Category: Genealogical Conferences


RootsTech 2015 Streaming Live Lessons

For those of us who are unable to attend this year's RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend, you can still catch some of the sessions for free by streaming it online on your computer.

Here is a list of the free online sessions with dates and times (note: Salt Lake City is one hour behind us in Saskatchewan so remember to adjust your schedule accordingly or else you will miss your session!):

Thursday, February 12, 2015
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. - "Thursday General Session"
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - "30 Pieces of Tech I Can't Live Without" by D. Joshua Taylor
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. - "You've Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?" by Karen Auman
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - "What's New at FamilySearch" by Devin Ashby
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - "Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy" by Diahan Southard

Friday, February 13, 2015
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. - "Innovator Summit Challenge Event"
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - "Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox" by Thomas MacEntee
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - "Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future" by Anne Leishman
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - "The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters" by Valerie Elkins

Saturday, February 14, 2015
8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. - "Saturday General Session"
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - "Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins" by Amy Archibald
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - "Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps" by Crystal Beutler
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - "Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life" by Alison Taylor
4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. - "Finding Your Family on" by Peter Drinkwater

To catch any of the sessions, click on this link to the RootsTech's livestreaming page.


Free Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 28-30, 2014

Whether you are beginning your research or are an experienced genealogist researching American relatives, tune in to the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Virtual Genealogy Fair. This three-day online event will be held this coming October 28–30.

It’s free, and registration is not needed. Real-time captioning will be available for all sessions through Streamtext.

The Fair will have 17 lectures on a variety of topics including: an introduction to Federal records of a genealogical interest; how to preserve family records; NARA’s “Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives” web pages; NARA’s Access to Archival Databases; citizenship records; land records; patent records; military records; documenting aliens during times of war; Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI case files; and genealogical websites.

Participants will be able to submit questions via Twitter using #genfair2014.

Click on this link to see the 3 day schedule of the presentations.


Harvest Your Family Tree Genealogy Conference 2014

Since the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will not be hosting a genealogical conference this year, some of you might be interested in attending this one...

The Kelowa and District Genealogical Society will be hosting its bi-annual genealogy conference in Kelowna, British Columbia from September 26 to 28, 2014. This is Western Canada's largest genealogical conference, featuring 24 different seminars with renowned international speakers.

Some of these sessions include:

* "Understanding the Common Folk Through the 1811 Vulgar Dictionary"

* "Murder and Mayhem--Coroner's Records and Their Genealogical Importance"

* "In the Workhouse"

* "Your Library in the Cloud--A Genealogical Guide to Digital Collections"

For more information about the conference and/or to register, visit the KDGS website at or email:


RootsTech 2013 Streaming Free Genealogy Sessions

The 3rd annual RootsTech genealogy conference will be taking place on March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This conference which help participants in learning and using the latest technology with their genealogical research, is lining up some terrific sessions. Recognizing that not everyone can attend, the organizers are offering 3 days of free streaming online content, meaning you have the opportunity to view and listen to some of the sessions online while resting in the comfort of your own home!

A few of the highlighted sessions include:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

* 11:00 am - The Future of Genealogy
* 3:00 pm - The Genealogists Gadget Bag
* 4:15 pm - Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web

Friday, March 22, 2013

* 9:45 am - Researching Ancestors Online
* 1:45 pm - Google Search... and Beyond

Saturday, March 23, 2013

* 9:45 am - Using Technology to Solve Research Problems
* 11:00 am - Digital Storytelling: More Than Bullet Points

**Note: All of the times listed are in Mountain Standard Time, meaning Saskatchewan is in the same time zone.

For a complete listing, click on this link to take you to the schedule. To stream the video on the specific day, go to Live Stream on


Free Genealogy Sessions from RootsTech

RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference currently meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, is broadcasting 14 sessions live and free over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2
8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3
8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4
8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Panel
9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk

This is a great way to update your research techniques without having to travel to Salt Lake City!


Preserve Your Roots: Family History Conference

The web page is now up for
Preserve Your Roots: A Family History Conference
on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
550 Sangster Blvd
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The web page includes the schedule of workshops and a registration page.

(Note: this is not online registration. You select the workshops you are planning to attend from the list. Print the registration form and mail or drop it off with a cheque for $15.00 payable to "Regina Saskatchewan Stake" to one of the registration locations below:
Mail: John Williams, 42 Pearson Place, Regina, SK S4S 5W2
Drop Off: Regina Family History Centre, 550 Sangster Blvd, Regina, SK (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday days: 9:30am - 3:30pm)


Gary Wright, Senior Product Manager for Records Preservation at FamilySearch will be delivering the keynote address and leading a digital imaging workshop.

Rob Dilts, Imaging Specialist for FamilySearch will be offering FREE digital photos of you heirlooms, pictures, and historical documents.

Joan Clayton, will be leading the FamilySearch Indexing Session which gives you the opportunity to participate in indexing.

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2011 SGS Conference

The Saskatoon branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) will be playing host to the 2011 SGS's Annual Conference titled Beyond the Basics. The conference will be held April 29 to May 1 at the Travelodge Hotel, 106 Circle Drive West.

Click here to read the complete conference schedule.

For more information about the conference and to register, check out their website


G.R.O.W. Your Family Tree Conference in Regina

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be hosting a Family History Conference in Regina next month. Some of the workshops include "Finding Church Records in Galicia, Austria", "Online Maps and Gazetteers for British Researchers", "Organizing Your Research Papers and Documents", and "Digging Up Homestead Files". Here are the basic details:

Family History Conference
Saturday, June 5, 2010
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
550 Sangster Blvd
Regina, SK
$15 registration fee (includes lunch)
To register and for more information about the workshops, visit
phone (306)543-2782


2009 Archives & You! National Conference

The Archives & You! Everything You Wanted to Know About Archives…But Were Afraid to Ask conference will be held on November 26-28, 2009, in Gatineau, Quebec.

This bilingual annual event has the specific purpose to increase genealogists, historians, teachers, students and general public’s awareness of the importance of archives.

On November 26, an opening reception will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7 :00 p.m. to present the Special Premiere Presentation in Gatineau of Les archives à voix haute.

There will be a wide selection of interesting activities on Friday, November 27: round tables, workshops, keynote speakers, a networking break with participants and exhibitors. Then, by the end of the afternoon, there will be a new special activity: a forum with Diane Baillargeon, Sylvie Tremblay, Nathalie Gélinas, and Fred Farrell who will be answering questions about clients’ services. Richard Juneau will be acting as a moderator of this forum.

Saturday, November 28, archives sites visits will take place in the Gatineau and Ottawa area. Transportation is included. A list is available on the website:

For those wishing to register, here is the link to their registration form:


International Convention of Germans from Russia

Canadian members of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will be holding a convention in Medicine Hat, Alberta at the Medicine Hat Lodge Convention Centre from June 15-21, 2009. This genealogical convention will feature folklore, storytelling contests, singalongs, library books, research suggestions, and tours of local historical sites.

For more information about the convention, visit All registration information can be directed to Ann Stang at or in Edmonton, call Walter Epp at 780-465-3024. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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