Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017)

FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.


Register to attend In Person here.

Register to attend virtually here.


Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate)
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate)
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner)
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research

Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)

Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate)
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM Latin for Researchers (Intermediate)
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the

Low Countries (Intermediate)

Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the

Netherlands (Intermediate)

Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner)
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner)
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate)
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate)
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate)
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate)
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City

Archives (Intermediate)

Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate)
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM Swiss Census Records (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate)


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Early registration discount for NGS 2017 ends today


Time is running out for you to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. After 27 March 2017, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days. Non-members will pay $275, up from $240. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March.

Early Bird Discount Ends 27 March for 2017 Family History Conference

You don’t want to miss this incredible program! The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology. In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many important issues and opportunities, including:

  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Lectures vs Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale”
  • “NIGR to Gen-Fed: The Tradition Continues”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Local Area Tours

Several tours have already reached capacity. The 4 p.m. Evening Tour on Tuesday, 9 May 2017, has just eight spots left. The 5 p.m. tour is sold out. Check the conference website for more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 27 April 2017.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.


We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!


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