24 October 2012

New York City welcomes The Genealogy Event this weekend, Oct. 26-27

Terry Koch-Bostic, guest blogger, is a member of the NGS Board of Directors.

This weekend on Friday and Saturday, if you are in the vicinity of New York City, consider penciling in some time for The Genealogy Event (TGE).  The Genealogy Event www.thegenealogyevent.com  will be held in the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street in Manhattan) starting at noon on Friday, 10/26 and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, 10/27. The Genealogy Event is the creation of Bridget Bray, organizer and founder of TGE in NYC. Bridget is a self-described genealogy enthusiast and the organizer of the New York Irish/British Genealogy Group (www.meetup.com/The-Irish-British-Genealogy-Group/) and a volunteer at the New York Irish Center (www.nyirishcenter.org).  Bridget extended her personal passion for genealogy in 2009 by founding the NY Irish/British Genealogy Group, a free membership network for various stages of genealogy experience; even she was surprised at its rapid growth to nearly 190 members. Bridget saw another opportunity to inspire and help an even broader audience uncover their heritage, so she made a decision to leverage her eighteen years of combined event management and business development experience and designed The Genealogy Event to offer the enormous New York based population, of all ages and ethnicities, an opportunity to start or sharpen their research skills and discover their roots.

The Genealogy Event offers the opportunity to meet local and national genealogical societies, attend genealogy lectures, see exhibitors who can offer various genealogical products and services, or have a one-on-one session with a professional genealogist. There are more than 40 speaking sessions with a variety of excellent lecture topics like DNA, immigration records and African American research to choose from ─ presented in 30 minute timeframes (http://www.thegenealogyevent.com/uploads/SCHED.pdf ). Speaker sessions will be first come/first served on site, so come early to reserve a seat for your choice of lectures. I will be giving two lectures, one on using surname variations in your research and one on using NY newspapers to uncover your family history. I hope to meet some of you there.

The National Genealogical Society is excited to see this kind of event being offered in NYC and will have a booth (# 304) for attendees to visit at The Genealogy Event.  NGS considers an essential part of its mission to bring the highest quality of education to Americans interested in furthering their genealogy and learning. Current and potential NGS members will have a chance to meet NGS Board members Arlene Jennings and me (Terry Koch-Bostic) at the show.  We will be there to answer questions and help advise attendees on NGS’s educational opportunities ─ from our annual four-day NGS Family History Conference (May 2013 in Las Vegas), to our excellent publications, to our many home learning courses.  Join us this weekend at The Genealogy Event ─ we’re hoping it will be the first of many opportunities to meet fellow genealogy enthusiasts in NYC.

Friday October 26th:
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday October 27th:
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NY, NY 10011
Located centrally and in proximity of major transit routes.  Please see

Advance Tickets:
$15 per Day ($20 at Door) purchase on-line in advance.

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