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RootsTech/FGS Roundup

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Exhibit Floor at RootsTech/FGS

   I got home Sunday morning after taking a 1 am red-eye from  Salt Lake City to Atlanta, connecting with a flight back into Sarasota.  I have to admit I took a nap yesterday afternoon.   What a great week!  I did four lectures (three for FGS and one for RootsTech).  The crowds for RootsTech were huge…I’m not sure the final numbers have been published but I heard a number of 20,000!  And I can believe it.  My lecture on Saturday was standing room only and I think the room held about 500.  And there were 20 concurrent sessions, two Labs and numerous shorter demos going on in the exhibit area!  So much to learn, so little time.  Some of the sessions were recorded and you can go here to see them.   

   As I’ve said before, conferences are one of the best ways to learn about genealogy and there are numerous opportunities, but if you’ve never been to a national conference they can be overwhelming.  There are also opportunities to attend regional conferences such as the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference April 9 - 11th in Columbus, or the New England Regional Genealogy Conference (NERGC) April 15th - 18th in Providence, Rhode Island.  Check in your local area to see what conferences are scheduled.  The next national conference is the National Genealogical Society May 13 -1 6th in St. Charles, Missouri.  For my friends in Florida, put the National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference on your calendar… May 4-7, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale.  

   With everything going on, there were only two Irish lectures.  I was able to attend the first one with Roz McCutcheon of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.  In her lecture, Irish Records - Beyond the Obvious Roz discussed her Early Marriage Index and the new Birth Record Index.  Although these will not provide solutions for everyone, they look at pre-civil registration marriages and births from sources such as the Registry of Deeds’ memorials, marriage bonds, Church of Ireland licenses, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, diaries and letters.  You have a better chance of finding your ancestor here if they were Protestant, or if they were merchants or a large holding farmer.  As always, remember to read the description of a database which will give you an idea of whether your ancestors are likely to be in it.

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   The second lecture was from Brian Donovan of Eneclann, and unfortunately, it was at the same time as one of my lectures.  The lecture was Using to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry.  I was able to catch Brian in the FindMyPast booth doing a short demo,  and talking about new record groups that will be coming to FindMyPast in 2015.  Some of those include, the Valuation Office Field and House Books, Merchant Marine Records, School Pupil Rolls and Catholic Qualification Rolls.  Stay tuned!

   Happy Hunting!

 I’ll be teaching a six hour online course on Irish Research for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research on March 7th and 14th.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

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