Meet the Presenters – A Free Taste of the FTU Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference


I will be one of several genealogy educations participating in the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference at Family Tree University, September 14-16, 2012. FTU is offering the public a chance to meet the presenters of this online conference through a series of Facebook chats and Twitter tweet-ups. Check out the chart below for the Meet the Presenters schedule.

A Special Coupon!

Family Tree University was nice enough to create a special coupon code just for me so I could pass it along to friends who want to join me at the conference.  When registering enter FRIENDSOFTHOMAS to get a 20% discount!  This code is also good for any other Family Tree University course!

What’s a virtual genealogy conference?

Just like a conference you attend in-person but with more flexibility and just as many opportunities to network with other genealogy researchers. You’ll find pre-recorded webinars (a total of 15!), scheduled chats where you can ask the experts various questions, a message board and even a virtual gift bag filled with genealogy goodies!

The Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference is a great alternative for busy genealogists as well as those that can’t travel long distances to attend genealogy conferences.

See the information below and I hope I’ll “see” you online in September!

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Take part in pre-scheduled social media Q&A’s to get to know your experts

For a fraction of the cost it takes to travel to–and attend–a live event, Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Conference provides attendees with an all-access pass to 15 half-hour video sessions presented by the same experts you’d pay an arm and a leg to see speak at a regular conference, all online, from the convenience of home. Enjoy all three days, Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:59 p.m., from the comfort of your bed, desk chair, couch or coffee shop–wherever you have internet access.

Between message board discussions and live chats on topics such as “Researching Courthouse Records” and “Choosing a Cloud Genealogy Program”, you’ll have ample opportunity to engage with fellow genealogy enthusiasts as much as you want, as often as you want. You’ll also receive a “swag bag” of genealogy freebies from How long, you ask, will these great research materials be available to you?

Forever. That’s how long you will get to keep all the session videos and live chat transcripts. Download them to your desktop and use for future reference, whether that’s in in two months or two years! Find out how to register at

Learn more about the conference presenters and their sessions during our upcoming “Meet The Presenters” social media series. Simply log on to Facebook or Twitter at the prescribed times and follow Family Tree Magazine to watch and participate in live Q&A’s with our genealogy experts. Here is our current lineup:

Thomas MacEntee
Facebook Chat
Wed., 8/22 @ 2pm EDT/11am PDT
Lisa Louise Cooke
Facebook Chat
Mon., 8/27 @ 4pm EDT/1pm PDT
Lisa A. Alzo
Facebook Chat
Tues., 9/4 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Tweet Up (#FTUVC)
Wed., 9/5 @ 4:30pm EDT/1:30pm PDT
Diana Crisman Smith
Facebook Chat
Tues., 9/11 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT
Rick Crume
Facebook Chat
Thurs., 9/13 @ 1pm EDT/10am PD

Read presenter bios and view the conference program. Click here to register.

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