2018 Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference Online

Jumpstart Your Genealogy Research
September 21 - 23

Do you want to learn new tips, tricks, and techniques for breaking down your genealogy brick walls and find your family history? Do you want the benefits of a genealogy conference, without the hassle and expense of travel? Look no further than the 2018 Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference. Read all the conference details below!

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No Planes, No Packing. Just You and Your Computer!

This 3-day virtual genealogy conference is all online, which means you don't have to worry about long lines, travel expenses, or missing a single tip, trick, technique or resource. Every presentation is recorded so you can download and view them at your convenience. You get to make your own schedule and learn at your own pace.

Virtual Genealogy Conference

Ask Questions, Get Answers

Because you don't have to rush through from presentation to presentation, you can take the time to connect with fellow researchers and our expert moderators on the discussion boards, as well as ask questions for the live Q&As. And you don't even have to attend to get your questions answered; the discussion boards are open from the time the conference starts. The live events are recorded so if you can't make it, you can still watch it later.

You'll love the 2018 Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference if you:

  • Want all the best parts of a conference from the convenience of your own home
  • Seek new tips, tricks, and resources to improve your genealogy research
  • Like exploring new approaches to finding your family history
  • Want to overcome obstacles in your research and solve your brick walls
  • Are ready to take your genealogy to the next level - without the hassle of travel

You'll have the best seat in the house for every presentation, and you don't even have to leave home!

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In this conference, you'll get:

  • Full access to all of the research tracks, including Tips and Tricks, DNA, Websites and Tech, People and Places, and more
  • 15 brand-new presentations that you can download and watch on your own schedule
  • A live keynote and several Q&As to help you break through your research obstacles
  • Expert advice from genealogy pros
  • A chance to network and mingle with other researchers like yourself on the discussion boards
  • Plenty of additional resources and goodies to supplement your research
  • Tons of Value — Over $700 worth of instruction for less than one-third of the price!

How it Works

Our 3-day conference is packed full of video presentations and events. Just log in on the day the conference starts to start participating. The recorded presentations and discussion boards are open the whole time so you can download them and view them at your own pace.

There are some live events. Can't make them? You can still participate by asking questions on the attached discussion boards. Then, watch the recording once it's posted, so you don't have to miss a thing!

At the end of the conference (based on Eastern Time Zone), the discussions and activities will come to a close; however, you'll still have access in read-only mode to view and download all the information.

"This was my first Virtual Conference. I truly enjoyed it and learned so much even from topics that I did not think applied to my research."— Marianne T.

Conference Lineup



Old World to New: Memories through Time

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Sunday, September 23rd, 12 pm ET (noon).
Judy describes herself as a genealogist with a law degree. She's a popular speaker, lecturing at many conferences and societies on a variety of topics, particularly law and genetic genealogy. She also maintains a popular genealogy blog, The Legal Genealogist.

Live Q&As

The New Find A Grave Website

Diana Crisman-Smith, Saturday, September 22nd, noon ET.
Learn how to navigate the updated Find a Grave webite and get your questions answered.

Online Organization Tools

Gena Philibert-Ortega, Saturday, September 22nd, 3pm ET.
Get your questions about Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and other online organization tools answered in this live Q&A.

Applying Your DNA Results to Your Paper Trail

Shannon Combs-Bennett, Sunday, September 23rd, 3pm ET.
Get answers to your questions about applying your DNA results to solve problems in your family tree.

Q&A with our Sponsor

Genetic Genealogy

Beginners and more advanced genetic genealogists alike will find plenty of tips and resources they can do with their tests with these presentations:

Advanced GEDmatch Tools and Strategies

GEDmatch offers plenty of resources for testers from any company. In this presentation, you'll discover some of the more advanced Tier 1 and free tools with Shannon Christmas.


In this video presentation, you'll learn how you can use phasing in your DNA testing with Roberta Estes, founder of DNAExplained.

7 Things You Can Do with Your DNA Results

In this video presentation, you'll learn seven different ways you can use your DNA results to enrich your family history research with Shannon Combs-Bennett.

Calculating DNA Relationships

In this presentation, Drew Smith, one-half of the Genealogy Guys podcast, will cover the ins and outs of calculating DNA relationships, especially when the relationship is unknown or not clear.

Websites and Tools

From using your cell phones and tablets on the go to making your Family Tree “bulletproof,” you’ll have the best genealogy at your fingertips.

5 Ways to Make Your Ancestry.com Online Tree Bulletproof

Some trees thrive, while others are rotten to the core. In this presentation, Nancy Hendrickson (author of the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com) offers 5 strategies for keeping your tree mistake-free.

Mobile Genealogy: Using Your Phone to Preserve Your Research

Whether you have a few minutes in line at the grocery store or you’re heading toward a cemetery or archive, you can use your cell phone to perform many of your research tasks. In this presentation, you’ll get strategies for using your phone to do genealogy on the go from Genealogy GEMS founder, Lisa Louise Cooke.

Online Translation Tools and Tips

Learn all about the various tips and tricks to translate foreign-language documents with Gena Philibert-Ortega.

6 Tips for Simplifying Family Tree Maker

Take the effort out of using Family Tree Maker genealogy software with these 6 tips from the Mastering Family Tree Maker course instructor, Shannon Combs-Bennett.

Vivid-Pix RESTORE™

Discover why Vivid-Pix benefits genealogists in their quest to preserve their family history with co-founder, Rick Voight.

Tips and Tricks

From basic research methods to finding and using lesser-known records, these presentations will set you on the fast-track to genealogy success.
Courthouse Records: 6 Genealogy Finds Only You Can Make in Person

While more and more records are increasingly found online, there are plenty of times and places that still require you to be there in-person. Paula Stuart-Warren covers the courthouse records you’ll have to go to the courthouse to find.

Genealogical and Historical Periodicals in Print and Online

In this presentation, Paula Stuart-Warren will reveal to you the lesser-known and different types of periodicals useful to genealogists, especially newer ones, when they will be most useful and how to access them.

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10 Records You Didn’t Know to Search For

We all know about the census and vital records, newspaper articles, obituaries, and land records, but what about some of the lesser-known records? In this presentation, you’ll learn about several types of records you might not have known to search for and where you’ll find them with Gena Philibert-Ortega.

10 Painless Genealogy Organization Tips

Take the pain out of organizing your family history with this recorded presentation from Drew Smith.

People and Places

In our People and Places track, you’ll learn how to explore your family history all over the globe.

3 Can’t-Miss Online Resources for German Genealogy

James Beidler, author of Trace Your German Roots Online, explores three essential online resources for anyone researching their German ancestry.

Eastern European Church Records

This valuable resource can offer up plenty of clues and new information for those searching their Eastern European ancestry. Learn how to find them and where with Lisa Alzo, author of the Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide.

The Night the Stars Fell

This hour-long recorded webinar is a master-class not only in research methodology but in crafting a compelling story from the findings. Follow along as Angela Walton-Raji of the African Roots podcast shows how one oral history story led to finding her enslaved ancestors.

Meet Your Moderators

Shannon Combs-Bennett

Virtual Genealogy Conference Moderators

Shannon Combs-Bennett has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and is an acclaimed genealogy blogger. She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University, where she presents on a variety of topics ranging from genetic genealogy and DNA to research methods, source citations and analysis, and so much more. She is a resident of Virginia, where she participates in many genealogy-related organization and activities.

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Conference moderator Gena

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide.

Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines and of several books, including From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.

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SKU R8038
Product Type Course
Runtime 3 days
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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