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NERGC 2011 Full Conference Survey

An e-mail reminder about the Full Conference Survey went out to all Conference registrants this afternoon.   If you have not already completed our online survey, you have two options.  Go to the NERGC 2011 web page and click on FULL CONFERENCE SURVEY or, click on the button in the e-mail to directly link to the survey. Don't see the button? Try viewing the email in your browser.

Complete the survey before May 3, 2011 and your survey ID will be entered into a drawing for one FREE conference registration for NERGC 2013 in Manchester NH (April 17-21).  We will announce and contact the winner.



Oh, the places you'll go....

Oh the places you'll go
Now that you know
Some new paths to explore
And you've learned lots more
To help you search your roots

So be on your way
And with no further delay
We bid you farewell
Please remember to tell
Everyone about NERGC 2013 Manchester

See you April 17-21, 2013 for the
Twelfth New England Regional Genealogical Conference!

Your NERGC Hospitality team

Book Signings

Books Signings at NERGC

Friday: April 8, 2011, 9:30am
Colleen Fitzpatrick at Maia's Books booth

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 11:00am
Chris Child, The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton, in the New Historic Genealogical Society booth

Leslie Albrecht Huber, The Journey Takers, in the Moorshead Publishing booth

Maureen Taylor, Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album and The Last Muster, in the Photo Detective booth

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.

Conference Registration/Check-in

Conference Registration/Check-in takes place on the Sheraton’s Second Level Foyer on Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hospitality, Queries, and Volunteers/Evaluation tables are near the Registration Booths on the Sheraton’s Second Level Foyer.
·Hospitality will be staffed Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
·The Volunteers/Evaluation tables will be staffed Thursday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Food Options

If you’re not signed up for one of NERGC’s meals, there are a number of food options in and near our conference hotels. There will be a food concession on the Third Level of the Sheraton serving breakfast beginning at 8:00 and lunch beginning at 11:00, ending at 2:00 p.m.
Peter’s Grille, in the Sheraton, will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner. MVP, also in the Sheraton, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.Due to the high NERGC turnout, the Sheraton strongly recommends reservations at both restaurants, with a limit of six people per reservation.
Champions Sports Bar & Grill and Currents Fine Dining at the Marriott are open on a first come, first serve basis; no reservations are accepted.
The food court located on the Upper Level of the adjacent Tower Square Mall, is open 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and offers a variety of options (Combo Wok, Fantastico, LeGreque, Mex Table, Towe…

NERGC Opening Session - 10am Thursday

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) will hold it's opening session on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:00 in the Springfield Marriott Grand Ballroom, 6th floor.

Come hear a welcome and opening remarks by co-chairs, Pauline Cusson and Richard Clarke Roberts.

Then be treated to a special talk called "Family History in Primetime: Genealogy's Next Generation" by D. Joshua Taylor, the Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

See you there at 10:00am!

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.  

Day and Overnight Parking for the Conference

The day rate for parking in the Sheraton’s garage is $4.00 per day (with tickets validated at the Sheraton coat check or front desk) or $9.95 per night for guests at the hotel.  Guests can come and go as often as they would like. The Sheraton no longer offers valet parking. The garage clearance is 7’ 2” so standard trucks and vans should have no problem getting in.

The Tower Square garage connected to the Marriott Springfield (and across the street from the Sheraton) offers 1,200 well-lighted, covered, and secured parking spaces. The parking is $5.00 per day for daily commuters attending Marriott events. The Marriott’s discounted overnight rate at Tower Square for Marriott guests is $15.00. Ticket validation will be available from banquet bartenders or at the NERGC Hospitality Table on the Sheraton’s Second Level Foyer, one level down from our Exhibit Hall in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.
In addition, there are parking garages (I-91 North garage and I-91 South garage), behind the Marri…

When and Where: Cemetery Tours

Please provide your own transportation to the cemetery.  The cemetery is about three quarters of a mile from the hotels, a walkable distance, but keep in mind that you’ll also be walking in the cemetery.The better option is driving, and we encourage attendees to carpool in order to keep traffic in the cemetery to a minimum.Take a right out of the Sheraton parking garage onto Boland Way; take the first right onto Main St.; take the second left onto State Street.Then pass Willow on your right and almost immediately take Dwight Ext. on your right.Merge onto Maple Street.The address of the cemetery is 171 Maple Street, with the entrance (Cemetery Avenue) just before the intersection of Maple and Central Streets.Please note that Cemetery Avenue does not look like a street and is a bit obscure as it sits in-between two buildings.Just beyond Avon Place on the left, look for some dark red stone posts, and enter Cemetery Avenue between the posts.

Sunday Morning Closing and Continental Breakfast

Whether you’re staying at the Sheraton or at the Marriott, on Sunday morning, before heading out to explore more new paths, join other conference attendees and speakers in celebrating new-found friendships over a complimentary continental breakfast of tea, coffee, juice, pastry, and fruit as our thank you for attending NERGC 2011.
The breakfast runs from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Sheraton’s Mahogany Room (Second Level of the hotel).There will be a running slideshow of photos from the conference, and The Cat in the Hat will be there by 7:30 a.m. and stay until 9:30 a.m. or so.  The Cat won’t perform, but will mingle, provide photo opportunities, and can answer your questions about the Springfield Museums.

When and Where: Daily Schedules and Floor Plans

A reminder that “Exploring New Paths to Your Roots is being held in two hotels across the street from one another.  The Exhibit Hall and many lectures are at the Sheraton.   However, the opening session, one large lecture room, and the luncheons and banquets are at the Marriott.

 PDF files of the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday daily “one-sheet” schedules, and hotel floor plans are now on the NERGC web page.

Thursday, April 7th - Daily Schedule
Friday, April 8th - Daily Schedule
Saturday, April 9th - Daily Schedule


Click the daily schedule links above or enter the NERGC 2011 site, and then scroll down to find the “buttons” that link to the files.  After you download and print out the files, you can see which sessions are scheduled for which rooms, and then look at the floorplans to see where the rooms are located.  All those registered for the conference by March 31 should have received an e-mail from NERGC providing links to the syllabus.  If you’ve registered after that and haven’t …

NERGC Interview Round Up #2 - Six interviews you don't want to miss

Official Bloggers for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) 2011 recently wrapped up round two 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):


Sharon Sergeant -  interviewed by Jennifer Shoer on The Scrappy Genealogist.


Sherry Gould - interviewed by Cheryll Toney Holley on For All My Relations

Meldon J. Wolfgang - interviewed by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on Nutfield Genealogy

David Allen - interviewed by Marian Pierre-Louis on Marian's Roots & Rambles


Lucie Lewis, Ed.D. - interviewed by Cheryll Toney Holley on For All My Relations


Meredith Hoffman - interviewed by Jennifer Shoer on The Scrappy Genealogist



Thanks to all the official NERGC bloggers for their hard work.


Did you miss the first round of NERGC interviews? Read them here.



Photo Caption: 

1. (top) NERGC speaker, Meldon J. Wolfgang
2. (bottom) NERGC speaker, Meredith Hoffman


The New England Regional Genealogical Confe…