Calling RootsTech attendees: Ancestry needs you! is looking for RootsTech 2015 attendees to provide product and service feedback - you could receive a $50 Amazon gift card and more! depends on user input to help mold the future generation of their offerings. A range of opportunities are being planned here at RootsTech for participants to share their impressions of upcoming Ancestry features across multiple products.  These will include both focus groups and individual interviews during the conference.

They are looking for subscribers of all levels of expertise, membership tenure, and tree size. To be considered, please fill out the following online questionnaire and members of Ancestry’s User Research team will reach out to you for scheduling. Incentives will include a 6 month subscription extension to your membership, or a $50 Amazon gift card for an hour of your time. Research sessions will take place Thursday through Saturday in the Hilton across from the conference center.

Please access the survey here:

Please reach out to Ancestry directly if you have any concerns:

Calling All FGS 2015 and RootsTech Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending either or both of the FGS 2015 and RootsTech conferences in Salt Lake City in February 2016 are asked to check in!

Over 100 genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech conferences February 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Register with GeneaBloggers

If you an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending either or both ot the conferences, please click here to register with us.  The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you are invited to various social events and also receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington (thanks!).

Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers and you are not a member (see to check listing). If you would like to become a member of GeneaBloggers, please visit Email Thomas MacEntee at with any questions.

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Stay tuned here at GeneaBloggers where we’ll be listing the latest FGS 2015 and RootsTech news and posts (and tweets with the #fgs2015 and #rootstech hash tags).

Disclosure: I have been designated as a a FGS 2015 Ambassador and a RootsTech Official Blogger entitling me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

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Special APG PMC 2015 Discount for Young Professional Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference 2015

[Editor’s Note: The upcoming APG PMC is probably the least known genealogy conference coming up in 2015, but in my opinion it is one of the most unique in its offerings and impact on the genealogy community. I’ll admit I am biased: not only am I presenting a lecture (on self-publishing), and a poster session (on affiliate marketing), but I am also on the organizing committee (handling sponsorships and door prizes).]

If you are a genealogy professional age 30 or younger, listen up! The Association of Professional Genealogists has a HUGE discount for you if you want to attend its Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City, 8-9 January 2015.

The Young Professional discount to PMC 2015 is now available to ALL genealogists under age 30.  The Young Professional discount offers savings of 40 percent off the full price of the conference, with Thursday-only registration starting at just $55. But you’ll need to hurry — this rate expires on 15 November 2014 (in less than 2 weeks) so you’ll want to register now at

APG’s Professional Management Conference, “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” on 8-9 January 2015 in downtown Salt Lake features:

  • Keynote address by Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • $139 in attendee gifts (for each registrant) from PMC sponsors: A one-year subscription to BackBlaze, an online data-backup service ($50 value) and an online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).
  • 15 breakout sessions taught by industry experts covering topics such as DNA, professional writing, setting fees, and improving client communication.
  • Discounted lunch with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, on 8 January.  A generous donation from PMC sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35!
  • A great array of door prizes, APG’s annual member meeting, the first-ever PMC Poster Sessions, and Friday evening’s APG reception.

Young Professional pricing ends 15 November 2014. The Young Professional discount is available to APG members and non-members who are younger than 30.

Registration and full conference details are available at