Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NGS’ 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia

If you are a German researcher, there is a great educational opportunity coming up in May 2014. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is hosting its annual Family History Conference, entitled “Virginia: The First Frontier,” in Richmond, Virginia. The conference runs from Wednesday, May 7th through Saturday, May 10th. For detail information about the conference visit http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/ and click on the “Attend” tab.

The conference offers an abundance of lectures that will hone your genealogical skills. For the German researcher; however, there is a dedicated track offering lectures by well-known genealogists that specialize in German research. The German track is offered on Thursday and Friday with the specific lectures listed below:

Thursday, May 8th
T208 – “Searching for a Pennsylvania German Ancestor,” James M. Beidler
T218 – “300 Years in Virginia: The Germanna Colonies and Their Legacy,” Katherine Lowe Brown, PhD
T228 – “Researching a Hessian Soldier in the American Revolution,” Craig Roberts Scott, CG
T248 – “How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in Pennsylvania German Research,” Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
T258 – “Contrasting German Migrations: 18th-Century vs. 19th-Century Waves,” James M. Beidler

Friday, May 9th
F304 – “How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family History Research,” F. Warren Bittner, CG
F314 – “German Gazetteers and Levels of Jurisdiction,” F. Warren Bittner, CG
F324 – “Using Historic German Newspapers Online,” Ernest Thode
F344 – “German Village Not Yet Found?,” Carolyn Louise Whitton, CG
F354 – “German 301: Going Beyond German Church Records,” James Marion Baker, PhD, CG

If you have German ancestors, don’t miss out on the opportunity to obtain detailed research information from knowledgeable genealogists. Besides the lectures, you can meet other genealogists researching the same areas or perhaps the same family! It is a great way to make new friends! Don’t delay as Early-Bird registration ends on March 24, 2014!

My favorite part of a national conference? It is spending 24/7 for several days on nothing but genealogy! How great is that?

Debra A. Hoffman, "NGS' 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia," Ancestral Leaves, posted 25 February 2014 (http://ancestralleaves.blogspot.com : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]


  1. Welcome to Geneabloggers! I spend time most every day doing family history. Have a blog, am very active on pinterest (over 70 boards) :-), did a you tube video. I'm working on a presentation at the present time, and have the material for a family history mystery. I'd rather research than write though so it may still be awhile before it is done. The book is a true story. Sorry to go on about me. You certainly have impressive credentials. I never did certify although thought about it.

    Regards, Grant

    Maybe we should follow each other on Geneabloggers.

  2. Thanks, Grant! It sounds like you like genealogy as much as I do!

  3. Debra,
    Checked your blog after seeing it on GeneaBloggers; and checked the Bavarian list - no luck at a quick check. But will do a more in depth. Thanks for the heads ups and the NGS sounds wonderful. Wish I could attend but 3,000 miles is a bit far (I'm in Calif) so will have to get what I can 2nd hand.
    Linda J

  4. I hope you have better luck with an in-depth search. Also, even if you can't attend the NGS conference in person, many of the lectures are recorded by Jamb, Inc. and you can listen to them at home or in the car. I often do that and enjoy having the ability to listen to them multiple times. I find that sometimes (for me) it takes more than one time for a concept to sink in.