Spring Virtual Genealogy Conference 2019

Take a Fresh Approach to Your Genealogy

March 22 - 24, 2019

Get the benefits of an in-person genealogy conference without leaving home and for a fraction of the price! In the 2019 Spring Virtual Conference, you’ll get fresh new tips for solving problems in your genealogy research, along with proven methods for discovering new records and building your skills. By the end of the three days, you’ll be smashing through brick walls and basking in the glow of your accomplishments.

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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 Spring Virtual Genealogy Conference 2019 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
  • 16 15 brand-new 30-minute 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 throughout the weekend
  • 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 live and video presentations, along with resources you can download for your personal use. Just log in on the day the conference starts to start learning. 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 has been 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.

The Keynote: Revealing Hidden Depths in Our Ancestors

Virtual Conference

The keynote this year promises to be an exciting one with Sunny Jane Morton! Genealogy research can reveal hidden depths to our ancestors, which makes the search more meaningful and significant. It can also have a profound effect on our own lives as we learn about the hopes and dreams, loves and losses they experienced. Join us for the live keynote on March 23rd at noon (ET, 11 AM Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific).

We sat down with Sunny to get a preview of what she'll be "revealing" in her keynote. Watch this 7-minute video to get a taste of what's to come!

Conference Lineup

Conference lineup

We’re planning a smashing new conference lineup that we know you’ll love, starting with these fresh recorded video presentations:

DNA Track

  • How to Use DNA Painter - Shannon Combs-Bennett
  • 3 Steps to Find Missing Parents with DNA - Kerry Scott
  • The DNA You Didn’t Inherit - Roberta Estes of DNAExplained
  • Mythbusting: DNA Fact or Fiction - Roberta Estes

Websites and Tech Track

  • Problem-Solving with RootsMagic - Diana Crisman-Smith
  • Searching FamilySearch Genealogies - Sunny Morton
  • Using Google Drive to Organize Your Research - Gena Philibert-Ortega
  • 5 Tricks to Start Your Family History Blog - Nancy Hendrickson

People and Places

  • French Genealogy - David Fryxell
  • ScotlandsPeople - Amanda Epperson, PhD
  • 6 Irish Records You Should Look For - Donna Moughty

Tips and Tricks

  • Finding Reliable Sources - Paula Stuart-Warren
  • 25 Online Searching Dos and Don’ts - Nancy Hendrickson
  • 5 Essential Elements of a Source Citation - Shannon Combs-Bennett
  • 5 Best Timeline Tricks for Family History - Gena Philibert-Ortega
  • Cluster Genealogy - Deborah Abbott

The Live Q&As

The virtual conference wouldn't be quite as fun without all the opportunities to ask questions and get answers. In addition to the discussion boards, there will be three live Q&As with your moderators, Shannon and Gena.

  • Gone Missing:
    We're all missing something in our genealogy research. In some cases, it's missing people or missing maiden names; in others, it's missing records or locations. Both Gena and Shannon will be talking tips and tricks for locating those missing details and objects. Join them on Friday night at 7 pm ET!
  • DNA Dos and Don'ts:
    Shannon will kick off Sunday morning at 11am ET. Ask your questions in the days leading up to the live Q&A, then tune in to hear her responses.
  • Dos and Don'ts of Newspaper Research:
    Stick around to talk newspaper records with Gena at 1:30 pm ET.

Meet Your Moderators

We’re happy to welcome back the wildly popular Shannon Combs-Bennett and Gena Philibert-Ortega, who will be moderating the discussion boards and holding some live Q&As.

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.

Additional Info
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SKU Q0270
Product Type Course
Runtime 3 days
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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