Call for Papers for 2019 – closed March 10, 2018
SIG’s (Special Interest Groups)
Enthusiasm is high for these popular, informal mini-gatherings which will be held on Thursday, April 4th, at 7:15 p.m. They offer participants an informal opportunity to get together with others with similar interests to discuss ideas for genealogy research on a particular topic. Room locations will be posted at the Conference.
NOTE: The Thursday evening DNA Special Interest Group has been cancelled due to popularity that would make a group discussion near impossible. There are many opportunities throughout the Conference that will help you learn more about this important topic
The 2019 SIGS are:
Can’t find the place of origin for your Irish ancestor? Come join Michael Brophy as he leads a discussion group with other Irish-American researchers. We will discuss sources and strategies for finding your elusive Irish ancestors across the Atlantic. We will also discuss the ever-growing world of Irish research over the internet and the best sources to use for doing Irish research here at home and in Ireland. Hosted by Michael Brophy.
Join this lively and interesting discussion of resources and topics in French Canadian genealogy. Update your knowledge of the latest sources of information and strategies which will be helpful in your search, and find out what local French Canadian societies have to offer. Hosted by Muriel Normand and Rob Gumlaw.
Come join us to talk about strategies and hints for researching your Jewish ancestors. Depending on your interests, we might look at how to find the records of your immigrant ancestors, both here and in the “old country”; how to find people if they’ve changed their names; how to find the villages that your ancestors came from; and how to locate families lost or scattered by the Holocaust. Bring your questions and research problems and we’ll look at both online and local resources that could help you in your search. Hosted by Meredith Hoffman.
Connect with other genealogists doing research in Scandinavia. This is an ideal way to network with others who share your interest. This special interest group offers something for genealogists at any level. Hosted by Sharon Christenson.
Polish and Eastern European Research:
Confused by Eastern European historical geography? Come learn about the numerous border changes and turn confusion into clarity. The presenters will provide an overview of the topic and then offer strategies to identify and locate your ancestral village in the old country using both American and European sources. You’ll learn where records are and how to access them to continue your journey to your ancestral past. Hosted by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz.
New Hampshire Research:
Searching for New Hampshire ancestors? What records can be found, and where will you find them? We’ll discuss the most helpful sources, repositories, and strategies for success. Come with your questions. Hosted by Diane Florence Gravel, CG.
England, Scotland, Wales Research:
Looking for clues to discover the location of your ancestors in the UK? Need tips to overcome your brick walls? Join us to discuss resources for finding your ancestors in England, Wales or Scotland. Learn about the major online sources to help you in your search. Hosted by Janice Murphy.
Today, every genealogical and historical society is facing similar challenges in membership, volunteer recruitment, technological updates, and other issues. Join us for a discussion of how to keep our societies vital and relevant to their goals. Hosted by Joan Frederici and Seema Kenney.