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German & Immigration Sessions at NGS 2015

The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from May 13-16, 2015.  There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics.  Following is a list of sessions geared toward German and immigration, two of my favorite genealogy subjects!  I’ve also included sessions related to other ethnic groups.  I did not include any luncheons (even though a good deal of the fit into this category) simply because they are a paid event and many of them are sold out.

There are so many to choose from, which makes me happy since I will be in attendance.  Some of them conflict with other sessions I’d like to attend, so I am also registering for the Live Stream immigration track so I can enjoy them all (I’ve noted “LS” for those sessions that will be part of the Live Stream immigration track).  I was pretty impressed with the Live Stream sessions presented last year (I registered for one track; watched two of the sessions live, and then watched the other three at my leisure). 

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Writing-Related Sessions at NGS 2015

The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from May 13-16, 2015.  There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics.  Following is a list of the writing-related sessions.  There aren’t as many as there have been in years past.  The entire schedule can be found on the NGS Conference website.

Wednesday, May 13

  • Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling (John Philip Colletta, 11 AM)

Thursday, May 14

  • Genealogical Research & Writing: Are You a Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzled Soul? (Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2:30 PM)

Saturday, May 16

  • Sharing Your Family History (Pamela Boyer Sayre, 9:30 AM)
  • Out of the Computer and Onto the Shelf: Self-Publishing with Lulu (Patricia Jordan Roberts, 11 AM)

All of these are on my list to attend.  Do you plan on attending any of these sessions?  What other conference sessions are you looking forward to attending?

Big Savings on “Genealogy Research to Go” Kit from ShopFamilyTree

Brought to you by Family Tree MagazineEarlier today I received an email from ShopFamilyTree.com about a great deal on their “research to go” kit. 

This kit is great for research trips, and with a national conference coming up next month near some great repositories, you can’t beat this offer.

The kit includes:

  • A laptop messenger bag
  • A notebook
  • 2 pocket reference books
  • Issues of Family Tree Magazine on CD (for the year 2014)
  • The ebook Genealogist’s Research Trip Planner  
  • Various forms including research logs and cemetery transcription sheets
  • The Family Tree University course Using Evernote
  • An on-demand webinar iPad: Your Ultimate Genealogy Tool

There are a lot of goodies in this kit.  Originally $194.90, it is on sale for $49.99—that is the cost of the on-demand webinar alone!  Not only that, but shipping is FREE!  To learn more, visit the link below. 

Save 74% and receive Free Shipping on the Genealogy Research to Go Kit at Shop Family Tree

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Entries Are Being Accepted for Minnesota Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Writing Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the Minnesota Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Writing Competition.  Entries are due by 28 June 2015.  You do not have to be a member of MGS to enter, nor do entries have to relate to Minnesota.  Entries, however, must not have been previously published and must fall into one of the following to categories:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Family Story

For additional information and rules, see Contest Rules (opens a PDF).  The entry form can be found here (opens a Word document).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Back Issues of the Quarterly Publication of the State Historical Society of Iowa Available Online FREE

SHSIWow!  I just received an email from the State Historical Society of Iowa explaining that the back issues of The Annals of Iowa are available online and are searchable.  I am not a member of this organization and I was able to access everything I found in the archives (I could spend days checking this out!!).  It looks like they have everything dating back to the publication’s start in 1863 all the way through 2014 (there appears to be a gap between 1884 and 1893, perhaps publication seized for a time?).  From what I gather, the current year will remain a print publication available through a subscription or a Heritage Circle membership with SHSI.  Below is the announcement I received.

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Crestleaf.com’s Guess My Family Heritage Blogathon Contest

Crestleaf is holding a fun contest for bloggers.  We are to post a family photo and have readers guess the family’s heritage.  So here’s my photo (okay, two photos)…can you guess the heritage?  Post your guess in the comments of this post.  To enter the contest yourself, visit http://crestleaf.com/blog/enter-win-guess-family-heritage-blogathon-contest/ for details.

No hints, except to say that the photos are the same two people, the first as children, the second as young men.

Photo1          Photo2