Speaker Profile – James M. Beidler

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As a first-career newspaperman, James M. Beidler is acutely aware of how the daily “rough draft of history” is put together (In fact, for a number of years he was in charge of producing the daily obituary page as a copy editor for a newspaper in Pennsylvania). And while he no longer works as a newspaper employee, Beidler still writes a weekly newspaper column on genealogy called “Roots & Branches” and edits Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germany Society.

Personal column from 1 Feb 1890 Reading (PA) Eagle

“Personal column from1 Feb 1890 Reading (PA) Eagle” shows how many names pop up throughout the newspaper. It’s an image from his collection.

In his presentation “Letterpress to Digital: Using the Full Range of Newspaper Resources” (T220, 9:30 a.m.), Beidler shows why genealogists shouldn’t stop newspaper research with just the “low-hanging fruit” of obituaries but instead should learn techniques offered by this lecture to “pull down the branches” in order to harvest the full range of items that historical newspapers have to offer.

And as a genealogist with a nearly 100 percent German pedigree, Beidler has had it drilled into him for more than 30 years that finding the European village of origin is essential to researching German ancestors because the political units were numerous and changed so often. Learning strategies to deal with this situation one of the goals of “Your Immigrants’ Germany: Microstates and Microbreweries” (F319, 9:30 a.m.). Included in this presentation are many of the tips Beidler has unearthed while writing his new book Tracing Your German Roots Online, since there are many Internet tools that can help researchers overcome Germany’s complicated history.

German srtates in 1789

“German states in 1789” illustrates the political disunity of Germany. The map is public domain from Wikimedia Commons.

Session T220 on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. “Letterpress to Digital: Using the Full Range of Newspaper Resources.”
Digitization has made newspapers into genealogy’s “hot” new record group, but researchers shouldn’t neglect better cataloguing of microfilm, online, and print editions.

Session F319 on Friday at 9:30 a.m. “Your Immigrants’ Germany: Microstates and Microbreweries.”
German history is complicated until you learn the details—when you find out it’s even more complicated! Revealing strategies for uncovering records affected by disunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida State Genealogical Society–Local Host Society 2016

FSGS_Logo

The 2016 NGS Conference local host society, The Florida State Genealogical Society was incorporated on 16 May 1977.  The society was founded to promote the study and research of genealogy and local history. The society publishes source materials and family history, while encouraging seminars, workshops and similar educational meetings in the State of Florida. Since 1978, the society has held a statewide conference in a different Florida city each year with nationally well-known speakers. Their mission is to inspire and promote awareness and appreciation of genealogy, family history and Florida heritage.

Guiding Principles:
  • Historical records must be collected and preserved.
  • Resources and knowledge must be shared.
  • Education is the key to sound genealogical research.
  • Collaboration within the genealogical community is essential.
  • Strong leadership and volunteering are essential to success.
Vision Statement:
FSGS provides leadership and resources for:
  • Education of current and future genealogists and family historians
  • Identification, collection, preservation and dissemination of Florida historical records

To join FSGS, please visit:   http://www.flsgs.org/cpage.php?pt=46

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927 Maitland, FL 32794-0927
http://www.flsgs.org/index.php
Text or leave a voice mail at: 407-494-FSGS (3747)

 

 

2 Hotels added for 2016 Conference

We have added 2 additional hotels to the 2016 Conference.  Attendees will now have a choice of five different hotels in the area with a variety of room rates. Located across the street from the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is the conference hotel, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Conference attendees may also stay at  the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites, Extended Stay America, or the Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale.

The hotels began accepting reservations for the conference on 27 May 2015. Reservations must go through the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to receive the NGS rate. Please note the following:

  • one night’s deposit guaranteed by a major credit card will be required to hold the reservation
  • special conference rates will apply for three days before and after the conference
  • ADA compliant rooms are available
  • reservations at all five hotels will close on 1 April 2016
  • a $100 cancellation fee, in addition to the hotel cancellation fee, will apply for any reservation cancelled after 1 April 2016.

To book your hotel rooms at the NGS rate, go to http://www.sunny.org/ngs. Click on the “Hotel Reservations” tab in the left-hand side bar. After entering your check-in and check-out preferred dates, the hotel options available for all five hotels will be shown for you to choose from. Be sure to review all details and cancellation information for each hotel and the CVB. If needed, you can also make your hotel reservations by calling the CVB (877-664-4774), 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.


Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (Main Conference Hotel)

1881 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Reservations: http://www.sunny.org/ngs

      • Standard Guestroom – Single/Double Occupancy $143.00 + taxes per night
      • Standard Guestroom – Triple Occupancy $163.00 + taxes per night
      • Standard Guestroom – Quad Occupancy $183.00 + taxes per night
      • Check in: 4:00 p.m.; Check out: 11:00 a.m.
      • Located across the street from the convention center
      • Free high-speed wireless and coffee pot in all guest rooms
      • Self parking: $19.00 (Overnight Charge/Non-covered) (price subject to change)
      • Valet parking: $22.50 (Overnight Charge/Covered) (price subject to change)
      • Complimentary Beach Shuttle
      • Asian Fusion Restaurant, Wine Bar and Coffee Bistro, Poolside Lounge and a Breakfast Restaurant are available.

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

1617 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Reservations: http://www.sunny.org/ngs

      • Standard Guestroom – Single/Double Occupancy $132.00 + taxes per night
      • Check in: 4:00 p.m.; Check out: 11:00 a.m.
      • Located across the street from the convention center
      • Free high-speed wireless and coffee pot in all guest rooms
      • Self parking: $15.00 per night
      • Valet parking: $30.00 (price subject to change)
      • New American cuisine restaurant and a light fare and drinks lounge are available.

Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites

1100 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Reservations: http://www.sunny.org/ngs

      • Standard Guestroom – Single/Double Occupancy $143.00 + taxes per night
      • Standard Guestroom – Triple Occupancy $153.00 + taxes per night
      • Standard Guestroom – Quad Occupancy $163.00 + taxes per night
      • Check in: 4:00 p.m.; Check out: 11:00 a.m.
      • Located one block from the convention center
      • All of the rooms are suites with a refrigerator and microwave oven
      • Free high-speed wireless and coffee pot in all guest rooms
      • Self parking: $18.00 per night (price subject to change)
      • Valet parking: $20.00 per night (price subject to change)
      • Complimentary Beach Shuttle
      • Complimentary hot buffet breakfast and evening reception are available.

Extended Stay America – Ft. Lauderdale – Convention Center – Cruise Port

1450 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316
Reservations: http://www.sunny.org/ngs

  • Standard Guestroom – Single/Double Occupancy $109.99 + taxes per night
  • Standard Guestroom – Triple/Quad Occupancy $119.99 + taxes per night
  • Check in: 3:00 p.m.; Check out: 11:00 a.m.
  • Located approximately ½ mile from the convention center
  • Limited service hotel.
  • All the rooms are suites with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and coffee maker.
  • All suites are non-smoking
  • Complimentary grab-and-go breakfast

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale

17th St. Convention Center
1851 SE 10th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Reservations: http://www.sunny.org/ngs

  • Standard Guestroom – Single/Double Occupancy $139.00 + taxes per night
  • Standard Guestroom – Triple Occupancy $149.00 + taxes per night
  • Standard Guestroom – Quad Occupancy $159.00 + taxes per night
  • Check in: 3:00 p.m.; Check out: 12:00 a.m.
  • Located approximately ¾ mile from the convention center
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless

For hotel cancellations and changes please contact gflhousing@broward.org or 877-664-4774

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals 2017

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has opened the call for proposals for the 2017 Family History Conference.  The conference will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 10–13 May 2017.

Throughout its history, North Carolina has been home to a diverse population including Native Americans and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. During colonial times, it was one of a few colonies that embraced religious diversity, welcoming Quakers, Huguenots, Methodists, and Moravians. It is a land rich in cultural traditions. From the lighthouses on the outer banks to the falling waters on the Piedmont, to the dramatic overlooks in the mountains, this land calls us back to take a closer look. The Tar Heel story is vibrant, shared through the words of each family, and recorded in the wonderful records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous North Carolina archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records, and repositories; land grants, and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within the Carolinas. The Society will also consider other topics of interest reaching from the Colonial era to the 21st Century. In addition, NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically via https://goo.gl/wCs8wn.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals via https://goo.gl/6SYFcc.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through the NGS website by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2016.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

 

2016 NGS Conference Make Your Travel Plans

Getting There & Things to Do Around Ft. Lauderdale


Travel Agent

Nancy Mettes of Damar Travel, the official conference travel agent, will work with you to provide an economical travel plan. Tell Nancy you want to make your reservation for the NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and be sure to mention if you are a senior citizen. Contact: 800-999-6101 or nancy.mettes@damartravel.com.


By Air

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located about 4 miles from the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and conference hotels. Major airlines with service to the airport include: American, Delta, United, US Airways, Southwest, and JetBlue. Taxi service is available and costs approximately $20.00 plus tip depending upon traffic; shuttle service is also available. For more information see http://www.sunny.org/plan-your-trip/airports/.


By Train

Regional rail service is available between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach via Tri Rail. Schedules and fares are available at http://www.tri-rail.com.


By Road

By TrainIf you travel by car, the convention center and conference hotels are off I-95, exit 27 (Davie Blvd, Highway 736). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center parking is conveniently connected to the Northport Parking Garage with covered, air conditioned skywalks. Northport Parking Garage is well-illuminated and security patrolled. For pricing and other details, please see http://ftlauderdalecc.com/directions-parking.html#parking.


Things to Do Around Ft. Lauderdale

Arts and Entertainment – http://www.sunny.org/ways-to-play/arts-and-entertainment/Shopping – http://www.sunny.org/ways-to-play/shopping/

Attractions – http://www.sunny.org/ways-to-play/attractions/

Restaurants – http://www.sunny.org/restaurants/ 

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at registration@ngsgenealogy.org or refer to FAQs


 

Call for Volunteers NGS 2016 Conference

Sign up today to volunteer for the National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference held 4-7 May 2016.

You will work at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316) and will be given training Monday morning, 2 May 2016. At this training session you will also be helping stuff attendee bags.

VOLUNTEER AT http://vols.pt/x46Rzv

It’s easy to sign-up. Use the link above to go to the Volunteer Spot website and scroll down to see the volunteer opportunities. Click the “View” button on one of the volunteer tasks and sign in with your email. (This page will usually open up in a new browser page.) Click the “Sign Up” button by the volunteer shift you want and complete the ‘My Information’ box. Click the “Save” button at the bottom and then click the “Save” button on the confirmation page. To sign-up for another shift in any of the other volunteer tasks, click the button “Go Back to ALL Sign-ups”.

If you decided, not to sign-up in the category, close the opened browser window to see the volunteer tasks home page.

You will not have to reenter any of your information when you sign-up for additional shifts. After each sign-up, you will receive a confirmation email.

No previous experience is needed except where noted. Sign up for a shift or two or more. Each volunteer is responsible for his/her own lodging, meals, and conference registration.

“Ask Me” Guides. “Ask Me” Guides are friendly, patient, and good with details. These volunteers walk the conference facilities answering questions about the location and times of lectures, food facilities, and restrooms. These volunteers wear “Ask Me” pins.

T-3 May W-4 May Th-5 May F-6 May S-7 May
First shift 11:30–2:00 7:30–10:00 7:30–10:00 7:30–10:00 7:30–10:00
Second shift 2:00- 4:30 10:00-12:30 10:00-12:30 10:00-12:30 10:00-12:30
Third shift 4:30–7:00 12:30– 3:00 12:30– 3:00 12:30– 3:00 12:30- 3:00
Fourth shift None 3:00 – 5:00 3:00 – 5:00 3:00 – 5:00 3:00 – 5:00


Registration Table.
Volunteers will need to arrive one hour early on Tuesday and 30 minutes early Wednesday through Saturday, as shown below. You will be checking in pre-registered attendees, walk-in attendees and speakers, providing them with their registration envelopes, name badges, syllabi, and meal tickets. If you have experience performing this job at previous NGS conferences, please consider signing up.

T-3 May W-4 May Th-5 May F-6 May S-7 May
First shift 11:30-2:00 7:00-10:00 7:00-10:00 7:00-10:00 7:00 – 9:30
Second shift 2:00 – 4:30 10:00-1:00 10:00-1:00 10:00-1:00 9:30-12:00
Third shift 4:30 – 7:00 1:00 –3:30 1:00 – 3:30 1:00 – 3:30 none


Vendor Support.
During nonpublic hours, a volunteer checks name badges at the door. During Exhibit Hall hours, a volunteer staffs the exhibitor registration booth to assist with vendor questions and concerns. The Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public. Support is needed at the vendor tables from 8:45 AM through 4:45 PM and the shifts vary from one hour to one hour and 30 minutes. You can see the specific shifts using the Volunteer At link shown above.

Room Monitors. Volunteer room monitors help during lecture sessions and follow separate instructions. Arrive at the session early (30 minutes already built into time in shifts), greet attendees with a smile and make them feel welcome, check name badges to be sure attendees are registered for the conference, assist the speaker with set-up (no computer skills needed), monitor the sound and lighting in the room, and record the number of attendees. There is a need for volunteers for 1-½ hour shifts.

If you have questions, contact Susan or Cheryl at ngs2016volunteers@gmail.com

2016 Conference Tours

The 2016 Family History Conference local host, Florida State Genealogical Society, is offering two pre-conference tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Registration opened 1 December 2015. Space is limited so sign up soon.

Miami-Dade Library Research Trip

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, the Miami-Dade Library (http://www.mdpls.org/) offers a number of special collections including the Cuban Collection (materials about Cuba and Cuban immigration); Florida and Romer Photograph Collections (on Florida with special emphasis on South Florida); Government Documents; the Genealogy Department with a collection of City Directories from 1860 through 1935 for a number of major cities; and much more. HistoryMiami (http://www.historymiami.org/), a premier cultural institution with a museum and an Archives and Research Center, is located next door. Once there, researchers can search digital photos, manuscripts, books, publications, and 1.1 million images including prints, postcards, stereographs, etc. documenting the Miami region, South Florida, and the Caribbean.

This all-day research opportunity will accommodate most individu­als who can enter a bus with limited assistance. Bus transportation is included; lunch is on your own. $50.00 per person. Reservations must be made by 22 April 2016.

 

Fort Lauderdale Historic Area

Take a leisurely ride along the New River, Fort Lauderdale’s first highway, on a narrated Water Taxi ride with stops at the iconic venues Fort Lauderdale History Center and Stranahan House. We will then hop on a bus to Bonnet House. You’ll visit Collee Hammock (thought to be the site of an early Seminole War Battle), historic buildings and bridges, and the Historic District. Explore historic homes of early 20th century pioneer families through docent led tours, providing a glimpse into the history of the area and Fort Lauderdale’s past.

This tour will accommodate most individuals who can enter a bus with limited assistance; however, extensive walking is required.

$65.00 per person. Reservations must be made by 22 April 2016

Additional information for both tours is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/local-tours.

Registration Opens Tomorrow for the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.

Registration opens tomorrow for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-eighth annual family history conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 180 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with “Ordinary” People, Extraordinary Lives given by Connie L. Lester, Ph.D., Associate Professor in History, University of Central Florida; editor Florida Historical Quarterly; Director, RICHES of Central Florida.

Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the lectures will cover a wide range of local, regional, and general genealogy topics which will help you build a solid foundation for your family history, fine-tune your research skills, and refine your methodology. Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: Across the Pond, African American, British Isles, Cemeteries, Changing Places, Context, Courthouse Research, DNA, Florida, Florida Military, Gulf Coast and Caribbean, Internet and Technology, Jewish, Land Records, Methods for Success, Military, New York Research, Organizing and Planning, Resources and Repositories, Sharing Your Research Stories, Starting Off, State Research, Tips and Techniques, and Women. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/w40zSO. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog at conferenceblog.ngsgenealogy.org, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around Ft. Lauderdale and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

2016 Family History Conference Brochure

2016 Family History Conference Brochure

The sixteen-page Registration Brochure for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference, 4-7 May 2016,  will be available on 20 November 2015 on the conference website at conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Conference registration opens on 1 December 2015.  A number of special events have limited seating, so register on December 1 or as soon as possible thereafter if you plan to attend these events.

Conference highlights include a choice of more than 180 lectures and workshops, given by many nationally-known speakers.

The first few pages of the brochure provide details about conference logistics and describe several special events. The daily conference program includes the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. A number of social events and workshops are also offered during the conference. If 2016 will be your first NGS Family History Conference, check out first time attendees for additional information about what you might experience at the conference.

 

2016 Conference Venue

Conference Venue – Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center

 

The NGS 2016 Family History Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. The conference hotel, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, is located across the street from the convention center. Rooms are also available at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel and the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Check the website for the most up-to-date information on hotels including room availability, shuttle, amenities, rates, and contact information. See http://conference. ngsgenealogy.org/accommodations/

Daily parking (no in-out privileges) is found at the well-illuminated and security-patrolled Northport Parking Garage, which also offers covered and air-conditioned skywalks to the convention site.

The conference center will have numerous Wi-Fi hot spots and all hotels offer free Wi-Fi in each room.

Getting There

The local airport is the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and is conveniently located about 4 miles from the downtown hotels. Major airlines with service to the airport include: American/US Airways, Delta, United, Southwest, and JetBlue.

Taxi service is available and costs approximate­ly $15.00 (depending upon traffic) plus tip. Shuttle service is also available. See http://www.broward.org/Airport/Transportation/

Regional rail service is available between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach via Tri Rail. Schedules and fares are available at http://www.tri-rail.com

Registration opens 1 December 2015

http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/NGS-FL-2016-Brochure.pdf