conferences and workshops
Conferences and workshops offer the family history research a
venue in which to learn, network, shop, meet new people, get
ideas, and be exposed to opportunities that will expand your
research techniques and ideas.
as special event by genealogical societies, these gatherings might
be one-day or multiple-day events. They could be held in
conference centers or in church basements or in school
auditoriums. Sponsors range from small local societies on up the
ladder to national ethnic organizations boasting a thousand or
Events offered by
local, county, and state societies may host a regionally or
nationally known speaker. These informative session focus on a
specific ethnic group common to the regional areas. The settings
for the workshop may be at a site near your hometown and trips to
ethnic burial grounds, museum, or event restaurants may be part of
organization may feature several specialists, perhaps even one or
more from the country of origin. Programs on a large-scale happen
when sponsors team up.
with PGS to present programs
In October of 2004, the Federation of Eastern European Family
History Societies (FEEFHS) <http://www.feefhs.org>, will join
forces with the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, to
present speakers on Polish, Belarus, Ukrania, Moldavian, Russian,
Baltic, and Balkan research. This multi-day event will be in
genealogists gather in Israel
For the 24th year, Jewish genealogists from all over the world
will attend the International Conference of Jewish Genealogy, this
year, being held at the Jerusalem Renaissance Hotel in Israel.
Last year's conference, in Washington, D. C. attracted more than
1,200 people. Additional information about this year's conference
can be found at<http://www.ortra.com/jgen2004/>.
set for Austin, Texas
And, of course, don't forget about the FGS conference, 8-11
September 2004, in Austin, Texas. There will be a number of
sessions on Hispanic, African-American, and German research along
with representation of other ethnic groups. See <
http://www.fgs.org > for full
details and a registration form.
Do you have Chinese, Italian, Spanish-Mexican genealogy
To pursue an
interest in Chinese, Italian, or Spanish-Mexican ancestry,
consider the National Genealogical Society Conference in
Sacramento, California, in may 2004 (
These groups and others will be represented in presentations.
with the courses at the national and on-line institutes. In
the latest issue of FORUM, "Learning Opportunities" brought news
of ethnic tracks at these week-long classroom-style events. The
2004 structured courses on ethnic groups are the Salt Lake
institute of Genealogy (European and Irish), the Institute of
Genealogy & Historical Research (African-American and English);
the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (English and Welsh); and
the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (Canada, England,
Ireland, Germany, and Scotland). See the article (15:4, Winter
2003) for program details and contact information.
To learn more about
ethnic conferences, courses, or workshop, visit the Events
Calendar at <http://www.fgs.org>
or see Calender of Events in each issue of FORUM. You also can
find links to many genealogical learning opportunities at the
"Events & Activities " section of Cyndi's List at <http://www.cyndidlist.com>.
Or, sing on to receive the ROOTSWEB Gen-Event mailing list at <http://www.rootsweb.com>.
Using a search engine like Google with terms such as "specific
ethnic group + workshop or conference + 2004" should bring up some
matches. And, you can always write or call the ethnic group of you
interest. Contact information is Juliana Szucs Smith's book, The
Ancestry Family Historian' Address Book: a Comprehensive List of
Local, State, and Federal Agencies and Institution, and Ethnic and
Genealogical Organizations (Provo, Utah: My Family .com, Inc.,
poses its own set of challenges and opportunities. Conferences and
workshop highlight these unique features and offer insight that
might help in you own research. Sign up for one soon!
With many thanks to the Federation of Genealogical Societies
Want to learn something? Here's lots of opportunity...
June 12, Kansas, Manhattan: The Kansas Council of Genealogical
Societies along with the Riley County Genealogical Society
announces its 30th annual conference featuring Pamela Boyer Poter.
More Information can be found at <http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/kcgs,
http://wwwrileycgs.com> or by e mailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
June 18-19, Washington, Kirkland: The Washington State
Genealogical Society announces its 2004 conference, " RootsSearch
II- Preserving Your Family's Milestones," featuring Sharon
DeBartolo Carmack. This conference will be hosted by Eastside
Genealogical Society and the South King County Genealogical
Society. More Information is available at
July 4-9, Jerusalem, Israel: The 24th International Conference on
Jewish Genealogy has been announced. It will be sponsored by the
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and
hosted by the Israel Genealogical Society. For more information e
mail <email@example.com> or see the web site
July 9-10, South Carolina, Columbia: the South Carolina
Genealogical Society, Inc. announces its 33rd Annual Summer
Workshop featuring Tony Burrough, Harey S. Teal, Pat Crowe, Sherry
Cawey, Lloyd Johnson, Horace Harmon, John H. Smith, Brenda J.
Smothers, Kenneth H. Thomas, Sr., Chloe Tonney and Shaunette
Crawgord. More details about this event can be found at the
society's Web sit <http://www.scgen.org>or by telephoning
July 10, Wisconsin, Whitewater: Roger Minert will be the keynote
speaker for the German Interest Group of Wisconsin's conference "
Insights in Your German Past." More information can be found at
<http://www.rootsweb.com/~wigig/index.html>or contact the society
July 11-17, D. C., Washington: The National Institute on
Genealogical Research (NIGR) announces its 2004 program at the
National Archives. This is an intensive week-long study
opportunity for experienced genealogist and for archivist,
historians and librarians. It is not an introductory course in
genealogy. Enrollment is limited. For more information see the Web
site <http://www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin>, e-mail
<natInsGen@juno.com>or write to NIGR, P. O. Box 724, Lanham, MD
July 11-16, Illinois, Springfield: The Genealogical Institute of
Mid-America will hold its tenth annual study program. Four tracks
of courses will be offered, with additional options sessions. In
addition, a genealogy computer workshop will be offered on July
16. Details are available for the Illinois State Genealogical
Society at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(put GIMA in the subject line), telephone the Illinois State
Genealogical Society at 217-789-1968 or see the web site at
July 17, Oklahoma, Moore: The Cleveland County Genealogical
Society announces its 19th Annual Summer Seminar, featuring Pamela
Boyer Poster. For more information, send an SASE (#10) to
Cleveland County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 6176, Norman OK
73070, or see the society's Web site
Connell Cemetery of Grady County
needs your help!
The Connell cemetery of Grady County now has it own private
entrance located off Cedar Springs Road, between Cairo and
Whigham. The two acres set aside in the 1909 deed intake and the
deed is recorded in the county courthouse.
The descendants of Elder James Connell III (interned 1853) and all
others who are interested can visit any time. Five of Elder
Connells' and one son-in-law served in the Civil War; four sons
Three or four Blacks are interned here.
Any one who has information concerning any of the graves that are
desecrated please pass on or free to fix up and identify. A great
amount of work is needed.
The cemetery is located east of the crossing of Open Pond Rd. and
Cedar Spring Rd. which is off old US84 located between Cairo and
Whigham on US84. For more information write to L. B. Connell. PO
Box 158, Edison GA, 39846.
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If you have one and are interested he is in the US Marine 1st Sgt.
Dwayne Farr From Detroit Michigan, is a member of the 1st
Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, or contact Beth Gay at the Odom
Library (PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828 or 229-985-6540).