Join Me at Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference

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I will be one of several instructors at the Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference, September 14-16, 2012. I hope you’ll join me and others for this fun and unique event in the genealogy community.

What Will You Find at a Virtual Genealogy Conference?

This will be my 3rd virtual conference for Family Tree University and not only are they just as much fun as attending a genealogy conference in-person, but you get to learn at your own pace over the three day period!

What will I be teaching at the virtual conference? Here’s a list of my pre-recorded sessions that you can view during the conference:

  • Power Up Your Web Searches: Feel like your Googling is going nowhere? Learn to pull those elusive ancestors out from the depths of genealogy websites with this class on how to sharpen your search skills.
  • Tricks for Using The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ free genealogy website offers a plethora of searchable family trees, historical records and resources—but how do you find what you’re looking for? This class will show you how to become a seasoned and savvy FamilySearch navigator.
In addition, you’ll be able to view 13 other sessions presented by Lisa Louise Cook, Denise Levenick, Diana Crisman Smith, Lisa Alzo, Gena-Philibert Ortega and other genealogy educators!

Chats, Networking and a Virtual Swag Bag!

Not only can you view the pre-recorded webinars at your own pace, but there are many ways to interact with other attendees as well.

For me, the best part of the virtual conference is participating in one of the live chats. It is like being able to “pick the brain” of an expert in a subject matter.  Here are some of the chat topics for the upcoming virtual conference:

  • Choosing a Cloud Genealogy Program
  • Best Genealogy Tablet Apps
  • Discussing Source Documentation
  • Researching Courthouse Records
  • Sunday Brunch Free-For-Fall
  • Share Your Stumpers: Ideas for Your Brick-Wall Problems

In addition there is a running message board all weekend long and event a virtual gift bag filled with goodies! Check out the program of classes and events here and then make sure you sign up soon before the Early Bird Registration ends!

Early Bird Registration Ends August 10, 2012!

The early bird registration period for the conference ends this Friday, August 10, at 11:59 p.m. Early bird registration costs $159.99, and is a savings of $50 over the regular registration fee.

To take advantage of the early bird pricing, click here and enter discount code FTUVCEARLY at checkout.

Disclosure: I am an author at Family Tree Magazine and I’ve conducted several webinars for Family Tree University. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy-related vendors.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

FGS 2012 Blogger Beads . . . Sponsored by DearMYRTLE!

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GeneaBloggers is pleased to announce that the blogger beads for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama will be sponsored by DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy, and founder of, a centralized calendar and blog. Myrt picked out some wonderful red, white and blue beads for this year’s event!

The current list of GeneaBloggers members attending FGS 2012 can be found here. Bloggers should be sure to see Myrt in the Exhibit Hall after the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Thanks Myrt! We appreciate your support!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Who’ll Be At FGS 2012 in Birmingham?

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There will be members of GeneaBloggers present at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama from August 29 – September 1, 2012. If you are a member of GeneaBloggers and you will be attending, please let us know by sending an email to and you’ll be added to the list below.

Lisa Alzo
The Accidental Genealogist

Ruth Blair
The Passionate Genealogist

Diane Boumenot
One Rhode Island Family

Bruce Buzbee
RootsMagic Blog

Kathy Chastain
James County Tennessee Historical Society

Amy Coffin
We Tree

Amy Johnson Crow, CGsm
Amy’s Genealogy Blog

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog
MyHeritage Genealogy Blog
International Jewish Graveyard Rabbit

Dick Eastman
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGLsm
My Family Research
North Georgia Families
Woodward Families

Kay Haden
Leaves of the Tree

Daniel Horowitz
My Heritage (English)
My Heritage (Spanish)

Tonia Kendrick
Tonia’s Roots 

Jenny Lanctot
Are My Roots Showing?

Thomas MacEntee

Jamie Mayhew
Branches of My Family Tree
Reflections on Genealogy Research

Linda McCauley
Documenting the Details

Leland Meitzler

Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Finding Forgotten Stories

George Morgan
The Genealogy Guys

Mark Olsen

Diane Richard
Upfront with NGS

Drew Smith
The Genealogy Guys

Paula Stuart-Warren, CGsm
Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

Debbie Parker Wayne, CGsm
Deb’s Delvings

Sue Tolbert
Nana’s Diggins

Note: CG, Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists of Washington, DC, and used under license.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee