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Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Central Florida Genealogical Society General Meeting.
Family History Center, 45 E. Par Street (Corner of Par & Formosa), Orlando. Subject: Member Research Assistance Panel presentation. Visitors and guests always welcome. Open to the public. Free. For more information call 1-407-629-1972.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
1:00 PM, Ottawa Branch OGS, City of Ottawa Archives

100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa The presentation will be ”Freiman’s Santa Claus Train” by Andrew Jeanes. Ottawa’s premier department store, Freiman’s, operated the Santa Claus Train from 1956 to 1967. Santa boarded the train, surrounded
by children, at Vars, whose former station is now preserved at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. The arrival to a civic welcome at Union Station, followed by a parade down
Rideau Street to Freiman’s was a major Ottawa event. Andrew Jeanes is a Culture Services Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. He will present the story of this favourite Christmas tradition. Contact Info:

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Genealogy Seminar & Luncheon with Lisa Louise Cooke,

at Marina Village in San Diego. Presentations include “Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames”; “Inspiring Ways to Capture the Interest of Family Non-Genealogists”; Get the
Scoop on Your Ancestry with Newspapers”; and “How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure it’s Future”.
For more info, contact San Diego Genealogical Society at

January 25, 2014
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Seaside, California
– 33rd Annual Ancestor Roundup
Genealogy Conference

Ralph Severson, Director of the Oakland Regional Family History Center, is the keynote speaker and one of over a dozen instructors at the all-day genealogy conference. Seminar: $20 includes access to PDF version of syllabus; buffet lunch: $10; printed syllabus: $10 with early registration by January 15, 2014. Sponsored by the Commodore Sloat Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Location: Family History Center and classrooms at the Church, 1024 Noche Buena (at Plumas), Seaside (Monterey County) CA. Information and registration, Serita Sue Woodburn, 831-899-2121 or email

February 1, 2014. The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogical Society is hosting a Presentation by Dr. Roger Minert, a well-known German genealogist/historian.
  The author of more than 70 books and articles on German family history research and German pedagogy, he was a private contractor on family history for 12 years.  He has taught family history research, German family history, German and Latin philosophy.  His expertise lies in German family history research, German language/dialects in old vital records, German and paleography.Seminar topics include:

  • Conducting Family History Research in Germany

  • Status in German Society 1500-1800: Where Did Your Ancestor Fit In?

  • Church and Civil Records in Germany

  • Avoiding Self-Defeating Behaviors.

The seminar will be held at the San Antonio Church Ministry Building, 24445 Rampart Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL.  SWFLGG Members - $30; Non-members - $35.  Home prepared German lunch included. Registration by January 25th required – no walk-ins. Visit the SWFLGG website at for more information and to download the registration form.

February 6–8, 2014, RootsTech, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
To see more detailed information on registration, the comprehensive schedule of presentations, and many other activities, as well as the exhibitors, sponsors, accommodations and more, visit

February 8, 2014
The Pinellas Genealogy Society
will present its annual all-day
educational seminar and book sale at the Largo Library,
Largo, Florida

Jack Butler, former President of the Florida State Genealogy
Society, will be the guest speaker. He is also a member of the
Association of Professional Genealogists, lecturer and author.
By going to our website, you will find information on topics,
agenda, map details and reservations forms at Click on special events, then 2014 Seminar for details and finally click on the registration form near the top of the page.

February 22, 2014
West Valley Genealogical Society, Youngtown, AZ will be hosting a seminar featuring professional researcher and author, Pamela Boyer-Sayre to be held at 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 West Thunderbird Rd., Sun City, AZ.
Presenting four separate topics, this seminar will enrich your genealogy knowledge whether you are a novice or advanced genealogist.  Join us as we all gather to explore how to employ common techniques used by criminal investigators to help solve lineage mysteries such as “who is my great-grandfather?” You Can Go Home Again examines our dialects, accents and regionalisms that provide important clues to our roots. Our speaker co-authored On-line Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History & Heritage with the Power of the Internet; using her expertise, she’ll be guiding us through The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Evaluating Internet Sources. Westward Ho! But How? will have us looking beyond the more usual crossing of the prairies to learn of the great number of Americans who traveled west by way of Panama and will identify sources of records for both military and civilian travelers. For registration information visit: click events/activities/seminar or call 623-933-4945.

Nashville, TN, Saturday, March 15, 2014,  1:00 -  3:00 pm.  PLACE:  FiftyForward Knowles, Patricia Hart Building, (across from the State Fairgrounds) 174 Rains Ave.  SPEAKER: Joe Spann, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Floridian, is currently working in the Music Industry here in Nashville. Mr. Spann, holds a Bachelor's in secondary education. He was the Director of Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library in Bartow, FL., for 21 years, one of the largest genealogy research centers in the southeastern U.S.  In 2007, he graduated from the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. TOPIC: "Albion's Seed: A Deeper Understanding of our English Colonial Ancestors". Many Genealogies contain lists of names, dates, places, without understanding the daily lives of our ancestors. During the program, Mr. Spann will cover four major groups of colonial emigrants and give suggestions on bringing those colonial ancestors to life. No charge for this meeting. Refreshments served. For more information, please visit our website:

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Imperial Polk Genealogical
Society will present a seminar

featuring Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, at
Highland Park Church Of the Nazarene on 4477
Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, Florida. Topics will include: “Staying out of Trouble - The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists” plus more. For details and a registration form, go to

April 30 – May3, 2014
Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center, Sandusky,

GenEx2014, the premier Ohio statewide conference for genealogists and historians interested in all aspects of genealogy and history. Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience, The three and a half day conference will offer innovative genealogical sessions and workshops presented by many nationally known speakers in the genealogical community. The theme, Genealogical Expedition, draws from the perspective of providing a unique and adventuresome experience for conference attendees to help them on their genealogical hunts. For more information visit

May 7–10, 2014
The National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History
Conference will be held in the Greater Richmond Convention

The four-day conference theme is Virginia: The First Frontier,
and will include more than 150 lectures by nationally known experts on topics including: military records, state and federal
records, methodology, and analysis and problem solving. Some
lectures will cover the use of technology (GenTech) including
genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research. Visit for more information.