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Subject: UpFront Vol. 3, No. 20, 15 October 2004
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UpFront with NGS
The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society
Volume 3, Number 20 -- 15 October 2004
Editor: Carla Ridenour
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Quote of the Day -- 15 October 2004
"We need history. "We need proof for our children ... to see the strength of
their ancestors." ---Bill Cosby, 2004
Today In UpFront
--Announcing the Latest Book in the NGS Guide Series
--NGS BookStore Specials
--2005 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
News, Announcements, and Press Releases
--Jonathan D. Galli to present Family History Workshop in Cranston, RI.
--Joan Hoff, Harold Holzer, and Helen Leary to Speak at November 6 Conference
--St. George, Utah Gears up for Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree 2005
--Minnesota Genealogy Conference Moves to Hibbing Park Hotel
--Minnesota Genealogy Conference at Ironworld Discovery Center
--Family Ties of the Next President of the United States
--October/November Genealogical Events
Previous Issues of UpFront with NGS
Family Reunion Calendar
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Announcing the Latest Book in the NGS Guide Series
"Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your
Family's Medical and Genetic Heritage" by Thomas H. Shawker, M.D.
If Gilda Radner, one of the original cast of Saturday Night Live, had known
of her family's medical pedigree and her ethnic heritage, she possibly
could have prevented her death from ovarian cancer, the silent killer that
tragically took her life at the age of 42. Cancer, mental illness,
diabetes, and heart disease all have a hereditary component. Unlocking Your
Genetic History explains how to integrate a family health history into your
genealogy, how to get the appropriate medical information and analyze it,
and how to design a medical pedigree in order to detect the genetic
influence on your family's health. Early awareness, identification, and
treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
The second part of the book discusses the exciting new field of using
genetic testing to link you to your ancestors and verify your genealogy.
Genetic testing was used to show that Thomas Jefferson fathered children
with his slave Sally Hemings and has direct male descendents living
today. It has shown that Jews retained their genetic identity despite the
Jewish Diasporsa. DNA testing can help identify Native American ancestry,
determine who settled Polynesia, and track the march of Genghis Khan as he
swept out of Mongolia. Today DNA testing is being used in court and to
identify human remains.
"Unlocking Your Genetic History" will help readers understand their family's
medical and genetic history and help them understand the genetic revolution.
Following is The Table of Contents from "Unlocking Your Genetic History: A
Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your Family's Medical and Genetic Heritage"
Introduction: Who Should Read This Book?
* Chapter 1. Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Know Your Family's Health History
Family Health History
It Runs in the Family
* Chapter 2. Dominant and Recessive Diseases: Our Genetic Inheritance
Genes and Diseases
The Founder Effect
Mad King George
The Importance of Location
The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick
* Chapter 3. When Genes Go Bad
Other Genetic Diseases
* Chapter 4. Compiling Your Family's Health History
A Review of Systems
* Chapter 5. Do You Speak Medicalese?
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Cemetery and Funeral Records
Hospital and Physician's Records
The Federal Census
Analyzing the Information
* Chapter 6. Draw Your Pedigree
Constructing the Pedigree
* Chapter 7. What Have I Found?
The Warning Signs
Patterns of Inheritance
* Chapter 8. Common and Important Genetic Diseases
The Heart and Blood Vessels
The Stomach and Intestines
Muscle, Bone, and Skin Conditions
The Kidneys, Bladder, and Reproductive System
The Sensory System
Hormone and Metabolic Conditions
* Chapter 9. Tracking Your Genes: Molecular Genealogy
What Is a Gene?
The Structure of DNA
How Does DNA Function?
Using DNA for Genealogy
* Chapter 10. Y Chromosome Testing: Your Father's Father's Father . . .
Y Chromosome Inheritance
How to Analyze the Y Chromosome
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
Starting Your Own Y Chromosome Project
Jewish Y Chromosomes
The Irish Surname
* Chapter 11. Mitochondrial DNA: Tracking Mom's Line
How to Analyze mtDNA
Starting Your Own mtDNA Project
mtDNA and Anthropology
* Chapter 12. More Information on the Internet
The National Library of Medicine
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
Genetics Home Reference
The National Human Genome Research Institute
Other Government Web Pages
Y Chromosome Family Projects
* Chapter 13. Ethics, Privacy, and the Future of Genetics and Genealogy
Investigating Family Health
Testing and Family Information
The New Genealogy
21st Century Medicine
* Appendix A: Forms for Compiling Your Family's Health History
* Appendix B: National Genealogical Society Guidelines and Standards
"Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your
Family's Medical and Genetic Heritage"
$15.99 NGS Members
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NGS BookStore Specials
Over the next few months we will be featuring NGS bookstore
specials. UpFront readers have the first opportunity to take
advantage of these terrific deals! Visit the NGS bookstore on the
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---Gone to Georgia, $8.00
By William C. Stewart. Continuation of Pendleton District, S.C.
Examines people who followed the Great Road from Virginia and
North Carolina's Yadkin Country into S.C. and northeastern Georgia.
Contains the 1820 census of Jackson and Gwinnet Counties before
1820, but not found in the 1820 census. Family index. 326 pp.
Softbound. 1965. 4th printing 1999. NGS
---Georgia Genealogical Gems, $6.00
Edited by Margaret Elliott Higgins, FNGS. Containing twelve articles
by five authors, this book sets out information regarding some French
marriages, tax payers, legal notices, tax defaulters, slave owners,
court records, and more. Indexed. 1981. 190 pp. Softbound. NGS.
---Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia, 1785 to 1809, $7.00
By Mary G. Bryan. Documents relating to individuals wishing
to settle in the Indian lands in present Alabama, Mississippi, and
Louisiana. 1959. 6th printing 2001. 58 pp. Softbound. NGS.
---Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia 1810-1820, $7.00
By Mary Bryan and William H. Dumont, FNGS. Continuation of
Special Publications #21, with an index to both. 1964. 112 pp.
---Colonial Georgia Genealogical Data 1748-1783, $3.00
By William H.Dumont, FNGS Contains data unindexed in Georgia
colonial records. Indexed. 1988. 77 pp. Softbound. NGS
2005 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
10-14 January 2005
"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
One of the greatest values of genealogical research comes from a knowledge of
your ancestors' lives-knowing where they lived, understanding their social,
religious, and political background and beliefs, and identifying those with whom
they associated on a daily basis, both family members and friends. This
knowledge of one's ancestors is gained only through a thorough and persistent
study of the records created during their lifetimes and an understanding of the
historical context of the times and places in which they lived.
By availing ourselves of the opportunities to learn more about a particular
ancestor-whether by personal study and through educational forums--our ability
to consider alternative solutions to those puzzling questions about our
ancestor's life increases exponentially. As expressed by Malcolm Forbes in the
above quotation, the more we learn about the history and the surrounding context
of our ancestors' lives, the more our minds open to the possible answers
concerning our ancestors' origins, their marriages and/or descendants, their
eventual destination, or whatever goals we have set for our research.
As one of the most resourceful educational forums in the country, the 2005 Salt
Lake Institute of Genealogy offers one of those unique opportunities to learn
more about the records and history in which some of our ancestors lived and the
research tools by which we can access these records. The 11th annual Institute
will be held 10-14 January 2005 at the Prime Hotel, formerly the Wyndham,
located in Salt Lake City, with easy accessibility to the Family History
Library, the world's largest repository of genealogical records.
This year's Institute offers ten specialized courses, nine of which are tailored
to specific research topics with twenty hours of classroom instruction, taught
by some of the best researchers and lecturers in the country. Courses for the
2005 Institute include the following-
· American Records and Research: Focusing on Localities
· Mid-South States Research
· English Research (Intermediate/advanced level)
· Researching Romance Language Areas (families from Italy, France, Portugal,
Spain, and Latin America)
· Colonial American Research
· Effective Software Use in Genealogy
· Teaching Genealogy: Lighting the Fire in their Lives
· U.S. Military Records
· Producing a Quality Family History
The American Records and Research course, coordinated by Paula Stuart Warren, is
a standard offering at the Institute, providing a solid foundation in American
research. Producing a Family History is another perennial favorite course of the
Institute, in great part due to the expert and personable instruction of John
Phillip Colletta and Patricia Law Hatcher.
Region-specific courses at the Institute this year include several exciting
areas of interest: Mid-South States Research, English Research, Colonial
American Research, and Researching Romance Language Areas. Each of these courses
is taught by researchers and professionals who have worked in their particular
field of interest for years.
The Mid-Southern States Research course, coordinated by Mary E.V. Hill, includes
the states of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky,
Tennessee, and Missouri. The classes offered in this course will provide those
researching Southern lines a more complete sense of the history and records of
The English Research course is coordinated this year by John M. Kitzmiller, II
and includes an in-depth look at those valuable English records that are
underutilized and often ignored, such as parish chest records, occupation and
trade records, tax records, and military records, among others. Those interested
in attending English Research should be prepared for a more advanced level of
research instruction, as this course is not designed for the beginning
Colonial American Research is a first-time offering at the Institute and focuses
on American ancestry during the period of time known as the Colonial Era
(pre-1776). Coordinated by Kory L. Meyerink, this course is especially unique in
that four of the lecturers are Fellows of the esteemed American Society of
Genealogists: Patricia Law Hatcher, Paul C. Reed, Gordon L. Remington, and Neil
The Romance Languages course, coordinated by one of the foremost Hispanic
researchers, George R. Ryskamp, includes research on families from France,
Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Latin America. A very unique aspect to this course
is that the material presented will be customized around the level of knowledge
and needs of those who register for these classes.
U.S. Military Records will study the extremely valuable genealogical records
created from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, the Colonial Wars, the War of
1812, and World Wars I and II. Coordinated by Larry L. Piatt, this course
includes visiting guest lecturers Marie V. Melchiori and Lloyd D. Bockstruck,
both experts in this field of research.
In other areas of genealogical interest, Alan Mann's always-popular computer
courses will focus on Effective Software Use in Genealogy this year. These
classes will facilitate an individual's use and skill with the programs and
tools of the computer in genealogical research. For those interested in
teaching, a course coordinated by Karen Clifford, Teaching Genealogy, will offer
many effective ideas in presenting your information in a classroom setting and
motivating others in their research activities.
In addition to the above courses, a unique problem-solving course is offered at
the Institute each year that allows an individual to work on one of his or her
own research projects, in lieu of the usual classroom instruction. Students meet
in an assigned group of six students with two consultants for two hours each day
to discuss their specific problems and then to use the resources of the Family
History Library for research. This "hands-on" assistance with personal research
problems has proven to be very successful in past years. Judith W. Hansen is in
charge of this course and will answer any questions students have as they
prepare their research problem for the consultations.
As always, personal research time can be spent at the Family History Library,
located one block from the Institute site. The Family History Library has
undergone a recent renovation, with forty additional computers available to
researchers as well as an additional patron research area on the third floor,
which now holds the U.S. book collection.
Whatever one's level of knowledge or experience, education is an ongoing
process. The more we learn, the greater our ability to assess a research
problem within a broader context and to locate possible sources and records that
may lead to solutions. The 2005 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy offers just
such an opportunity!
The Wyndham Hotel, site of the Salt Lake Institute in recent years, has recently
undergone a change of ownership and is now the Prime Hotel. Phone numbers are
different from those printed in the brochure. To contact the Prime Hotel for
room reservations, please call 800-553-0075 (hotel), 866-937-7746 (central
reservations), or 801-531-7500 (hotel).
For more information about the 2005 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and to
register for the conference, please visit http://www.infouga.org/institute.html.
Have questions? E-mail us at or call 1-888-INFO-UGA.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Contributed by Linda K. Turner, A.G., 2005 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Jonathan D. Galli to present Family History Workshop in Cranston, RI.
American Genealogical Institute presents Family History Day with Jonathan D.
Galli, national author and educator.
An all-day workshop on family history will be offered on November 13, 2004 from
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. by the American Genealogical Institute at St. David's
On-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 200 Meschanticut Valley Pkwy., Cranston, Rhode
Island. Jonathan D. Galli will offer four presentations as well as individual
consultations with participants on their specific research interests.
Mr. Galli, a nationally known educator and author and proprietor of American
Ancestral Associates, has over twenty years experience utilizing record centers
in Italy, Nova Scotia, Washington, DC, and the United States. Mr. Galli is
appointed by the Governor to the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board.
"Everyone talks about their family history at some point in the many family
gatherings during the holiday season. Now's the best time to prepare, by
learning what to ask for when you are interviewing relatives and gathering the
information you need to begin before actually researching your family's
Participants will learn the methods, sources, tips and techniques from one of
today's leading educators in the field. A full day of genealogy presentations
for all levels and areas of interest.
Presentations include: "Finding Your Family: Getting Started in Genealogy";
"Tracing Your 19th & 20th Century Immigrant Ancestor"; "Technology and
Genealogy"; and "Writing Your Family Story."
Special features of the program include: Individual Consultations on your
research roadblocks (pre-registration required); Social (networking) Time; BYO
Brown Bag Lunch. A major genealogy vendor will also be on site.
When asked why people in this modern era should study their ancestry, Galli
offers, "Genealogy is more than just names and dates on a page. When you know
where to look and what to look for, we can easily find interesting detail about
a variety of aspects of real people's daily lives. People whose lives have had a
direct influence on our lives today. It's fascinating to uncover the chain of
events from then to now, have a real connection to the past, and really make
these people alive again. "
"George Santayana said 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to
repeat it,' and history has shown that this maxim is true. Besides, it's fun,
interesting and you get to meet and share with a lot of great people."
For more information, a detailed brochure and registration form, contact:
American Genealogical Institute, 780 Reservoir Ave., Ste. 106, Cranston, RI
Joan Hoff, Harold Holzer, and Helen Leary to Speak at November 6 Conference
The Indiana Historical Society will host its 84th Annual Indiana History
Conference on Saturday, November 6, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio
Focusing on the theme "Politics and Social Change," the conference will
emphasize key issues and political figures, both past and present, and will
highlight a variety of lectures, including presentations by Joan Hoff, a
specialist in twentieth-century American policy and politics, and Harold Holzer,
a leading authority on the political culture of the Civil War era.
Hoff, emeritus distinguished research professor of history at Montana State
University will deliver the keynote address "The American Political System in
Crisis." She will discuss changes in presidential powers since the Cold War and
their impact on American foreign policy.
Holzer, vice president for communications and marketing at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York and co-chair of the National Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission will present "Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Lincoln President."
This year's Willard Heiss Memorial genealogy lecture will be presented by Helen
F. M. Leary, a well-known and highly respected lecturer, writer and genealogical
researcher who has been active in the field of genealogy for more than 25 years.
She will make three presentations including how ancestors themselves can break
down genealogical brick walls, followed by a session that identifies how an
ancestor's personal timeline can be used to find the ancestor's parents.
third lecture, "The Hemings-Jefferson Connection," is a genealogical
evaluation of the evidence surrounding the children of Sally Hemings, a slave of
Thomas Jefferson, and includes a DNA study of her possible descendants.
Other conference presentations will highlight frontier Indiana politics, the
Equal Rights Amendment in Indiana and a wrap-up of the 2004 elections with Jim
Full registration for the conference, including lunch, is $37; $32 IHS members;
$22 for students age 23 or younger with a current student ID. The cost to attend
conference sessions only is $25; $20 IHS members; $10 for students. Seating is
limited and early registration is encouraged by October 27. Call (317) 232-1882
for more information or download the conference brochure at
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana's storyteller,
connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and
disseminating Indiana history. The independent, nonprofit organization also
publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; provides youth,
adult and family programming; assists local historical groups throughout the
state; and maintains one of the world's largest collection of material on the
history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. The Indiana Historical Society is one
of the oldest historical societies in the United States, and one of the largest
with more than 10,000 members. The Society opened its 165,000-square-foot
headquarters, the Indiana History Center, in downtown Indianapolis in July 1999.
For more information, visit http://www.indianahistory.org
Contributed by Margaret Bierlein,
St. George, Utah Gears up for
Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree 2005
February in Southern Utah hints of the beginnings of spring with its sunshine
and the emerging daffodils and hyacinths. Hiking and bike riding in Zion's
National Park and Snow Canyon State Park; visits to Dinosaur tracks and Natural
Museums; Pioneer Historical sites; and an Outdoor evening performance at Tuacahn
Theater nestled in the Red Rock Cliffs, all attract the early visitors that want
to avoid the summer crowds. St. George is also known for its abundance of
Motels and Hotels, varieties of Restaurants, Shopping Outlet Mall and other
great shopping opportunities.
St. George, Utah, a town steeped in southern Utah history and a Mecca of
civilization among nature's splendors, will be the site of the Genealogy &
Family Heritage Jamboree February 11-12, 2005 at the new and spacious Dixie
Committees are formed; vendors have reserved their table spaces; exhibitors are
designing their displays; and speakers are outlining their classes. St. George
will be the place to be in February. Vendors and speakers are coming from all
over the United States to share their knowledge with you. Free drawings &
prizes, Food concession stand in the building, an evening of International
performances, and free parking are included as part of two fun and education
Registrations are already arriving. At only $32 per person, for prepaid Early
Bird Pre-Registration tickets, this is a real bargain for the genealogists.
These discounted advance sale tickets will be available through the end of 2004.
Our thanks to the presenters of this conference: Computer Genealogy Specialists
and Washington County PAF Users Group of St. George, Utah for making a
conference of quality affordable for all. Let's hope this becomes an annual
63 training seminar classes will be presented by speakers such as: Tom Kemp,
Leland Meitzler, Bill Dollarhide, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Robert &
Elaine Booth, Dave Shrum, Jon & Loretta Shupe, Bruce Buzby, Kay Hancock, Marlo
Schuldt, Holly Hanson, Jenni Johnson, Sue Dintelman, Judy Wight, Shanna Jones,
Don Snow and more on topics which include "What is Happening on the Internet";
"Enhancing Histories with Photos"; "Websites: Publish or Perish"; "Give Life to
Old Photos"; "What makes the Internet work and who is to blame if it doesn't";
"Research Success using Technology"; "Mapping Your Ancestors"; "Timelines and
Chronologies"; A Computer is a Great Helper"; "A Digital Camera is a New Friend"
; "Ten Reasons for Writing your Life Story"; "Introduction to England & Wales
Research"; "The Three C's of Irish Research"; "Planning the Perfect Reunion";
"Genetic Genealogy - DNA"; "200,000 Websites and Where do I go?"; "Tracing
Immigrant Origins"; and much more.
Over 60 vendors & exhibitors will be representing groups, companies and products
such as: Heritage Creations, Computer Genealogy Specialists, Washington Co. PAF
Users group, Family History CD, Utah Windmill Museum & Interpretive Center,
Personal Historian, DAR, Dees Genealogy, Roots Magic, Genealogy Research
Associates, Utah Cemetery Project Generation Maps, Godfrey Memorial Library,
Ani-Map, Ancestral Quest, LifeStory Productions, My Ancestors, Pleiades
Software, Legacy, Relative Genetics, Skyview Technologies, GenSmarts, PAF
Insight, A Crash Course in Family History, Sorenson Genealogy Foundation,
SteamRoller, Twice Upon a Memory, and more.
Special entertainment from several international cultures will be offered in a
special performance on Saturday evening including: Native American Heritage
Dances; German Folk Dancers; Polynesian Dances & vocalist; and the Master
Singers with songs we all remember.
More information including Registration forms, lists of vendors and exhibitors,
speakers and their classes, Jamboree updates, and links to maps, where to
stay, what else to do, etc., can be found at http://www.cgslink.com on the
Jamboree link pages.
Register early before the Holiday rush. Then plan your trip. Dress casual, bring
a sweatshirt and plan to stay a few extra days to have time for the adventure
that is Southern Utah, relax and enjoy.
Contributed by Elaine Booth
Chairman Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree,
Minnesota Genealogy Conference Moves to Hibbing Park Hotel
The "Digging for Your Roots" genealogy conference to be held at Ironworld on
October 16 has changed its venue to the Arrowhead Ballroom at the Hibbing Park
Hotel and Suites, 1402 East Howard Street, Hibbing, Minnesota, telephone
218-262-3481. This change affects the location only, with the conference opening
at 8:00 AM as previously announced.
This year's event, Finding Resources, features a mix of local speakers and
genealogical experts from around the state. Members of the Research Center staff
will also present on various topics relating to conducting research in the
library at Ironworld.
Registration fee for the Saturday event is $30 ($5 discount for early bird
registration by October 7), with lunch for an additional $8.00.
The Research Center facility will be open to researchers the day of the event.
Any individual interested in registering for the conference should contact the
Iron Range Research Center directly via telephone (218) 254-1222 or e-mail to:
. Conference registration is limited.
To visit the Web site, see http://www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org
Family Ties of the Next President of the United States
Senator Kerry and President Bush share ancestors, and following are links to a
number of reports, stories, and resources that have appeared recently relating
to the family ties of President Bush and Senator Kerry to each other, to past
and present people from history, and to the American voters.
Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc. is currently providing two timely, topical,
and thought-provoking reports for the media and the public free of charge at
their website at http://www.familyforest.com.
The first report shows some of the instantly recognizable famous and celebrity
cousins of both of the 2004 Presidential candidates, and it can be seen at
The second report shows some of the famous ancestors Senator Kerry and President
Bush share during the last 2000 years, and it can be seen at
Some well-known Hollywood movies contain portrayals of actual ancestors,
according to professionally recorded history, of the next President of the
United States, as well as to many of the voters who will elect him.
This link not only relates to the 2004 Presidential Election, it relates to all
former U. S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, Second Ladies and other
ancestral history that personally relates to millions.
Could it really be true that the next President of the United States is
descended from Biblical kings? It appears likely. The Family Forest® team has
been digitally connecting the dots of recorded history according to where some
of the most respected past and present experts say they should be connected, and
the maps that appear of countless ancestral pathways show that both of the
candidates, as well as many American voters, are descended from Biblical kings.
Here is the link to the announcement of the closest family ties between
President Bush and Senator Kerry discovered so far.
Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc. is the home of the Family Forest® Project,
A People-Centered Approach to History®. The newest state-of-the-art presentation
is the amazing Family Forest® Leadership Edition which is available today at
Contact: Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc.
Kristine M. Harrison
October/November Genealogical Events
The Alberta Family Histories Society will present Calgary's genealogical
event of the year: Family Roots 2004, 15-16 October. For details, see
The Gregath Publishing Company of Wyandotte, OK will hold its 2004
Genealogical Event, "A Day of Computers and Learning" featuring Cyndi
Howells at the Grove Civic Center, South Main Street, Grove, Oklahoma on
16 October. For details, see
17 October (new)
New York's 15th annual Family History Fair will be held on Sunday,
October 17, 2004 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at The Graduate Center, City
University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), Manhattan. The Fair
is the highlight of the 16th annual New York Archives Week, a
citywide celebration of New York's diverse history being held October 10-17,
2004. The list of exhibitors and schedule of workshops is available at the Web
site http://www.nycarchivists.org/fhf.html. For more information, contact:
Steven Siegel, 212-415-5544, .
19 October - 16 November
St. Louis Genealogical Society will present the popular "Writing Your
Family History" workshop this Fall. Presented by Ann Fleming, C.G., and
Ted Steele. This four-session workshop will be held on Tuesday
afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Genealogical Society
on October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 16. Workshop tuition
is $20 for members, $32 for non-members. For further information on this
class, visit the Web site at http://stlgs.org
The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is proud to announce its
annual Fall Seminar. The speaker this year is Cyndi Howells. Topics:
Googling for Grandma; Enumerating the U.S.Census Online; How to Cite
Your Internet Sources; Organizing PC Files. Location: Tacoma Elks Lodge,
1965 Union Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington. For more information see:
23 October (new)
The Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis, will
host "Overlooked Records and Resources in Indiana," a genealogy lecture
from 10 a.m. to noon on October 23. The cost to attend this lecture is $10; $5
IHS members. Pre-registration is recommended. The registration deadline is
October 15. To register or for additional information call (317) 232-1882 or
(800) 447-1830. A registration brochure can be downloaded at
23 October (new)
Put Your Ancestors in Perspective and Your Papers in Order -- The Genealogical
Research Institute of Virginia's fall conference features Sharon DeBartolo
Carmack, CG who will present four lectures: "Flesh on the Bones: Putting Your
Ancestors into Historical Perspective," "Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard," "The
Silent Woman: Bringing a Name to Life," and "Painless Organization." Vendors
will be present all day. Saturday, 23 October 2004, 9:00 a.m., The Library of
Virginia, Richmond, VA. Fee, including lunch, $40-$50. For details and
registration, see http://www.GRIVA.org.
The McLean County Genealogical Society will present an all-day
Genealogical Seminar, featuring Presents Marian Schuetz
on October 23, 2004 at the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main
St, Bloomington, IL. For details, see
The Virginia Genealogical Society and the Wythe County Genealogical and
Historical Association Fall Conference, "Resources for Family History,"
is scheduled for October 30, 2004 at the Holiday Inn in Wytheville,
Virginia. For details, see http://www.vgs.org/fall04.htm
The Cherokee Heritage Center of Tahlequah, Oklahoma will present "Family
Photographs" on Saturday, October 30, from 10am-4pm in the Ballroom at
Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex. This one-day conference will deal with
identifying various types of photographs, the care and preservation of
photographs, and proper maintenance of family archives. For details, see
St. Mary's County Maryland Genealogical and Historical Societies and the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will present "Clues at
Your Fingertips II: Researching Ancestors and Their Communities" on
Saturday, October 30th, 2004 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mt Zion UMC
of Laurel Grove, Mechanicsville, Maryland. For more information, call
Eve at 301-373-9722 or send e-mail to
6 November (new)
Fifth Annual Richard Slatten Lecture -- The Friends of the Virginia State
Archives fall conference features Elizabeth Shown Mills who will present four
lectures: "Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Techniques for Everyday
Success," "Battle of the Burned Courthouse: How to Find Your Family Even if
John Wayne did Burn the County Records!" "The Identity Crisis: Right Name, Wrong
Man? Wrong Name, Right Man?" "Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters,
Sisters & Paramours!" Saturday, 6 November 2004, 9:00 a.m., The Library of
Virginia, Richmond, VA. $35 Fee includes lunch. For more details contact Bill
Thomas, 804-231-1827, .
12-13 November (new)
The North Carolina Genealogical Society is sponsoring " The North
Carolina-Virginia Connection," a two-day workshop featuring Helen Leary
and Barbara Vines Little. The workshop will be held on November 12 & 13,
2004 (Friday & Saturday) at the Wake Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive,
Raleigh, North Carolina. Details and registration information for this Annual
Meeting & Fall Workshop are available at http://www.ncgenealogy.org/ (click on
"Calendar" or "Workshops" on the left side of the page, then on "Annual Meeting
& Fall Workshop."
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October 15-16, 2004
The SUFFRIDGE Family Reunion will be held October 15-16, 2004, at the
Blackman Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 1353 Brinkley Road,
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128. All Suffridge, Selfridge, Sulfridge,
Suffrage, etc. and associated families are welcomed. Lynda Childers
Suffridge, NGS Life member and former NGS Board member, will be the
featured speaker on Saturday, October 16 at 11 a.m. speaking on "Where
Our Ancestors Lived." For further information and pre-registration
please visit our Web site at http://www.blackmanchurch.org/reunion.htm
or contact Todd Tarkington at
October 15-17, 2004
The RYKER-RIKER Historical Society, Inc., will hold its Biannual Reunion
on 15-17 October 2004, at Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, IN.
Information and reservations are available from Jack Gotte at 7406
Spring Village Dr. #517, Springfield, VA 22150, Ph (703) 451-4337 e-mail
October 16-17, 2004
The AMES Society holds an Ames/Eames Reunion at the Radisson Hotel in
Brockton MA. All Ames/Eames descendants are invited; pre-registration is
recommended. For more information, contact Stafford-Ames Morse, 12522
Corliss Ave N., Seattle WA 98133 or visit http://www.amessociety.org/.
October 22-23, 2004
The MORSE Society holds a Morse/Moss Open House and Reunion at the Merry
Manor Inn in Portland, ME. All Morse, Mors, Morss, and Moss descendants
are invited; pre-registration is recommended. For more information,
please contact Kathie Halvey, 3 Poplar Rd, Beacon NY 12508-1552 or visit
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