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April 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - April 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm EST
The Rhode Island Convention Center$150
The New England Regional Genealogical Conference will take place April 15-18, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The Convention Center offers outstanding facilities, amenities, and service in an easy-to-reach location in the heart of historic Providence, one hour from Boston. Our Society is one of the co-sponsors of this conference which is held every two years.
With over 95 lectures to choose from in two and-a-half days, and with levels ranging from beginner to expert, NERGC 2015 offers excellent opportunities to further your research. To register or view the Program Brochure, go to www.nergc.org.
Below are are recommendations on talks to attend from Meredith Hoffman, JGSGB member and professional genealogist:
Among the useful technology talks are “Technology for Deciphering Foreign Language Records” and “Master Using Google for Common Surname Searches.”
There are a handful of talks about 20th century records in the US, including “Derivative Citizenship and Women’s Status in Immigration and Naturalization” and “Researching Really Recent Relatives Reliably.”
Of particular interest is having a chance to hear Craig Scott, CG, one of the country’s leading experts on military records, speak about the records available for your US ancestor who served in WWI, “New England in the First World War.”
A number of presentations on genealogy resources, especially those that are not so routinely utilized, include “Search Strategies You Haven’t Tried – Search Strategies You Never Thought Of,” “Playing Hide-and-Seek with Ancestors in City Directories,” and “Obscure and Neglected Sources: New Paths to Success.”
There are talks on DNA, including “Which Autosomal Test is Best for YOU?” and “Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA,” and several on strategies for sharing your research through charts, stories, and family history trips.
Tools surveyed include several on photo identification and preservation and a talk on “Grandma’s Treasure Chest: Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts.” Among discussions of genealogy techniques are “Creating a Research Plan from a Single Document” and “Timelines: Placing your Heritage in Historical Perspective.”
Among the methodology topics there’s a case study of the family histories of Boston’s first Jewish police officers (!), and a couple of others on Eastern European research by experts in their fields that will be useful even though they don’t focus specifically on Jewish ancestors.
Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, and Lisa Louise Cooke, the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, are the featured speakers. And D. Joshua Taylor of Genealogy Roadshow is giving several talks and a banquet talk.