Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Oregon: 19 July 2008 conference

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Genealogical Council of Oregon. Please address all inquiries to Connie Lenzen,

Genealogical Council of Oregon
Oregon Statewide Biennial Genealogy Conference

The Genealogical Council of Oregon (GCO) will hold its Oregon Statewide Biennial Genealogy Online & Onsite Conference on Saturday, July 19th, 2008, at Eugene, Oregon.

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Yet, it can be one of the most difficult to accomplish. It seems as if that one elusive document that we know will provide conclusive proof of kinship is hidden somewhere.

In the pre-Internet days, the pace of doing genealogy was slow. Genealogists wrote a letter and waited weeks for a reply. They took notes by hand because there were no copy machines.

With the advent of the Internet, the pace picked up, but there was still the question of where was that elusive record.

Attend this conference and learn how to go online and onsite to find the documents that your ancestors generated. Learn what to do with the documents when you have found them Cyndi Howells, noted for her web site, her 30+years of experience in genealogical work and as author of numerous books on the subject, is the keynote speaker and will make three presentations during this one day conference.

Topics by other speakers include:

  • Researching Military Records
  • Finding Death Data on the Net
  • Consider the Source: Cite Your Sources
  • Going There, Walking their Ground…Doing On-site Research
  • What if You Can’t Afford to Do Onsite Research
  • Accessing Library Collections without Leaving Home and Using Online Resources to Find the Death Date and Obit of Mercer Girl Annie, A Case Study.

Sit down for a one-on-one consultation with an archivist from the Pacific-Alaska branch of the National Archives.

Talk to a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists - Oregon Chapter about your brick wall problems.

Hear about FamilySearchIndexing and how you or your society may participate.

Registrations that are postmarked by June 25 are $45 (GCO members) and $50 (non-members of GCO), luncheon buffet $15, GCO membership $10, Extra syllabus (one included with registration $10. Registrations made after June 25 are $5 more. Send Registration Check made out to GCO to: GCO Conference, 1349 Parkway Dr NW, Salem, OR 97304.

A copy of the registration form with full details about all sessions and fees is available at or contact the
Conference Chair: Connie Lenzen,

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