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Have Lunch with a Professional Genealogist

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, members of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) will host a luncheon for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC). This luncheon hosted by the NEAPG provides attendees the opportunity to talk with others about a focused genealogical topic during lunch. Each topic table will be moderated by a professional genealogist and NEAPG member.

Topics and table numbers will be available on the NERGC website prior to the conference, and also on-site at the conference. This list is subject to change. Seating at each table is first come first served.

Register for this luncheon through the NERGC online registration.  You can sign up even if you have already registered for the conference. For those who have already registered just type in your email address to bring up your account.

TOPIC: People of Color research
The African American topic table is for anyone interested in African American research.

Speaker Interview Round Up

Official Bloggers for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) 2011 recently wrapped up round one of speaker interviews.  Here's the entire list in case you missed any (click on the name of the speaker to go directly to the interview):

Colleen Fitzpatrick - interviewed by Cynthia Shenette on the Heritage Zen blog

D. Joshua Taylor - interviewed by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog

Pamela Boyer Sayre - interviewed by Leslie Albrecht Huber on the Journey Takers Blog

John Philip Colletta - interviewed by Polly Kimmitt on the Pollyblog

Eileen O'Duill - interviewed by Mike Brophy on Brophy's Irish Genealogy Blog

Maureen Taylor - interviewed by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino on the Lucie's Legacy blog

Leslie Albrecht Huber - interviewed by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots & Rambles blog

Photo Caption: NERGC speaker, Pamela Boyer Sayre

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, …

NERGC Speaker wins RootsTech Award

D. Joshua Taylor, a speaker at the upcoming New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), recently won an award at the highly successful and well attended RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Josh, the Director of Education and Programs and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), won theRootsTech Distinguished Presenter Award for his presentation “Software Forecast: What Genealogists Need for the Future.”   

The selection was made by polling conference attendees and the award was given out daily based on the voting results.  Josh won the award for his lecture on the opening day of the conference and was selected from a group of forty-eight presenters.

Congratulations to Josh on his award.  We look forward to his upcoming presentations at NERGC:

Thursday, April 7, 2011,Opening Session, "Family History in Primetime: Genealogy's Next Generation"

Friday, April 8, 2011, 4:45pm, "Discovering Your Ancestor's Life: Political Affiliations and …

Society Profile - The New England Chapter of APG

The New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

The New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) is the local chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). NEAPG is designed to be a place where professionals from a wide variety of specialties can come together with the common ground of genealogy to: To promote international awareness of, and interest in, professional genealogical services,To promote professional standards in genealogical research, writing and speaking,To engage in activities which improve access, facilitate research and preserve records used in the fields of genealogy and local history,To promote awareness of activities and/or laws which may affect genealogical and historical research,To educate the membership and public through publications and lectures, and provide support for those …

Special Interest Groups

There are now ten Special Interest Groups that will be held on Thursday, 7 April at 7:30 p.m. at the NERGC Conference. These informal discussion groups cover a range of topics from ethnic research to graveyard research to professional development. Recently, changes were made to the Irish/Irish-American Special Interest Group to make it even more exciting.

Have you ever wished you could have just a few more minutes after a lecture to ask just one more question? Join your fellow Irish/Irish-American researchers for this special interest group on Thursday evening. We'll have a panel of experts ready to answer your questions and discuss possible ways around those brick walls. We'll start off with an informal Q & A for the panel, and then see where the discussion takes us. Come prepared to share your insights as well! Panelists include: Eileen O'Duill, Janis Duffy, Mary Ellen Grogan, Judy Lucey, Margaret Sullivan, Mike Brophy and Paul Milner.

Read more about the Special Inte…

Reserve Your Hotel Now for NERGC Before it's too Late!

They say the best way to predict the success of a conference is by early hotel reservations.  People often book their hotel rooms to make sure they have a place to stay long before they complete their conference registration.  Nobody wants to be left without a room.

If early hotel books are an indicator then NERGC is going to be a Great Success!

The hotel rooms are going fast so be sure to reserve yours now or you may not have the opportunity to stay in one of the conference hotels.  Information for both conference hotels is below.


Last Day to Save on NERGC Registration!

Today is the LAST DAY to save $25 on registration for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).    Be sure to complete your registration online or make sure your registration is postmarked with today's date in order to receive the Early Bird rate.

At NERGC you'll find: Keynote Speakers: John Philip Colletta & Paul Milner Over 60 Expert SpeakersThe Society FairSocializing and NetworkingSpecial WorkshopsSpecial Interest GroupsThe Ancestors Road Showand much, much more.
Sign up for NERGC today!

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.

NERGC Videos available on Roots Television

During the 2009 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) that was held in Manchester, NH a number of videos were recorded. The videos were produced by Megan Smolenyak'sRoots Television with assistance from Dick Eastman, of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, as the interviewer.

During the conference, Dick interviewed quite a few speakers.  Those videos are now freely available to watch on the internet on Roots Television.  Put "NERGC" into the search box and you will see the six NERGC videos that were recorded (or click on the individual links below).

The videos include interviews with:
Dan Lynch, author of Google Your Family TreeDonna Walcovy, Cemetery ResearcherIrene Lambert, Master GraphoanalystMelinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG (recorded in 2008 about NERGC)Sylvie Tremblay, Chief of the Canadian Genealogy CentreThomas Howard, as he talks about his expertise in Concord coaches
A great way to start getting excited about NERGC 2011 in Springfield, MA is watch…

"Roads Back to Rhode Island" by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG

Speaker: Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG Talk: "Roads Back to Rhode Island" [S-329] Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011 Time: 3:15pm Location: New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) 
This talk is sponsored by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society
Cherry in her own words:
"Despite growing up in the beautiful, historic town of Newport, Rhode Island with a father who loved genealogy, I was the kid whose eyes glazed over during recitations of genealogical discoveries. Who could remember all those details? What good did they do anyway? Only when a relative found early nineteenth-century family letters high on a shelf and I tried to figure out who the writers were, did I get hooked on this most universal form of historical research."

"My passion has been for Rhode Island families, a markedly quirky bunch, with an evolving interest in the many slaves held in Rhode Island and their descendants. The detective work and the fitting together of the jigsaw pieces of evidence…

"Genealogy Document Examination: Identifying the Writer of Your Family Papers" by Irene Lambert

Speaker: Irene Lambert, MGA Talk: "Genealogy Document Examination: Identifying the Writer of Your Family Papers" [T-110] Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 Time: 12:15pm
Location: New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) 

Irene in her own words:
"I met a handwriting analyst while working for Edward Hospital in Illinois.  The hospital was doing a feature on the analyst for our in-house paper, so she went around talking with employees and analyzing their writing.  When she looked at my writing, she said that I had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing.  I was the Secretary to the President of the Hospital, so I was very serious in that position, and I wondered how she knew.  She taught the basics of handwriting analysis, and I signed up.  That did it for me.  It explained so much about me and others, that I decided to take the course and become certified.  At the end of the certification course, we had to do a complete analysis and report.  My husband urged me to a…

Society Profile - The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists is one of the 22 participating societies in the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC).

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. is one of the largest and most active non-profit genealogical societies focused on a state. (See We are proud to sponsor John Philip Colletta as speaker at New England Regional Genealogical Conference banquet dinner S-341 on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Founded in 1968, The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. members led the fight to gain access to vital records for genealogists and has continued to actively promote genealogical research and access.

For 43 years we have published The Connecticut Nutmegger, our journal-of-record for documented genealogical articles. Since 2008 we have published Connecticut Genealogy News, an illustrated quarterly magazine of news and information.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. is …