Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TMG: 8th Annual cruise and conference

8th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise
The largest family history conference on the seas!
Hosted by Wholly Genes, Inc. 
September 16-23, 2012

17+ classes
7 night cruise
6 speakers
3 exciting ports 

From $979 including cruise, conference, food and shipboard entertainment.

Join us for an educational and fun-filled voyage to Alaska while we learn about genealogical research methods, sources, tools, and technologies from some of the foremost experts in those fields.

You'll be among friends (old and new) and fellow researchers from around the world.  While the ship is at sea, you will soak up new knowledge and research skills through a lecture series that rivals many regional or national genealogy conferences.  On port days, you’ll wake to discover that the splendor of Alaska has been delivered to your front door, including the beautiful vistas and abundant wildlife of the Inside Passage, the Tracy Arm Fjord and the twin Sawyer glaciers!

Bring your spouse/companion who will find plenty to do on board while you enhance your research skills. Then spend the meals, evenings, and port days together for a truly memorable vacation!

This event is nearly always sold out so register early to avoid missing your chance to join us!

This annual conference has a reputation for a stellar lineup of speakers, but this year is one of our best! These include some of the preeminent genealogists in the country; the professionals who teach the professionals. But now they are ready to teach you! Lectures will be targeted to the typical family researcher but will include material that will be valuable to even the most experienced genealogists.  Plus, you'll have access to these speakers in one-on-one and small group settings to pick their brains about your specific research challenges.

Genes, Inc., makes family history software, the 17+ hours of genealogical lectures are completely software-neutral and relevant to all researchers. Non-competing lecture time is set aside for users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) who want to learn how to make the best use of that software's features and companion products.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS: Co-Editor of the NGS Quarterly, past President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and expert on research in Ireland and East Coast States, especially Georgia and Virginia.

J. Mark Lowe, CG: Past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), past Vice-President of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild (GSG), and expert in land records, migration, court records, and church records (Baptists, Methodists, and Moravians). 

Debra S. Mieszala, CG: Certified genealogist and expert in forensic genealogy and research in Midwest States, especially Illinois.

Paul Milner, M.Div.: Professional genealogist and expert in British Isles research, migration, and Lutheran records.

Craig Scott, MA, CG: Expert in military records, Federal records, Government publications, Scottish records, Quaker records, and book publishing.

Thomas MacEntee: Creator of GeneaBloggers. Expert in using technology and social media for genealogical research.

The conference will be held on the luxurious Star Princess traveling roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, with visits to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, Alaska, and a brief stop in Victoria, British Columbia.  No lectures are scheduled during designated “Scenic Cruising” time or while the ship is at port so you can spend your port days exploring the local sites, wandering the street markets, watching a lumberjack show or other examples of local color. 

Date Port of Call
Sep 16 Seattle, Washington
4:00 pm
Sep 17
At Sea
All Day
Sep 18
Ketchikan, Alaska
6:30 am
4:00 pm
Sep 19
Tracy Arm Fjord and twin Sawyer glaciers (Scenic Cruising)
6:00 am
10:00 am
Sep 19
Juneau, Alaska
2:00 pm
10:00 pm
Sep 20
Skagway, Alaska
6:00 am
5:00 pm
Sep 21
At Sea
All Day
Sep 22
At Sea
until 7:00 pm
Sep 22
Victoria, British Columbia
7:00 pm
12:00 am
Sep 23 Seattle, Washington
7:00 am

The Star Princess is a Grand class ship owned by Princess Cruise Lines. It was christened in 2001 and renovated in December, 2011. It is 109,000 tons and holds 2590 passengers and 1150 crew.  It has two full broadway-style theaters for our conference events, as well as five pools, five hot tubs, a fitness center, spa, running track, basketball and tennis courts, a nine-hole putting course, golf simulator, nightclub, art gallery, library, wedding chapel, casino, Internet cafĂ©, and a variety of bars and lounges.

Prices start at $979 per person (inside cabin, double occupancy) subject to availability. That includes food, port fees and taxes, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference lectures and group events. The price does NOT include travel to/from Seattle, alcohol, tips, or optional guided shore excursions.  Roommate-finding assistance is available for those who need it.

Spouses and families are welcome and discount family rates (triple or quad occupancy) are available.  A limited number of handicapped-accessible cabins are also available.  A free "Kids and Teens" program keeps children engaged, entertained, and occupied.

For more information including:
·         Speaker biographies
·         Lecture descriptions
·         Roommate finding assistance
·         Detailed pricing options
·         Deck plans and cabin options
·         Conference/Cruise discussion forum

Or to make a reservation:
Call our group travel agent, The Cruise Web, toll free in the U.S. between 9am and 5pm Eastern (Mon-Fri) at -1-800-377-9383 x2.

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