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Rootstech 2012

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Rootstech 2012RootsTech is a leading edge conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges they face in family history research today. At RootsTech, genealogists and family historians will discover emerging technologies to improve their family history research experience. Technology developers will learn the skills to deliver innovative applications and systems. They will also have the opportunity to receive instant feedback from peers and users on their ideas and creations. Attendees will learn from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level. NEHGS is a proud sponsor.


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Boston Globe Features NEHGS

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Bill Fowler and David McCullough NEHGS was proud to host the book launch for "American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown.", by William M. Fowler Jr., former NEHGS board chair and current trustee emeritus. Order your copy today.

William M. Fowler Jr. and special guest, David McCullough.

Boston University Genealogical Programs

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Boston UniversityThe ever popular Certificate in Genealogical Research is designed for the more serious amateur or aspiring professional (on campus and online offerings) and a new program called Genealogy Essentials, now available as an online class, is designed for the motivated amateur or hobbyist.

Spring sessions start: 
May 8, 2012 (online)
May 8, 2012 (online Genealogical Essentials)

Course Sign Up Deadline Apri. 18, 2012 

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Questions? Call: 877-290-9005

Success in genealogical research involves commitment and perseverance, as well as a lively curiosity about the world and practical know-how. Whether one is looking to solve a medical mystery, trace property ownership, find lost friends and family, or write accurate historical narratives, the results of a genealogist’s work must be irrefutable.

The certificate program in Genealogical Research at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education focuses on current genealogical technologies and research methods that reflect the exacting standards and investigative best practices used by professionals in the field.   Developed in collaboration with—and taught by—some of the premier genealogists in the country, BU’s Genealogical Research Program uses lectures, demonstrations, hands-on learning, workbook exercises, practice activities, and open discussions to assist motivated students in identifying and evaluating evidence, designing research strategies, and crafting quality reports.

The program leads to a certificate from Boston University, and is excellent preparation for researchers who seek certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

Available on campus or online, the Genealogical Research Program covers the following topics:

  • Foundations of Genealogical Research
  • Problem-Solving Techniques and Technology
  • Evidence Evaluation and Documentation
  • Forensic Genealogical Research
  • Professional Genealogy

In addition, BU’s certificate program helps students develop a broader understanding of genealogical principles, techniques, and core competencies. A comprehensive curriculum adds depth to one’s background in librarianship, archival management, law, education, historical research, medicine, or biology, through proven research techniques.

Students learn directly from seasoned practitioners who are available beyond the classroom to answer questions, provide leads, and suggest resources. Participants engage with and learn from their peers, and also enjoy the valuable opportunity to meet and network with other distinguished members of the genealogical community. Prior to enrolling, students should have spent a significant amount of time searching for multiple generations of a family through record repositories and online sources, and documenting their results. 

Discover what BU’s Center for Professional Education has to offer through its on-campus certificate program in Genealogical Research. An online program is also available.

Boston University Center for Professional Education           Tel: 1-866-633-9370
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 270                             Email:
Boston, MA 02215 

Genealogy Film Debut

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A Farseeing VisionYou are invited! Attend the premiere of a special documentary short feature film on American genealogy and NEHGS on the evening of Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Society’s Annual Dinner at the Four Seasons, Boston. Register today! “A Farseeing Vision: Connecting Families, Advancing History,” produced by Atlantic Media, features today’s most important leaders in genealogy and history, including CEO Tim Sullivan, David Rencher of FamilySearch International, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David Hackett Fischer, CNBC anchor and author Bill Griffeth, Great Migration scholar Robert Charles Anderson, and Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective. Others appearing from NEHGS include Brenton Simons, Eric Schultz, Susan Sloan, Ryan Woods and Ralph J. Crandall. This short documentary traces the origins of genealogy from the founding of NEHGS in 1845 to the blossoming of the field and the Society today. A must-see film for all genealogists, it will premiere at the benefit dinner honoring noted film maker and NEHGS member Ken Burns, who will also show a brief retrospective of his acclaimed films, past and present.

Don’t Miss the RootsTech 2011 Early Bird Registration

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Don’t Miss the $99 Early Bird Registration for RootsTech 2011 in Salt Lake City!

  • A new family history and technology conference to define the future of genealogy
  • February 10-12, 2011
  • Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Early bird registration ends January 7, 2011


You have never seen anything quite like this—the first annual RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City will be in a league of its own. From the Community Zone and participant-driven unconferencing discussions to the RootsTech Playground, this conference is going to be ground-breaking and unique.  Think major technology creators (Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch,, and brightsolid) and technology users (genealogists and family history buffs) coming together in a fun, collaborative environment for three days to learn new, technology-based skills and define the future of family history through technology!


Millions of genealogists use technology daily to help them in their ancestral pursuits. Be one of the thousands of RootsTech 2011 attendees to:


  • See firsthand how new and emerging technologies can improve and simplify your activities
  • Help influence the future of genealogy
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy
  • Engage in emerging technology demonstrations
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs and how to satisfy them

There will be sessions of interest to novice, intermediate, and advanced users of genealogical technology. The intended skill level for each session is noted in the RootsTech 2011 Conference program.

The sessions will include:

  • Hands-on workshops
  • Interactive presentations
  • Sneak peek demonstrations of new products and services
  • Panel discussions
  • Common interest gatherings
  • Unconferencing discussions (last minute, on-the-fly sessions requested by attendees)

Go to to see the full list of topics and sessions.

Register now at

  • $99 through January 7, 2011
  • $150 beginning January 8, 2011


RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, brightsolid,, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and Brigham Young University. 

Maureen Taylor to Speak at NEHGS on The Last Muster

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NEHGS is pleased to welcome guest speaker Maureen Taylor, who will present on her latest publication, The Last Muster.

A remarkable work of documentary history, The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images primarily daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and carte des visite paper photographs of the Revolutionary War generation. This extraordinary collection of images assigns faces to an un-illustrated war and tells the stories of our nation’s founding fathers and mothers, updating and supplementing research last collected and published over a century ago.

In her comprehensive introduction, author Maureen Taylor explains how she came to this project and collected the images. She also describes her exhaustive primary source research involved in dating and identifying each image and investigating the story and genealogy of each subject. The array of seventy images is expansive and includes veterans, loyalists, Native Americans, African Americans, children who witnessed battles and aided soldiers, and women who nursed the wounded and even took up arms themselves. Although the faces that gaze at the reader are old and wizened, the stories they tell are of youthful bravery in the young days of the republic.

About the Speaker: Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBCs Today Show, ABCs The View, and NPR.

Maureen will be at the Society on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public

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