Genealogical and Family History Events

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Coming Genealogical and Family History Events

The Announcements below have been posted on the Message Boards of The Genealogy Forum on AOL.  Pease send future announcements of family reunions or conferences or seminars for your genealogical organizations to the undersigned.

Charles H. (Chuck) Bobo

The Genealogy Forum on AOL


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2002 Georgia Lunch and Learn Lecture Series


The Georgia “Lunch and Learn” Lecture Series in the State Archives for 2002 has been announced  Begun in 1993, this is an educational program which features prominent speakers who present brief talks on a wide variety of historical and cultural topics. Lectures are from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the State Archives auditorium, adjacent to the main lobby. These presentations are free and open to the public,

For additional information, visit the web site:

Future dates, topics and speakers include:

April 9: How to Take Care of your Paper Documents; Hilary A. Kaplan, Conservator, State Archives of Georgia

May 14: How to Take Care of Your Photographs; Peter Roberts, Photo Archivist, Georgia State University

June 11: How to Take Care of Your Videotapes and Audiotapes; Ruta Abolins, Director, Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries

July 9: City of Atlanta Resources, Atlanta Fulton Public Library; Celeste Tibbets, System Manager of the Georgia Local and Family History Department; Atlanta History Center, Paul Crater, Archivist

Aug. 13: Metro Atlanta Resources, Cobb County Public Library, Carolyn Crawford, Librarian, Georgia Room; DeKalb Historical Society, Francis Overcash, Archivist; and Gwinnett Historical Society, Joye Quinn, Library Chairperson.

Sept. 10: Georgia Resources, Augusta Genealogical Society Library, Carrie Adamson, Honorary President; Georgia Historical Society (Savannah), Susan Dick, Director of Library and Archives.

Please note that the lecture series will be temporarily suspended from Oct. 2002 until July 2003 due to the move to our new building in Morrow.  Details about the new building and an updated construction calendar will be found on our website soon at

For more information or have suggestions for a future Lunch & Learn lecture, please contact:

Pamela W. Coleman, Public Programs Coordinator
State Archives of Georgia
Office of Secretary of State
330 Capitol Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
Tel: (404) 651-6474
Fax: (404) 657-8427

26 March 2002 – Reading Colonial Handwriting, Austin, TX


All of us struggle with reading original documents in Colonial Handwriting!

George Ballentine will share clues and techniques on Reading Colonial Handwriting on 26 March 2002 when the Austin (TX) Genealogical Society meets at the Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr. (Mopac exit at FM222), Austin, TX.

Overhead transparencies will be used during the presentation to help us learn.   Handouts will be available, also.  George Ballentine is a longtime genealogist, webmaster of the award-winning West Bell Genealogical Society webpage, newsletter editor, and beginners' seminar chair.

He has been doing genealogical research as a hobby for 22 years, the majority of which has been focused in South Carolina.  He is retired from the US Army and is a Texas certified secondary school teacher in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.  He is a member of the S.C. Archives & History Center and the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans based on his S.C. ancestor's Confederate service.

Additionally, he is in the process of organizing a new genealogical society for Copperas Cove, TX.

For additional information on the 26 March meeting, call Carol Lutz at 512-345-1422 or visit our website Visitors are welcome.

Austin  Genealogical Society represents Travis county, TX. AGS publishes the Austin Genealogical Society Quarterly four times a year, a monthly newsletter, sponsors an annual seminar in August, bus trip to a regional genealogical library, lifetime learning genealogy classes. Current projects include Travis county cemetery transcriptions, 1850 Travis county census transcription, 1920 census acquisition fund to benefit the Texas State Library & Archives. Details of these projects and events may be found on the website.

Anna Houston Price, AGS Publicity Chair

1 April 2002 - Elissa Scalise Powell will present a program, How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get Here? Migration Trails Out of the Keystone State for the Beaver County (PA) Genealogical Society on Monday, 1 April 2002 at 7 p.m. at the Jury Room of the Beaver County Courthouse. There is no charge and the program is open to all.

1 April 2002 – 1930 Census Release, Waltham, MA, and Elsewhere


It will capture hardy souls who will give up a Sunday night's sleep for this event on digital stills and movies to replay at the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar the following Saturday (see trailer on the press announcement) where we will host Walter Hickey's talk about how to use other resources in lieu of the "wished for" comprehensive index.

Please, join us, if you can, in this event of the decade!

Sharon Sergeant, Program Director

Massachusetts Genealogical Council

National Archives and Records Administration

For Immediate Release

For Further Information: (781) 647-8100

National Archives in Waltham to Release 1930 Census at Midnight on April 1, 2002

The National Archives-Northeast Region, located at 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham, will release the 1930 Federal population census for the first time on April 1, 2002.

            In celebration of this decennial event, The National Archives-Northeast Region in Waltham will OPEN AT MIDNIGHT on April 1 and remain open for research through 4:30 p.m. Monday.  National Archives staff and volunteers will be available to assist researchers.

Microfilmed copies of the 1930 Federal population census will also be opened for research at the National Archives building in Washington, DC and at 12 other Regional Archives facilities across the nation.

The 1930 census consists of 2,667 rolls of microfilm of population schedules and 1,587 rolls of Soundex indexes for 12 Southern states, totaling 4,254 rolls of microfilm.  Even though the statistical summaries collected by enumerators are made public shortly after the census is taken, federal law restricts the release of information on individuals and families for 72 years for privacy reasons.  The 1930 Census was conducted on April 1, 1930.

The 1930 census is the 15th Federal census mandated by the U.S. Constitution, which states "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such manner as they shall by law direct."

There is no index to the 1930 census except for 12 Southern states. A researcher must know the address at which a family resided in 1930 in order to locate a member of their family. The National Archives has provided a collection of City Directories and other finding aids to assist in locating addresses.

The NARA facility in Waltham has extensive microfilm holdings and some collections of original records for genealogy research. These collections include Federal population censuses, 1790-1930; Revolutionary War military and pension records; 19th century passenger records for most East Coast United States and Gulf of Mexico ports; some 20th century records for Boston, New York, and Canadian Border Crossings; World War I draft registration records (New England states only); and naturalization records (New England states only). Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of each month 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding all Federal holidays.

The mission of the National Archives is to ensure, for the Citizen and the Public Servant, for the President and the Congress and the Courts, ready access to essential evidence.

5-7 April 2002 – Rowberry Family Gathering, Worcestershire, England

The third Rowberry Family Gathering will be 5-7 April 2002 will take place at the Hundred House Hotel, Great Witley, Worcestershire, England over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, 5-8 April 2002. Anyone with an interest on the following names is warmly invited to attend. GOMERY, GUMERY, GUMMERY, REWBURY, ROBERY, ROEBURY, ROVERY, ROWBERRY, ROWBERY, ROWBORY, ROWBREE, ROWBREY, ROWBURREY, ROWBURY, RUBBERY, RUBBRA, RUBERRY, RUBERY,RUBREY, RUBRA and RUBURY. For full details see:   or email

Submitted by: Polly Rubery

5-6 April 2002 – Spring Seminar, Countryside, ILL (SW Chicago)


The Illinois State Genealogical Society announces its annual Spring Conference featuring the very interesting, knowledgeable and entertaining Dr. George Schweitzer, 5-6 April 2002 at Countryside, IL (SW suburb of Chicago, easily accessible via Interstate 55). Dr. Schweitzer will speak on German topics.

            Other lectures include Tony Burroughs: African American topics, Paul Valasek: Czech and Slovak; Polish topics, Martin Tuohy (NARA-Great Lakes) speaking on the 1930 census, Lou Szucs speaking on Naturalizations. Other ethnic groups and topics include Italian, Jewish, Immigration, Naming Patterns, Illinois State Archives resources, and much more.

            A special research opportunity for those registered for the conference ONLY. Limit 15. Research at NARA-Great Lakes Thursday evening, April 4th. The 1930 census will just of been released! Contact Sue Kaufman after you register to add your name to this list for this special opportunity. E-mail: or phone 260-478-2174.

            For more information and a registration brochure visit the Illinois State Genealogical Web site:

Please join us!

Sue Kaufman, ISGS Publicity

5-7 April 2002 – Gene-O-Rama, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has set a tentative date of 5-7 April 2002 for its always successful Gene-O-Rama spring seminar, which will be at Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This year's event will put some emphasis on Loyalist topics, however there is always a wealth of information for anyone with roots in the Eastern portion of Ontario. Speakers include Patricia Kennedy, Edward Kipp speaking on Loyalist topics. Also Bob Dawes and Rick Roberts of Global Genealogy on computer and internet topics. Rick will speak on Using Scanners and Digital Cameras for Genealogy. Other speakers to be announced as confirmed.

6 April 2002 – Ohio Palatines Conference, Plain City, OH


The Ohio Chapter of The Palatines to America will hold its Spring Conference on Saturday, 6 April 2002 in Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The program is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including a luncheon break at 12 Noon. The restaurant is at 445 South Jefferson Ave. (which is U.S. Route 42) on the south side of Plain City.

Speakers are:

Pastor Herman A. Hartmann whose father came to the United States from the Palatinate and has made several trips back to this area including service as an exchange pastor in Germany. He will cover a variety of records from Germany in his talk entitled "Ramblings in the Palatinate".

Paul Immel is the librarian for the Ohio State Genealogy Library, and he will speak on "Genealogy Resources, A Gateway to the WEST". He will cover all the resources available at the new location of his unit in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Chester Winter, a retired Ohio State University professor with extensive interests in history and genealogy will talk about "Franz Siegel, Prominent Civil War General and Educator". Since his retirement, Dr. Winter has authored a book entitled "A Concise History of the United States and the State of Ohio". He has recently served as President of the Ohio Pal-Am Chapter.

Ann Miller Scott who is the librarian for the National Library of the Palatines to America will speak on "A Cataloger's Best Tips for More Effective Genealogical Research". She has been a public librarian, English teacher and a media specialist. With her husband she shares an interest in computer and photographic applications to family history.

Kenneth Poling is a full time genealogist with special interests in probate and the location of missing heirs. His topic will be on "Bound and Determined, the Indentured Servant Odyssey". He will explore how this system influenced the population and development of the thirteen original colonies.

Advanced registration for the Conference including the luncheon can be made by sending a check for $25 per person both for members and nonmembers made payable to Ohio Chapter Pal-Am to:

Joyce Decker
2806 Downing Way
Columbus, OH 43221

Pre-registration by March 26 is required to assure a luncheon reservation. After this date the registration fee is $27.

If your ancestors are from a German speaking country, this is the place to be!

6 April 2002 – Beginners Genealogy Class, Cleveland, OH


A Beginners Class on “Exploring Family History” will be presented from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 6 April 2002 at the Western Reserve Historical Society Library, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH.

Topics will include: Introduction Home Sources; Vital Records; Research By Mail; Basic Genealogical Rules; Charts, Forms, Organization, Supplies; Cemetery and Funeral Home Records; Types of Evidence, Documentation; Handwriting Problems; U. S. Census Records; and Hands-on Research in WRHS Library with expert personal help.

Cost is $15 with half price parking; with a $5 late fee for registration after 30 March.

For more information, contact: Roger Ellsworth, registrar (216) 283-6451 or or Post Office Box 181201, Cleveland Hts., OH 44118-1201.

This class is part of the Genealogical Institute 2002 sponsored by The Genealogical Committee, a working auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society, whose purpose is to further the study of genealogy through meetings, lectures, seminars, and workshops; and to provide financial support in the acquisition of appropriate materials and equipment for the genealogical collections of the Society's Library.

6 April 2002 – Annual Meeting & Seminar, Carlisle, MA


The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) annual meeting and seminar will be at Corey Auditorium, Carlisle Public School, Church Street, Carlisle, MA, Saturday, 6 April 2002. The cost, including lunch, is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Non-members may join at this time by sending $27.50 ($7.50 for 2002 individual annual membership dues plus the seminar admission price of $20 for members).

In addition to the opportunity to find out about current records preservation and access issues, the education program includes expert speakers and something for everyone. The program schedule is as follows:

9 to 9:30 a.m. -- Registration Desk, Vendor Booths (local genealogy information, products and services) and Refreshments

9:30 to 10 a.m. -- Annual Meeting and Update on Public Records Issues and Legislation, led by Bernie Couming, President of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council

10 to 11 a.m. -- Unusual Sources for Boston: The Records of Many Institutions and Events by Ann S. Lainhart , professional genealogist for 20 years; currently State Historian for the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Learn about the scope and type of records available from a broad range of unusual sources, including those of the poor and the truants, as well as taxpayers and voters lists - also food for thought in other cities and towns.

11 to 11:15 a.m. -- Break and Vendor Booths

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- The Lineage Society Application Process: Locating the Documents You Will Need by Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, specializing in Colonial CT research and Verifying Genealogist for the MA chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. An overview of how to get your research and documentation procedures up to snuff, locate the documents you need and what to use as alternatives when ordinary sources are missing.

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch is included (a choice of Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham & Cheese or Vegetarian sandwiches, chips, cookie and drink) and Vendor Booths are open.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- The 1930 Federal Census: Release, Contents and Use by Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, the National Archives-Northeast Region.    Important information about the contents of 1930 census to be released April 1, 2002 with tips and strategies for finding your way without a Soundex index by using city directories and Census Enumeration District maps.

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. -- Break

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. -- Photo Identification and Preservation: Protect Your Family's Photographic History by Maureen A. Taylor, MS, national lecturer and specialist in photography and Rhode Island topics. Learn about simple techniques to identify, organize and preserve your family photos as well as provide clues for other aspects of your family history research.

Print out a registration form at Deadline for registration is 26 March 2002 and early registration is recommended. For more information or a registration form, please call (781) 209-8861 or email: and your reservation will be confirmed.

Vendor reservations currently include:

The Freebie Table will include materials from the following societies and vendors:

  • Acadia University's Planter Studies Centre is a research institute which focuses scholarly attention on the 8000 New England residents who migrated to Nova Scotia between 1759 and 1774:

  • Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) - A Professional Association For All Genealogists Supporting High Standards in the Field of Genealogy:

  • Boston States Migrations - Resources to track families migrating between the Canadian Eastern Provinces, New England and New York through the centuries

  • Italian Folk Art Federation of America, Inc. (IFAFA) is an outgrowth of an Italian Folk Art Project initiated in 1977 at the Nationalities Service Center (NSC) of Philadelphia:

  • Branch Line Press is a small New England publishing company specializing in readable reference books or guides to New England's history, cultural heritage, and natural history, with an emphasis to date on transportation in New England.

  • Central New York Genealogical Society was formed in 1961 for the purpose of preserving, publishing and sharing genealogical information and resources.

  • Heritage albums and Scrapbooking - photo or document archival supply:

  • Eneclann Ltd. is an award winning Trinity College campus limited company registered in Ireland providing a range of professional services in the historical and heritage sectors.

  • Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, NY a society "dedicated to the study and preservation of genealogical and historical materials in and around Saratoga County, New York".

  • Historical Art provides Wide Format Printing of documents that are of historical nature:

  • Italian Genealogical Society of America - goals are to increase awareness in the field of Italian newsletters, meetings, and by assisting members in finding others with the same areas of research interests.

  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston develops and promotes the growth, study, and exchange of ideas among people interested in Jewish genealogical research and family history.

  • K B Slocum - thousands of maps - including great Sanborn Insurance maps:

  • Light Impressions - archival supplies for your photographs, artwork and other valuable materials

  • Magellan's Travel supplies:

  • NARA's Resource brochures:

  • New Brunswick Genealogical Society (N.B.G.S.) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to encourage and facilitate family historical research in New Brunswick, Canada:

  • New England and New York Old Maps:

  • New England Historic Genealogical Society founded in 1845, is the country's oldest genealogical organization:

  • New Hampshire State Library houses approximately 2400 titles of published family histories for New Hampshire and New England:

  • Pallante Center for Italian Research:

  • Repeat Performance audio tapes:

  • South Shore Genealogical Society (SSGS) is dedicated to developing and providing genealogical information on the South Shore area (Lunenburg and Queens counties) of Nova Scotia:

  • Steamship Historical Society of America is an organization dedicated to preserving artifacts and memories from the Steamship days of the past.

  • The Irish Ancestral Research Association - TIARA is a nonprofit organization established to develop and promote the growth, study and exchange of ideas among people and organizations interested in Irish genealogical and historical research and education.

  • Travel Genie carries detailed sectional maps for Britain, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Sweden - Detailed Maps for Travel and Genealogy Since 1985:

  • The Waltham Massachusetts "Historic Waltham" event fills the first two week in June with local history events:

  • Washington County, Maine Records Preservation Fund and WKRP (Washington/Charlotte Kounty Records Preservation):


The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) acts as a frontline advocate to the genealogical community, monitoring legislation relating to vital records and working to ensure the public's right to access. The MGC has been working steadily on these issues for 20 years, providing an important resource for family history research and education.

MGC membership is open to all interested individuals and organizations. Society members include national as well as local societies. These society members send a delegate to the MGC board meetings, providing timely information about Massachusetts records. Check with your society about MGC participation or join as an individual. There is a bonus of reduced seminar admission for MGC members and this year's annual Meeting and Seminar program is a block-buster!

Register now - make sure to reserve your spot! Massachusetts Genealogical Council information and program registration can be found at Society and vendor tables may be reserved at no charge, as space permits, or materials may be sent for the freebie table by contacting Sharon Sergeant at

6 April 2002 – Genealogy Workshop, Richmond, IN


The Indiana Genealogical Society Worshop will be Saturday, 6 April 2002, at the Holiday Inn in Richmond, IN, with registration at 8 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. Planned are 12 sessions in four time periods, including an introduction to genealogy.

Speakers include:

Paul Milner came to this country in 1975 and is a native of Northern England. He specializes in British Isles research. He co-authored A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors. A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors will be published in 2002. He is book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Society publication, Forum. He is a member of the Society of Genealogists (London) and past president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois. A communications professional, he speaks at numerous national, regional and state conferences.

Mary Ellen Sweet Grossman grew up in Cambridge City near Richmond. She is a genealogist in the Bartholomew County Clerk's Office, a full-time salaried staff position she has held for 10 years. She is a former non-LDS volunteer in the Family History Center in Columbus. She was State Conference Chair in 1997 for the Indiana Genealogical Society and is a former Southeast District Director. In addition, she is a member of the Tri-County Genealogical Society (Indiana), the Ohio and Illinois state genealogical societies, the Kentucky Historical Society, Palatines to America and has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research at National Archives (Washington D.C.). She is interested in preserving courthouse records.

Jeffry A. Harris has been Executive Director of Nettle Creek Valley Museum for five years. Previously he was Executive Director of the Delaware County Historical Alliance (Muncie). Harris has been working in museums as either a volunteer or paid staff for over 27 years. While director of Lake of the Red Cedars Museum at Cedar Lake in northwest Indiana, it received the prestigious Corey Award from the American Association for State and Local History. Harris is a former school teacher and practicing attorney. He speaks on beginning genealogy, volunteers, Swiss research, court records, and census.

Robert C. Rau is a retired crystallographer and X-ray diffraction analytical consultant. He is a non-LDS volunteer at the Family History Center in Norwood (Cincinnati) specializing in German research. He was responsible for gathering German Lutheran and Evangelical Church records from Southeastern Indiana for the Indiana CRIMP project, a joint microfilming project of the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Library and Utah Genealogical Association. He is a member of Palatines to America, Ohio Genealogical Society, Tri-County Genealogical Society (Indiana) and the Hessische Familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung.

Thomas F. Stander is Dean and Department Chair at Southern Ohio College at Cincinnati. He is author of The Universalist Saga of Bunker Hill and co-author of a history of Oxford, Ohio government and the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department. He has received numerous awards for his work with youth including the DAR Outstanding Teacher in Ohio Medal, Kiwanis Youth Service Award and Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge Medal for Teaching & Citizenship. He is a member of Civil War Roundtable, SAR, past president of the National Federation of McGuffey Societies and a Fellow of the National Association for Gravestone Studies.

Curt B. Witcher is Manager of the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library. He is Curator of the library's Rare and Fine Book Department. He recently authored African American Genealogy: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources and is co-editor of the 1987-2001 editions of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). For eight years he was National Volunteer Data Input Coordinator for the Civil War Soldiers System. Curt is the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society, current president of the National Genealogical Society and past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He serves on the Advisory Board of and is columnist for their magazine. He was a research consultant appearing in the PBS television series "Ancestors."

Conference Schedule:

8 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - Welcome.

* = limited seating

Session 1 --

    A) You Really Can Do English Research from the U.S. -- Paul Milner.

    B) Reading German Church and Civil Records -- Robert Rau.

    *C) In the Beginning -- Mary Ellen Grossman.

Session 2 --

    A) Tracing Your Scotch-Irish Ancestors -- Paul Milner.

    B) Introduction to Cemetery Restoration -- Thomas Stander.

    *C) Bare Root Organizational Issues: Avoiding Problems in Your Society -- Jeffry Harris.

11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Lunch (On Your Own)

Special Session --

    A) In the Beginning (Repeat)--Mary Ellen Grossman.

Session 3 --

    A) Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest --Paul Milner.

    B) National Treasures in a Hoosier Repository: Genealogical Resources at the Allen County Public Library -- Curt Witcher.

    *C) Computer Genealogy Programs (Group Discussion) -- Robert Rau, moderator.

Session 4 --

    A) A New Location: Steps for Quickly Getting Started -- Paul Milner.

    B) Ask an Expert: Ask About Your Problem Ancestor and His Records

    *C) Locating Unmarked Graves: An Explanation and (Weather Permitting) A Chance For You to Try This Skill --Thomas Stander.

Registration before 6 March is $16 for IGS members, $20 for nonmembers. After 6 March, registration is $25 for everyone. Lunch is on your own. The Holiday Inn room rate is $75.95 plus tax per room for 1 to 4 guests, with breakfast, if reserved by April 5. Mention the genealogy society when making reservations. Make checks payable to Indiana Genealogical Society and mail to:

IGS 2002 Conference
Sharon Howell
720 Cynthia Lane
Whiteland, IN 46184-9755.

For details, call (765) 647-4333 before 9 p.m. or (765) 935-0614, or visit the website: or e-mail to:

6 April 2002—County Genealogy Society Presentation, Urbana, IL

The County Genealogical Society presents Sandra H. Luebking in an all-day conference 6 April 2002 at Urbana, IL. Contact:

Karla Gerdes
575 County Road 1800 N
Champaign, IL 61822

6 April 2002 – Dallas Genealogical Lecture, Dallas,TX

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that the fourth lecture of its Lecture Series will be on Saturday, 6 April 2002 at 9 a.m. The Computer Interest Group of the DGS will jointly sponsor it. The speaker will be Dick Eastman. The subjects and location will be announced later. Further information can be found at

6 April 2002 – Spring Conference, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its annual Spring Conference, "Neglected Sources: Unturned Stones," on 6 April 2002 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Eight sessions will be held, including two for beginning researchers. A box lunch will be included for those who register before 25 March 2002 and vendors will be present offering a wide assortment of genealogical books and materials. More details are available at: 

6 April 2002 – Genealogy Conference, Goshen, NY


Lost in Pennsylvania? Try the Published PA Archives presented by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer at the Orange County (NY) Genealogical Society Conference on Saturday, 6 April 2002, at the 1841 Historic Courthouse, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924.

The published Pennsylvania Archives are 138 volumes that contain transcriptions of public records and historical documents, most before 1820. These are not just state government records, but records such as county tax records, diaries of military campaigns and other expeditions, and even church records such as marriages and baptisms.  The 138 volumes fill eleven library shelves and can be bewildering to the researcher. The genealogist who is unfamiliar with its arrangement may leave in despair without even attempting to get into it. But if you do look for ancestors in the volumes, you may find rich veins of information. If you have an ancestor who appeared "out of nowhere" in western Pennsylvania  in the late 1790's or early 1800's, the Pennsylvania Archives may be a source for clues to his previous whereabouts.  Learn what kinds of records are included, and how to approach this 138 volume collection.  The speaker's pamphlet based on this talk, and her book _Long-Distance Genealogy_will be available for sale and autographs after the talk.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer MLS, has been doing genealogical research since 1979, and has been Vice President for Programs and Vice President for Publicity for the Dutchess County [New York] Genealogical Society since 1988. She is a member of several genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, and state and  local societies. Her training as a librarian is useful to her not only in her day job as Special Collections Librarian/Archivist at the Culinary Institute of America, but also in her second profession as genealogist. Her book Long-Distance Genealogy was published by Betterway Books in 2000

Our regular monthly meeting will be held at 9 a.m., program at 10:30 a.m., the research room will be open following the program, from Noon to 4 p.m. We are located in the 1841 Historic Courthouse, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY.  The meeting, program and our research room is open to the public, program is free. If you need additional information please call Marilyn Terry at 845-562-2749.

6-7 April 2002 – Miller Family Reunion, Nashville, TN

The Miller Family Reunion will be 6-7 April 2002 in Nashville,TN. For more information, please contact Louis H. Miller at .

7 April 2002 – 4-Week Course, Allegheny County, PA

A four-week "Genealogy On-Line and Computer Usage" class will be offered on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning 7 April 2002 at the Community College of Allegheny County (PA), North Campus on Rt. 19 taught by Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS. Please contact CCAC at (412) 237-2670 for more information or to register.

7 April 2002 – Family History Fair, Stockport, U.K.


The Stockport Family History Fair will Sunday, 7 April 2002 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Town Hall, Wellington Road, Stockport,

SK1 3XE, U.K. Admission is £2

            Participating will be Family History Societies, Record Offices and Traders from around the country and vendors will have books, magazines, fiche, discs, postcards, archive materials, advice and information.

12-14 April 2002 – Buckalew Reunion, Ft. Worth, TX

The fifth annual Buckalew/Buckelew/Buckaloo Family Conference will be 12-14 April 2002 at the Clarion Hotel, 600 Commerce, Fort Worth, TX. All Buckelew/Buckalew/Buckaloo researchers are invited to attend.                   

Submitted by: Virginia Brown                  

12-13 April 2002 – NEHGS Seminar Program, Philadelphia, PA


NEHGS is especially pleased to announce our Weekend Seminar in Philadelphia on 12-13 April 2002, at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown.  This event will feature two days of intensive genealogical instruction with renowned NEHGS genealogists. We will present a series of dynamic and informative lectures on a variety of topics, focusing on New England research, research methodology, and migration patterns, which will help advance your family history research. Our program will be a special opportunity to hear our staff share their knowledge and expertise with you. This concentrated format will optimize your genealogical learning, and will guide you to new and exciting discoveries. Our weekend seminar includes a panel discussion at the end of each day, during which participants may interact with all lecturers by participating in an active "Question and Answer" period.

As with all NEHGS education programs, you will also have the chance to meet other researchers from all over the country with various genealogical interests. We will be offering books and CD-ROMs for sale throughout the program. Attendees can choose to apply their knowledge by taking advantage of Philadelphia's genealogical treasures, which include the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the National Archives, the Philadelphia City Archives, and Philadelphia City Hall.

            Hotel accommodations are available at a discounted rate of $90 per night (plus tax) at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown. To reserve a room, please call 215-735-9300, and be sure to let them know you are an NEHGS program participant. The hotel is in the heart of Philadelphia's commercial district and only a short walk to America's most historic square mile, including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Pavilion, and the Betsy Ross House.

Program Fees: Two-day conference admission:  NEHGS or GSP member, $100; Non-member, $120; One-day conference admission: NEHGS or GSP member, $75; Non-member, $85. Cancellations received before 15 March 2002, will be subject to a $25

processing fee. No refunds will be made after that date.


Friday, April 12

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Registration.

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Introduction, Dr. Ralph J. Crandall

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania, James M. Beidler, Executive Director of GSP.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: New England Land and Probate Records: An Introduction, George F. Sanborn Jr., FASG

12:30-2 p.m.: Lunch.

2-3 p.m.: Passenger Arrival and Naturalization Lists, David Allen Lambert.

3-3:15 p.m.: Break.            

3:15-4:15 p.m.: Using Genealogical Periodicals for Your Research, Henry B. Hoff, CG.

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Resources available in Pennsylvania and at NEHGS.

Saturday, April 13

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Registration

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Migration and Settlement Patterns in New England and Beyond: 1620-1850, Dr. Ralph J. Crandall.

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Internet Resources for Every Genealogist, David Allen Lambert.

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:    

S1 Using Cemetery Records, David Allen Lambert.

S2 Best Sources for Mayflower Research, Gary Boyd Roberts

12:30-2 p.m.: Lunch

2-3 p.m.            

S3 Colonial New York Records, Henry B. Hoff, CG.

S4 Migrations to, from, and within Northern New England, George F. Sanborn Jr.

3-3:15 p.m.: Break.            

3:15-4:15 p.m.        

S5 Researching New England Soldiers: 17th to 20th Centuries, David Allen Lambert.

S6 Royal Descents to the Mid-Atlantic, Gary Boyd Roberts.

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: New England Migration to Points South.

            For more information about this program or to register, please visit:, call the education department, toll-free, at 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email

13 April 2002 – Genealogical Fair, Prattville, AL

The Central Alabama Genealogical Fair will be on Saturday, 13 April 2002 at the Doster Center in downtown Prattville, AL.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program at 9 a.m.  Speakers and topics include Martha Geyer, 1st Vice President of
the Alabama Genealogical Society, speaking on "Beginning Genealogy"; the program content will also be beneficial to experienced researchers.
        Lynda Wyatt, owner of Scrapbook Superstore and More in Montgomery, will teach "Heritage Scrapbooking".  She will have available for purchase albums, archival safe papers, stickers and other items appropriate for heritage scrapbooking. Annie Crenshaw, one of our favorite speakers on any subject, will present information on "The Federal Road". Pioneer Publishing, from Mississippi, will have books and other genealogical research materials available for purchase.
       Registration is $15.00 which includes lunch for those who pre-register. Pre-registration may be completed by sending a check to:
Autauga Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 680668

Prattville, AL 36068 – or by requesting a brochure at Use GenFair in the subject line.

13 April 2002 – Annual Programme, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Region V, holds its annual programme at the Civic Garden Centre, in Edwards Gardens, Toronto on Saturday, 13 April 2002. Theme is "The Art and Science of Genealogy". Keynote speaker is Dr. Penny Christensen of  Vancouver, B.C., who will discuss the survival of your research, sources, evidence and genealogical proof. Other lectures cover local genealogical collections. For further information and a registration form see our web site:

13 April 2002 – Day With Fawne Stratford-Devai, Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society presents A Day with Fawne Stratford-Devai on Hawke Papers, Maps and Land Records from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 13 April, 2002, at Wish Centre, E. King St., Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Fee is $20, lunch included, Registration form available from our web site:  For answers to questions, e-mail:

13 April 2002 – German Genealogy Seminar – Carmichael, CA


Mark your calendar for the Sacramento German Genealogy Society's annual all-day seminar at the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael, CA (Sacramento area) on Saturday, 13 April 2002. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The program will begin at 9

a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

            Trudy Schenk, an Accredited Genealogist (since 1958) and well-respected veteran German researcher, will bring to SGGS her expertise in German family history, gained through her many years of research experience. Trudy was born in Germany and emigrated to America in 1956. She is fluent in German, French and English. Trudy has spoken at many German genealogy seminars and conferences throughout the United States, including SGGS. Trudy Schenk is co-author of the Wuerttemberg Emigration Index (8

volumes as of September 2001), works as a professional family history researcher, and serves as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

            Topics to be presented by Trudy include:

- Counties and Principalities of the 18th Century – a political map of Germany.

- "My Ancestor Came From Germany, That's All I Know" -- with highlights on research in Saxony and Thuringia.

- Research in Germany, with emphasis on primary records, answering the questions, "What kind of records should I search?" and "Where are the records found?"

            - Utilizing the speaker's own extensive emigration database, with emphasis on Baden and Wurttemberg, but including many other German areas as well

            Additional seminar information (including the fee and lunch arrangements) will soon be posted to our web site at:

Please direct inquiries to Chuck Knuthson, Special Events Chair at:

13 April 2002 – Western PA Spring Seminar, Coraopolis, PA

Rhonda McClure of St. Cloud, FL, will be the featured speaker at the annual Spring Seminar of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society on Saturday 13 April 13 at beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wyndham (formerly Marriott) Pittsburgh Airport, Parkway West, Montour Run Exit, 777 Aten Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. First Family of Western Pennsylvania awards also will be presented.

            Ms. McClure will present four lecture topics during the day-long seminar which includes a buffet lunch. You may visit Rhonda's website at  and read about Rhonda's research articles and published works (including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy"). Complete registration details will be coming but please mark your calendar today! Everyone is welcome to attend!

            "Pitfalls in New England Research" offers a look at the various main record types of New England and some of the problems to be aware of when researching with lots of examples of the main record types that researchers would be using and the peculiarities of the individual states in regard to those records.

"I Found It Online: Separating Fact from Fiction" shows researchers how to evaluate the Web sites found to determine how reliable the information is.  Just because it's in print doesn't necessarily make it so!

"Effective Searching on the 'Net" shows how the different search engines and databases work with your information and how to finesse it to get the results you are hoping for.

"Organize, Organize, Organize" offers an in depth look at how to avoid the "paper trap" with filing in conjunction with various genealogy programs which can help keep track of where your research stands, what you plan to research next, and how peripheral programs can keep your database more accurate.

13 April 2002 – 25th Annual Seminar, Monroe County, MI

From:; Reply-to:

The Genealogical Society of Monroe County, MI, will present its 25th annual genealogical seminar on 13 April 2002. The speaker is Dr George Schweitzer, who will lecture on French-Canadian Migration Patterns, German Genealogy, the Civil War, and also be available for a question and answer session.

If interested in a flyer, send your name and address to: Jan Keeler, 22440 Dickinson Rd., New Boston. MI 48164-9455 or e-mail her me with your address at:

            Cost is $30 and includes a buffet lunch. To register now, send a check or money order for $30 made payable to GSMC, to GSMC Seminar Registration

721 Strawberry St.

Dundee, MI 48131-1042

Include your name, address, e-mail address, phone, and 4 names your are researching (for inclusion in our

surname/participant booklet.

Jan Keeler, Seminar Chairperson

13-14 April 2002 – Genealogical Jamboree, Pasadena, CA


The Genealogical Jamboree and Family History Faire, a genealogical exhibition sponsored by the Southern CaliforniaGenealogical Society, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 13 April and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, 14 April at the Pasadena Center, 300 East Green St., Pasadena, CA. It will include a roster of nationally known speakers; exhibitor displays of books, supplies, equipment and services; membership information on societies; source information on states and countries; and  instruction for beginners.

Speakers Topics and Schedules

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Conference Building, Room 101

10 - 11 a.m. – Tom Underhill, Scanning & Photo Retouching               

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. – Arlene Eakle, British Migration to America Before 1850                   

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – Don Ray, Squeezing More Information out of Public Documents                 

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. -- Pat Gooldy, Ohio: Beginning of the Best and Mother of the Rest     

Conference Building, Room 103

9:30 - 10:30 a.m – Charlotte Bocage, You Thought You Were Organized                      

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Norma Keating, Putting the Gene Back in Genealogy            

1 - 2 p.m. – Linda Brinkerhoff, Searching American Church Records              

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. – Bill Dollarhide, Finding the Place

Sunday, April 14, 2002

Conference Building, Room 101

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Barbara Renick, Tips for Searching the Family History Catalog On Line Versus CD                     

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Tom Underhill, Scanning & Photo Retouching  

1 - 2 p.m. – Arlene Eakle, Success in the Appalachian Triangle

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. – Don Ray, Squeezing More Information Out of Public Documents

Conference Building, Room 103

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. – Linda Brinkerhoff, Vital Records in the Courthouse: Marriage, Divorce, Adoption, Birth & Death

11 a.m. - 12 Noon – Bill Dollarhide, Finding The Place

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. – Charlotte Bocage, You Thought You Were Organized                     

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. -- Norma Keating, Putting the Gene Back in Genealogy                      

Attendees will also have a chance to win a grand prize of a one-week stay in Salt Lake City. Admission tickets, which include all events, will be sold at the Pasadena Center box office beginning at 8 a.m. on both days of the event. Ticket prices will be $20 for a two-day pass. For more information, please visit the Society's website at:

13-14 April 2002 – Ferguson Family Reunion, Lewes, DE

     The Ferguson Family Reunion will be 13-14 April, 2002, at Lewes, DE.  For more information contact M. Mallory at

14 April 2002 – Family History Fair, Kidlington, UK


The a Family History Fair will be held at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, U.K., on Sunday, 14 April from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is £2.

            Participating will be Family History Societies, Record Offices and Traders from around the country. Vendors will offer books, magazines, fiche, discs, postcards, archive materials, advice and information.

16 April 2002 – The Other Federal Census, Northland Hills, PA (Pittsburgh)

Certified Genealogist Sandra MacLean Clunies, a nationally known author and lecturer, will present “The Other Federal Census: Non-Population and Special Schedules 1810-1935” on Tuesday, 16 April 2002 at 7 p.m. at Northland Public Library, North Hills, PA (Pittsburgh area).  The meeting is free and open to all. For more information contact

     At our meeting we will have the opportunity, to learn more about *the other* federal census records which may contain otherwise unknown information about our ancestors. These agricultural, manufacturing, mortality and social statistics plus a fascinating 1880 collection of Defective, Dependent and Delinquent records may provide new clues in our search for family information. This lecture is a part of the 2001 and 2002 program at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in
       Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer. She has been certified by BCG since 1993, is president of the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association, vice-president of GENTECH, a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and winner of the 1996 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest.

16-18 April 2002 – Research Trip to Allen County, IN


Friends and Members of the Wheeling Area (OH) Genealogical Society plan a trip to the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN, 16-18 April 2002.  For more information, contact:

17 April 2002 – D.C. Trip – Juniata Cnty., PA

The Juniata County (PA) Historical Society is taking a bus trip to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, 17 April 2002.  Cost is $25 per person.  This money needs to be to the society by Wednesday, 27 March. Several pick-up points available - one will be near Stop 35 in Juniata Cnty., while another will be at Boscov's Mall, Camp Hill, Cumberland Cnty. [7:15-7:30 a.m.].  Bus stops on the return are Mountain Gate Family Restaurant for a smorgasborg meal.  This meal is not included in the fare.
     You can contact the society via their e-mail, address or phone number found below.  Or contact society member Terry Wheeler.
Juniata Co. Historical Society
498B Jefferson St.
Mifflintown, PA. 17059
(717) 436-5152
Terry Wheeler
(717) 436-6118
Donna HELLER ZINN of Newville, Cumberland Cnty., PA.

18-20 April 2002 – Ohio Genealogical Conference, Toledo, OH

            The 41st annual Ohio Genealogical Society Conference will be Thursday, 18 April, through Saturday, 20 April, 2002 at the Hilton Hotel in Toledo, OH. Theme of the conference is “Return to Your Roots.” The conference typically attracts 400 - 600 genealogists and family historians. This year’s conference is bigger and better with seven (7!) different lectures each hour to choose from. Nationally known speakers include Cyndi Howells, Paul Milner and Tony Burroughs and many other outstanding genealogy leaders.

            Cyndi’s topics include: The Internet for Genealogy: Setting Straight the Myths and Misconceptions,

The DOs and DON'Ts of a Great Genealogy Home Page,

Customizing Your Windows Desktop for Efficiency in Genealogy, and

Evaluating Web Sites

            Special Thursday night workshop choices include "Effective Searching on the Net," ”The Family Photograph Collection: Identification, Presentation, and Use in Our Family Histories," and "To Be or Not to Be: The Who, What, Why & How of Becoming a Certified Genealogist."

The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel, 3100 Glendale Ave., Toledo, OH 43614-2500.

For additional information, contact:

The Ohio Genealogical Society

713 South Main St.

Mansfield, Ohio USA 44907-1644

Tel: 419-756-7294, Fax: 419-756-8681,

E-mail: or

Visit for complete information on the conference and a registration brochure.

19-21 April 2002 – Annual Meeting, Houston, TX


The Texas Jewish Historical Society's Annual Meeting will take place at the Galleria Doubletree Hotel, 5353 Westheimer in Houston, TX, Friday, 19 April through Sunday, 21 April 2002. For more information: 

visit, web site: or



Texas Jewish Historical Society

P. O. Box 10193

Austin, Texas 78766-0193

Telephone 817/927-8765

20 April 2002 – FTM Seminars, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Rick Roberts will conduct two seminars on using the Family Tree Maker genealogical program on 20 April 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shop, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada.  The first, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. will be an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports. More information:

            The second workshop, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., will cover Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.  Rick explains, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal . More information:

20 April 2002 – McCrory Reunion, Petersburg, VA

The McCrory Reunion will be 20 April 2002 at 1580 Montpelier St., Petersburg, VA 23805 with Eloise Stover as hostess.

Phone: 804-732-8422. Submitted by: Jeanne

20 April 2002 – Workshop, Chicago, IL

The Friends of Genealogy (FOG) at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL, will sponsor its Fourth Annual Workshop featuring Michael John Neill on Saturday, 20 April 2002. For additional information contact:

20 April 2002 – Computers in Family History, Reading, Berkshire, UK

The Berkshire FHS/Society of Genealogists will present its "Computers in Family History" Conference from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, 20 April 2002 at the Theale Green Community School, Reading, Berkshire, UK. The program includes talks, tutorials, software demonstrations, book, software and data disk sales.

Admittance costs £18 (including buffet lunch) or £13 (without lunch). Latest details and booking forms are available at 

20 April 2002 – Spring Palatine Conference, New Holland, PA


A representative from Brigham Young University’s Molecular Genealogy DNA Project will be at the Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America on 20 April 2002 at Yoder's Restaurant in New Holland, PA.  Blood samples will be collected from those interested in participating.

Katie Hadley is the representative from the DNA project at BYU in Provo, UT. She will give a presentation on their Project. The goal of the MGRP is to build a database of genetic markers that will, in the future, be used to answer genealogical questions that can not be answered using normal genealogical research methods. The Project plans to collect 100,000 samples from people around the world. The samples will be analyzed and the results will be related to the four-generation pedigree charts submitted with each sample. As of November 2001, they have collected about 22,000 samples.

Individuals who wish to participate in the project will have the opportunity to donate a small blood sample for DNA analysis during the Conference, along with a completed four-generation pedigree chart, which you need to bring with you. The results of the analysis are kept strictly confidential. To donate a blood sample to the project, you must be at least 18 years of age. Additional details on the MGRP can be found on their web site at:

     Other speakers at the conference will be:

Bruce D. Bomberger, whose topic will be "Pennsylvania-Germans and the Culture of their Tools and Machines." Bomberger is a Lebanon Valley College graduate with a degree in History. He received his M.A. in American History at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he is working toward a doctoral degree in American History at Lehigh University. For the past five years, he has been curator at Landis Valley Museum, and previously spent 13 years as Historian and Preservation Specialist in the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. He is the author or co-author of several books and pamphlets, covering the French & Indian War in Pennsylvania, the preservation and repair of historic log buildings, the history of industry in Pennsylvania, and the weekly Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal column, "Antique Toolbox."

Kenneth D. McCrea, Ph.D., whose topic will be "Using Pennsylvania State Land Records to Find Your Ancestor's Land." Dr. McCREA was born and raised in Connecticut, and now lives in Lancaster County, PA. He received a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Purdue University in 1981. He is President of McCrea Research, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. An active genealogical researcher since 1980, he has extensive research experience including 13 trips to the LDS genealogy library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of the GermanNames computer program for mapping German telephone listings ( and a new book, Pennsylvania Land Applications, Volume I; East Side Applications 1765-1769. He serves as First Vice President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Palatines to America. Further information on Dr. McCrea's book can be found on the web site:

Jonathan R. Stayer, whose topic will be "Military Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives and Some Related Resources." He is head of the Reference Section at the Pennsylvania State Archives, where he has been employed as a reference archivist since 1985. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from Messiah College, and a master's degree in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University. He has written several articles on various aspects of local history and genealogy, and he edited and published the Stayer Reunion Newsletter for nine years, and is currently Historian of the Stayer Reunion. He is a member of numerous local, state, and national genealogical and historical organizations, including Palatines to America. His current research interests include Pennsylvania's Civil War conscientious objectors and the Stayer and Gundrum families.

Stayer has been involved in personal genealogical research for 20 years. He is a descendant of Hendrick Pennebecker, a surveyor of William Penn in the Montgomery County area, and of Jacob Hertzler, the first Amish bishop in the United States.

The web site for the Pennsylvania State Archives is:

            Details and a registration form for the conference are at:

Ken McCrea

VP PA Chapter PalAm

20 April 2002 – Ancestor Fair – Grove, OK

The Delaware County (OK) Genealogical Society holds the Grand Lake Ancestor Fair at the Grove Community Center on 20 April 2002. Contact the society at 206 South Elk Street, Grove, OK 74344; e-mail:

20 April 2002 – Spring Seminar, Sonora, CA

Tuolumne County (CA) Genealogical Society holds its Annual Spring Seminar on 20 April 2002. Prior registration is required. For information and registration form: Kate,21534 American River Dr, Sonora, CA 95370; phone: (209)536-0574;e-mail:  or; website: 

20 April 2002 – German Research Seminar, Lakewood, CO

Palatines to America holds its All-Day German Research Seminar at Holiday Inn, Lakewood, CO, on 20 April 2002. Registration before 17 April is $25. Contact: Gary Ramthun, COPalAm Registrar, 4365 E. 128th Place, Thorton, CO 80241

21 April 2002 – Fairey Family Reunion, Orangeburg, SC

Descandants of John William Fairey will have a family reunion on 21 April at Orangeburg, SC. For more information, please contact Risher Fairey, historian at .

26-28 April 2002 – Coffey Cousins Convention, Addison, TX

The annual Coffey Cousins' Convention will be held 26-28 April 2002 at the Country Inn and Suites, 4355 Beltway Dr., Addison, TX, 75001. There will be tours and noted genealogist Lloyd Bockstruck will speak on April 27. Details may be found at:

27 April 2002 – Bradley/Jackson Reunion, Salisbury, MD

The Bradley/Jackson Family Reunion will be Saturday, 27 April 2002 at Zion Church Hall. Salisbury, MD. Call Mary Lou Steimer 410-749-7408. or Ed Ferro 410-896-2386. More information will follow when available.

Submitted by: Ed Ferro

27 April 2002 – Ardeneaux-St. Pierre Reunion, Centerville, LA

The Ardeneaux-St. Pierre Reunion Family Reunion. Will be 10:30 a.m. until ?? on 27 April 2002 at the Knights of Columbus Home, Centerville, LA. 

Submitted by: Jeanette Haydel

27 April 2002 – McSwain Reunion, Petal, MS

The second annual reunion of descendants of Donald and Peggy McSwain will be 27 April 2002 beginning at 10 a.m. at Carter Cabin, 1701 Old Richton Rd., Petal, MS. All members are invited. For further information, please contact Glenda Prine at  or Joe McSwain at .             

Submitted by: Glenda Prine    

27 April 2002 – Annual Seminar, Oklahoma City, OK


Cyndi Howells, creator and webmaster of Cyndi’s List and author of Netting Your Ancestors, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Seminar of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society on 27 April 27 at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 South May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK. The all-day event includes a First Families of the Twin Territories (FFTT) Luncheon and is open to the public, as well as to members of OGS and FFTT.

            Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first of Cyndi's four sessions on genealogical researching on the Internet begins at 9 a.m. Topics include:

"Quit Surfing and Start Researching,"

"Setting Straight the Myths and Misconceptions about Genealogy on the Internet,"

"Evaluating Web Sites," and

"Conquering Internet Search Engines."

            For more information, contact Ruth Eager Moran, OGS Workshop Chair, P.O. Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK  73157, 1-405-751-1979 or .

27 April 2002 – Annual Quad Cities Conference, Moline, IL


The 28th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference will be Saturday, 27 April 2002 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Viking Club, 1450 - 41st St., Moline, IL.  Featured speaker will be author and lecturer, Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS.  Among her topics will be:

"Be Your Own Detective: Locate Lost Family & Friends,"

 "Knowing What To Do Next,"           

“After the Civil War: Grand Army of the Republic,” and

“Are You Prepared for the 1930 Census.” 

Ms Hinckley is a professional genealogist and private investigator.  She is executive director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogist, and author of "Your Guide to Federal Census Records," "Locating Lost Family Members & Friends," and "Tracking Twentieth Century Ancestors" in "The Source:  A Guidebook of American Genealogy," Revised Edition.  She has been a speaker at national conferences since 1985; faculty member at Samford's IGHR in 1992,1993, 1999, and 2001.  She was a televised expert in the PBS "Ancestors" series. Her business, Family Detective is featured at

Cost is $22 per person and includes conference handouts, coffee, and a buffet luncheon.  Door prize drawings throughout the day. Registration is limited to 240 persons. To register send your name, address with city, state and zip + 4, telephone with area code and check or money order to:

Quad Cities Genealogical Conference

P.O. Box 0943

MOLINE, IL 61266-0943

Cancellations will not be honored after April 24th. Your canceled check will be your confirmation and receipt.

            For a conference brochure or further information, call Gaycha Mayhew, 563-386-5805, or e-mail

            The conference is sponsored by: Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and Blackhawk Genealogical Society of Rock Island and Mercer Counties, Illinois. There will be genealogical exhibitors on the premises.

27 April 2002 – 30th Genealogical Conference, Topeka, KS

The Topeka Genealogical Society will host its 30th annual genealogical conference at the Masonic Temple, 2300 W.  30th St., Topeka, KS, on 27 April 2002. Dr.  George K. Schweitzer will be the featured speaker.  For more information, contact:

Topeka Genealogical Society

P O Box 4048

Topeka, KS 66604-0048

Phone: (785) 233-5762


Web site:

27 April 2002 – Scottish Family History Societies, Glasgow, Scotland

The 13th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies will be 27 April 2002 at the Mitchell Theatre Complex, Granville Street, Glasgow, Scotland.  The conference will be hosted by Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

            Planned activities for the day include:

9 – 10:15 a.m. --  Registration, Bookstalls and Displays
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. -- Official Opening, Lord Gordon of Strathblane, CBE.
10:30 – 11:30: LDS Church, Salt Lake City, Dean J. Hunter, President 2001-2002; and Federation of Genealogical Societies of USA.
11:30 a.m. – 1230 p.m. -- Even Property Has Roots, Allan Mackinnon, Registers of Scotland.
12:30 – 2 p.m. – Lunch.
2 – 3 p.m. -- Irish Records - Alternative Sources, Trevor Parkhill, former Assistant Keeper PRONI.
3 – 4 p.m. -- The Glasgow Commuter, Don Martin, Reference and Information Librarian.
4 p.m. -- Close of Conference.
4 – 5 p.m. -- A final opportunity to browse around the bookstalls and displays within the Moir Hall.

            For further details, visit our web site:

27 April 2002 – 30th Genealogical Conference, Topeka, KS

The Topeka Genealogical Society will host its 30th annual genealogical conference at the Masonic Temple, 2300 W. 30th St. Dr., Topeka, KS. George K. Schweitzer will be the featured speaker. For information, contact: TGS, P O Box 4048, Topeka, KS 66604-0048; phone: (785) 233-5762; e-mail: ; website:  

27 April 2002 – Blauvelt 75th Anniversary, Blauvelt, NY

The Association of Blauvelt Descendants holds its 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary at the Greenbush Presbyterian Church, Blauvelt, NY on 27 April 2002. Contact: George Blauvelt, Jr, 3367 W. 113th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031; phone: (303) 438-7267; e-mail:; web site:

28 April 2002 – Nelson Reunion, Farmville, VA

The Nelson Reunion will be 28 April 2002 at the Abilene Community House, County Line Rd. (Rt. 671 and 604).  This is located in Prince Edward County, VA, 20 miles south of Farmville.  It is on the county lines of Prince Edward and Charlotte.  There will be a covered dish lunch at 12:30 p.m and we will share lots of good food, pictures, information, etc. This reunion will emphasize stories about "I Remember Mama/Papa". Reunion is the fourth Sunday of April annually.

Submitted by: Ellen Nelson Catron

28 April – 4 May – Week of Research, New York City


The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society is pleased to offer NYC2002,: A Week of Research, 28 April through 4 May, 2002, for the benefit of our out-of-town members.  A reprise of our very successful NYC2000, this week-long program is geared to introduce or re-acquaint participants to the wealth of genealogical holdings and research opportunities available in New York City. 

For information please send E-mail to Reservations may be made via telephone to 212-755-8532 or via fax to 212-754-4218.

Lauren Maehrlein, Director of Education

NY Genealogical & Biographical Society

122 E. 58th Street

New York, NY 10022-1939

212-755-8532, ext. 36

1 May 2002 – Papers Deadline 2003 FGS Conference

Call for Papers - 2003 FGS/FSGS Conference

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Florida State Genealogical Society announce a call for papers for the FGS/FSGS Conference to be held in Orlando, FL, on 3-6 Sept. 2003. Each speaker will be limited to a maximum of four presentations but may submit up to six proposals. Topics that will be considered include:

Society Management; Basic Genealogy Instruction; Methodology and Problem-solving Techniques; Eastern and Southeastern U.S. Research; Florida Research topics; Ethnic Research, i.e., African American, Native American, Jewish American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Huguenot, and others; International Research, i.e., Canada, British Isles, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and elsewhere; Military Records; Ships Passenger Lists; Immigration and Naturalization Records; Use of Libraries, Archives, and other special collections with an emphasis on Eastern U.S. repositories; Computer and Internet topics; Writing and Publishing; Professional Research; Genetics and Family Medical History; Alternate Record Types and Research Methods.

Those invited will receive compensation, travel expenses, hotel accommodations and a per diem based on the number of lectures presented, as well as complimentary conference registration.

Prospective speakers should submit a concise one-page document for each topic proposed which includes: the speaker's full name, address, and all contact information; the session title; a concise detailed outline; a brief brochure summary (50 words or less); audience skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced); A/V requirements; and a biographical resume' of past lecture experience (audiotape or videotape encouraged for those new to presenting at a regional or national conference level).

Proposal receipt deadline is 1 May 2002. Questions may be directed to Proposal submissions may only be submitted via mail and express delivery. Please mail or send two copies of each proposed topic to:

George G. Morgan

FGS/FSGS Program Chair

8578 Gunn Highway, #121

Odessa, FL 33556-3206

3-6 May 2002 – Grand Cornish Homecoming, Cornwall, England.
If you plan to visit Cornwall in the next few years, make it May 2002. If you're always meaning to come, but never get round to it - now is the time to make some plans. We're laying on a great welcome. Many Cornish groups worldwide hold gatherings to celebrate their common heritage and feelings for the home country. 2002 will be similar, yet different - it will be in Cornwall! "We shall ensure that there will be a range of trips and events from which visitors can pick and choose in the days before and after". Most activity will be centered on the town of Falmouth More Information

4 May 2002 – Scottish History Research, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Linda L. Reid will speak on "An Introduction to Scottish Family History Research" at a meeting of the Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society on 4 May 2002.  For additional information, contact Claudia McArthur by e-mail at:  4 May 2002 – African-Canadian Conference, Durham, Ontario, Canada

The first annual African-Canadian Genealogical Conference, on 4 May 2002, will explore the rich history of Ontario's Underground Railroad and the historical and genealogical impact of those black pioneers that made their way to freedom in the Queen's Bush (now Grey County) in the period of 1820 to 1865. The conference will be in Durham, Ontario, Canada. Info available from:

Karin Foster, Archivist Grey County Archives

P.O. Box 1389

DURHAM, Ontario

Canada N0G 1R0.

Tel: 519-369-3245

Fax: 519-369-6547


4 May 2002 – Genealogy Columnist, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

Ryan Taylor, columnist for the Global Gazette and a popular genealogical speaker will be on the program at the meeting of the Campbell River Genealogy Club, Campbell River, Bitish Columbia, Canada, on 4 May 2002.  The meeting will be at the community hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ryan has been active in genealogy as a libririan and researcher in Manitoba and Ontario and at the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. He has written for several publications.  He was the founding editor of the newsletter of the Canadian Federation of Genealogical And Family History Societies (1988-90). He lectures extensively on genealogy and family history topics in Canada and the United States and has written several publications.

            Among his lecture topics are: Looking at the Document. Do we see all the information that a record is telling us?

Often we don't. Examples illustrate how we should study each document carefully and perhaps come back for a second look.

Common Errors in Genealogical Research: There are some things people get wrong all the time-genealogy reference librarians see it. Don't let these happen to you!

Church Records in Ontario: What church records are available in Ontario, how do we find them, how are they organized?

      Cost of the seminar is $30 and pre-registration and pre-payment is necessary. Check our website for more information

4 May 2002 – Roots Around the World, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada


The Roots Around the World Seminar will be Saturday, 4 May 2002, at the Rick Hansen Secondary School, 31150 Blueridge Dr., Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

            Featured speakers will include:

            Roy Stockdill from England, – “Seminal Dates in English Genealogy.”

Elsie Neufeld, local author – “Life is a Story.”

Lorene Lyle, AGS  “Using Family Tree Maker.”

Warren Sadler, photo retouching expert – “Fine Picture from Distressed Photos.”

Sandra Devlin, from the Maritimes – “Researching in the Maritimes.”

Judith Rempel, from Calgary -- “Mining Online Resources.”

Dr. Penelope Christensen, lecturer, publisher -- “Beginning Your Scandinavian Genealogy” and “Resources at Your Family History Centre-Microfiche.”

David Obee, journalist – “Finding Places in Germany & Eastern Europe.”

Keith Bennett, AGS – “Beginning Genealogy.”

Richard Thiessen, from Columbia Bible College -- “Recent Developments in Mennonite Genealogical Research.”

Brenda Smith, lecturer -- “Organize: The Second Prime Directive.”

Ajaib Singh Dhillon, writer, poet – “Researching in India.”

There will also be a large marketplace and displays

            Registration information is available on our web site: or

Contact Diane Luck 604-850-8483 or Lois Martin 604-853-8570; or e-mail Fay Hicks

4 May 2002: Scottish Family History Research, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Linda L. Reid will speak give "An Introduction to Scottish Family History Research" for the Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society on 4 May 2002 at Barrie, Ontario, Canada.  For additional information, E-Mail: Claudia McArthur

4 May 2002 – Priddy Reunion, Tioga, TX

Descendants of Burk and Manerva Priddy will gather at Tioga, TX, on 4 May 2002 at Spririt of the West Executive Retreat. Please email for more information.

Submitted by: Brenda Jennings

4 May 2002 – McDaniel Clan Reunion, Kentwood, LA

Every first Saturday of May, (4 May 2002) we hold our McDaniel Clan reunion at my home in Kentwood, LA. Bring a covered dish or pick up something in town.  Let’s honor our ancestors this year.  Bring the whole family, your camera and old photos for all to see.  Any records or files you have on the family would be enjoyed by all.  For more information, contact me at:

Submitted by: Louise Chambliss

4 May 2002 – Spring Seminar, Birmingham, AL


The Alabama Genealogical Society will hold its annual Spring Seminar on Saturday, 4 May 2002, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in auditorium of the Dwight Beeson Business Building on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Margaret Hofmann of Raleigh, NC, will be speaking on "Unlocking the Secrets Found in the North Carolina Land Records". Vendors will participate. The registration fee is $20 and may be sent to: 

AGS Treasurer

1012 Southlake Cove

Birmingham AL 35244-3282. 

Jyl Hardy, President

Alabama Genealogical Society

4 May 2002 – Spring Seminar, Bellingham, WA


The Whatcom Genealogical Society will have its Spring Genealogy Seminar Saturday, 4 May 2002, at Bellingham Technical College, Building G, 3028 Lindberg Ave., Bellingham, WA, featuring Donna Potter Phillips, genealogist, teacher and lecturer; writer for newspaper genealogy columns and magazines, including Heritage Quest, Ancestry, Family Chronicle, and Genealogy Bulletin. She is Past-President of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, Past Vice-President of Washington State Genealogical Society; and grandmother of eight.

Schedule for Saturday, 4 May 2002:

8 – 9 a.m.: Registration.

9 - 10:15 a.m.: Session 1: Overview of U.S. Military Records.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: break - browse vendors.

10:45 a.m. - Noon: Session 2: Leaving a Legacy.

Noon - 1 p.m.: Box lunch - browse vendors.

1 - 3 p.m.: Session 3: Case Study:  Analysis and Evaluation.

3 - 3:30 p.m.:  break - browse vendors.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.:  Slideshow:  Cemetery Art Across America.

            Conference fees: WGS Members $20, if postmarked by 25 April; $25 after 25 April. All others: $25 if postmarked by 25 April; $30 after 25 April. Box Lunches:  $8 only with registrations postmarked by 25 April.

            For more information and registration form, write to:

Spring Seminar Registrar

Whatcom Genealogical Society

PO Box 1493

Bellingham, WA 98227-1493

or phone (360) 734-9835

4 May 2002 – Dr. George Schweitzer Seminar, Bend, OR

The Bend (OR) Genealogical Society holds its Dr. George Schweitzer seminar at the Phoenix Inn in Bend, OR. For information, contact Nancy Zalewski; phone: (541) 322-8710; e-mail: 

4 May 2002 – Italian Seminar, Rockville Centre, NY

The Italian Genealogical Group holds its sixth annual seminar searching for your Italian Ancestors at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY, on 4 May 2002. Visit the web site:  

5 May 2002 – Kimbro, McDaniel & Dennis Reunion, Marlow, OK

The Kimbro, McDaniel and Dennis Family Reunion will be 5 May 2002 at the Senior Citizens Center, Redbud Park, Marlow, OK. Bring main dish and salad, veggie or dessert. Any questions E-Mail: FWKIMBRO@PRODIGY.NET. 

Submitted by: Forrest Kimbro FWKIMBRO@PRODIGY.NET

5 May 2002 – Carnley Reunion, Jay, FL

The Carnley Reunion will be 5 May 2002 on the old Carnley home site, just outside of Jay FL. If you have any information please

e-mail me at, or if I can provide info, please email me.

Submitted by: Linda Carnley Nolen

5 May 2002 – Conyers/Flowers/Hill/Whitaker Reunion, Bristol, FL

The Conyers/Flowers/Hill/Whitaker Reunion will be Sunday 5 May 2002 at Torreya State Park, Bristol, FL.  For more information, please phone: 850-643-5520 or 850-643-5232.

Submitted by: JIMMY FLOWERS

9-11 May 2002 -- Untangling Your Roots, Salt Lake City

Learn ways to Untangle Your Roots at the annual Utah Genealogical Assn. Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  The conference has great teachers and a great selection of classes featuring: U.S., Canadian, British and other European; Internet & Computer; Research Methods & Tips; Family History Center topics; and exhibits of the newest products. Visit the UGA Internet site:  as new information is posted. The class schedule and registration form will be available. The annual UGA Conference attracts nationally-acclaimed lecturers and draws from the many professional genealogists practicing in Salt Lake City.                

Submitted by: Wilma Adkins                

11 May 2002 – English Ancestry, Victoria, B.C., Canada

Roy Stockdill will be presenting a day long seminar entitled 'Your English Ancestry' at a meeting of the Victoria Genealogical Society on 11 May 2002 at the Princess Mary Restaurant, 358 Harbour Road, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Registration and check-in is at 8:30 a.m., with the program activities beginning at 9 a.m. Classes include the following: A Millennium of Records: Seminal Dates in English Genealogy,  Parts 1 & 2, followed by lunch.  Afternoon classes will be: Researching from Old Newspapers and Publishing for Family Historians.

Mr. Stockdill is a genealogist, journalist, author and lecturer specialist in Yorkshire research, One-Name Studies and Desktop Publishing.

Further information on the seminar may be found at the VGS website:

10-11 May, 2002 – NEHGS Weekend Seminar, Cleveland, OH


Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society for “Weekend Seminar in Cleveland” featuring two full days of new and classic lectures. A sales table featuring books and CD-ROMS will be available throughout the conference. This program is held at the Holiday Inn Select City Center Lakeshore and co-sponsored with the Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society. For further information or to register, please contact the Education Department by calling 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email us at

11 May 2002—Genealogy Lecture, Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento, CA Genealogical Society has scheduled Sandra H. Luebking for lectures on a variety of topics. Contact: Chuck


            The Sacramento Genealogical Society will present an all-day seminar featuring Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, a well-known

researcher, lecturer, and writer, on Saturday, 11 May 2002 at Woodcreek High School in Roseville, CA (the Sacramento area) Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

            A popular lecturer and teacher from the Chicago area, Mrs. Luebking, BA, and Fellow, Utah Genealogical Assn., is co-editor of Ancestry's classic genealogy text, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, revised edition (1997), and co-author of The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. She is a Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society lecturer and editor of the Forum, the FGS quarterly magazine, and writes the "Book View" column for Ancestry Magazine. Mrs. Luebking is the 1995 recipient of the Outstanding IGHR Alumni Award from Samford University's Institute

of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has taught at IGHR since 1979. Most recently, she was the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecturer at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference in 1999. She has appeared on television and radio and was a featured lecturer for the national teleconference series sponsored by FGS and the Ohio Genealogical Society in 1997-98.

            The four (4) topics to be presented by Sandra Luebking are:

            "Finding Females -- Grandma, Where Are You?" (How to pursue the most elusive of antecedents: the female. Introduces four [or more] search strategies.)

            "More Land, John?" (The selling of public land attracted both native and foreign-born settlers. How does one find evidence of purchases and sales? Locate patents and case files? Read and evaluate the records? Pinpoint the exact location on a present-day map? The lecture includes a search project done by the audience.)

            "Problem Solving for Genealogical Research" (Learn the critical thinking skills necessary to solve research problems.)

"Trials and Tribulations" (Capture those persons who lived "on the fringe" of mainstream society. Whether making trouble or experiencing trouble, these folds seldom owned property or left wills. What records did they create and where are those records today?)   

Additional seminar information (including the fee and lunch arrangements) will soon be posted to our web site at:

            Inquires may be directed to Chuck Knuthson, Vice President and Program Chair, at:

11 May 2002 – Family History Celebration, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Penelope Christensen and Ryan Taylor will be speakers when the Kamloops Family History Society celebrates its 20th year on 11 May 2002 at the Desert Garden Community Center, 504 Seymour St., Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Christensen’s topic will be "Looking Back, Reaching Forward." with speakers Penelope Christensen and Ryan Taylor .

Additional information is available on website  

12 May 2002 – Dunagan Reunion, Cove, AR

Descendants of Franklin and Minerva Dunagan will gather Mother's Day weekend in Polk County, AR. Sunday's meeting will be at historic Westview Cemetery at Cove, AR. We're looking for distant cousins. Please join us.

Submitted by: Sandra Dunagan Woods

17-19 May 2002 – Chapman Convention, Salt Lake City, UT

Chapman Family Assn. Annual Convention will be 17-19 May 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. Classes, meetings, lectures, tours are planned. For full schedule, see 

Submitted by: Jean Chapman Snow

15-18 May 2002--NGS Conference in the States, Milwaukee, WI

The National Genealogical Society presents its Conference in the States featuring tracks of presentations, demonstrations, vendors and special activities. Contact:

2002 NGS Conference

4527 Seventeeth St., North,

Arlington, VA 22207-2363

E-mail: or 


15-18 May 2002 – NGS Conference in the States, Milwaukee, WI


The National Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our upcoming national conference:

    2002 National Genealogical Society Conference in the States

    15-18 May 2002

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The National Genealogical Society (NGS), established in 1903, annually assists over 17,000 individuals and organizational members in tracing family histories. The NGS provides leadership and education through its programs, online and home-study courses, publications, annual and regional conferences.

            The 2002 NGS Conference in the States will be held on 15-18 May at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, WI. It is expected to attract some 2,500 genealogists from across the nation and several foreign countries. A complete copy of the program and registration information can be found on the NGS web site:


The local host of the 2002 Conference is the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, the oldest and largest statewide genealogical organization in Wisconsin. Founded in 1939, WSGS now has more than 1,400 members both in and out of Wisconsin. WSGS is a non-profit Wisconsin corporation whose basic purpose is to encourage, facilitate and improve the quality of

genealogical study in Wisconsin and about Wisconsin families.

            For more information, see the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society web site:

            Please direct all inquiries, letters and proclamations to:

    Jack Brissee

    Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

    P.O. Box 5106

    Madison, WI  53705-0106


Marsha Hoffman Rising will speak on the subject, "Strong Links Make a Solid Chain: Linking Records to Identify Ancestors." Rising is a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer as well as being a fellow of both the American Society of Genealogists and the Utah Genealogical Association. She is a former president of the Federation of Genealogical

Societies and currently serves on the board of directors of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Marsha is an experienced researcher, author and lecturer as well as being a founding member of the Genealogical Speakers' Guild.


Presentations by the masters, not just for the masters. We've asked four of today's top genealogists/lecturers (Christine Rose, Helen Leary, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and John Philip Colletta) to each present a case study, on a topic of their own choosing, describing how they identified, researched, and presumably solved, a tough genealogical problem.


Guidance by many of the nation's top teachers and lecturers on the fundamentals of genealogical research a series of seventeen presentations, running throughout the conference. An excellent foundation for the beginner, as well as a solid review and update for the more-experienced.


NGS and the Board for Certification of Genealogists are proud to offer the latest edition of the Skillbuilding track, a series of presentations designed for those researchers who want to improve their research and analytical skills. The presentations in this track, based on the theme of "standards," will help improve the research and reporting skills of any

serious genealogist.


The four-day conference offers more than 200 sessions (lectures and luncheons, workshops and labs) on virtually every aspect of genealogy. Because Milwaukee and the Midwest have historically drawn immigrants from many countries, ethnic and immigrant research (on both sides of the ocean) will be a major feature, but it won't be the only one. From Revolutionary War pensions to the 1930 census, to research in Social Security records, from research in New York to research in California, from lighthouse families to Chicago cemeteries, from Salt Lake City to France on the Internet, there will be much to offer any genealogist.


Enjoy fine dining at the Milwaukee Hilton. Then after dinner NGS President Curt Witcher will recognize individuals for their excellence in genealogy. The newest member of the National Genealogy Hall of Fame will be announced; the NGS Filby Prize winner, and others who have excelled in genealogical writing will receive their awards.

            Our banquet speaker is Patty Loew, a renaissance woman.  Patty is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, co-host of WeekEnd on Wisconsin Public Television, producer of award-winning documentaries, and recently author of "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal."  Her presentation "Seeing Red: a Family Odyssey into Native American Heritage" is an account of her discovery of the rich heritage of her Ojibwe ancestry.


Quickly becoming one of many exciting hallmarks of National Genealogical Society conferences, another Librarians Serving Genealogists Pre-Conference is being planned for Milwaukee. Coordinated by Pam Hall Cooper with the cooperation of the Milwaukee Public Library, this Tuesday, May 14th pre-conference will provide a forum for communication and networking

between librarians interested in providing the best products and services to their genealogy patrons. The event will take place in the Loos Room of the Milwaukee Public Library and it is necessary to pre-register for the conference. Information on the program and registration is available on the NGS web site.

            Beginning with check-in and a welcome at 8:00 a.m., sessions will cover topics such as "New & Old Inter-library Loan Resources for Genealogy Librarians," "NGS Book Loan Collection," "Family History Centers for Public Libraries," the "Mid-Continent Public Library ILL Program,” and "From Neophytes to Know-it-Alls: How to Help Genealogists."

            There will be a Minolta Microfilm Reader/Printer 7000 and Book Scanner 2000 demonstration, a tour of the Milwaukee Public Library (Including the Great Lakes Marine Collection), a Database Management Panel session, and Tour of Goethe House.

            A box lunch sponsored by ProQuest (HeritageQuest Online) will be provided.


If you are a beginner, learn about the genealogy software now available, and if you are an experienced computer genealogist, here's a chance to learn about the latest versions of genealogy programs and tools for genealogy. Instructors will introduce beginners to programs and demonstrate their features. Intermediate and advanced users will have an opportunity to advance their skills and learn special features of their software. Participants share a Windows operating system computer. Those attending must be registered for the conference for at least the day of the lab and pay an extra $50 fee. Labs are limited, with two persons to each computer.


The NGS Learning Center is guaranteed to be a worthwhile stop on your tour of the exhibit hall. We will be offering a daily schedule of educational activities in the form of question and answer sessions, informal discussions, and demonstrations. A small sampling of the topics scheduled include online resources; historic maps; GEDCOM; digital cameras and other imaging devices; genealogical software; the NGS Web site and the NGS Online Census Course. Visitors to the Learning Center will also have the

opportunity to leisurely explore a variety of software applications under the guidance of expert volunteers and to participate in daily drawings for genealogical software and other items.


The many exhibitors who fill the exhibit hall will bring many and varied products and services for genealogists. There will be software to assist not only in recording your genealogy, but also for using the Internet; CD-ROMs for researching an expanding series of publications, indexes and databases; preservation materials; books; maps and memorabilia. All in one place! What a great opportunity for hours of productive shopping.

            At many of the exhibit booths you will find genealogical societies and organizations offering memberships as well as products, services, and free advice. International researchers and societies are a welcome addition to the Exhibit Hall. They seek clients and new members while offering information on research in their countries.


--- Ethnicity - Place Names and People ---

            Look at any listing of Wisconsin place names and you will be struck by the obvious variety in ethnic origins of residents of the Badger State. Menominee, Denmark, Brussels, Berlin, Oneida, New Glarus, Wales, Paoli, Pulaski, Oslo, Stockholm, Nashville, Abbotsford, Athens, Albany, Schleswig, New Paris, New Lisbon, New Haven, New Holstein, Pan Yan, Fond du Lac, New

Richmond, even New Chicago! And of course we have not even touched on all the places beginning with Wau-. The names signal American Indians, Germans, Italian, New Yorkers and New Englanders, Cornish, Irish, Polish, African-Americans, Kentuckians, Slovenes, Dutch, Belgian, Swiss, the whole panoply of peoples from around the world who came to populate America's Thirtieth State. And more recently Hispanics and South-east Asian groups have added to our exciting mix.

--- Genuine American ---

Yes, if you have an interest in ethnic backgrounds, you've come to the right place when you come to Wisconsin. And Milwaukee, the site of the 2002 NGS Conference in the States, An American Sampler, is in many ways a microcosm of the many ethnic groups you will find throughout the state. Not only does Milwaukee still have a number of ethnic neighborhoods centered on

churches, cultural organizations, and restaurants, but also there are eight ethnically based genealogical societies active in the city or suburbs. When the Convention and Visitors Bureau identifies Milwaukee as 'Genuine American' they're not kidding. In Milwaukee we've got 'em all, it truly is 'An American Sampler!'

--- Culture ---

            Back in the mid-19th Century when Milwaukee was largely populated by German immigrants with a strong interest in cultural activities, it was known as the 'American Athens.' That tradition still exists with the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, the jewel-box Pabst Theater, the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the celebrated African dance company, Ko-Thi. If you like museums there is the Milwaukee Public Museum with its fantastic Butterfly Wing, and you must see the newly expanded

Milwaukee Art Museum which perches almost like a butterfly itself on the shore of Lake Michigan. Or perhaps you'd like to visit the 15th Century Joan of Arc Chapel, where daily mass is still celebrated, or Miller Park where the Brewers play. How about the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle plant, or perhaps you'd prefer a brewery tour! All summer-long there is a succession of ethnic festivals. And we dare you to try to eat your way through Milwaukee! There are not only a wide variety of ethnic foods, but scores of restaurants in all price ranges and cuisine are within easy walking distance of the Convention Center.

--- Venue ---

The venue for the 2002 Conference is the Midwest Express Center, located right downtown at 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Just opened in 1998, this is truly a state-of-the-art facility, but one with a comfortable feel and over a Million Dollars worth of public art on display. The Hilton and Hyatt Hotels are literally just across the street, while six more are within two blocks of the Midwest Express Center.

--- Weather ---

            Milwaukee weather in mid-May is usually delightful. Temperatures in the 60s to low 70s, although nights can feel pretty cool as can some days down along the lakefront. Light jackets and sweaters are a good bet. You will also find that Milwaukee, and Milwaukeeans, are a pretty relaxed bunch so informal and casual attire is acceptable almost everywhere.

--- Hotels and Travel ---

Transportation? Milwaukee County Airport (Billy Mitchell Field) can almost make you enjoy flying again (particularly if you travel by Midwest Express!). If you don't mind changing your mode of travel, you can fly into Chicago and then take Amtrak to Milwaukee, the Amtrak Station is only 2 1/2 blocks from the Midwest Express Center.

    2002 National Genealogical Society Conference in the States

    15-18 May 2002

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Genealogical Society

4527 17th Street North

Arlington, Virginia 22207-2399

Phone: (703) 525-0050 or (800) 473-0060

Fax: (703) 525-0052




Learning Center:

18 May 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rick Roberts will conduct two genealogy workshops on 18 May at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. The first will be on “Using Family Tree Maker Software” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..  This is an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports.

            The second workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on “Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.”  Rick says, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal.

            For information on either of the workshops visit the web site:

18 May 2002 – Best/Hembree Reunion, Braggs, OK

The Best/Hembree Reunion will be 18 May 2002 from 10 a.m. until everyone leaves at Greenleaf State Park, Braggs, OK.

Cost $7 each person, children 5 and under no charge. A catered lunch is planned with each family responsible for providing their own beverages, ice, lawn chairs or blankets. Some, but limited seating is available. Please bring item or items for auction that will be held to help keep future reunion cost down. Drawings planned for free door prizes.

The following activities (in addition to visiting) are available on site: 565 park acres, 930 acre lake, 14 cabins, five camping areas, 178 campsites, hiking and bicycle trails, nature center, swimming beach and pool, boating, paddle boats, fishing. (Throw in your swim suits, towels, sunscreen and insect repellent.

           Braggs is located near Muskogee, OK, where motel reservations may be made if desired. Best/Hembree and all family branches are invited and welcome – OK, MO, KY and who knows where More information available and family information request to compile family address book: Contact June Ellis Carter or Faye Lundy Gibson,  for mail outs.

Submitted by: June Carter

18 May 2002 – Gentry Family Reunion, Ottawa, KS

Descendants of John Milton Gentry and Angeline Davenport of Franklin County, KS, will gather at the City Park in Ottawa, KS, on 18 May 2002. Please contact Phil Gentry at  for details & schedules.

Submitted by: Phil Gentry

18-19 May 2002 – Peytons of Virginia Annual Meeting, Stafford, VA

They Peyton Society of Virginia will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, 19 May 2002 at the Aquia Church, Stafford County, VA, preceded by a church service. A reception and dinner will be held the previous night in the area. You may E-Mail for further details.

Submitted by: Harold Davey

18-19 May 2002 – 7th Army War College, Ticonderoga, NY

This two-day symposium at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY, on 18-19 May 2002 focuses on the military and social history of North America during the Seven Years' War (1754-1760). Participation is limited and is by pre-registration only. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Stephen Brumwell, author of the just published Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763.

For registration information etc, contact Richard M. Strum, Director of Interpretation & Education, Fort Ticonderoga, P.O. Box 390 Ticonderoga, NY 12883-0390; Phone: (518) 585-2821; Fax: (518) 585-2210; Email:; Web site:

19 May 2002 – Haton/Hatton Reunion, Meuse, France

Réunion des Haton, Hatton de Lorraine - France à Hattonchâtel et Hattonville (Meuse) France on 19 May 2002.

Translation: Reunion of the Haton and Hatton Family of Lorraine, France, will be at Hatton Chatel in Hattonvillle, Meuse, France, on 19 May 2001.

Submitted by: HATON

24-27 May 2001 – Adkins/Morgan Reunion, Pendleton & Heppner, OR

The Descendants of James Adkins and Lucy Morgan will hold a Family Reunion 24-27 May 2002 in Pendleton and  Heppner, OR. They were originally of Chesterfield County, VA, and later of Kirksville, Adair County, MO.

For more information, please visit our web site at: 

25-26 May & 1-2 June 2002 – Featherstone Gathering, United Kingdom

The Featherstone Family Gathering Reunion will be two weekends linked together by a tour of Featherstone related historic sites in the UK. First weekend will be 25-26 May and the second will be 1-2 June 2002. Visit our web site at or to download a brochure and booking form.

Submitted by: W. Paul Feathetsone

25-27 May 2002 – Ricketts/Sutterfield Reunion, El Dorado, AR

The Ricketts/Sutterfield Reunion will be 25-27 May 2002 at the Kings Inn Best Western Motel in El Dorado, AR. For details contact: Carlean Butler,

25 May 2002 – Robinson Reunion, Limestone Cnty., AL

Decendants of  Hezekiah Robinson and Anne or Tabitha Grantham will gather in Limestone County, AL, on 25 May 2002.  Included are variations of the Robinson, Robertson and Robison name. Submitted by: Jan Adams

25 May 2002 – Cunningham/Downing Reunion, Ute, IA

The Cunningham/Downing Family Reunion will be Memorial Day Weekend, 25 May 2002, at Ute, Monona County, IA. Original families are descendants of John Henry & Fannie (Frances Eleanor Best) Cunningham and John Andrew & Rachel Emily (Leach-Kelley) Downing.

Submitted by: Linda Day-Reardon

25 May 2002 – Richardson Reunion, Wallance, NC

The first Richardson of Mullins, SC, Reunion in 50 years will be at the home of Linda Richardson Brock, 2066 Bay Rd., Wallance, NC 28466. All family and friends of Charlie Richardson & Melinda Richardson are welcome.

Submitted by: Cathy Conner

25 May 2002 – Genealogy Cruise to Alaska


The California Genealogical Society is organizing a seven-day Cruise to Alaska, which leaves 25 May 2002 from Vancouver, British Columbia, and cruises the Inside Passage to Seward (near Anchorage). National speakers Hank Z Jones, FASG, and Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG, will be speakers. They will each give five lectures. The times of the lectures will be scheduled around the highlights of the cruise at times during the morning or afternoon.

            The CA Genealogical Society has obtained a lower fare for people who sign up with our group.  For more information about the cruise and for the titles of the lectures you can go to    Click on the box and you will see more specific information. Or you can reach the same site through our CGS web site  

            Our society will receive a small bonus for each person that signs up. This will be used to  support our library located in Oakland, CA.  If you would like a brochure or some brochures for your group please contact Bill Knight at All Cruise Travel through his web site or 800 227-8473.

Jane Lindsey, CGS Event Coordinator,

24-26 May 2002 – Annual Ontario Society Seminar, Alliston, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Genealogical Society will hold its annual seminar at Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, Ontario, Canada on 24-26 May, 2002.  The conference facility is a 45-minute drive north of Toronto and is one of Ontario premier conference facilities. Thirty speakers including Colin Chapman, Brian Gilchrist, Steve Myers, Ryan Taylor and Paul Smart will present a wide range of topics for novice and professional researchers. Topics will include computer software comparisons, copyright, Ontario and British research. Five workshops are also offered.

Activities Schedule:


Come early to Seminar 2002 and enjoy a workshop or bus tour. A separate fee is charged for each workshop or tour. Seminar registration fee is not required for those attending only workshops or tours. Space is limited. Register early.

WS1 -- Research at Dufferin County Archives. Travel by bus to the Dufferin County Archives and spend time doing your own research with the assistance of archives volunteers. Records will include the Ontario Vital Statistics microfilms on loan from the Archives of Ontario.  $25. Enrolment limited to 20 at each session. 9 a.m. – 12 Noon OR 12:45 - 3:45 pm 

WS2 -- Legacy Family Tree. Become familiar with this inexpensive but powerful genealogy software. Features demonstrated will include data entry, sources, reports, to-do list, searching, import/export and split-screen use of two files.  (Sponsored by Millennia Corp).            Instructor: Louise Hope $35. Enrolment limited to 25. 9:30 a.m,- 2 p.m.    

WS3 -- Digital Imaging for Genealogy. Learn to use scanners and digital cameras to store photos and documents, to enhance your genealogy program and reports. Some may wish to bring a laptop computer with a photo or document to work with during the demonstration.         Instructor: Frank O'Hara $35. Enrolment limited to 20. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.    

WS4 -- The Master Genealogist. This genealogy software is a complete family history project manager and has become the 'program of choice' for many serious genealogists with many features not found in traditional genealogy software. Instructor: David Hopper $35. Enrolment limited to 25. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.        

WS5 -- Beyond the Basics: Birth, Marriage, Death and Land. After gathering family records, it is time to proceed to the next step. The records created for the births, marriages, and deaths of Ontario settlers will provide you with proof of your family's vital statistics. In order to find out "Where They Were" and "How They Lived", you will also want to explore the land records of Ontario. Learn how these records were created and what secrets and treasures they hold. A question period will follow each topic. Bring your questions. Not only for beginners, but an excellent refresher for those not so new to genealogy. Instructor: Sharon Murphy $25. 1:30 - 4 p.m.          

T1 -- Dufferin County Tour. Bus will depart from Nottawasaga Inn and after a stop at the Dufferin County Museum will embark on a mystery tour of Dufferin County. $25. 12:45 - 3:45 p.m.       

T2 -- Simcoe County Tour. Bus will depart from Nottawasaga Inn, and travel to the Simcoe County Museum and Archives. $25. 1 – 4 p.m.        

Note:   Workshops or tours may be cancelled if insufficient interest is shown by 15 April, 2002. Register early!

7:30 p.m. -- Opening Ceremonies: J. Richard Houston Memorial Lecture: Difficulties of Pioneer Life: Was it really that miserable? Ryan Taylor           

9 p.m. – Reception.    

Saturday, 25 May, 8 - 9:30 a.m.: Annual General Meeting.                  

Session 1: 10 - 11 a.m.

A -- Scottish Computerized Research, Paul F. Smart, A discussion of Internet sites and other databases to make Scottish Research more doable. 

B -- Family Skeleton or Esteemed Aancestor?, Shirley Hodges, Lecture and visual aids are used to explore sensitive issues of dealing with family skeletons. Emphasis is on using insightful judgment and a sense of humour.     

C -- Toronto Emigrant Office Records, 1831-1892, Fawne Stratford-Devai, The first emigrant office in Upper Canada was opened in the 1 830s in Toronto to assist newly arrived immigrants by providing provisions and temporary shelter, and by helping them to find medical care, employment and transportation to their final destination. In this session you will learn about Ontario's earliest immigration records.      

D -- Ontario Ancestry in the 18th Century, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Settlement in Ontario (Upper Canada) did not begin until

1783-1784, and government systems evolved slowly. Sources in which to find ancestors will be discussed. Primary among them are land records: petitions, correspondence, Township Papers and the first Heir and Devisee Commission, along with court records and the few early church/clergy registers.          

E -- Resources for Genealogical Research in Western Ontario, Barbara B. Aitken, Well and lesser known resources for Bruce & Grey, Essex, Halton & Peel, Norfolk, Oxford, Waterloo and Wellington. Records useful for beginning and advanced researchers.     

Session 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

F -- Visiting Britain to do research: How to make the best use of your time there, Colin Chapman, A presentation on the practicalities of undertaking British genealogical research from Canada, including guidance on the preparations needed prior to leaving home to undertake further research in local and national archives, libraries and museums. Learn how to derive maximum benefit from your research trip. 

G -- United Church Archives, Jean Dryden, An introduction to the United Church Archives in Toronto and a discussion of the holdings of interest to genealogical research. Included will be information about reading room procedures arid services for those who cannot visit the archives in person. 

H -- United States lmmiqration Records, including the St. Albans Border Crossing Records, Laura Hanowski,  An overview of the available records, how to find the records and how to use them to further your research. For the intermediate to advanced researcher.

I -- Discovering Special Collections at the Archives of Ontario, Christine Bourohias, The Archives of Ontario has a wealth of government records and private collections, consisting of photographs, architectural drawings, maps and plans depicting Ontario history. They document people, places and events in the province from as early as the 17th century to the present. An illustrated discussion of these wideranging collections.        

J -- Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: Versions 5 & 6, Keith Hanton, The number of historical and genealogical organizations involved in OCFA has grown considerably since the release of version 5. This session features a description of this finding aid and discussion of the merits of using it. Throughout the seminar Keith will do free look-ups for attendees.  

Lunch 12:30-2:00 pm            

Session 3: 2 - 3 p.m.

K -- Irish Civil Registration and Other Vital Records in Ireland, Steven W. Myers, Learn to successfully use Irish civil registration records as well as other important vital records sources which predate mid-l9th century. Beginning/intermediate level.           

L -- Researching British and Irish Ancestors at the Toronto Reference Library, Jane MacNamara, The Toronto Reference Library's British collecting emphasis since the 1880s has resulted in a wealth of published research material for those with English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestry. This session will look at the publications of societies and commercial publishers, and original records on microform.   

M -- Digital Imaging for Genealogists, Frank O'Hara, Digital images are becoming important to many genealogists. Learn how to use digital cameras, scanners and software to document your family.   

N -- Are You Missing Some French-Canadian Ancestors?, Louise St. Denis, The Catholic Church took great care in recording baptismal, marriage and death information. Much of that information has been transcribed. This lecture will describe most sources available, how to use them and where they can be accessed.          

O -- Procedural Problems in Using Civil Registration Records for Genealogical Research in Ontario, J. Brian Gilchrist, Often you hear people say that they cannot find their relative in Civil Registration indexes, or the information in the record is "wrong." This session will look at some of the reasons by examining the legislation, regulations and practical problems in dealing with the surviving records.        

Session 4: 3:15 - 4:10 p.m.

P -- Advanced Scottish Research, Paul F. Smart, Exploration of some of the lesser-used sources such as non-conformist church records, probates, land and special collections including heraldry records. 

Q -- Ontario Department of Immigration Records, 1869-1901, Fawne Stratford-Devai, The Ontario government created many immigration records under various schemes and promotions it undertook to attract immigrants, including special bonus schemes and assisted passage. In addition some nominal lists created by the federal government were transferred to the province and other records were created through agreements under which federal agents administered immigrant arrivals.  

R -- Copyright Issues for Genealogical Researchers, Jean Dryden, Copying information and passing it on to others has never been easier yet much of this activity may be infringing someone's copyright. Researchers are both consumers and often creators of copyright material. This session will provide an overview of the Canadian Copyright Act and how it works, including its application in the electrnnir environment.

S -- English Records (4 case studies), Ryan Taylor, This session will use case studies to show interactions between different kinds of records to produce a single result. Without all the records, there would have been no answer. A variety of records is used: church registers, census and civil registration.        

T -- Genealogy Software: Two examples, Louise Hope and David Hopper, (This session will continue to 4:45) There are now many genealogy programs available. While they have many features in common, each has its own special features and enhancements as well as differences in cost and learning curve. This session will illustrate the features of two programs: Legacy Family Tree and The Master Genealogist. (Sponsored by Millennia Corp. and Wholly Genes, Inc.)

Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.

Banquet: 7:00 p.m.


Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.              

Non-denominational worship service: 8:45- 9:15 a.m.           

Session 5: 9:45-10:45 a.m.                 

U -- Irish Landed Estate Records, Steven W. Myers, Learn to use the most important source for extending your Irish pedigree before the point when most church registers begin. Intermediate/advanced level.  

V -- Web Sites for Canadian Ancestors, Brenda Dougall Merriman, The talk will be an annotated commentary on popular web sites and others, not as well known, for national and regional interest.      

W -- Using Maps in Genealogical Research, Fawne Stratford-Devai, Maps, both old and new, can help researchers track down facts about their families; offer the names of individual landowners or residents; show the location of a home on a specific lot: illustrate the relationship of settlers to local institutions and more. This lecture will both explain and visually illustrate the importance of maps for family history research. 

X -- Common Genealogical Mistakes, Ryan Taylor     

Y -- Resources for Genealogical Research in Eastern and Northern Ontario, Barbara B. Aitken, Well and lesser known resources for Dundas, Lennox and Addinqton, Frontenac and Renfrew counties. Useful for The beginning and advanced researcher.      

Z -- Your Ancestor's Rural and Urban Education and Related Records, Colin R. Chapman, An illustrated review of education records of value in genealogical research in British urban and rural settings. Examples are quoted from schools, academies and universities supported by charities, religious and secular bodies and the government from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Samples will be shown of education records found in local and national archives in Britain.        

AA -- Researching Toronto Ancestors at the Toronto Reference Library, Jane MacNamara, The Toronto Reference Library is a gold mine of unique resources for those with Toronto ancestry. This session will look at the use of directories and other published resources, biographical indexes, maps, photos and manuscript collections.          

BB -- Ontario-Michigan Migration, Shirley Hodges, A discussion of reasons people migrated between Michigan and Ontario in both directions, including factors such as employment and business opportunities, new transportation routes and cheap land.           

CC -- Psychiatric Case File Research for the Genealogist, Sandra Ferguson, The Archives of Ontario holds case files from six Ontario psychiatric hospitals and mental health centres, dating in some cases well back into the 19th century. Because mental illness can affect any member of society, an institutionalized family member may crop up in almost any genealogical search. This lecture will talk about some common types of records found in psychiatric case files and discuss accessibility to genealogists.           

DD -- Saskatchewan Records for Genealogical Research, Laura Hanowski    

Lunch and Closing Ceremonies:12 Noon-1:30 p.m.

            "How Do You Know that You Have Connected with the Correct Ancestors?"  J. Brian Gilchrist         

More information is available from For more information: OGS Seminar'02, #102 - 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9 (416) 489-0734 or visit the web site: 

24-26 May 2002 – 16th Wingfield Reunion, New Orleans, LA

The Wingfield Family Society will have its 16th annual meeting in New Orleans, LA on 24-26 May 2002. Attendees are

expected from the U. S., Canada and England. For more information interested persons should look at: 

25 May 2002 – Genealogy Fair, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada

The first Kings County, New Brunswick, Genealogy Fair will be 25 May 2002 at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall. 114 Church Ave., Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. For more information please contact Nancy Adams, 190 Church Ave., Sussex, NB E4E 1Z5 or E-mail to or check out or GenWeb

26 May 2002 – Meyers Reunion, Granville, TN

The Myers Family Reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 26 May 2002 at the Granville Community Center, Granville, Jackson County, TN. All are welcome and please pass the info on to all. Bring a covered dish and anything you wish to display and share. Feel free to contact me at 

Submitted by: Helen E (Myers) Myers

26 May 2002 – McMillian Reunion, Hamilton County, OH

The McMillian Family Picnic/Reunion 2002 will be on 26 May 2002 in Hamilton County, OH.  For information, e-mail for information and registration: There will be live entertainment, river boat cruise, and family group pictures. Descendants of Robert McMillian and Sarah Jane Hawkins (wife 1) and Sarah Ann Wolfe (wife 2) and family friends are cordially invited to attend. Registration is required for attendance. Information packets will be sent to families registering for this historical family event.

Submitted by: Ernest McMillen

26 May 2002 – Cheek/Cheak Reunion, Rose Hill, VA

The annual Cheak/Cheek Family Reunion will be 26 May 2002 at the old homeplace of James and Maggie Shackleford Cheek in Rose Hill, VA. 

Submitted by: Sharon Loudy

31 May & 1-2 June – Family History Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Quebec Family History Society will be hosting the largest English-language Genealogical Convention ever held 31 May and 1-2 June 2002 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of its founding. For the Roots 2002 Conference there will be numerous well-known speakers, discussing all aspects of genealogical research, computer demonstrations and a family history book fair. All lectures are in English. For further details and prices please visit the Quebec Family History Society web page at;. E-mail: or write to:

The Quebec Family Society

P.O. Box 1026

Pointe Claire, Quebec

Canada H9S 4H9

31 May 2002 – Clein Reunion, Liverpool, England

The Clein Family Reunion will be 31 May 2002 in Liverpool, England. For more information connect Michael A Clein (e-mail or Pam Clein (

Submitted by: Michael A. Clein:

1 June 2002 – Roots XVIII Family History Seminar, Dix Hills, NY


Roots XVIII, The Huntington Historical Society's 18th annual Family History Seminar will be on Saturday, 1 June 2002 at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, Long Island, NY.


Leslie Corn, specialist in NYC & Internet research;

David E. Rencher, AG, FUGA, accredited in Irish Research;

Daniel Schlyter, AG, specialist in Germany & Eastern Europe;

Arthur Sniffin, archivist;

Meldon J. Wolfgang III, specialist in urban research

Genealogical Vendors - books, maps, etc., and representatives from various ethnic organizations will be there.

Brochures will be available in March.  To receive a copy, please send your P.O. address either to my e-mail address:

or contact

The Huntington Historical Society

209 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743-6993

Phone (631) 427-7045

Fax (631) 427-7056

William Chamberlain, Roots XVIII Committee, The Huntington Historical Society

2 June 2002 – Goucher Reunion, Anadarko, OK

The Goucher Reunion will be 2 June 2002 at Randlette Park, Anadarko, OK. Bring a dish to add to our luncheon. The reunion goes all day long. If you have any additional address for Gouchers please contact me at There will be drawings games and lots of family fun. The reunion is always the first Sunday in June.

Submitted by: Ruby Borba {Goucher}

2 June 2002 – Hardesty Happenings, Corning, IA

The Hardesty Happenings Reunion, a pot luck, will be 2 June 2002 at Noon at the Wagon Wheel (across from Pizza Hut), Corning, IA for Obediah, Solomon, Samuel… Submitted by: Yvonne Ellwood

7 June 2002 – Elder-Brown Reunion, Orlando, FL

The Elder-Brown Family Reunion will be 7-11 June 2002 at Orlando, FL. For additional information, contact: Kennetha Elder-Wade:             

7-9 June 2002 – Cleghorn Reunion, Chattanooga, TN

The 15th Annual C.D.A.F. Reunion reunion will be 7-9 June 2002 at Chattanooga, TN.  For additional information, e-mail  Submitted by: Rhonda Smith

8 June 2002 – Legacy Family Tree Software, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Geoffrey Rasmussen of Provo, UT, will present to workshops on using Legacy Family Tree Software on 8 June 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada.  The workshops are especially valuable for those using Legacy and will be a “must attend” for those who want to compare Legacy with other genealogy software.  The morning workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and the second will be from 1 to 3 p.m.  The presentations will be identical.  For more information, log on to:

8 June 2002 – Houp Family Reunion, Jessamine County, KY

The Houp Family Reunion will be 8 June 2002 at High Bridge Park, Jassamine County, KY.  Related Horn, Ashcraft, Winkle, Estes families are urged to attend. Submitted by: KEN HOUP KEN.HOUP@MAIL.STATE.KY.US                   

8 June 2002 – Sadler-Mills Reunion, West Portsmouth, OH

The 2nd Annual Sadler-Mills Family Reunion will be Saturday, 8 June 2002 beginning at Noon at Earl Thomas Conley Park, US 52 W, in West Portsmouth, OH.  Please bring a covered dish to share. Descendants, families and friends are welcome. Bring family photos and any other family info to share! Submitted by: Joyce M. Sadler

8 June 2002 – Family Tree Day, Oxfordshire, England

The first "Family Tree Day" at the Oxfordshire (England) Record Office will be 8 June 2002. Hosted by the staff of the record office in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Family History Society, the day will have numerous attractions including computer demonstrations. The society's computerised search services and newly computerised birth brief index will also be available for consultation. The biggest feature of "Family History Day" will be the opportunity for family historians to consult prime records of relevance to their research with an expert at their elbow.

Further information about "Family Tree Day" and about the Oxfordshire Family History Society can be obtained from the society's website at: 

9-13 June 2002 – VA Research Institute, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Genealogical Society holds it's Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research in Richmond, VA, 9-13 April 2002. For more information, E-mail:

9-14 June 2002 – Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research, Birmingham, AL

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will be held June 9-14, 2002 at Samford University, Birmingham, AL. This week-long course is one of the best in genealogy.

Speakers will be:

Carrie Moore Adamson,  ABJ (summa cum laude); genealogical editor, librarian, lecturer based in Augusta, Georgia.

Mary McCampbell Bell, Certified Lineage Specialist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer.

Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS, M.A. (French); professional genealogist based in Washington D.C.; certified since 1997. 

Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, A.B. (cum laude), M.A. (European History), M.S. (Library Science), FNGS, has been with the Dallas (TX) Public Library since 1973 and currently serves as the Supervisor of the Genealogy Section.

John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. (Medieval French Literature), has been conducting workshops for the National Archives, teaching courses for the Smithsonian Institution, and lecturing nationally before genealogical, historical and ethnic groups societies since 1985.

Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS, CGL; professional genealogist based in Georgia. Certified since 1994, her research focuses on Georgia and New England records prior to 1915.

Amy Larner Giroux, CG, has been certified since 1996.  Her research specialty is New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. 

Alexia Jones Helsley, is a consultant with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History developing a genealogical guide and continuing her research for the Biographical Directory of the SC House of Representatives, 1828-1859.

Sherry Irvine, B.A., M.S., CGRS, FSA (Scot), is a teacher, lecturer and writer specializing in English and Scottish family history.

James R. Johnson, B.A., M.A., M.S.L.S. Ph.D. (History), is the Senior Manager of the History and Genealogy Department of the Memphis/Shelby County [TN] Public Library. 

Helen F. M. Leary, B.A., CG, CGL, FASG, is a professional genealogist with more than 25 years' experience and a featured speaker at NGS, FCS and state conferences.

Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, BA, FUGA, is a researcher, lecturer, and writer. She has taught at IGHR since 1979 and has been Course I Coordinator since 1990.

Ken Macomber, is a computer consultant in the area of genealogical software and records management.  He is a professional computer specialist with over 30 years experience in computer software development, project management, and technical consulting. 

Elizabeth Shown Mills, B.S. (Family History), CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG, FUGA, is the editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, past president and trustee of the BCG, president of the ASG, and a founding member of the GSG.

David E. Rencher, A.G., FUGA, is employed by the Family & Church History Department in Salt Lake City where he is the Director of the Libraries Division.  A professional genealogist since 1977, he was accredited in Ireland research in 1981. 

Christine Rose, A.A. (Foreign Language with Honors), CG, CGL, FASG, is a full-time professional genealogist with 40 years experience. She lectures nationally at various institutes, conferences, and seminars.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CGRS was the co-editor of Northern Virginia Genealogy   (1996-97) and the editor of the Scott Genealogical Quarterly (1987-1995).

Benjamin B. Spratling, III,  B.S. (Economics), LL.M. (Taxation), J.D., is a partner in the law firm of Haskell Slaughter & Young.  Spratling attended IGHR from 1989 through 1991 and has been an IGHR lecturer since 1992.

Elizabeth C. Wells, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., is the coordinator of the Special Collection Unit of the Samford University Library. 

Complete details are available at:

13-16 June 2002 – Wing Family, East Sandwich, MA

The Wing Family of America, Inc. will host its Centennial Reunion 1902 - 2002 "Seeing Our Past - Facing Our

Future" at East Sandwich, MA, 13-16 June 2002. Planned highlights include: 1640's Dinner - One Plate, One Spoon; guest appearances by Wing "Ancestors"; clam bake, auction, quilting project and special souvenirs.  For more information see the WFA website at

13-17 June 2002 – Halvorsen Reunion, Hvaler, Norway

American and Norwegian descendants of the families produced by the five children of Lars HALVORSEN and Inger Malene

KNUDSDATTER BISLET of Hvaler, Norway, (Hans Christian and Thomas Olaus LARSEN and Torine, Oline, and Andrine LARSDATTER) will gather for a family reunion at Hvaler, Norway, 13-17 June 2002.

All six children of Torine migrated to America in the late 19th century-early 20th century and settled in Chicago, but four of them (Josefine and Johanne CARLSDATTER and Karoline TOMINE and Kristiane BERGGREN) moved elsewhere prior to World War I. Their descendants are now out of contact with the other branches of the family and we are anxious to get back in touch in time for the reunion.

Please contact me for details about the reunion and if you have information on the missing women.

Fred Radewagen

13-17 June 2002 – Wood Family Reunion, Pittsurgh, PA

Descendants of Abinah and Susannah Wood will gather 13-17 June 2002 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. 

For additional information, contact: Martha Cudder at

14-16 June 2002 – Rice-Coats-Lovell-Whitfield Reunion, Dixon, NE

Descendants of the Rice-Coats-Lovell-Whitford family will gather 14-16 June 2002 at Dixon, NE, at Saint Anne Hall. Reunion events include, visits to the county courthouse and library in Ponca and visits to Allen and Ponca cemeteries.  For additional information, contact: Marlys McGrath Rice at and Richard Morgan at 

Submitted by: Richard Morgan

14-16 June 2002 – King Family Reunion, McVeytown, PA

The last scheduled reunion for descendants of Shem and Anna King is to be held 14-16 June 2002 at Penn Valley Christian Retreat Center in McVeytown, PA. (Mifflin Co., central PA area). The events will include a bus tour and a Saturday afternoon antique show. For further information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Cris Myers at  or by postal address: 8925 Leach Rd, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316.

Submitted by: Cris Myers

14-16 June 2002 – Spear Reunion, Rapid City, SD

The Thomas James Spear Reunion will be 14-16 June 2002 at the Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp, Rapid City, SD.  Descendants of Thomas James Spear (8/19/1835 - 8/12/1923) are invited.

Submitted by: Michelle Price

15 June 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rick Roberts will conduct two genealogy workshops on 25 June 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. The first will be on “Using Family Tree Maker Software” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..  This is an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports.

            The second workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on “Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.”  Rick says, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal.

            For information on either of the workshops visit the web site:

15 June 2002 – German Conference, Des Moines, IA


The 10th Annual German Conference sponsored by the German Interest Group of the Iowa Genealogical Society on Saturday 15 June 2002 at the Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines, IA. The speaker will be Shirley J. Riemer, author of the German Research Companion and co-author with Roger Minert of Researching in Germany. The $25 ($30 for non-IGS members) registration includes a box lunch and access to the IGS Library on Sunday.

            For more information contact send request to:

15 June 2002 --Northwest Indiana Workshop, Valparaiso, IN
The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society will host the workshop presentations by Marian Richter Schuetz on 15 June 2002 at rince of Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall 234 West Division Rd Valparaiso, IN. Directions: From I-65, take US 30 East to Route 2, and turn right. Go about 3.1 miles, to Division (stop light just past Aberdeen B&B). Turn right, go about 1 block to driveway for the church, turn left.

10 a.m. – Registration.
10:30 a.m. -- The Ellis Island Experience: It is estimated that at least 100 million Americans today can trace their roots to an ancestor who entered the United States through Ellis Island. Are you one of them? This presentation will take you through the procedures of this famous New York immigrant-receiving station.
11:30 a.m. -- Lunch (Provided).

12:30 p.m. --  Short Business Meeting.

1 p.m. -- Twentieth Century Military Records: War may be hell, but oh the records it generates. This presentation explores records that the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC-MPR) didn't destroy.
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Fees are: $15 – members; $17 - non-members; $20 - late registrations (after 5 June 2002). Your cancelled check is your receipt. To register send your name and address with registration fee (checks made out to NWIGS to:

P.O. 595
Griffith, IN 46319

15 June 2002 – Milne Reunion, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Descendants of Charles Milne and Elspet Ross, who married in Premnay Parish Kirk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 13 Dec. 1831, will gather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 June 2002. They arrived in Wentworth County, Ontario ca 1844, with their children--Margaret Isabel, b. 1834; John, b. 1837; Alexander, b. 1840; Robert, b. 1842; and Charles, b. 1844. Then George, b. 1845; William,  b. 1850; and James, b. 1854, were born in West Flamborough Township. Charles (the elder) was a blacksmith. The family owned land in West Flamborough at concession 6, lot 16 at the corner of Highway # 6, coming north from Hamilton. Info: Jane Taylor (Milne), E-mail:  ph. 416 449-8063

15 June 2002 – Horrisberger Reunion, Le Sueur Cnty., MN

If you are a descendant of Andrew & Elizabeth Horrisberger, then you are cordially invited to attend a very long-overdue family reunion. It will be held in Le Sueur County, MN. all family members are invited. Please contact Susie at for more details.

Submitted by: Susie

15 June 2002 – LeBlanc Reunion, Mermentau, LA

The family of Adrien LeBlanc will gather at the Dana LeBlanc Center in Mermentau, LA, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 15 June 2002 for a reunion.  Activities will include a covered dish lunch, raffles, bingo and much more. Bring old photos, genealogy, and your own drinks. Please RSVP before attending with Leslie at 

Submitted by: Leslie Braddock

15-16 June 2002 – Howe-Ideker Reunion, Hinton, IA

The Howe-Ideker Reunion will be 15-16 Jule 2002 in Hinton, IA. Come celebrate Grandma Amanda Ida Emma (Ideker) Howe's 100th birthday and life in spite of her death on 21 June 2001. Let us meet for happy and good times instead of all

the sad times of the passed year. Find out the additions to our family history book. Submitted by: Kathy Baker 

15 June 2002 – German Research Conference, Des Moines, IA


Mark your calendars for the German Research Conference in Des Moines, IA, on 15 June 2002 with Shirley Riemer, author of the German Research Companion as the speaker. For more information write to:

20-22 June 2002, National Keesee Reunion, Danville, VA

All family members from across the nation are invited to the 2nd National Keesee Family Reunion, 20-22 June 2002 at the Stratford Inn, Danville, VA.  Included are name variations including Kozee, Iissee, Koeze.  Registration fee is $15 for adults, $30 for family of two adults and their minor children and $10 for elders, 75 and over. For reservations at the Stratford Inn call (804)793-2500.  Reunion registration information can be obtained from:

Anne B. St John

19277 NW 64 Ct.

Miami, FL

e-mail:  or

Linda Jarrells

HC 70, Box 174

Sandy Hook, KY 41171


20-23 June 2002 – Macon Reunion, Williamsburg, VA

Some of the descendants of the immigrant Gideon Macon plan the next family reunion in Williamsburg, VA, 20-23 June 2002. This will be the 300th anniversary of Gideon's death. We would love to have other relatives participate with us. If you would be interested in receiving more information contact the coordinator of the event, Rusty Weber at:  or call at 1-502-935-8928.

Submitted by: Rusty Weber

21-22 June 2002 – Annual Conference, Port Angeles, WA

The Clallam County Genealogical Society will host the Washington State Annual conference 21-22 June, 2002, on the campus of Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA.  The Jefferson County & Puget Sound Genealogical Societies are assisting with the conference.  Featured speaker will be Shirley J. Reimer, genealogist, expert on German family history research, author of "The German Research Companion," and editor of "Der Blumenbaum," journal of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society. Her topic at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, 21 June, will be "Last Chance Charlie.."

            Additional speakers include Betty Dresser Leonard, Sarah Thorson Little, June Robinson. Gary Zimmerman and representatives of the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Center and WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Stephen Eric Baylor, Haxel Walters Rasar, and Laura Pemberton-Sparr.

Among the topics for the speakers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 22 June, will be:

International Research

Scandanavian Research

Rethinking the Place of Origin (German)

When the Going Gets Rough (German)

Traveling to Europe in Search of Your Ancestors

Genealogy for Beginners

Organizing Your Genealogical "Stuff"

Cemetery and Vital Records

Censuses and Census Substitutes

            Maps as a Genealogical Tool

Genealogy for the Experienced

Relating History to Genealogy

Advances in Maps

Using the State Archives and Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Online Research

Society Management

Selecting Interesting Programs

Handling the Treasurer's Nightmares

Creative Fundraising


For additional information, contact:


P. O. Box 1327

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: (360) 417-5000

Web site:

20-22 June 2002 – Sisson Gathering, Kansas City, MO    

The 5th Biennial Sisson Gathering, for genealogists and family members interested in the Sisson Family, will be 20-22 June

2002 in Kansas City, MO. Activities will include: sharing genealogical and historical information about Sissons, displays of Sisson-related projects, genealogical computing, and lots more ... all at a reasonable cost. All the details at:

21-23 June 2002 – Hartje Reunion, Conway, AR

A family reunion is planned for 21-23 June 2002 in Conway, AR. for the following families: Descendants of Augustus, Henry, Charles, Hannah and Caroline HARTJE; Jonathan and Eliza BARTLETT; Mattie, Jessie, Jenny and Henry DUKE; Jacob Thomas and Margaret BREVARD; John F. THOMAS and Elizabeth ETHRIDGE; and James Trice HALL Sr., and Apphia SLAYDON..

Details may be obtained from: 

21-23 June 2002 – Finkbeiner Int’l Reunion, Kimberton, PA

The 2002 International Finkbeiner Family Reunion, the largest Finkbeiner family event in history. will take place 21-23 June 2002 in Kimberton, Chester County, PA. The event site is the Kimberton Fire Company and grounds. Other reunions have been held in Canada, Michigan and Germany. At the 1999 reunion in Germany it was decided to hold the 4th International Reunion in PA to honor the first Finkbeiner immigrants to North America since they docked in Philadelphia on 20 Oct.1752 on board the ship the "Duke of Wirtemburg." The reunion is for ALL Finkbeiner family members, descendants and relatives worldwide. It for ALL derivatives and spellings of the surname. Reservation deadline for hotels is 15 March 2002. Registration monies for reunion deadline is 1 March 2002 and reunion event monies deadline is 1April 2002. Details will be provided it you get in touch with Jane Frees at:

Submitted by: Jane Frees

21-23 June 2002 – Peoples-Pitman, Hampton, VA

The Peoples/Pittman's of Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia family reunion will be 21-23 June 2002 in Hampton, VA. For further information, please contact me at MSSISI@AOL.COM.

21-22 June 2002 – Black Family Reunion, Ben Franklin, TX

The reunion for the James S. Black family will be at Chapel Center, Ben Franklin, Delta County. TX. 21 and 22 June 2002. Contact me for details at e-mail: Sara Black Epley:

21-22 June 2002 – Marlow Reunion, Arcata, CA

The fourth annual West Coast Reunion of the Marlow Family will be 21-22 June 2002 at The Mad River Rapids RV Park in Arcata, CA. For more information you may contact: Helen & Don Marlow at; or Marlene & C. J. Rogers at; or Marlene Pean at 

Submitted by: Marlene Pean

21-23 June, 2002 – Fleenor-Hattabaugh Reunion, Washington Cnty., IN

The family reunion for descendants of Johannes Flinner and Anna Minnick, George Hattabaugh and Mary Koiner/Coynart/Keinadt, and the families connected with them will be 21-23 June 2002 at Delaney Park in rural Washington County, IN. The family picnic at the park will be on Saturday, 22 June; and Friday and Sunday will be devoted to tours of cemeteries, family heritage research, and swapping family information. Family heritage displays will be available Friday and Saturday. Plans for the 2003 reunion in VA will be made at this reunion.

Submitted by: Janice Fleenor Smith

22 June 2002 – Genealogy Fair, St. Louis, MO

The St. Louis Genealogical Society holds its 32nd annual fair, "Find Your Place in History” at the University of Missouri - St.  Louis campus 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St.  Louis, MO, on 22 June 2002.  The fair features Cyndi Howells and Barbara Vines Little. 

            Cyndi’s topics are:

E-mail: How to Communicate Easily and Effectively with the World;

The World Wide Web - Quit Surfing and Start Researching;

Customizing Your Windows Desktop for Efficiency in Genealogy; and

The Great URL Hunt.

Contact St.  Louis Genealogical Society, PO Box 43010, St.  Louis, MO 63143-0010; phone: (314) 647-8547; e-mail:; web site:

22 June 2002 – Lampley Family Reunion, Burns, TN

The Lampley/Lamplugh Family holds its reunion at Montgomery Bell State Park near Burns, TN, on 22 June 2002. For information, contact William Lampley,(662)349-6260; e-mail:

22 June 2002 – Schwanger Family Reunion, Lewisburg, PA

The Annual Schwanger Family Assn. Reunion will be Saturday, 22 June 2002, in Lewisburg, PA.  This is for all families named Schwanger, Swanger or Swoner.  Details may be obtained from 

22 June 2002 – Fjerstad-Fjaerestad Reunion, Kasson, MN

The Fjerstad-Fjaerestad Reunion will be Saturday, 22 June 2002, at South Zumbro Church between Rochester and Kasson, MN.

Submitted by: Dorothy Dallas

22 June 2002 – Sherrill Family Reunion, Indiana

The Sherrill Family Reunion will be 22 June 2002 at The Brown County State Park, at the Lower Shelter, from 12 noon till ? It will be a pitch-in meal, so please bring your favorite recipe!  The park borders Monroe & Brown Counties, Indiana.  The descendants of all Sherrills/Sherrells/ Shirrells  are welcome!                  

Submitted by: Tina McCarthy

22 June 2002 – McQueen Reunion, Richmond, KY

The McQueen Reunion will be 22 June 2002 for descendants of brothers John and Nathan McQueen, two of the 10 children of William and Anna Harris McQueen. The gathering will be at Ft. Boonesbourough State Park, 4375 Boonesborough Rd., Richmond, KY. For more info--Go to: 

Submitted by: Angel Hall

22 June 2002 – Treetop Roots, Delta, OH

The Fulton County (OH) Genealogical Society Seminar at the Pike-Delta-York High School in Delta, OH, on 22 June 2002 is titled,"Roots to the Treetop: Climbing Your Family Tree"  Featured speakers are Amy Johnson Crow, Karen Smith, Jana Sloan Broglin. Learn tips and techniques on Ohio research, census records, cemetery information, newspapers, vital records, and military sources. For further details, visit our web site at .

22-23 June 2002 – Jacob-Taylor Reunion, Wagoner, OK

Descendants of Isaac Jacob and Rhoda Smith Taylor of Laruel co. Ky  will gather on 22-23 June 2002 at Sequoyah State Park, Wagoner, OK, for a pot luck dinner on Sunday. For more information, contact Carol Plockot at

22 June 2002 – Brantley Reunion, Norman, OK

The Brantley Family Reunion will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on 22 June at Lake Thunderbird, Little River State Park Pavillion, Little Axe Campground, Norman, OK. RV/Campers/tent sites must be reserved by 1 April 2002 in order to get close to the pavillion. Arrive on Friday and stay until 5 p.m. Sunday. To make reservations for campsite or cabins call 405 360-3572. Numerous motels are in Norman. Bring pictures, share genealogy of the descendants of William Benjamin Brantley. E-mail Phyllis at for more details.

Submitted by: Phyllis Brantley Estes

23 June 2002 – Hagen Family Reunion, Jerseyville, IL

The Hagen Family Reunion will be at the Moose Lodge in Jerseyville, IL, with a pot luck luncheon served at 22 noon. 

Submitted by: Julie Goheen                

23 June 2002 – Eidem and Sanvik Reunion, MN

There will be a reunion of all interested Eidem and Sanvik relatives on 23 June 2002 at South Zumbro Church between Rochester and Kasson, MN. For additional details, please contact or 

23 June 2002 – Hoge Reunion, Greene County, PA

Descendants of Graham Hoge of Greene County. PA, will have their annual family reunion on 23 June 2002 at the Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County PA. A picnic lunch will be at 1:30 p.m. at pavilion #3. Adult and children’s games will be played. A genealogy on the Hoge Family will be given out. There is free swimming and also fishing and boat rental available.  Ryerson Station State Park is located in extreme southwestern PA (Greene County). It is situated on both sides of Bristoria Road (PA SR3022) just off PA route 21, three miles west of Wind Ridge, PA. From I-79, take the Waynesburg Exit 3 to PA 21 west. Follow 22 miles to Bristoria Road. Look for Ryerson Station State Park signs.

Submitted by: Carl Hoge               

27-29 June 2002 – Palatines to America, Springfield, IL

The 2002 National Conference of Palatines to America will be in Springfield, IL, on 27-29 June 2002.  Palatines to America is a national genealogical society of those seeking the origin and family history of their German-speaking ancestors. The opening presentation will be by Dr. George Schweitzer on "Was Your Ancestor A Wine Drinking, A Beer Drinking or A Schnapps Drinking German?" During the conference he will present other subjects, including "Rivers to Trails to Roads to Canals to Trains."

Other presentations during this conference will include:

Dr. David Koss of Illinois College on "You Don't Have to be English to Have Royal Blood,"

Dr. John Colletta of the National Archives and Smithsonian Institution on "Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Pulling Sources Together to Reconstruct Real-life Events" and "Discovering Real Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors," and

Robert Frizzell of Northwest Missouri State University on "Migration Chains to Illinois."

For additional information or registration materials, send an e-mail to:

27-30 June 2002 – Clan McAlister 10th Reunion, Huntsville, AL

The Clan McAlister of America (CMA) holds its 10th biennial reunion at the Huntsville Hilton in Huntsville, AL, 27 30 June 2002. McAllisters (all spellings) cordially invited. For details, contact:

S.M. McAllister

2360 Len Circle NW

Hartselle, AL 35640-7769

Phone (256)773-7823; e-mail:; web site:

28-30 June 2002 – Bulkeley/Bulkley Reunion, Concord, MA

The Bulkeley/Bulkley Reunion will be 28-30 June in Concord, MA.

Submitted by: Thom Taylor

28-30 June 2002 – Hinman Family Reunion, Boise, ID

The biennial Hinman Family Assn. Reunion will be the last weekend in June, Friday-Sunday, 28-30 June 2002 in Boise, ID.

Submitted by: Munson Hinman

28 June 2002 – Hewlett Reunion, Long Island, NY

We are planning a reunion of the Hewlett Family on 28 June 2002 on Long Island, NY, in the region of Hempstead. The following surnames are part of the Hewlett family. Abrams, Badger, Bayles, Bayless, Baylis, Carroll, Cooper,Cornell, Cornwell,Denton, Dorlon, Dorlan, Dorlandt, Dusenberry, Dusenbury, Endres, Evans, Fenton, Ferris, Hicks, Hulet, Hulit, Hewlett, Hewlet, Holland, Horner Hulett, Jackson, Jones, Kessler, Kiernan, Kirsche, Mangold, Mott, Pearsall, Perry, Phieff, Seaman, Shaw, Skellington, Stillwell, Tredwell, Treadwell, Turco, Warren, Welsher and many others at the present. If you would like to be involved in the preparation, plans and financial side of the plans, please contact me at 

Submitted by: Donna Hewlett Pais DONALYNANN@YAHOO.COM

28-30 June 2002 – Lewis-Harrell Reunion, Prattville, AL

The Lewis-Harrell Family Reunion will be in Prattville, AL, 28-30 June 2002. Contact Renae for more info.                      

Submitted by: renae                    

28-30 June 2002 – Hopkins Family Reunion, Hampton, NH

The Hopkins Family Reunion will be 28-30 June in Hampton, NH.                       

Submitted by: Paula Hopkins Bacon                

29-30 June 2002 – Romero/Serve Reunion, Wallensburg, CO

The Romero/Serve Family Reunion will be in Walsenburg CO, 29-30 June 2002. Submitted by: Rebecca Dasis-Herzig                

29-30 June 2002 – Crichton Family Reunion, Wyoming

The Crichton family reunion is scheduled for 29-30 June 2002 in Wyoming. All Descendants of Charles D. Crichton and Mary Maxwell are invited. If you have Crichton in your name or a descendant we would like to see you there.               


Walt and Cathy Crichton

2117 Prairie Rd.

Riverton, WY

Phone: 307-856-0731 or

Ken and Dajuanna Crichton

27 Elkhorn Dr.

Riverton, WY

Phone: 307-857-0784.

Submitted by: Teresa Crichton         

29 June 2002 – Beischer Reunion, Greentown, PA

A family reunion for descendants of Philip Beischer and Maria Viron, married 21 Sept. 1842 in Kries Krietznah, Prussia will be 29 June 2002. The family has gathered the last Saturday in June (for 78 years!) at the Hemlock Grove Methodist Church, Greentown, PA. Married childrens' surnames include; Manhart, Hartman, Weiss, King, Miller and Erhart.             

Submitted by: Ruth Altemier                      

29-30 June 2002 – LeTourneau/Parrow Reunion, Havana, ND

The "All Her Children" reunion for Odile Dumas LeTourneau Parrow descendants will be at Havana, ND, 29-30 June 2002. Rustic camping in city park, motels in area towns. Contact LaRae at or Janice at 

Submitted by: Janice Parrow

29 June 2002 – Taylor/Hapgood Reunion, Malone, NY

A Family Reunion for descendants of Joel Calvin Taylor, 1824-1907, and Dimis Hapgood of Constable, Franklin County., NY, is  scheduled for 29 June 2002 in Malone, NY.  Exact time and location TBA.  For more information, contact:  Geri Little: Email  OR Susan Slavik: Email                      

Submitted by: Geri Little                     

29 June 2002 – Oates Reunion, Clinton, NC

The Oates Family Reunion will be 29 June 2002 at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, Clinton, NC. For more information, visit, our Reunion Page, for events, times, and other details.

Submitted by: Ron Oates

29 June-4 July 2002 – Ervin Reunion, Cincinnati, OH

The Ervin Family Reunion will be 29 June – 4 July 2002 at the Best Western Hotel, Cincinnati, OH, honoring descendants of Ferdinand, John, Alphonso, Alma, Algie and Harran Ervin.

Submitted by: Gwen Ervin-Goode

30 June 2002 – Bethke Reunion, Muscoda, WI

The Bethke Family Reunion will be 30 June 2002 at Muscoda, WI.  Potluck at noon.        

Submitted by: H Bethke                      

30 June 2002 – Felix Reunion, Bedford, PA

The Felix Family Reunion will be 30 June 2002 at Friendship Village (Club House) Bedford, PA; Ph. 814-623-1677. Everything the same as other years. Any and all Felixes are welcome. Come and we will let you know if you are related.

Submitted by: Bruce Felix

30 June – 22 July 2002 – British Institute Tour, England

The British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Trip will be 30 June – 22 July 2002. This study tour offers a unique opportunity to research your roots in the major repositories in London and in the record offices of York and Yorkshire. The Samford University British Study Tour is designed for a small group of curious, inquiring, active researchers. It features flexibility, practical experience, and guidance. Details are available at:

4-7 July 2002 – Batts-Hagans Reunion, Charlotte, NC

The Batts-Hagans reunion will be in Charlotte, NC, 4-7 July 2002. Theme is "The Richness of Family" The Barbeque is 4 July at Frank Lisk Park in Harrisburg, The Formal Celebration of Family and Dinner is Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charlotte, NC. There are many other events planned for the extended Holiday Weekend.

Submitted by: Karen Farrar

4-7 July 2002 – Mama Lola’s Reunion, Alpine, TX

Mama Lola’s Descendants Reunion will be 4-7 July at Alpine,TX. For more information contact Leo Dominguez at 915-837-2309 or at 

Submitted by: Leo Dominguez

4 July 2002 – Donoho Family & Friends, Salem, IL

The Donoho Family & Friends Reunion will be 4 July 2002 at the Salem Community Activites Center, 416 East Oglesby Ave. Salem, IL. Scheduled activities:

8 – 11 a.m. – Registration, with coffee, muffins and juice at 8 a.m.

10 a.m. – Auction.

11 a.m. -- Election of Officers.

11:30 a.m. -- Kids Skit.

12 Noon -- Potluck bring a dish or two.

1 p.m. – Pictures.

2 p.m. -- Special Guest Speaker on Genealogy.

Directly after the guests finish speaking, Silent Auction lucky bidders will be announced, also any other auction items will be sold.

A special evening for all out of towners will start the reunion off on the evening of 3 July.

Submitted by: Bernice Donoho Cravens

4-7 July 2002 – Solomon Ginsburg Descendants, Williams, AZ

A reunion of the descendants of Solomon Louis Ginsburg and Emma Morton will be 4-7 July 2002 at Williams, AZ. Excursions to Grand Canyon and other area attractions planned, as well as genealogy-related info exchange. Contact Anna Hanson for more details.

Submitted by: Anna Hanson                        

4-7 July 2002 – Hughes Family Reunion, Black Hawk, CO

The Willie and Effie Family Tree (WEFT) Organization - Hughes Family Reunion will be in Black Hawk, CO. 4-7 July 2002. Visit our web page & sign our guest book: 

Submitted by: Scott Huskey

4 July 2002 – Hulcher Family Reunion, Whittington, IL

The Hulcher Family Reunion will be 4 July 2002 at Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center in the Wayne Fitzgerrel State Park, Whittington, IL. Anyone related to the Holtje, Kappenberg, Willenbrook families from Germany is invited. Extended family members of the Gibson, Peebles and Thompson families cordially invited.                        

Submitted by: Deborah Hulett                      

4 July 2002 – Lambert Reunion, England

The International Reunion in England of descendents of the Lamberton, Lambert, Lambton and Lampton who are descended from the "Lamtuns" of Durham, England, will be 4 July 2002 at Lambton, Washington, England. For more information, visit the web site: 

Activities include visit to Washington Old Hall, ancestral home of George Washington, Hylton Castle and St Peters Church (674 A.D.) followed by an Elizabethan Banquet at Nearby Lumley Castle. All enquiries to; 

Submitted by: E.W.Lamberton

4 July 2002 – London Family Reunion, Wilburton, OK

The London Family Reunion will be on 4 July 2002 at Robber's Cave State Park, Wilburton, OK, from 10:00 am ‘till dark, with a firework display at dark. Submitted by: Pamela Baughman           

5-7 July 2002 – Manuel Reunion, Port Arthur, TX

July 5 (2002 only) Manuel Reunion

The Manuel Family Reunion will be in Port Arthur, TX, 5-7 July 2002 at St. James Kirwin Hall. Contacts are: 

Shirley Manuel Acker - 281-812-4982; Harold Manuel - 409-982-0412; and Peter Manuel, Jr. - 409-982-2525.

Submitted by: Shirley Manuel-Acker.

4-7 July 2002 – Coons Reunion, Ekalaka, MT

The Coons Reunion will be at Camp Needmore, Ekalaka, MT., 4-7 July 2002. Come one day or all. Descendants of Fred E. Coons and Lena May Thomas Coons but all extended family will be warmly welcomed. For info: Call Lennet Cantwell 208-935-1315 or e-mail 

Submitted by: Lennet Cantwell

5-7 July 2002 – Billingslea/Billingsley Reunion, LaGrange, GA

There will be a Billingslea/Billingsley Family Reunion 5-7 July 2002 in LaGrange, GA. If you would like to attend please e-mail me at This family descended from Georgia and surrounding areas.

Submitted by: F Gilliam:

2-8 July 2002 – Templin Family Reunion, Philadelphia, PA

The Templin Family Assn. Reunion will be in Philadelphia, PA, 2-8 July 2002. For more details please contact Marvin Templin at  or visit our website at: 

Submitted by: Marvin Templin

5-6 July 2002 – Jegge/Yegge Reunion, DeWitt, IA

The 150th year anniversary of the Jegge/Yegge family coming to the U.S. is on 5-6 July 5 2002, in DeWitt, Iowa. The family memmbers of the Johann Fridolien Jagge and Franziska Jaggi are having a reunion. We hope to have descendants of their children in attendance: Vincent Yegge, John Frederick Yegge, Joseph Yegge, Frances Yegge Nonnemacher, Adeline Yegge Bloom, Marcus Yegge, Martin Yegge, John Yegge and Anna Yegge Snyder.

Submitted by: Joyce Yegge

5-8 July 2002 – O’Dea Clan Gathering, County Clare, Ireland

The Fifth International Ó Dea Clan Gathering will be at the Old Ground Hotel. Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, 5-8 July 2002. For details visit "O'Dea Online" at 

Submitted by: Ed ODay                  

5-7 July 2002 – Dreessen Family Reunion, Sioux Falls, SD.

Descendants of Herman Dreessen and Anna Marie Reinholt will gather in Sioux Falls, SD, the weekend after 5-7 July2002. For more information contact Paul Stachour.

Submitted by: Paul Stachour                 

6 July 2002 – Johann Dreessen Reunion. Sioux Falls, SD

Descendants of Johann Dreessen (1843-1903) and Sophia Magdalena Zornig (1845-1932) are invited to a POTLUCK picnic at a park in Sioux Falls, SD, from 11 a.m. to dark on 6 July 2002. Please bring your own plates, cups, silverware and a dish to pass. (Numerous grocery stores with deli's in the area.) Also bring a board game or pinochle deck. Volleyball, soccer, croquet, etc available. Swim time 2-4 p.m. Pinochle tournament, possible dancing in the evening. Those who come early will meet for socializing at hotel on Friday. Those who stay over may meet for church and lunch on Sunday.                 

Submitted by: Paul Stachour                

6 July 2002 – Roblee Reunion, Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada

The second Rob[b]lee Reunion will be 6 July 2002 at the home of John W. Roblee, 1215 Hansford Rd., Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada.                       

Submitted by: Bob Robblee                  

6 July 2002 – Morgan Reunion, Milano, TX

The Morgan Reunion will start at 10 a.m., 6 July 2002, at the Milano Community Center in Milano, Milam County, TX. Descendants of W. D. Morgan and family friends are invited. Reservations required.  For more information:   

Submitted by: James Walker

6 July 2002 – Clay County, KY, Gathering, Manchester, KY

This is a genealogy reunion for anyone having Clay County, KY, connections that migrated to other states (mainly OH, IN, MI). It will be 6 July 2002 at Possom Trot, Manchester, Clay County, KY. Everyone should bring a covered dish along with research materials, pictures, family keepsakes, etc.                      

Submitted by: Teresa Kidd                 

6 July 2002 – Fuller-Clough Reunion, Great Valley, NY

Descendants of John Fuller and Betsey Clough of Hampton Falls, NH, grandson of John Fuller of Ipswitch, MA, meet the Saturday, 6 July 2002, approx. two miles north of Great Valley, NY, on Rt. 98.

Submitted by: Lloyd Peterson

6 July 2002 – Potucek Reunion, Marcellus, NY

The Potucek Reunion for descendants of Stephen and Katherine Potucek who lived in Skancatles, NY, will be in Marcellus, NY, on 6 July 2002. For details contact, Bonnie Mackecknie at 

Submitted by: Karen Pauer

6 July 2002 – Jennings Reunion, Owensboro, KY

The Sixth Annual Jennings Reunion willl be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6 July 2002 at the Settle Memorial Church Research Center, 4th and Daviess St., Owensboro, KY.  Come early and stay late.  Pot luck lunch at noon. Family and friends are welcome.  Charles Jennings and Margaret Fulkerson Jennings had a family of nine children: Zora Bates, Addie May Sacra, Emmiett Jennings, Strauther Jennings, Ira Jennings, Izerr Jennings, Oney Webster (Uncle Dude) Jennings, Lilly Mae Berry, Ola Lee Bivens.  They were born in Indiana but came to Kentucky and settled mostly in the Daviess County area. I would love to hear from anyone connected to this family.

Submitted by: Kathie King                

6 July 2002 – Dykes/Teague Reunion, Chucky, TN

Descendants of Raymond Willie Dykes and Verna Grace Teague of Washington County, TN, will meet at the residence of Raymond Willie Dykes Jr. in Chucky, TN, on 6 July 2002. All Teague and Dykes descendants welcome. In conjunction with "Jonesborough Days" celebration held each 4th of July week in our hometown of Jonesborough, TN.

Submitted by: Carl W. Dykes

6 July 2002 – Hoffman – Kuper Reunion, Justin, TX

The Hoffman – Kuper Runion will be at “Texas Lil’s” on 6 July 2002 in Justin, TX. Hosts are: Mary & Ian Harris, Jan Amyotte and Ginny Cooper: E-Mail: for more information.

Submitted by: Ginny Cooper

7 July 2002 – Henderson Reunion, Campbell, MO

Descendants of John Washington and Margaret Isabell Layton Henderson and their guests will meet in on 7 July 2002 in Campbell, MO, with a business meeting at 11 a.m., followed by potluck dinner and games for all. John and Margaret had nine children: James Alexander Henderson, Martha Lupina Hunt, Minnie Isabel Page, Rebecca Allen Crawford, Matilda Jane Goodnight, John Hiram Henderson, Mary Orlena Cox Polsgrove, Joel Kince Henderson and William Henderson.

Submitted by: Debbi Geer

7 July 2002 – Hall Youmans Reunion, Swainsboro, GA

The Hall Youmans Reunion will be Sunday, 7 July 2002 at the Earl Varmer 4-H Center, Swainsboro, GA. Reply to if you plan to attend.        

Submitted by: jan marsh   

7 July 2002 – Cosgrove Reunion, Rapid City, SD

Descendants of Peter and Emma Cosgrove will gather on Sunday, 7 July 2002 at Noon in the covered group picnic pavillion at Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City, SD..

Submitted by: Patrick Cosgrove

8-11 July 2002—Mid-America Genealogical Institute, Springfield, IL

The Genealogical Institute of Mid-America, a week-long educational experience sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society, 8-11 July 2002 in Springfield, IL, will feature Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Sandra H. Luebking, Paul Milner, and Michael John Neill. The four multiple lecture tracks are: Growth of America, Advanced Research Strategies & Sources, English Ancestry, and Computer Methods and Sources. E-mail:   or visit the Website:

13 July 2002 – 14th July Workshop, Tulsa, OK


The 14th Annual July Workshop, sponsored by the Tulsa Genealogical Society, will Saturday, 13 July 2002 at the John Knox

Presbyterian Church, 2929 East 31st Street, Tulsa, OK. Pamela Boyer Porter, CGRS, will be the featured speaker.  Her topics

will be:

1. Rogues and Rascals: Divorced, Litigious, or Downright Criminal Relatives!

2. What's at the County Courthouse?

3. Did He Serve? Researching Military Service Records.

4. The Civil War in the American West.

            Registration Fee: $30 - includes lunch if registration form received before June 15. Late - lunch included $35.

            Vendors will be in place for early shoppers and pre-registration on Friday, 12 July from 3 - 6 p.m.

            Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday 13 July.

            To request a registration brochure, please send SASE to:

Tulsa Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 585

Tulsa, OK 74101-0585

or Email Phyllis Phelps at

13 July 2002 – German States Workshop, Whitewater, WI

The German Interest Group - Wisconsin holds its "Workshop on German States" on 13 July 2002 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI. German states to be presented are: Rhineland, Pomerania, Mecklenburg, Prussia, Posen, Wuerttemberg, Hanover, Schleswig-Holstein, East and West Prussia, and German Bohemia. Additional general German genealogical topics will also be offered. For more information, visit:

13-14 July 2002 – Homecoming, Powell, Knox County, TN


Decendants of Pioneer Settlers of East Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia will gather on 13-14 July at Bell’s Campbround at Powell, Knox County., TN. Powell is a suburb of Knoxville and is located in North Knox County. Bell's Campground is off of Clinton Hwy. Those needing hotel/motel accommodations will need to make them in North Knoxville.

The Official Group Motel for "The East Tennessee Homecoming/Reunion" is The Sleep Inn in north Knoxville at 5460 Central Ave. Pike, phone 1-865-688-7300. If you people will give us a month to take head count on ones wanting motels, Terri lives in Knoxville and she will get us all good rates. Last year it was near $40 for a two full size doubles with discount. You must call to make reservations as they need credit card info. The campground is about. Four miles away on Clinton Highway from motel at Powell.

      For those of you using RVs we have a park close by: The Escapees Raccoon Valley RV Park,  908 Raccoon Valley Rd. NE, Heiskell, TN 37754-2121, telephone 865.947.9776.  This facility has about 70 RV sites, they have both 50 and 30 amp service and pull through for longer units.  Not shaded though.  Full hookup w/cable is $19.49 and that also includes tax.  It is

about 2/3 the way in towards Heiskell on Raccoon Road from Hwy 75.

            This is an open invitation to attend the 2nd annual homecoming/reunion of our pioneer families that settled, lived, raised their

children, and sometimes died in this area. Some sank deep roots and others moved on, scattering our ancestors from coast to coast. Our purpose is to have fun, get acquainted, and swap genealogical information. ALL surnames are welcome to attend. There will be a wealth of information to share. Plan on attending please! We Do Need A Head Count though as to NOT overbook the park. We would love to have volunteers for some of the surnames on the list to act as co-hosts/co-hostesses to greet and help people with their surname, to be made to feel welcome and to help them meet researchers working on the same


We know that we have some college instructors attending who perhaps can be persuaded to speak about history/genealogy. We also have experts and accredited genealogist who have been researching for 30 plus years. They are ready to

share their information with us.

Attendance is FREE . . . but we will have a "donation" jar to offset the cost for using the campground, tableware, entertainment, and clean up.

Plan to attend and bring:

1. First and foremost yourselves...

2. Books, Bibles,  pictures, Family Group Sheets and other information,

3. A covered dish to share. (For those who are traveling some distance and for whom this is not a feasible option, you may either bring a sack lunch or a non-perishable or deli item that can be picked up at last minute locally.

4. Drinks, ice chest

5. A chair or blanket to sit on...If you are serving as a host or hostess, you will also need a small table

(card table size or larger) to display your family information on.

Last year was our first attempt to pull all these early settlers' descendants together. As far as we knew, it had never been attempted before. It was a resounding success for a first attempt, and it was agreed that it should become an annual event. This area is so very rich in history, both as an Indian frontier and as an isolated jewel of Union sympathy during the Civil War. It also served as a departure point for westward movement and new settlement. Our ancestors left us a rich heritage, which we are striving to preserve and pass on to our children and grandchildren. This rich tapestry of ideals and values is what made us a great nation and what made

each of us what we are today. And it began with our earliest immigrant ancestors who came here to start a new life and a new country.

Terri Brown Jurca: ,

5509 Paula Rd.

Knoxville, TN 37912

Carl Coffman:

1448 S. Hadley St.

Wichita, KS 67213

and co-hosted by many more friends and cousins, both locally and via Internet -- too numerous to name individually, but all of whom we thank for all their help.

Please reply briefly to one of the above addresses if you plan to attend to help us keep a head count.

15 July 2002 – Harmelink 100th Reunion, Inwood, IA

The Harmelink family will hold its 100th annual reunion on 15 July 2002 in Inspiration Hills, Inwood, Iowa. For additional information, visit the web site:

14-20 July 2002 – Institute of Genealogical Research, Washington, D.C.

The National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR)will be 15-20 July 2002. Enrollment is limited.

Schedule & Information

Tuition is $325 for applications postmarked on or before 15 May 2002 or $355 for applications postmarked on or after 16 May 2002. Classes are held in Room 105 at the National Archives unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday 14 July 2002: Hotel Washington at 15th & Pennsylvania, NW, Washington, DC.                    

*7-9 p.m.: Evening Get-Together and Introductions (casual), Parkview Room. 

Monday 15 July 2002:                                   

8:45-9:15 a.m.: Orientation, Lynn C. McMillion, CLS.     

9:15-9:45 a.m.: NARA Before and After; Archive, Constance Potter.     

10-11:30 a.m.: Using NARA Finding Aids for Archival Research, Claire Prechtel-Kluskens.    

1-1:30 p.m.: 1930 Federal Population Census, Claire Prechtel-Kluskens.          

1:30-2 p.m.: Non-Population Schedules,            Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG.  

2:15-3:15 p.m.: 1850-1920 Federal Population Census Records,          Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG.  

3:30-4:30 p.m.: 1790-1840 Federal Population Census & Mapping Case Study, Mary McCambell Bell, CLS, CGL.     

Archives I and II close at 5 p.m.                                 

*7-9 p.m.: Introduction to Local History & Genealogy Room, Library of Congress (LC)(at LC), Barbara B. Walsh.      

Tuesday 16 July 2002                        

8:45-10 a.m.: Revolutionary War Records, Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG.           

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Basic Military, Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL.        

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Citing Sources at the National Archives, Patricia Shawker, CGRS.    

1-2 p.m.: Working with the Pension Indexes, Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL.

2:15-3:30 p.m.; Federal Records for African American Research, Reginald Washington.         

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Rules for Using Rooms 400 and 203, Marie V. Melchiori, CGRS, CGL.

Free for research: National Archives I & II close at 9 p.m.                

Wednesday 17 July 2002                               

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Free for Research                    

9:45-11 a.m.: Federal Land Records: Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS.          

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Naturalization and Citizenship Documents Since 1906, Marian L. Smith (INS).

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Immigration Documents from 1892, Marian L. Smith (INS).     

3-4 p.m: Americans Abroad, Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS.           

Archives I and II close at 5:00 p.m.                            

*5-8 p.m.: Introduction to Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) Library (at DAR), Eric Grundset.     

Thursday 18 July 2002                                  

8:15 a.m. Depart: National Archives (Archives I), Washington, D.C. by bus for Archives II, College Park, MD.                

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Welcome and Update on Renovations (at Archives II), Adrienne C. Thomas.     

10-11:15 a.m.: Cartographic Records (at Archives II), Robert E. Richardson.    

12 Noon-1 p.m.: World War I Records (at Archives II), Mitchell Yokelson.        

*1:15-2 p.m.: Tour of Archives II, NARA Staff. 

3:30 p.m.: Last Records pull at Archives II.                    

*4:30 p.m.: DEPART for Archives I (Last NIGR bus)                

Free for research: Archives I and II closes at 9 p.m.              

Friday 19 July 2002                           

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Pre-1892 Passenger Arrival Records, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS.           

10-10:45 a.m.: Historical Documentary Publications, Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS.          

11-11:45 a.m.: Indian Agents, Land Registers & Interior Dept. Appointment Papers 1849-1907, Kenneth Heger.      

1-2 p.m.: Territorial Records, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS.           

2:15-2:45 p.m.: How to Write to NARA, Claire Mire Bettag, CGRS.        

*3-4 p.m.: About the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), Thomas W. Jones, CG.    

Free for research: Archives I and II closes at 9 p.m.              

*Evening: Alumni-sponsored cash bar (6 p.m.) and dinner (7 p.m.) at Holiday Inn Arlington-at-Ballston, Arlington, VA; Speaker: Linda Jonas      

Saturday 20 July 2002                                   

8:45-9:30 a.m.: NARA Online, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS.           

9:45-11 p.m.: Using Federal Records to Research Seminoles & their Southeastern Ancestry, Patricia Wickman.         

11:15-12 noon: Passport Records. Claire Prechtel-Kluskens.      

12 noon-12:30 p.m.: Closing Activities, McMillion and Melchiori. 

Free for research: Archives I and II close at 4:45 p.m.                      

For additional information: Contact: NIGR, P O Box 14274, Washington DC 20044-4274; e-mail:; web site: 

17 July 2002 – Hooked on Genealogy Tour, New Zealand, USA, England, Scotland

The 2002 Hooked on Genealogy Tour leaves 17 July 2002 from Auckland, New Zealand. First stop will be a British Conference on the Queen Mary for three days in Long Beach, CA, and thence to Salt Lake City for 17 nights. Then to London for 10 nights and to Edinburgh for 10 nights. Research on the British or International Floors at the Family History Library! Join us in Salt Lake City. Listen to lecturers from Library Staff. Jan Gow (who has been Tour Leader since our first annual Tour in 1992) is on call almost 24/7!! Shopping and sight seeing trip too. Then to London and Edinburgh. Jan will escort you to the repositories. There will be time for personal research. For more information  email:  

18-20 July 2002 – British Family History, Long Beach, CA


The British Isles Family History Society - U. S. A. is will present its 15th annual Genealogical Seminar aboard the majestic Queen Mary on 18-20 July 2002 in Long Beach, CA.  Speakers will be: Kyle Betit, Elsa Churchill from England, Janet Gow from New Zealand, Linda Jonas, Judith Eccles Wight, Ivan Johnson and others.  For more information, please see our web site: or contact: Linda Egan Flynn, 25930 Rolling Hills Road #416, Torrance, CA 90525-7241; e-mail:

Annie Lloyd, Publicity Chairperson

19-21 July 2002 – Sixth Wisner/Wezenaar Reunion, Marinette, WI

The sixth annual family reunion for the Wisner/Wezenaar descendants and families will be held 19-21 July 2002 in Marinette, WI.  Planned events include a cemetery tour, big picnic, fish fry dinner, family bloodline charts, genealogy reports and more. For information, contact:

20 –21 July 2002 – Adams Reunion, P.E.I., Canada

There is to be an Adams family reunion on 20 - 21 July 2002.  On 20 July at the New London Complex and on 21 July at the Sea View Hall, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  For more details, contact Vickie Clow at

Attending will be descendants of William ADAMS born at Third Pond on 15 March 1857. William married Catherine Jane CASELY  on 20 May 20 1882. They had the following family :

Thomas Casely (1882 - 1970);

Jeremiah (b. 1884);

Mary Jane Adams (b. 1886), married Lois Crossman on 3 April 1906.

Marie Adams (b. 1891), married Theodore Baker;

Earl (1893 - 1931);

Florence Adams (1895 to 1964), married Charles Paynter;

Annie Adams (b. 1890), married Merritt Davison;

Roy Adams (1899 - 1976);

Claude Adams (1902 - 1943); and

Wallace Adams (1905 - 1975).

20 July – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rick Roberts will conduct two genealogy workshops on 20 July 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. The first will be on “Using Family Tree Maker Software” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..  This is an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports.

            The second workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on “Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.”  Rick says, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal.

            For information on either of the workshops visit the web site: .

27 July 2002 – Genealogy Seminar, Norman, OK

The Cleveland County (OK) Genealogical Society hold its 17th Annual Seminar on 27 July 2002 in Norman, OK. The speaker is John Michael Neill and his topic is "Now I've Found it, What Do I Do?” Advance Registration by 13 July 2002, $30. For additional information, Phone: 405-329-9180; or visit the web site: .

31 July – 4 Aug. 2002 – Boone Society Reunion, Wilsonville, OR


Westward Ho the Wagons! Move 'em out! It's "Oregon or Bust"! That was the slogan 158 years ago as pioneers loaded their wagons for the trek west, and now The Boone Society, Inc. is planning it's fourth biennial Boone Family Reunion for the Beaver State 31 July - 4 Aug. 4, 2002. Join us on the Oregon Trail as we celebrate the achievements of noted Boone descendants, tour some of the spectacularly beautiful sites and engage in traditional Society genealogical information sharing. Specific programs will be decided in the coming months.  The reunion in Wilsonville, OR (near Portland). Planned activities include:

            Wednesday, 31 July: Registration and check in. Evening barbecue and entertainment at Boone's Ferry Park.

            Thursday, 2 Aug.: Dr. Jim Tompkins, Oregon History Instructor at Clackamas Community College, will be our tour guide for a bus trip on the Columbia River Gorge portion of the Oregon Trail. We will stop at Multnomah Falls, around Mt. Hood, and will have lunch at Timberline Lodge at the base of the mountain. We will then travel west down Laurel Hill where wagons, oxen, horses and emigrants were lowered by rope. Prior to 1846, travel to the Willamette Valley was by the Columbia River, a treacherous and dangerous route. Some of Jim Tompkins' ancestors came this way.

After dinner, there will be an evening program at which we will be honored by the presence of William Cannon, the only Revolutionary War soldier buried in Oregon. William is portrayed by Tom Laidlaw  (actor, writer, historian and master storyteller) who holds a BS Degree in Theater Arts from Portland State University. Tom has been a volunteer blacksmith and interpreter at Ft.

Vancouver, WA for five years.

            Friday, 2 Aug,: A day trip to the Oregon Coast (Boone Island and Boone Point, etc.) where Daniel's great grandson, George Luther Boone (the great grandfather of two of the Reunion Committee members), settled on Yaquina Bay after coming to Oregon in 1848. The return route will be via one of the Boone Homesteads, Salem (the state capitol) and several Boone Historical markers.

After dinner, Rochelle Cochran will present a program for historian Ken Kamper detailing his work with the Daniel Boone and Frontier Families Association, the many Boone sites in Missouri and efforts to protect and preserve Boone history and locations.

            Saturday, 3 Aug.: A Morning tour of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. The Boone Society Annual Meeting will be held after lunch. The Reunion Banquet and special entertainment will be In the evening.

            Sunday, 4 Aug.: Farewell Champagne Brunch.

            It is not too early to reserve your lodging, so feel free to register now by dialing: 1-800-HOLIDAY

Lodging Information: Holiday Inn Select, 25425 Southwest 95th Ave.(bordered by Boones Ferry Road), Wilsonville (formerly Boonesville/Boones Landing), OR 97070;  Phone:  503-570-8500 (Wilsonville Holiday Inn Select);p Web Site:  

    To register:\wilsonvilleor  or call 1-800-HOLIDAY

    Room rates:  $59/day - includes tax, single or double occupancy/; children  12 yrs. or younger FREE.

Meal Information: All meals (11 total) will be included in the reunion registration fee

The Boone Society, Inc. is a nonprofit association of Boone descendants, genealogists and historians. In addition to hosting the popular Boone Family Reunion, the Society serves as a reference service for researchers, a conduit for genealogists and a clearing  house for bibliographical works involving the Boone family.

Arlene Curry Buschert, Director

The Boone Society, Inc.

2-4 Aug. 2002 – Roadhouse-Mellow Reunion, Caledon, Ontario, Canada

The Roadhouse/Mellow Family Reunion will be 2-4 Aug. 2002 at Pleasant Ridge Farm, 16473 Mount Pleasant Rd., Caledon Ontario, Canada. This is the farm that was homesteaded by our ancestors, William Roadhouse and Elizabeth Crissey in 1820. All descendants of William, Henry or Benjamin Roadhouse and those related to the Mellow family, also from this area, are invited. For more information contact Millie Clark, R.R. # 3, 15100, Comber, ON N0P 1J0

4 Aug. 2002 – 28th Annual Seminar, Frankfort, KY

The 28th Annual Seminar of the Kentucky Genealogical Society is set for Saturday, 4 Aug. 2002, in Frankfort, KY. The seminar speaker will be Christine Rose, from San Jose, CA. Her four one hour subjects are:

1 - Estates: A Goldmine!;

2 - Avoid the Crooked Past! Genealogical Problem Solving;

3 - Too Young for the Revolution; Too Old for the Civil War – Military Records Between the Wars;

4 - Using Little Known and Neglected Sources; A Potpourri.

Details are available from:

3-12 Aug. 2002 – Pedersen & Costain Reunion, P.E.I., Canada

The Pedersen and Costain Reunion is planned at the Pedersen homestead in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, from 3 to 12 Aug. 2002.  Lots of activities and fun are planned.  Accommodations and camping can be arranged. For more information, contact Roy and Bernadette Pedersen, P.O. Box 85, Tignish, P.E.I., C0B 2B0, phone 902-882-2873 or email  

7-10 Aug. 2002 – FGS Conference, Ontario, CA

"California: A Goldmine of Diversity" is the theme of the FGS annual conference, 7-10 Aug. 2002 in Ontario, CA.  It will be a traditional FGS event of about 2000 participants, featuring six or more tracks of presentations and demonstrations, vendors, and special activities. Brochures available from:

FGS Business Office

P.O. Box 200940

Austin, TX 78720-0940


Phone: 888) FGS-1500.

Visit the FGS Web site at after October 2001 for more information.

9-11 Aug. 2002 – Connick Reunion, Kinkora, P.E.I., Canada

The second Connick Family Reunion is planned for 9-11 Aug. 2002 at the Kanata Club in Kinkora, Prince Edward Island, Canada. If you have Connick connections, mark your calendar now. Contact: Carol Connick, - Ph: 1 (902) 368-7078, Fax: 1 (902) 566-2143.

17 Aug. 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rick Roberts will conduct two genealogy workshops on 17 Aug. 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. The first will be on “Using Family Tree Maker Software” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..  This is an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports.

            The second workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on “Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.”  Rick says, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal.

            For information on either of the workshops visit the web site:

23-25 Aug. 2002 – Hambly/Morrison Reunion, P.E.I., Canada

Relatives and friends of the Hambly and Morrison families are invited to be a part of something big and special this summer on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  The first ever reunion of the Hambly – Morrison families is planned for 23-25 Aug. 2002. 

It will include the descendants of the Hambly family from England, and the Morrison's of Scotland in a three-day celebration, with fun and games. Also bring old family photos and other family memorabilia to share.

Plan your vacation for 23-25 Aug. 2002 and come meet the family. Some of the branches include Roach, Burke, Watts, Reynolds, and Hooper. If you are planning to attend and would like more information about the reunion or would like to send along some family information, please contact AnneMarie Webster at  You can also write to her at New Zealand RR#1, Souris, PEI, C0A2B0, CANADA.

7 Sept. 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Margaret Williams will conduct a workshop on “Betinning a Family History Project” on Saturday, 7 Sept. 2002, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. This workshop is designed to help those who are just beginning to research their roots, or are in the early stages of family history research and are looking for a more organized approach.

       From 1:30 to 3:45 she will discuss “Researching Your Irish Roots.” The workshop will discuss resources and research practices that will help you break through the many barriers that make Irish family history research unique.

       More information on these workshops, visit this web site:

14 Sept. 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rick Roberts will conduct two genealogy workshops on 14 Sept. 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada. The first will be on “Using Family Tree Maker Software” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..  This is an interactive workshop detailing how to use the program effectively as a research tool as well as for recording information and printing charts and reports.

            The second workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. on “Creating a Family History Book Using Family Tree Maker.”  Rick says, “Many family historians undertake a research project so that their family's history will be preserved for future generations. This workshop shows you how to use Family Tree Maker software to accomplish that goal.

            For information on either of the workshops visit the web site:

20-21 Sept. 2002 – Yellowstone Conference, Billings, MT


The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum celebrates its 25th anniversary year by hosting the Montana State Genealogical Society Conference on 20-21 Sept. 2002 at the Sheraton Hotel, Billings, Montana.  John Colletta is the featured speaker. 


Verba Valentine

3274 Granger E, I – 4

Billings, MT 59102

Home Phone: (406) 656-9840


24 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2002 – Ulster Conference, Ireland

The Ulster Historical Foundation will present its 12th Annual Family History Conference, 24 Sept. – 1 Oct., 2002, in Ireland. The conference is entitled Landlords, Tenants & Tithes. While the historical context provides the framework for the conference, this is primarily a genealogical event with the central purpose as always to give delegates hands-on experience of research in the main archives of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The conference will be held between three venues this year: Belfast, Enniskillen and Dublin. The hotels that will accommodate the conference are 3 to 4 star standard. The programme will include a range of tours, social events and entertainment, all included at no extra cost. There is also a Scottish tour 1-6 Oct. and a pre-conference workshop on 24 Sept. More information can be found at or you can email us at for a brochure.

25-27 Sept. 2002--Third International Huguenot Conference, South Africa


            The Third International Huguenot Conference will be 25-27 Sept. 2002, in South Africa and a call for papers to be presented at the conference has gone out.  The theme is: The Huguenots: Origins, Settlements and Influence—the story of a refugee people.

            Conference will be held at the Stellenbosch University and the town of Franschhoek, where the headquarters of the Huguenot Foundation of South Africa, the Huguenot Museum and the Huguenot Monument are situated.  It is an area steeped in Huguenot history and culture.  The university town of Stennenbosch is situated 50 km (35 miles) from Cape Town, and Franschhoek is 30 km (20 miles) away from Stellenbosch.  Tours of the areas where the Huguenots settled in South Africa in the 17th century will be available, and wine cellars on original Huguenot farms in the vicinity can be visited during the conference.  Accommodations are available in guest houses or hotels. Please take note that the conference will take place during springtime in South Africa. 

            The conference coincides with the Stellenbosch Music Festival and it is anticipated that the Music Prize Competition of the Huguenot Foundation of South Africa will also then take place.

Information on the conference can be found at: whilst a call for papers can be found at:

Please note that papers/poster presentations on genealogical themes (regarding the Huguenots) are also welcomed.

Christo Viljoen, Ringmaster: Huguenot Ring

28 Sept. 2002 – Muskrat Tracks, Monroe, MI


The Frenchtown Chapter of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan will sponsor an all-day seminar on Saturday, 28 Sept. 2002, entitled, Muskrat Tracks – Tracing Your Early French Ancestors. The seminar will be at Monroe Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., (South of M-50), Monroe, MI, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five featured speakers are:

Dennis Au – Historian, “French-Canadian Folklore: A Tradition Worth Passing On;”

Geoff Heorauff – Voyageur,  “Society and Culture in French Detroit 1760-1790;”

Carl Katafiasz - Special Collections Specialist, “Resources at the Ellis Reference Library of Monroe County;”

Chris Kull – Archivist, “Monroe County Historical Museum Archives: A Great Place to Begin” and

Patrick Tucker – Archeologist, “Saint Antoine de la Riviere-aux-Raisins: A Historical Overview.”

            The all-day seminar includes a Continental breakfast, hot buffet luncheon, surname booklet, vendors and other local genealogical and historical societies, door prizes, freebies with door prize drawings throughout the day.  Cost is $30 and registration is limited to the first 200 persons.  Late registration after 15 Sept. 2002 may not include luncheon or surname registration.      

            For additional information, visit the web site:  or E-Mail:

October 2002 – Seminar Speakers Sought, MA Society of Genealogists


The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists sponsors a day-long seminar each Fall. Our seminar date for 2002 will be on a Saturday in early October. We are looking for speakers who will be willing to participate in this event. Because our organization is growing, we would like to have sessions available for various stages of research from Beginner to Advanced. If you are in the Middlesex County area of Massachusetts, willing to travel to our area, or know of a speaker who would be interested, please contact me.

Richard Cooke

Vice President

Program Chair

4-5 Oct. 2002 – Kelowna & District Seminar, Kelowna, B.C., Canada


The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, will hold their 4th Biennial

Genealogy Seminar on 4-5 Oct. 2002.  This event will offer 16 concurrent lectures by several well-known genealogical experts.  As well, there will be a Genealogical Marketplace featuring books, maps, software, scrapbooking supplies, giftware and so much more!  Watch for more information or visit our website:

5 Oct. 2002 – Genealogy Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Researching Your English & Welsh Roots

Fawne Stratford-Devai will conduct this workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on 5 Oct. 2002 at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada.  Learn which records are available for different time frames, how to get access to those records and then how to interpret them.

Finding Your Ancestors' Country or Place of Origin

She will conduct this workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. She will discuss one of the most challenging obstacles to advancing your family history research... finding the link between Canada and the country or place of origin of your immigrant ancestors.

More information on both workshops:

19 Oct. 2002 – Scottish Roots Workshops, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Jane MacNamara will conduct two workshops on 19 Oct. 2002, at the Global Genealogy & History Shoppe, 13 Charles St., Milton, Ontario, Canada.  Part One, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is an introduction to the basics of Scottish research will help you discover more about your ancestors' location in Scotland; the roles of clans, names and naming patterns in Scottish research; post 1854 births, marriages and deaths; and census records.

Part Two, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. is a continuation of the morning session will look at pre 1855 births, marriages and deaths; and records of inheritance and land ownership, with particular emphasis on resources available in Ontario libraries and through LDS Family History Centers.

For more information, visit the web site:

25-26 Oct. 2002 – Genealogy & Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Family Roots 2002 – A Conference for Genealogy & Technology, is announced for 25-26 Oct. 2002 at the Best Western Hospitality Inn, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  It is hosted by the Alberta Family Histories Society (AFHS).  Activities include lectures plus commercial and noncommercial exhibits and demonstrations. For more information - Email:  Website:

26 Oct. 2002—All Day Conference, Ann Arbor, MI

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, MI, presents Sandra H. Luebking at an all-day conference, 26 Oct. 2002 at Washtenaw Community College between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, MI. Contact:

Carolyn Lucado Griffin

1200 South Harris

Ypsilanti, MI 48198-6513

Phone: (734) 482-8029 ; or E-mail  for details.       

24-26 April 2003 -- Annual Ohio Conference, Columbus, OH

The Ohio Genealogical Society has announced its 2003 conference on 24-26 April 2003 in Columbus, OH.  It typically attracts 400 to 600 delegates with a program featuring a full slate of family history speakers and exhibitors. For information contact: The Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio USA 44907-1644, Tel: 419-756-7294, Fax: 419-756-8681, email,  

10-14 July 2003 - Lunenburg Nova Scotia, Canada, Reunion

From:  (Sharon Sergeant)

The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, Reunion will be 10-14 July 2003. From 1750 to 1752 groups of hardy "Foreign Protestants" left primarily German states, Switzerland, and the Principality of Montbeliard (now France) in hope of a better existence in Nova Scotia. In June 1753, about 1400 of these souls were transferred from Halifax down the coast to Lunenburg.

The summer of 2003 will be the 250th anniversary of the founding of Lunenburg, and the town is getting geared up to celebrate this event in grand style. For those of us interested in the family history aspects of Lunenburg, there will be two concurrent major events to celebrate the anniversary:

1. A Grand Family Reunion and

2. The unveiling of a memorial to the foreign Protestants on the 12th.

The planning committee's vision of what we'd like the reunion to be a place to meet relatives - living and dead, and HUG all of the former

An opportunity to fill in the blanks in our search for who we were.

A place to find folks who have already done some of that research and are willing to share the fruits of their labour. And we'd share with them what we know.

An opportunity to make personal contacts to be followed up after the Reunion.

An opportunity to find out who our ancestors were by any traces they left behind. This could be by church records, land records, school records, and wills.

An opportunity to visit and photograph the churches where our ancestors worshiped, the land they lived on and worked, and cemeteries where they are buried.

An opportunity to hear from noted genealogists who can put the unique nature of this community in greater perspective and why it is so special.

An opportunity to learn where to go for more detailed information (e.g. the South Shore Genealogical Society, the Land and Probate Registries in Bridgewater, the NS Archives in Halifax, etc).

These would not be part of the services we'd expect to find at the Reunion, but we might

Find out more on how to search those records and then go there after and look for them ourselves.

An opportunity to be a tourist and visit this place everyone keeps exclaiming about!

To stay current with the Grand Family Reunion planning process, please visit (and revisit) the Reunion Web site: .

There, you will find links to: (1.) Current plans; (2.) All of the past newsletters pertaining to the reunion; (3.) The Memorial plans; (4.) How to get to Lunenburg; (5.) Where to stay; (6.) Where to eat; and (7.) What else to do once you get there.


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