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Embracing the Power of Technology for Family History (with George G. Morgan and Drew Smith)

Where: 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

When: May 1, 2011 9:30AM - 4:30PM


The New England Historic Genealogical Society is proud to present, “Embracing the Power of Technology for Family History,” a special seminar with The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, Sunday, May 1, 2011.  

Schedule of Events

9:30am Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:00am Opening Remarks and Keynote Address, New Ways to Research Our Roots, presented by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
11:30am Option A: Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers, Drew Smith
Option B: Planning a Very Successful Research Trip, George G. Morgan
12:30pm Lunch (on your own)
Option A: Something Wiki This Way Comes, Drew Smith

Option B: Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online, George G. Morgan
3:30pm Option A: The Family History in Your Cells: Using DNA for Genealogical Research, Drew Smith
  Option B: Locating and Ordering English BMDs, George G. Morgan

About our Speakers 

George G. Morgan is an internationally-recognized genealogy expert, author, and lecturer. He is the prolific author of eight books and literally hundreds of magazine, journal, and online articles in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and Singapore. His two most recent books are How to Do Everything: Genealogy (2nd edition, McGraw-Hill) and The Official Guide to (2nd edition, Ancestry Publishing). He is the Vice President of Membership Services of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Director of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and is the former Publicity Director for the Florida State Genealogical Society. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and more than a dozen societies in the U.S. and U.K.

Drew Smith, MLS, is the Information Literacy Librarian at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He, too, is a nationally-recognized genealogical author and lecturer.  He has been a freelance writer and regular contributor to online and print publications for over a decade. He is the founder and administrator of the GENALIB mailing, a service for librarians serving genealogists. His landmark book, Social Networking for Genealogists, published in April of 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Co. (, is a runaway bestseller around the world, and has received rave reviews by Library Journal, Ancestors Magazine (published by The National Archives in the U.K.), and other publications.

Class Descriptions

The Family History in Your Cells: Using DNA for Genealogical Research: Are you afraid to try DNA as a research tool because the science seems intimidating? This overview will explain how DNA relates to genealogy, what kinds of DNA tests are available, and how researchers can share test results with each other.

Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online: The compiling of genealogical pedigrees has been done for thousands of years. The publication of family histories in printed form dates from the late 1400s or early 1500s, and most of these were produced for royalty and nobility. Today, family histories in narrative form are available in printed form and on the Internet. In this class, you will learn how to maximize your searches to locate both print and electronic materials. Learn about WorldCat,, HeritageQuest® Online, Google Books, NEHGS, Brigham Young University and their digitization projects, and elsewhere.

Locating and Ordering English BMDs: Civil Registration was implemented in England and Wales shortly after Victoria ascended the English throne in 1837. Law required the registration of all births, Marriages, Deaths, and later Divorces, with fines assessed for failure to comply. This seminar presents an infallible methodology for locating English and Welsh birth, marriage, and death entries in the online BMD registers from 1837 to 1986, and then how to order copies online from the General Register Office (GRO).

New Ways to Research Our Roots: The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, set the stage for the day with a spirited dialogue about how genealogical research has been  changed by technology in the last decade. New facilities have been added to our research toolboxes and an explosion of electronic content has enhanced the traditional investigation, entry, and documentation of our findings.

Planning a Very Successful Genealogical Research Trip Regardless of whether you're going to the library or heading out on a genealogical vacation, advance preparation is essential. You have to know who you are researching, what information you hope to find, what resources are available, and where to find them. A well-organized genealogist is the most effective researcher. This seminar discusses numerous online resources you can use to prepare for the most effective genealogical research trips you'll ever make. We'll examine maps, webpages, mailing lists, city government sites, libraries and archives, genealogical and historical societies, family associations, churches, and other resources you should use to gather advance information to help develop your research schedule.  Learn to maximize your research time,

Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers: New technology tools provide exciting new ways to connect with other researchers. From blogs to wikis, Flickr to YouTube, social bookmarking to LibraryThing, and Facebook to Twitter, this presentation will provide a grand tour of many different categories of social networking tools that can add power and fun to research. The speaker is the author of the landmark book, Social Networking for Genealogists.

Something Wiki This Way Comes: Wikipedia transformed the search for general information, and now genealogists have the FamilySearch Research Wiki and the Family History Wiki. Learn what a wiki is, how to navigate it, and how to contribute your own content in order to help others.

Registration Details

            Seminar Cost: $85 (includes continental breakfast, class handouts, and sessions).

            Register online or download and print a registration form.

            Space is limited; please register by April 15, 2011.

            For further information e-mail or call 617-226-1226.

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