30 November 2015

Registration Opens Tomorrow for the 2016 NGS Family History Conference

Registration opens tomorrow on Tuesday, 1 December 2015 for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-eighth annual family history conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 180 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with “Ordinary” People, Extraordinary Lives given by Connie L. Lester, Ph.D., Associate Professor in History, University of Central Florida; editor Florida Historical Quarterly; Director, RICHES of Central Florida.

Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the lectures will cover a wide range of local, regional, and general genealogy topics which will help you build a solid foundation for your family history, fine-tune your research skills, and refine your methodology. Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: Across the Pond, African American, British Isles, Cemeteries, Changing Places, Context, Courthouse Research, DNA, Florida, Florida Military, Gulf Coast and Caribbean, Internet and Technology, Jewish, Land Records, Methods for Success, Military, New York Research, Organizing and Planning, Resources and Repositories, Sharing Your Research Stories, Starting Off, State Research, Tips and Techniques, and Women. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register and complete the registration form. Register early to assure your choices to attend special events, workshops and luncheons.  
The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/w40zSO. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog at conferenceblog.ngsgenealogy.org, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around Ft. Lauderdale and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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