This blog brings you breaking news about the 14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference and the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Call for Papers

SPEAKER SESSIONS
Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held 6-10 April 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
SEE THE COMPLETE CALL AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ON THE NERGC WEB PAGE, WWW.NERGC.ORG. Submissions may be mailed or emailed to the Program Chair on or before 1 March 2010.

LIBRARIANS/TEACHERS DAY
The Third Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in conjunction with the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the series of sessions entitled, “Throughout the Ages and Throughout the Curricula: Genealogy as a Pursuit for all Learners." Ideal paper proposals will suggest strategies for how to optimize the human, material, and online resources that can assist students' and community borrowers' inquiries in addition to enhancing program development to attract all prospective patrons who might otherwise be unaware of local educational and archival resources. SEE THE COMPLETE CALL AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ON THE NERGC WEB PAGE, WWW.NERGC.ORG. Lecture proposals may be submitted on or before 1 March 2010 by e-mail or by regular mail.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Featured Speakers for NERGC 2011

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots will feature two nationally known featured speakers:

John Philip Colletta

John Philip Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. Entertaining, knowledgeable and experienced, he is based in Washington, D.C., where for 20 years he conducted workshops for the National Archives and taught courses for the Smithsonian Institution. Today he lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, AL) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City). He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, IL). His publications include two manuals -- They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans -- and numerous how-to articles. His latest book -- Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath -- is a history of the German-speaking merchants of the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction. It is written around the mysterious destruction of his great great grandfather's country store, and its five unfortunate inhabitants. Dr. Colletta has appeared on local and national radio and television, is featured in Episode Four of "Ancestors," the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel aired in 2000. He has received many honors in his field, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.

Paul Milner

Paul Milner is a professional genealogist and lecturer. He is a native of northern England and has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for the past 18 years. He was raised in England and settled in the United States in 1975. Paul is a communication professional and has been designing workshops and lecturing to a wide variety of audiences for 23 years. He also holds a degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, the U.S. and research methodology.

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots


Exploring New Paths to Your Roots, the Eleventh New England Regional Genealogical Conference, will be held April 6-10, 2011 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place and Springfield Marriott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Plan to attend and enjoy conference activities in facilities directly off Interstate 91 and only minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Genealogy & Local History Library located in the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Armory Museum, and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial are but some of the nearby attractions.

Pauline Cusson and Richard Roberts are the Co-Chairs for the 2011 Conference, assisted by Carol Bosworth and Pat Long. The Program Chair is Allison Ryall.

Begin letting friends and fellow members of your organization know about the 2011 conference. Most importantly, insure that your genealogical society, historical society, or library will be in on the ground floor as we plan for 2011.

Each NERGC conference has been bigger and better than the previous one, and 2011 should be no exception! In keeping with the Conference theme, featured speakers John Philip Colletta, Paul Milner over 40 other speakers will help genealogists explore:

- New research pathways, methodologies, and strategies, including technology and online resources;
- The “pathways” their ancestors followed into and out of New England (including where and why they moved and settlement and migration patterns);
- Ethnic genealogy of all types, especially British Isles, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, African American, and Native American;
- New approaches to discovering their ancestors’ worlds through directories, maps, atlases, gazetteers, and online imagery;
- Systematic approaches for finding and utilizing record sources (such as religious, civil, cemetery, military, newspapers, etc.);
- The wealth of information available in New England's repositories (archives, libraries, historical societies, etc.);
- New ways to plan and prepare for a successful research trip, including resources close to home;
- General genealogical skills and techniques;
- Family history writing and publishing.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge shared by expert genealogists, there will be opportunities to explore the Exhibit Hall -- and meeting hundreds of other attendees at the Conference who share your love for genealogy may be one of the greatest rewards of all!

The excitement for Exploring New Paths to Your Roots is already building. Watch our Website: www.NERGC.org for developing information.