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Three weeks to go

Since The Legal Genealogist has been in a New York frame of mind this week, what with the NYC Municipal Archives having such great terms of use1 and my beloved Yankees winning yet another championship,2 let’s go ahead and round out the week with a reminder that there are only three weeks to go before The Genealogy Event in New York City — a first of its kind two-day genealogy extravaganza at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

There’s quite a mix being offered in this two-day show: everything from loads of presentations on a variety of topics running from DNA to heritage genealogy (African-American, Irish, Italian and Jewish), to one-on-one sessions with experts, to an exhibit hall with a wide variety of genealogical products and services (and some show specials that are awfully attractive).

There’s even a session called Past to Apron, an hour-long Friday session focusing on how food provides clues to the past (a light savory and sweet tasting included).

The show gets underway on Friday, October 26th, when it runs from noon until 7 p.m., and picks up at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 27th, and runs until 6 p.m. You’ll need a ticket — the cost of $15 a day — and it’s easy to buy them online in advance.

Doing that lets you reserve a spot in any of the 40 lecture sessions — at least, if space is still available. Some are already filled!

There are some really terrific speakers lined up for this event.Terry Koch-Bostic on problems with surnames. Maureen Taylor on following the clues in photos. Laura Prescott on genealogy apps. Lou Szucs on the immigration centers of Castle Garden and Ellis Island. Ron Aarons on finding the living. Dorothy Dougherty on the genealogical resources of the National Archives.

And … um … uh …. I know I’m forgetting somebody … um …

Oh yeah.


I’ll be speaking on Friday, October 26, at 1:15 p.m., and on Saturday, October 27, at 11 a.m., about The ABCs of DNA. So if you’re in the area and you’ve been thinking about sticking your toes in the waters of genetic genealogy, come join me and we’ll go over the basics of what you need to know to choose the right test for you.

For more information about The Genealogy Event, visit its website or its Facebook page. Click here for travel directions for the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th).


  1. See Judy G. Russell, “NYC Photo Archives terms of use,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 3 Oct 2012 ( : accessed 4 Oct 2012).
  2. Ibid., “Those d**ned Yankees,” posted 4 Oct 2012.
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