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Early bird registration for NYSFHC

It’s always easy to see where The Legal Genealogist is speaking.

There’s a calendar on The Legal Genealogist‘s website, under the Lectures menu, with the Upcoming Lectures icon, that says when and where — like the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Georgia next week, and McHGenry County, Illinois, and Charleston, South Carolina, in July.

What isn’t always easy to see is how to save a little bit of money with some of these events… and we all know that genealogists love to save money.

So, in today’s New York State of mind, here’s a way to save $30 if you’re a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society — and $20 if you’re not.

All you need to do is register before midnight tomorrow, Thursday, May 31, for the 2018 New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC), to be held in Tarrytown on September 13-15.


It’s an early bird special rate on this conference, which has sold out every year it’s every been held, and with good reason. Take a gander at the presenters and topics:

Thursday, September 13:

Morning workshops:

Mapping Your Ancestors, Frederick Wertz
Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search, Thomas W. Jones

Afternoon sessions:

30 Resources for Tracing New Englanders in New York, D. Joshua Taylor
More than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research, Judy G. Russell
Unlocking Roman Catholic Records on Findmypast, Jen Baldwin
DNA Testing for Genealogy: The Basics, Janine Cloud
A Tour of Upstate New York Genealogical Research Repositories: Some Gems, Jane E. Wilcox
Lesser-Known Collections at the NYC Municipal Archives, Susan R. Miller
Westchester County Archives, Jackie Graziano Interviewed by Meryl Schumacker
Behind the Scenes of DNA Testing and Living DNA, David Nicholson and Katie Welka

Friday, September 14:

Courting the Empire State: New York’s Early Court Records, Judy G. Russell
Genealogy and Maps, Philip Sutton
Solve Research Problems Using Surname Variants & Surname Mapping Tools, Terry Koch-Bostic
Tracing Your European Ancestry, David Nicholson and Katie Welka
Using Geo-Tech Tools to Answer New York Research Questions, Frederick Wertz
Finding Your Own Jewish Roots, Lauren Orenstein
New Jersey’s Early Land Records: Unprecedented Access to Colonial Sources, Joseph R. Klett
DNA 101: From Taking the Test to Understanding the Results, Mike Mansfield
Researching New York Dutch Families, Henry B. Hoff
African-American Families in The Hills Community, 1830–1890s, Westchester County, NY, Edythe Ann Quinn
Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion, Thomas W. Jones
Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? Blaine T. Bettinger
Pre-1850 New York City Methodology, Meryl Schumacker
New York State Archives Content Digitized by, New York State Archives
Writ in Stone: Cemeteries and Genealogy, Judy G. Russell
Y-DNA and the Peopling of Europe, Jim Brewster
Happily (N)ever After: Using Divorce Records, Michael Provard
Using’s Records Online, D. Joshua Taylor
Genealogy Resources at the Center for Jewish History, J.D. Arden
DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard, Blaine T. Bettinger

Saturday, September 15:

New York Records and Resources at, Cherie Bush
Chancery Court Records Held at the New York State Archives, New York State Archives
MyHeritage’s Powerful and Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries, Mike Mansfield
Shared Matches and Genetic Networks, Blaine T. Bettinger
Outstanding Long Island Research Repositories and Resources, Terry Koch-Bostic
Researching African Americans in Pre-Emancipation New York, Meryl Schumacker
Genealogy in Context: Using History to Find (more than just) Family Facts, Susan Kriete
The Science of Genetic Genealogy, David Nicholson and Katie Welka
Navigating NYG&B Member Resources for New York Genealogy, Frederick Wertz and Susan R. Miller
They Became American: Our Ancestor’s Naturalization, Jen Baldwin
Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How, Thomas W. Jones
Writing Your Family History, Kyle Hurst
Small Footprint, Big Apple: Researching Ancestors of Meager Means and even Less Fame in 18th Century NYC, Judith A. Herbert
Turnpikes, Canals, and Railroads: Transportation and Migration in New York State, Karen Mauer Jones
Uncharted Waters: Diving into the Holdings of the New York State Archives, Jane E. Wilcox
Copyright Mythconceptions, Judy G. Russell

Conference registration is $165 for NYG&B members and $195 for non-members through midnight tomorrow night. At that point until registration fills up, it’s $195 for NYG&B members and $215 for non-members.

You can get more information on the NYSFHC website, and the registration page is here.

Hope to see you in Tarrytown!

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