Our Winter 2014 Virtual Genealogy Conference starts this Friday, Feb. 28, and goes through Sunday. Now’s the time to register if you haven’t already!
In no particular order, here are 11 things I’m looking forward to about this weekend:
- Watching 16 genealogy video classes on the laptop when it’s convenient, which for me means during naptime (my kids’, not mine) or after bedtime. Or downloading classes to watch later. They cover ethnic research, records (including land, tax and occupational records), strategies, online genealogy and more.
- Sneaking downstairs to go to live chats with genealogy experts. Six are scheduled on topics from translation tools to forensic genealogy, and I’ll be able to download transcripts for any I miss.
- The Find Your German Town of Origin class with James M. Beidler: I’ve found hometowns for some of my German ancestors, but a bunch more still have “Germany” or “Prussia” as a birthplace. I’m hoping to learn new strategies from the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.
- The conference Message Boards, where people share surnames, ancestor stories, research questions, favorite websites and resources, family recipes and embarassing library stories.
- The Female Ancestors and the Law chat with Judy G. Russell of the Legal Genealogist blog: Half of me wants to learn about the legal hooey my female ancestors put up with, and the other half doesn’t want to know. But I’ll go with the first half, because those laws determined what kinds of records were created about women.
- Rick Crume’s No Index? No Problem: Tricks for Browsing FamilySearch.org Records class: I’m eager to get my paws on the records FamilySearch puts online even before you can search them by name. Browsing these unindexed records is time-consuming (I’m looking at you, Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994), so I need these tricks.
- The Mobile Genealogy Apps and Hacks chat with Kerry Scott: Kerry is a riot (check out her Clue Wagon blog), so this will be informative and fun.
- The Pain-Free Family History Writing Projects class with Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton: Gathering my family history research into a book is a long-term goal, and I’d love to learn about small steps that can get me on the path.
- The Brick Wall Busters: Solve Your Stumpers chat with Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Lisa A. Alzo: It’s a chance to ask questions and get input from Lisa and others in the group. There are always pretty smart cookies at the Virtual Conference, and someone might have dealt with a similar problem to yours.
- Not packing a bag, getting on a plane, having sore feet at the end of the day, or missing my family.
- Doing all of the above wearing my sweats.
Here’s the link to the Winter 2014 Virtual Genealogy Conference program—just click the blue Register button on that page to sign up.