teach you how to pursue your family history, wherever your family’s past takes you, using the most modern software, tools, and methods.  This year’s special topics include:

    A full day of DNA classes for beginners.
    Getting Help Solving Tough Research Problems.
    Online Newspapers.
    How and Why to Record Your Oldest Relative’s Life Story
    The Modern U.S. Census including the nearly released 1950 census.

There is no fee, but pre-registration is required for each session. Find out more at

About Us

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located at 2505 S.E. 11th Avenue, Portland. GFO is an independent, all-volunteer organization operating the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest. GFO holdings include an expansive collection of resources to assist anyone interested in pursuing their family history, irrespective of the location. Although the physical library is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, online classes and meetings have continued virtually. GFO researchers also respond to email and phone queries about genealogy and history. You can learn more about the GFO’s mission and activities, along with our publications and resources at

2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202-1061 · · 503-963-1932 ·

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Virtual Spring Seminar

We are very excited about our upcoming 2022 Virtual Spring Seminar featuring the Genealogy Guys, Drew Smith & George G. Morgan!  Our emcee for the day is Cyndi Ingle of Be sure to register through our web site or use the downloadable brochure to mail in your registration. It will be a great day of genealogical education and fun!  See all the details here:

Clallam County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Lisa Alzo

Clallam County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Saturday, April 9, 2022   Lisa Alzo  will be the speaker at the CCGS Spring Seminar Saturday April 9th.   Lisa Alzo, M.F.A. is an author of several genealogy Books and hundreds of Magazine articles.  She is a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine and a noted Webinar speaker.  She has spoken at international conferences, webinars, historical and genealogical societies.  An avid genealogist for more than 30 years, she specializes in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family and using history to trace female and immigrant ancestors.  We are pleased to be able to host such a notable speaker and genealogist!   Schedule and Topics: 9:15 am       Registration 9:30 am       Introductions, Announcements 9:45am        Session I     Crossing the Pond: Successful Strategies for Researching Eastern                                                 European Ancestors 11:00 am     Session II     Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future 12:45pm      Session III    Murder, Mayhem, and Town Tragedy   The conference will be by Zoom.  All are welcome to watch at the CCGS Research Center: 403 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA, or Zoom it at home.   Cost: $40 for CCGS members.  $50 for non-members and at the door.  Registration closes Tuesday, April 5th.  Checks should be made out to CCGS and sent to the Research Center. Credit Cards can use the “Paypal” app available on the website.  Passcode and Meeting Nos. will be sent out via Email upon receipt of funds.   For more information, call CCGS Tues-Fri:10am to 4pm or Saturday; noon to 4pm at 360-417-5000 or visit our website:

NGS Conference

Registration Is Now Open for the
National Genealogical Society’s
2022 Family History Conference Program Dear Friends at Eastern Washington Genealogical Society,

Registration is now open for the NGS 2022 Family History Conference, Our American Mosaic, 24-28 May. This year NGS is offering registrants three ways to participate: In-Person in Sacramento, California, 24-28 May; Online at Home, 27-28 May; and On-Demand, 1 July through 31 December 2021. Please feel free to share this information with members of your organization in your newsletters, on your website, or via your own emails.

Stanford Historian
Gordon Chang
is Keynote Speaker
for NGS 2022 Family History Conference
Register Now This year’s conference celebrates America’s diverse heritage. The full program features more than 150 lectures and special programs In-Person, 15 lectures Online at Home, and 60 On-Demand. Details about On-Demand lectures will be available at a later date. To stay apprised of conference news, be sure to subscribe to our conference blog.
Discounted Early Bird registration ends 18 March. Online and postal registration closes 18 April.
If you are planning to register for our In-Person conference, be sure to review our COVID-19 Policy.
For registration assistance, contact Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

A Proud Heritage African American Family History Event

Attend the African American Family History Event  on February 5, 2022.  It will be both in person and live zoomed with some pretty great classes.

  • Thom Reed – The African American Heritage Director will speak about searching Freedman Records
  • Joe Price – BYU Records Linking Lab will speak about the African American Records Project that is assisting the International African American Family History Museum – soon to open in South Carolina

We are also hosting a DNA for beginners class, Family Search Memories and Journaling Class and a class to show the Tacoma-Pierce Records Project. We have the Tacoma Public Library Oral History Station, Scanning Station and more.  We will have grab and go breakfast foods and boxed lunches.