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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Conferences

One of the great things about spring and summer is the opportunity to travel and do some genealogy. The other great thing is the opportunity to attend a national conference. Each year the National Genealogical Society (NGS) offers a conference, usually in May in conjunction with the local society. This year NGS Conference will be held in Chicago June 7-10, 2006, co-hosted by the Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium.

In late August, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), along with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will host a conference in Boston. The dates for this event are August 30 through September 2, 2006.

Both of these conferences will offer a number of "tracts" including the British Isles. In addition ISBGFH will host luncheons at both of these events. The luncheons are a great way to meet others researching the British Isles and perhaps can offer you some suggestions on your own research, or you can offer some suggestions. The people joining you at the table may just be friends you haven't met yet!!

People attending these conferences have been doing research for as little as a month or for many years. There are beginners to advanced researchers all gathering to hear what is new in the genealogical world or what is new in their country or area of research. If you have never attended one of these conferences, you really don't know what you are missing. Besides the lectures, there is time to network with others and visit the various vendors (bring you checkbook or credit card!).

This year ISBGFH will be sponsoring luncheons at both conferences. Paul Smart will be the speaker at the NGS Conference in Chicago and Sherry Irvine will be the speaker at the FGS Conference in Boston. Sherry is currently the Vice President of ISBGFH and Paul has served on the board for a number of years.

In addition, ISBGFH will have a booth in the vendor area at Boston. We hope you will stop by and introduce yourself as a member. We are looking forward to seeing you in either Chicago or Boston.

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