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Thursday, February 24, 2011

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.
TOPIC MODERATORS: Marian Pierre-Louis – Fieldstone Historic Research & Cheryll Toney Holley – Past Tense Genealogy

TOPIC: Italian/Italian-American
This table is for anyone interested in Italian research.

TOPIC: Scots Irish Research
The Scots Irish topic table is for anyone interested in Scots Irish research.

TOPIC: German Research
The German topic table is for anyone interested in German research.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Leslie Huber, author of The Journey Takers

TOPIC: Northern New England and Eastern Canadian Native American Indian research

TOPIC: Lineage societies. For Mayflower, DAR, Colonial Dames, etc.
How to apply to lineage societies like the Mayflower Society, DAR, United Empire Loyalists, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, among others. Tips on what they require, conducting efficient research and selecting proper documentation.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CG℠ - Kimmitt Genealogical Research

TOPIC: Maine
Solving genealogical problems with Maine ancestors--What types of resources are there? Where can you find them? How knowing local history can help you find those elusive ancestors.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D. -

TOPIC: Military, past Wars, POW's and MIA's
Information will be provided for which overseas cemetery contains the memorial for a WW II missing soldier. Whether a POW/MIA soldier from WW II, Korea, and Vietnam may possibly have now been recovered with identification pending, and an explanation of submitting mtDNA for identification of Korea casualties. Further information will be given in a hand-out for those wishing to request copies of a soldier's personnel record including his deceased personnel file for those killed-in-action. The hand-out will also provide internet sites that may provide further information regarding the combat activity that took the soldier's life.

TOPIC: British Research (census, parish records)
The British Research topic table is for anyone interested in British research.

TOPIC: DNA/Surname DNA Projects
Discussion of how DNA surname projects can help solve genealogical dead-ends
TOPIC MODERATOR: Pam Stone Eagleson, CGsm – Gen-nections

TOPIC: Self-publishing
Want to publish your family history, but don't know where to start? Explore the possibilities at this NERGC sponsored luncheon hosted by Maureen Taylor. Bring your questions about traditional publishing, non-print ways to tell your family story, and print-on-demand.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Maureen Taylor –

TOPIC: Strategies for doing Jewish Genealogy
Talking about online resources especially useful to Jewish genealogy
and looking at strategies for dealing with morphing personal, family,
and place names.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Meredith Hoffman - GenerationsWeb

TOPIC: Irish Research
Irish research on this side of the Atlantic and on the Emerald Isle. Unique resources and challenges are explored with one of the more challenging ethnic groups to research. Methodology for Irish research could be discussed along with unique political and religious divisions.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Mike Brophy – Brophy Professional Genealogy & Heir Searching

TOPIC: DNA Testing and Genealogy
Join this round table to discuss how DNA testing can break through your genealogical brick walls. Talk with others interested in using DNA to answer long standing questions, or see how you "relate" to others who have tried genealogical DNA testing.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Shellee Morehead - Shellee Morehead Ph.D.

TOPIC: Polish Research
Come and join this table to discuss research into your Polish ancestry. This will be an opportunity to exchange with others your success stories and problems researching in Poland or ways to locate the place of origin of your ancestors in Poland.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Tim Firkowski – The Genealogy Assistant

TOPIC: Research of New England Gravestones
One of the most rewarding experiences in genealogy is researching, locating and photographing the gravestones of your New England ancestors. With so many graveyards, how do you find your dead folks? Can you rely on the information carved on the stones? How do you tell if the gravestone is an original or a replacement? Until a few years ago, gravestone work was difficult to accomplish but now technology has made this an engaging experience for all family historians.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Midge Frazel – Midge Frazel Consulting

TOPIC: Colonial New England Research
The Colonial New England Research topic table is for anyone interested in Colonial New England research.
TOPIC MODERATOR: September McCarthy

TOPIC: Vermont Research
The Vermont Research topic table is for anyone interested in Vermont research.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Cathi Desmarais – Stone House Historical Research

TOPIC: New Hampshire Research
The New Hampshire Research topic table is for anyone interested in New Hampshire research.
TOPIC MODERATOR: Diane Florence Gravel CG℠

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.   

Monday, February 21, 2011

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, MA. More information is available from the conference website

Friday, February 18, 2011

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 the RootsTech 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 Their Records"

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 3:15pm, "Creating Your Personal Family History Website [Step By Step]"

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.  

Top Photo: D. Joshua Taylor

Side Photo: RootsTech Distinguished Presenter Award, photo courtesy of Anne Roach

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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 engaged in genealogical pursuits as a business.

Members include family historians, professional researchers, librarians, archivists, writers, editors, consultants, indexers, instructors, lecturers, heir searches, house historians, lineage society applications, identification and dating of old photographs, columnists, booksellers, publishers, computer specialists and geneticists.

Members benefit from:
  • Bimonthly educational meetings
  • Email updates with chapter news and member activities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Basic listing on chapter website
  • Optional expanded listing in chapter brochure (printed and online)
The Chapter also sponsors other activities throughout the year, including advanced genealogy discussions and field trips to major genealogical repositories in the region.

NEAPG has worked with many groups providing their expertise to others. Some of these activities include providing consultants for Ancestor Road Shows for the New England Historic Genealogical Society /, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

Membership with the NEAPG is open to anyone who is a current member of
the (APG) and willing to support the APG Code of Ethics.

Looking for a researcher
Many of our professional genealogists will be happy to assist with your research; speak to your group on numerous genealogical topics or provide a variety of other services. Most must charge fees to cover their expenses, investment in their continuing education, acquired experience and valuable time. We know you want excellence in the services you seek and we encourage you to contact our members to see if one can address your needs. Since we travel frequently to attend conferences and conduct research, please allow time for a response to your inquiries. Visit the NEAPG website to see profiles of our members.


 Vice President: Katherine K. Lowrie

NEAPG is currently selling professionally produced DVDs of Workshops that are presented by Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Other videos of workshops by other speakers are planned. Visit our website to keep up on current information. See what DVDs are available.

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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 Interest Groups here: If you don't see a group you are interested in, it's too late ot volunteer to host one yourself. If you're interested in being the facilitator for a topic not already covered, contact Leslie Huber at

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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.


"Combined hotel bookings for the Sheraton and Marriott have already far exceeded to totals for the 2009 and 2007 conferences."

"As of this morning, the Sheraton still has some rooms left for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights but is completely sold out on Friday night.  The Marriott still has a limited number of rooms available for Tuesday through Saturday nights.  If you haven’t already booked your hotel room, do it now, and be sure to identify yourself as a NERGC attendee to get the conference rate!"

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA  01144
Telephone: 413-781-1010
Toll Free: 1-800-426-9004
Rate:  $135.00+ single/double/triple/quad
Check-in: after 3:00 p.m.
Check-out:  by Noon
Group Code: None, but identify that you are a New England Regional Genealogical Conference attendee to get the group rate.

Room rate includes free Internet access.  A new Sheraton Link is available in the hotel lobby for those who don’t bring a computer but still wish to stay connected while away from home.

Parking:  There are two options for overnight guests.  Self Parking is currently $9.95 per night and Valet Parking is currently $12.00 per night.

Marriott Springfield
2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA  01115
Telephone: 413-781-7111
Toll Free: 1-800-228-9290
Rate:  $135.00+ single/double/triple/quad
Check-in:  4:00 p.m.
Check-out:  by Noon
Hotel website:
Group Code: NEGNEGA

Room rate includes EITHER wired or wireless Internet.

Parking:  Tower Square garage offers 1,200 well-lighted, covered, and secured parking spaces.  The Marriott’s discounted overnight rate at Tower Square is currently $15.00 (subject to change).

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 Speakers
  • The Society Fair
  • Socializing and Networking
  • Special Workshops
  • Special Interest Groups
  • The Ancestors Road Show
  • and 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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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's Roots 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:

A great way to start getting excited about NERGC 2011 in Springfield, MA is watch these videos and remember back to the fun times in 2009.

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

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.

"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

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 into an accurate picture are simply the most fun I can imagine. My favorites are not the famous or powerful, but rather the down-and-out or the elusive transient. Much as I admire the Rev. Ezra Stiles with his eye for detail and turn of phrase, Peleg Gifford, the craziest man in Providence for fifty years, remains dear to my heart. As editor of Rhode Island Roots, I encourage articles on all Rhode Islanders, not just the English settlers of the seventeenth century."

"Knowing how hard it was for me to get started, I enjoy sharing background and strategies for research with other people who are new to the study of Rhode Island families. I hope you will join me to explore what makes Rhode Island so different from its colonial neighbors. Be warned, however, you may just catch the bug yourself!"

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG, has been editor of Rhode Island Roots from 2001 to the present and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for the last few years. She has written extensively on Rhode Island history and genealogy and has edited many books published by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society.  She received the 2006 Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Genealogy Volunteer of the Year award from NERGC and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2008.  She was a Rhode Island researcher for the Danish version of the television program, Who Do You Think You Are? in 2010.

Her books include:

The Diary of Captain Samuel Tillinghast, 1757-1766 (2000), Elder John Gorton and Six Principle Baptist Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island (2001). Co-editor of More Early Records of Warwick, Rhode Island (2001). Editor of Daniel Stedman’s Journal 1826-1859 (2003), South Kingstown, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries (2004), and Newport, Rhode Island Colonial Burial Grounds (2009).

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"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

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 analyze him, so I did.  We had been married 27 years at that point, and yet I found out things about him I did not know.  Luckily, they were positive traits, and they helped me to better understand him."

"Graphology is the generic term for handwriting analysis and is listed in The Library of Congress under “Psychology.”   It is also listed as “Miscellaneous Professions” in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.  Both of these publications are published by the U.S. Government."

"I have been certified in handwriting analysis since 1985, receiving my Master’s certification in 1992 from the International Graphoanalysis Society.  I have self-published two books for my fellow analysts, Vocational Direction Through Handwriting Analysis:  The Vocational Graphoanalytic Inventory and Genealogy Graphoanalysis.    The Vocational book was written after I created and copyrighted  a system to identify aptitudes by analyzing the handwriting of an individual.  I was fascinated with the idea that I could counsel people on the best careers for them by analyzing their handwriting.  My degree is in Medical Office Management, which was the wrong career for me.  I think that is the reason why vocational handwriting analysis interested me so much.  After receiving several requests by  genealogists, I wrote a handwriting analysis  book offering the basics in measurements and trait locations, Graphoanalysis for Genealogy."

"Ten years, ago, I got involved with genealogy handwriting analysis and realized the wealth of information I could offer people about their ancestors. Some of the information includes emotional makeup, thinking patterns, fears, how they cope with their fears, success traits, and aptitudes.   People get very excited to finally know their relatives.  I was asked to join The Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc., and I enjoy participating in their Road Shows.  The public signs up with a genealogist and some sign up for me, bringing in the writing of an ancestor.  During one of these sessions, a woman brought in several samples of writing, knowing the writer of only one sample.  She asked me if the others were written by that same person.  This gave me a great idea to include this information for the general public.  I studied document examination and did some cases in the past for detecting forgery.  In Genealogy Document Examination, the main function would be comparing the writing to a known document and identifying the writer.  My talk for this NERGC in 2011 will be on Genealogy Document Examination.  My first two NERGC presentations were focused on the basics of handwriting analysis, but I thought that I would offer information on document examination to help people identify the writings of their ancestors.  I will, though, give a brief explanation of handwriting analysis."

Irene Lambert, MGA

Lambert received my B.S. degree from Rider University, Trenton, NJ,  and a Competent Toastmaster Certification from Toastmaster’s International.  She has a Master's Certfication in Graphoanalysis (1992) from the International Graphoanalysis Society.  She was named "Graphoanalyst of the Year" (2005) by The International Graphoanalysis Society of Ontario, Canada.

She has been giving lectures and seminars since 1987.  She has appeared on Television shows and the WINE radio show in Connecticut.  Her web site is:  www.iplambert 

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

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.

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 one of the few facilities-based genealogical societies and maintains a research library at 175 Maple St. in East Hartford, CT. The facility provides a resource and archival repository for members and provides public access to genealogical resources and data. The library contains thousands of documents and over 5,000 books and more than 18,000 member pedigree charts.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. has worked to strengthen the broader genealogical community by taking an active role as:
  • l A Charter Member of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference
  • l A Founding Member of the federation of Genealogical Societies
  • l An Organizational Partner of Connecticut Explored magazine
  • l Hosting/sponsoring genealogical seminars & workshops
  • l Participating in Festivals, Fairs and other genealogical events.

To acknowledge, promote and encourage high standards in genealogical publication, CSG Inc. established a Literary Awards program in 1988. The Awards are presented at the CSG Annual Meeting in May. Prizes are awarded in four categories: family history (The Brainerd T. Peck Award), genealogy, genealogical resources and genealogical essay. The winner of the “Genealogy” category receives a porringer, $1,000 and a citation. Prizes in the other categories range from $500 to $250. The contest is open to all. See the CSG website for rules and entry forms.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. works with the Town Clerks of Connecticut to ensure responsible use of access to vital records. We require our members to subscribe to a Code of Ethics for the use of public records, and we are responsive to the Town Clerks in the enforcement of that code.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. promotes genealogical education. We hold an Annual Seminar in the Fall, featuring prominent speakers and experts. It maintains a Speakers’ Bureau that responds to requests for genealogical programs. It holds periodic classes in basic and advanced genealogy. We hold eight monthly meetings during the year at which our members meet for fellowship, the mutual exchange of information and to hear speakers on relevant topics.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. vigorously supports publication and has sponsored several books including: Families of Early Hartford, Families of Early Milford, Families of Early Guilford, Connecting to Connecticut and the Nutmegger Index.

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. works to put more genealogical data on-line. The entire collections of The Connecticut Nutmegger and Connecticut Genealogy News can be searched through our website. Members have free access to and its growing collection of National Archive records. We have an active project to place our pedigree chart index and the Hale Headstone index of Connecticut gravestones on-line.

Join us not just for what you can get but for what you can give to support research, preservation and dissemination of your precious Connecticut heritage.

Visit our Booth at NERGC for membership forms, books and information.

The Connecticut Society Of Genealogists, Inc.
P.O. BOX 435
(860) 569-0002

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