Saturday, August 24, 2013

NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair; Combined FGS and RootsTech Conference in 2015.


The following announcement appeared in Dick Eastman's newsletter.  This is an interesting concept.  I am not sure I could spend all of two days watching on a webcast; but I plan to check it out for a couple hours.

NARA to Host a Virtual Genealogy Fair on September 3 and 4

Poster-lFor the first time ever, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will host a virtual Genealogy Fair with live lectures and chat via the web and a call-in genealogy help line.

This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Lecture topics include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War...

You can learn more at

Certificate of Registration

I received an interesting document in the mail yesterday.  It was from The United States Copyright Office. I wrote a family history book, "Breathing Life Into Family Ancestors", and it was published in August 2011.  I used a publisher and, included in the self publishing contract, was obtaining an International Standard Number (ISBN), a Library of Congress number and copyright.  

It is interesting that even though the document was published in August 2011, I am just now receiving the copyright documentation.  The effective date is March 12, 2013--19 months after publication.  

I recall attending a genealogy presentation a couple years back in which the speaker mentioned copyright and patent records as a source to pursue in researching ancestors.  Perhaps years in the future one of my ancestors might find my name by researching copyright records!  Realistically, I think my name would be discovered as being the author of the family history book before finding it as a copyright record. 
RootsTech and FGS Conferences to Join in 2015

You might want to mark February 12-14, 2015 on your calendar now as these two big conferences will join forces in Salt Lake City. The following announcement appeared in "The Genealogy Insider" blog yesterday:

RootsTech and FGS to Join up in 2015

Two national genealogy events are joining forces in 2015.  Feb. 12-14, 2015, the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference will take place in conjunction with FamilySearch’s RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. Attendees of one event will be able to participate in the other for an additional fee.
From the announcement: “Conducting both conferences at the same time in the same facility will give interested attendees the option to benefit from both conference programs for a nominal additional cost.”