NGS Family History Conference 2011: Where the Past is Present

Put it on your calendars now: registration for the National Genealogical Society’s 2011 Family History Conference opens 1 December 2010. The conference will be held next year from 11 – 14 May in Charleston, SC. While information on specific lectures is not available to the public at the moment, the conference blog does offer some preliminary information on the various tracks being offered, including one called the “Military Track” which will offer a series of lectures on various conflicts from the “Revolutionary War [...] into the twentieth century.”

By the way, if Christine Rose offers her lecture on the War of 1812 during this conference, I would highly recommend attending it. This was one of the lectures I attended at the FGS Conference in Knoxville a couple of weeks ago, and Mrs. Rose provided an outstanding talk on the subject.

Naturally, many of the lectures will have a Southern focus, but there will be plenty of lectures on ethnic genealogy, technology, methodologies, and other topics, including the Board for Certification of Genealogists‘ Skillbuilding Track.

National Genealogical Society members do receive a discount on conference registration, in addition to all the many other benefits membership offers. (Yes, this is a small plug for the NGS, of which I am a member.)

I’ve never been to Charleston (I know, very sad), so I’m really looking forward to attending this conference, not just for the fellowship and education, but also for the sheer joy of being in an area so rich in history.

For those unable to attend the NGS Family History Conference in Charleston next year, the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2011 conference will be held in Springfield, Illinois, from 7 – 11 September. In 2012, the NGS Family History Conference will be in Cincinatti, Ohio (May), and the FGS conference will be in Birmingham, Alabama (September).

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