Saturday, May 03, 2008

WholyGenes: Cruise line-up 31 Oct 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Several interesting emails have come from our friends, the creators of The Master Genealogist. Please address all conference inquires to


Wholly Genes, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, is proud to announce the lecture series for the 4th annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise, October 26-November 2, 2008, the largest genealogy conference on the seas.

This year's star-studded lineup of twelve speakers is perhaps the most impressive in the history of this popular event. An amazing range of genealogical topics will be presented, including U.S., UK, and Irish resources, land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, pension records, DNA, mapping tools and other online resources, as well as expert methodology and problem-solving techniques. More than 400 people are expected to attend this event which has sold out in each of the previous years because of the quality of the speakers and the surprisingly low cost. In fact, it is already more than half sold out even though the lectures were not previously announced and it is more than 6 months away.
Attendees will improve their research skills while the ship is at sea, relax in the comradery of friends, family, and fellow researchers at night, and enjoy uninterrupted vacation time on four tropical Caribbean islands (St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico). They will even have opportunities for private consultations, meals, and other elbow-rubbing with some of the most famous professional genealogists from the U.S., England, and Ireland.

The announced lectures include:

  • Genealogical Problem Solving: Professional Tips for Everyday Success by Elizabeth
    Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS
    Faced with a brick wall? Finding a new database or more books to buy is usually not the answer. Those walls crumble when you learn more effective ways to use common records and advanced techniques for tracking elusive ancestors. This lecture covers twelve important techniques to apply every day you do research.

  • The Identity Crisis: Right Name, Wrong Man? Wrong Name, Right Man? by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS What do we do with ancestors whose names don't 'match' from one record to the next? Or those who pose the opposite problem: too many men or women of the same name? This session examines social customs and naming patterns that cause ancestors to be known by different names, then offers techniques by which we can establish that any two records do or do not apply to the same person.

  • Tracing Land Ownership by Barbara Vines Little, CG Provides a detailed description of how to trace land ownership including of the laws of inheritance and tax law and records.

  • Femme Covert or Femme Sole: Women and the Law by Barbara Vines Little, CG This lecture covers English common law and its effect on women from the colonial period through the Civil War. A woman, whether servant, slave or free, frequently lost and gained property and other rights based upon her age and marital status. In order to successfully research women, it is necessary to understand these rights and how and under what conditions they changed.

  • The Naming of the Green: Irish place names and surnames by John Grenham The deeply tribal and territorial nature of early Gaelic society resulted in strong connections between particular Irish surnames and localities, connections that can facilitate and illuminate Irish genealogical research. The talk details the adoption and development of surnames and place-names in Ireland, with a view to providing a context for research and with particular attention paid to the implications for research in the major Irish sources.

  • Irish Genealogy Online by John Grenham For a variety of reasons, Irish records have long been more difficult to research online than the records of many other parts of the world. This is now changing. The talk gives some background and details the slow process of Ireland coming on line.

  • Genealogical sources for migrants on the move within the UK by John Titford, LHG FSG
    An examination of a range of resource material, some of it mainstream, some delightfully different, including Parish registers, maps, Quarter Sessions records, poor law records of settlement and migration, personal diaries, and non-conformist chapel minute books. Examples will focus on "bounce-backers," migrants within the UK who left home and then returned.

  • How to write your family history by John Titford, LHG FSG A look at reasons why you should write your family history, complete with comprehensive guidance on how to do it, based upon the speaker's best-selling book on the subject.

  • Finding Your Ancestors in City Directories by Tony Burroughs, FUGA Whether they lived in large cities or small towns, ancestors can be tracked from year to year. While following this trail, genealogists can pinpoint deaths, marriages, migrations, and also discover occupations
    and employers. Methods, records, sources and case studies will be presented.

  • Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil War? by Tony Burroughs, FUGA How can you determine if one of your ancestor's served in the Civil War? How can you verify oral history which says one of your ancestor's served in the Civil War? If you know their ancestor served in the Civil War, how can you investigate you ancestor's war experiences? This lecture demonstrates strategies for identifying Civil War ancestors, provides methods of proving genealogical relationships, illustrates Civil War records and resources, and discusses navigating through records at the National Archives.

  • Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
    Surname studies using Y-DNA tests are a popular and obvious application of genetic testing for genealogical purposes, but are you aware of your other options? Come learn about mtDNA, SNP, BioGeographical and ethnic tests, as well as the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and the Genographic Project, and determine if one or more of them is right for you.

  • Right Annie, Wrong Annie by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak An Irish lass, Annie Moore, tripped down a gangplank and into the pages of history in 1892 when she became the first immigrant to arrive at Ellis Island. But less than a century later, an Illinois-born Annie Moore had somehow taken her place and was celebrated in song, statue and literature. That all ended when some stubborn genealogists decided to use their sleuthing skills to seek out the right Annie. Come learn how she and her true descendants reclaimed their rightful place in history
    when their reunion was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor by Craig Scott, MA, CG Want to join the DAR or SAR? Having difficulty locating and proving the service of the elusive ancestor. This lecture will get you started in the right direction to locate and prove the service of your Revolutionary War ancestor. It will take you further into the records than you have gone efore.

  • Beyond Pension Research: You stopped too soon!! by Craig Scott, MA, CG Pension application files provide a rich source of genealogical information and they lead to other information about our ancestors. Understanding pension law, pension ledgers, payment vouchers and claims will add to your understanding of your ancestor and his immediate

  • Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online by Cyndi Howells The Internet is a source for a variety of maps and geographical tools that will help you in your research. From new maps and atlases with online driving directions to old gazetteers with county lines and ancient place names, the Internet has them all. We'll explore those resources, ideas for using them, and integrating them into your research routine.

  • Virtual Cousin Research Project by Cyndi Howells Ideas to coordinate research efforts with fellow genealogists and cousins online. Work with Internet-specific tools (calendars, blogs, wikis, Google, etc.) to make communicating, organization, and research efforts a success.

Although the following additional experts are not scheduled to give a lecture, they will participate in various events and provide private consultations:

  • Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project for NEHGS

  • Sandra Hewlett, CG, professional researcher and councilor for NEHGS

  • Dick Eastman, technology expert and editor of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

In a surprise move that will be welcomed by many researchers, the organizers have recently added David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Online Genealogist, to the speaker list. David will moderate a series of evening group discussions and take questions from attendees. Similar ad hoc gatherings in previous years proved very popular so David's roundtable discussions are expected to draw large crowds.

Users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) will find a separate series of lectures that are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of that software and its companion programs. Pesentations or consultations will be available from Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes, members of the technical support staff, as well as many of the best-known experts in the TMG community, including John Cardinal, Jim Byram, and Lee Hoffman.

Two group cocktail parties, an optional shore excursion to the Library of the Caribbean on St. Thomas, and other special events are also being planned.

Best of all, seven days and nights on a luxury cruise ship, a full-fledged genealogy conference, and an exotic Caribbean holiday will cost less than a typical week's vacation at the beach. At prices that start at less than $850 per person (including food, ship-board entertainment, and all conference
events), it will be a memorable event and a cost-effective investment in your research. Roommates are available for those who would be traveling alone.

For more information about the 4th annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise, visit

About the company
Wholly Genes Software is a privately held corporation founded in 1993 with the goal of providing professional-caliber software tools to family historians. Its flagship product, The Master Genealogist, is among the highest rated family history project managers and is in use in more than 30 countries around the world.

Barbara Grempler, Conference Chair
Wholly Genes, Inc.
9110 Red Branch Road, STE O
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-715-2260 x160

Reservations: 1-800-377-9383 x8 (toll free in the U.S.)

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