This blog brings you breaking news about the 15th New England Regional Genealogical Conference and the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


There are only five slots left for the Mechanics of Writing workshop (F-201) with Michael Leclerc. If you're interested in getting hands-on experience turning your research into a family history, don't delay in signing up! Register today at


Both Tech Day tracks -- Research with Technology and Advanced Tools being held on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center -- are approaching a sellout. The cost is $50 per person for four seminars, a lunch presentation, and a luncheon sponsored by If you've been thinking about registering for one of the Tech Day tracks, don't delay. Register today at

Friday, February 27, 2015


A reminder that "Early Bird" Registration for the 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference being held 15-18 April in Providence, RI ends tomorrow, Saturday 28. Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist," Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, D. Joshua Taylor, host of the PBS show Ancestors Roadshow, Michael J. Leclerc, Laura G. Prescott, Maureen A. Taylor are among the great lineup of speakers -- in all over 90 lectures plus the Ancestors Road Show, Special Interest Groups, workshops, luncheons and banquets, the Exhibit Hall, the Society Fair, and more. If you haven't registered yet, why pay full price? Register by tomorrow, Saturday, February 28 and save $30 on the full conference and another $10 on Tech Day. The savings will pay for a workshop or banquet! The 2015 NERGC registration brochure and online registration are available at To register by postal mail, see p. 16 of the brochure. Don’t delay, register today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Meet Michael J. Hall - 2015 NERGC Speaker

 Michael J. Hall

Meet Michael J. Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch in today's interview by Linda Hall Little of Passage to the Past's Blog.

NERGC Early Bird Registration ($120) ends February 28, 2015.
Single day registration increases from $90 to $100 after February 28, 2015.

95+ Genealogy Lectures for you to choose from!

15 - 18 April 2015
New England Regional Genealogical Conference
The Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

View the program brochure here and register here.

See you in Providence!


The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is just around the corner, 15-18 April at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The conference will include more than 90 lectures by speakers including Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist"; Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast; and Genealogy Roadshow host Joshua Taylor, as well as Librarians and Teachers Day, Tech Day, Ancestors Roadshow, Special Interest Groups, workshops, and a bonus track of presentations in the Exhibit Hall. Why pay full price? Save 20% by registering now! The Early Bird registration deadline is this Saturday, February 28th. To register online or download the Program Brochure, go to See you in Providence!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Legal Genealogist Comes to NERGC! Welcome to Providence, Judy Russell!

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.

Judy's presentations include:

No Person Shall... Gallop Horses in the Streets (T-105)
Facts, Photos and Fair Use (T-122)
Don't Forget the Ladies: A Genealogists Guide to Women and the Law (F-215)
How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists (S-334)

Judy will also be the speaker for the Saturday luncheon sponsored by The Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists  (S-317)
This was supposed to be the Age of the Information Superhighway. Instead, even as so many records are coming online, doors are being slammed shut on so many more – often records that aren’t and won’t be online, now and perhaps ever. As a community and as individuals, learn what we can do to protect records access.
Choice of:
Grilled Chicken Di Parma - $36.00
Baked Scrod w/ Tomato Caper Lemon Sauce - $36.00
Vegetarian - Portabella Stack w/ Sundried Tomato Coulis - $34.00

To download the brochure or register, please go to

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Save $30 on the full conference and another $10 on Tech Day. The savings will pay for a workshop or banquet! The 2015 NERGC registration brochure and online registration are available at To register by postal mail, see p. 16 of the brochure. Don’t delay, register today!

Friday, February 20, 2015


Special Interest Groups will be held on Thursday, April 16th, from 7:45 to 9 p.m. They offer participants an informal opportunity to get together with others with similar interests to discuss ideas for genealogy research on a particular topic. Room locations will be posted at the Conference. The SIGS are:

Rhode Island Research:

Looking for Rhode Island ancestors? What records can be found, and where will you find them? We'll discuss the standard sources and some which are more obscure. Come with your questions. Hosted by Helen Smith.

DNA Research:

Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA as it relates to family history. DNA is one of the most powerful tools available to modern genealogists. Join us for a discussion about available tests, testing companies, and how personal genomics can help you advance your family history when your paper trail runs out. Hosted by Jennifer Zinck and Blaine Bettinger.

Genealogy Blogging:

What is a genealogy blog? Do you read genealogy blogs? Do you write your own blog? Have you ever thought of starting your own? Come meet some bloggers and learn all about blogging! Hosted by Heather Wilkinson Rojo.

Irish-American Research:

Can't find the place of origin for your Irish ancestor? Come join Michael Brophy as he leads a discussion group with other Irish-American researchers. We will discuss sources and strategies for finding your elusive Irish ancestors across the Atlantic. We will also discuss the ever-growing world of Irish research over the internet and the best sources to use for doing Irish research here at home and in Ireland. Hosted by Michael Brophy.

French-Canadian Research:

Come to this discussion of  French Canadian genealogy, hosted by the American-French Genealogical Society. Learn about available resources and tips to find your ancestors. Ask questions, and share your knowledge with the group. One topic will be the “King’s Daughters,” or “Les Filles du Roi.” If you have traced your line back to one of these women and have participated in our certificate program, please wear your pin. Enjoy some French Canadian music before and after our discussion. Some light refreshments will be served. Hosted by Jan Burkhart.

Italian Research:

Do you have Italian ancestors? Italian genealogical research has exploded in the last 15 years. The resources available to today's family historian will amaze you. Bring along your research, problem ancestors, and questions about Italian records and hopefully we will be able to give you new avenues and sources to further your family tree in Italy and the US. Hosted by Marcia Iannnizzi Melnyk.

Jewish Genealogy:

Come join us to talk about strategies and hints for researching your Jewish ancestors. Depending on your interests, we might look at how to find the records of your immigrant ancestors, both here and in the "old country"; how to find people if they've changed their names; how to find the villages that your ancestors came from; and how to locate families lost or scattered by the Holocaust. Bring your questions and research problems and we'll look at both online and local resources that could help you in your search. Hosted by Meredith Hoffman.

Scandinavian Research:

Connect with other genealogists doing research in Scandinavia. This is an ideal way to network with others who share your interest. This special interest group offers something for genealogists at any level. Hosted by Sharon Christenson.

Becoming a Professional Genealogist:

You love the thrill of the research hunt and think it would be heaven to be paid, too. Learn what you need to consider before and during your transition to becoming a professional. Hosted by Shellee Morehead.