Wednesday, January 23, 2008

BGC Workshop ot NGS 2008 May (Kansas City)

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was distributed late yesterday by our friends at the National Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries to: Jeanne Lund

Arlington, VA.
22 January 2008

Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Education Fund Workshop at the National Genealogical Society 2008 Annual Conference and Family History Fair in Kansas City, Missouri.

May 14-17, 2008, will mark the 30th Annual National Genealogical Society Conference in the States and Family History Fair. The 2008 conference will be held in conjunction with local hosts – Missouri State Genealogical Association, Mid-Continent Public Library, Northland Genealogy Society, APG Heartland Chapter, and Johnson County, Kansas, Genealogical Society.

Family historians and genealogists who would like to further their personal education and experience in genealogy should consider attending the BCG Education Fund Workshop – which will be held on Tuesday, 13 May 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop will be run by Barbara Matthews, CG, and Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG.

The workshop, entitled Putting Skills to Work: Evaluation and Documentation, is all all-day workshop that is open to all genealogists. There is a fee of $90 for the workshop, which includes lunch and the workshop syllabus. The workshop will provide hands-on practice in two important genealogical skills: evaluating evidence and documenting genealogical research. All attendees will participate in sessions about both topics. Each session will include lecture time to review the pertinent standards, hands-on practice time, a review of the practice sessions, and a final wrap-up. Barbara Mathews, Chair of the BCG Education Fund, will lead the sessions on evaluation and Thomas Jones will lead the sessions on documentation.

Attendance is limited to 60 people, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early. Further information on this workshop and BCG certification can be found on the BCG website at:

The main NGS Conference will be held Wednesday, 14 May, through Saturday, 17 May, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The conference features 4 days of educational sessions for the beginner to the more experienced family history researcher. In addition, the Family History Fair will feature over 150 exhibitors of genealogical goods and services, including genealogical software companies, book sellers, genealogical and historical societies, gifts, maps, and more. The exhibit hall is attached to the main conference center and is open to conference attendees and the general public at no charge.

Midwest research, homesteading records, military records, National Archives records, writing, state research sources, methodology, computer topics, a BCG Skillbuilding track, adoption research, African American research, land records, German research are among the many topics covered in the over 150 sessions. A DNA track and several computer labs as well as other workshops are among the many special presentations.

Numerous social events will be held throughout the conference including a Show Me Missouri Wines reception; reception at Mid-Continent Public Library; reception at the National World War I Museum; ISFHWE dinner and NGS banquet. There will also be several luncheons by participating genealogical organizations each day of the conference. (Charges for social events vary; see the brochure for details.)

The full program is available online at Online registration is now open. A full conference brochure PDF can be downloaded at the NGS website.

The National Genealogical Society was founded in 1903, and is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. The NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.

Further information on the NGS Conference in the States & Family History Fair can be found at the NGS website at:

Jeanne Lund
(703) 525-0050, ext. 112
(703) 525-0052 (Fax)

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