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Classes and conference move online

Two more major options for genealogical education — one institute and one conference — have opted to go virtual for 2020.

The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), scheduled for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July, and the National Genealogical Society annual conference, scheduled for Salt Lake City in May, have opted to move into online space for this year, and registration for both is open now.

MAAGI is one of The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite programs, focusing on African-American research and — in a more ordinary year — using the vast resources of the Allen County Public Library to do so.

MAAGI 2020

It will offer four tracks in 2020:

• Fundamental Strategies & Methods, coordinated by Shelley Murphy, B.S., M.A., D.M.

• DNA & Genealogy, coordinated by Bernice Alexander Bennett, B.S., MPH

• Intermediate Genealogy: Pre & Post Slavery Research, coordinated by Janis Minor Forté, B.A., M.A.

• African-Native American Genealogy, coordinated by Angela Walton-Raji, B.A., M.Ed.

Classes are offered over three days, with registration fees of $276.25 for MAAGI members or $325 for non-members. You can register by mail or online (with a convenience fee).

Meanwhile, at NGS, on Wednesday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, there will be one full day of livestreamed presentations, with online chat during each session and a short Q&A after each session, plus a number of classes on demand starting in July. Packages are available with the livestreamed presentations plus 10 or 20 or 45 on-demand sessions.

NGS 2020

The livestreamed presentations will include:

• “Validating Unsourced Online Information,” presented by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

• “Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and Their Records,” presented by yours truly, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

• program and Q&A with Crista Cowan

• Steffani Raff, an award-winning storyteller, takes you on a journey through the history of women’s suffrage with “Echoes of the Women Who Have Gone Before—Celebrating Women’s Suffrage.”

• FamilySearch program and Q&A with David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

• “Turning Witnesses into Evidence,” presented by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

• FamilyTreeDNA program and Q&A with Janine Cloud

• “What If? Learning About DNA Through Case Studies,” presented by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

Registration packages are: light package (livestreamed plus 10 on demand), $150 for NGS members and $185 for non-members; full package (livestreamed plus 20 on demand), $215 for NGS members and $250 for non-members; and the works package (livestreamed plus 45 on demand), $395 for NGS members and $430 for non-members. There’s more information on the registration packages page, and more details about what presentations will be available on demand is forthcoming.

It’s shaping up to be a good year — virtually — for genealogy education.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “More virtual education: MAAGI and NGS,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 30 April 2020).

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