Approximately 17 hours
of genealogy and technology lectures are completely
software-neutral and presented by the preeminent
experts in their fields
time is set aside for TMG users who want to learn how
to make the best use of that software's features and
us for an educational and fun-filled voyage to Maine and Canada
while we learn about genealogical research methods, sources, tools,
and technologies from some of the foremost experts in those fields.
You'll be among
friends (old and new) and fellow researchers from around the world
as you soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series
that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference - but
at one remarkably-low price that includes all meals, taxes, port
charges, onboard entertainment, and conference events.
As popular as
our lecture series is, many veterans of our conference value something
else even more. That is the opportunity to share a meal with a world-class
genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time to discuss their
specific research challenges. Come armed with your records and be
prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, and finding
aids that will help you to break down those brick walls. Some people
find these private consultations alone to be worth the trip.
Bring your spouse/companion
who will find plenty to do on board while you enhance your research
skills. Then spend the meals, evenings, and port days together for
a truly memorable vacation!
What could be better than a cruise to Maine, Nova Scotia and New
Brunswich ... and a first-class genealogy conference all rolled
event is nearly always sold out so register early to avoid
missing your chance to join us!
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our tradition, this year's conference offers an all-star lineup
G. Russell, CG, CGL
Professional Genealogist and Attorney
Lecturer, Educator, and Writer.
Adjunct Faculty Member at Rutgers Law
Expert on the law and its
effect on genealogical issues.
Sayre, MA, CG
lecturer, and author.
Coordinator and Instructor at IGHR
Instructor at SLIG
Expert on land records,
mapping tools, urban research,
and government documents.
Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
lecturer, and writer.
Coordinator and Instructor at IGHR
Instructor at SLIG
Former NGS Director of Education and Publications
Former Board Member of FGS,
Expert on U.S. National
Archives (NARA) and computer tools.
Scott, MA, CG
and popular speaker.
Lecturer at IGHR
Board Member of FGS
Member of the Editorial Board of NGS
Former Board Member of VGS
Expert on military records and printed
the conference is sponsored by Wholly Genes, Inc., all of the
lectures by the speakers above are completely software-neutral and
targeted toward family researchers like you.
Non-competing time is set aside for users of The Master Genealogist
(TMG) who want to learn how to make the best use of that software's
features and companion products. Software presentations will be
made by Bob Velke (President of Wholly Genes, Inc.). TMG Technical
Support representatives and many other TMG experts will also be
on hand to answer your specific questions. Our annual conference
is the only time that you will find so many TMG experts in one place!
following lectures will be presented:
E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
the Poor and the Landless" - Defining the landless
and alternate record sources is crucial for identifying
the poorest of the poor. The records of the Irish poor
are voluminous, but scattered throughout the country.
This session helps you understand where and how to approach
this particular type of problem.
for Irish Immigration and Emigration" - This
session identifies specific strategies and methodologies
for solving Irish immigration and emigration problems.
A number of new tools, including country-wide indexes
and DNA technology open new methods for solving complex
Future and Vision" - FamilySearch is focusing
on bringing more people to family history and creating
an experience that appeals to the novice as well as the
expert. Learn where FamilySearch is headed and what to
expect on the FamilySearch website.
Russell, CG, CGL
Forget the Ladies - A Genealogist's Guide to Women and
the Law" - In early America, women were all too
often the people who just weren't there: not in the records,
not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting
booth. The common law relegated women to protected
second-class status and understanding how
they were treated under the law provides clues to finding
their identities today.
There Is -- or Isn't -- a Will" - Where there's
a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't
a will, there's still a probate. Understanding the process
and finding the records created when our ancestors died
can help break through those brick walls.
X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA"
- Folks have been doing YDNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
testing for some time. But those tests are gender-limited.
YDNA only tells you about your paternal line: your father's
father's father. And mtDNA only tells you about your maternal
line: your mother's mother's mother. But there's another
type of DNA testing now. Autosomal DNA testing is the
new kid on the block. Learn more about this exciting addition
to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists. What's in
it for you, and how can you make the most of this test?
Using Our Nation's Library Online" - One of the
most rewarding, yet overlooked, free resources online
is loc.gov, the website for Library of Congress. Explore
maps, diaries, books, manuscripts, photos, and many more
treasures from our nations history. Its much
cheaper than a trip to Washington, DC, yet more rewarding
than many of the sites genealogists typically use, as
it provides a dimension of social history to your research.
Visits to loc.gov will immerse you in U.S. history, with
national treasures as the lure.
Rest of the Story: Using Manuscripts to Create a Family
History" - Manuscripts, memorabilia, and artifacts
stored within the special collections departments of libraries,
museums, and universities around the nation are some of
the most underused resources available to genealogists.
These are resources not found online, although references
to them can be discovered there, and some repositories
are making efforts to digitize them. Probing special collections
requires more energy, time, and patience than the average
genealogist is accustomed to, but the rewards are often
beyond expectations. Participants will learn how to be
productive in identifying appropriate collections, what
to expect during a visit, and how to use the resources
most effectively. Particular examples, some humorous,
some disappointing, some triumphant, will be elaborated
Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective"
- This topic stresses the importance of placing ancestors
within their historical, social, and political environment.
Events and customs shaped their lives. If we understand
where they fit in and the circumstances that impacted
their lives, we understand a little more about who they
were, where they lived, what they did, and how they interacted
with colleagues, peers, and relations. Some genealogy
software programs have basic timeline potential. Excel
spreadsheets, basic word processing programs, and mapping
software can also add to a better understanding of a person's
place in history. All these possibilities will be reviewed
Sayre, MA, CG
Latest in Land Records" - A thorough examination
of the U.S. General Land Office (GLO) website as it nears
maturity will reveal the millions of land records accessible
from this site. Learn about the latest offerings related
to land from FamilySearch. The Library of Congress has
made the scanning of land ownership maps its number-one
prioritysee how these maps can help in your research.
New websites such as HistoryGeo.com and Historic Mapworks
are some examples to be explored.
Latest in Online Mapping Tools" - Learn about
the exploding world of online mapping tools. The major
map websites, David Rumsey.com and the Library of
Congress to name just two, continue to add maps of use
to genealogists. Rumsey is up to 37,000 maps onlineall
in high resolution and downloadable. Map applications
(Geographic Information Systems) abound that can help
us find ancestral homelands. Ask About Ireland, English
Jurisdictions, and city applications for Pittsburgh and
Cleveland are examples. Other tools highlighted include
DeedMapper, IrfanView, Newberry Librarys Atlas of
Historical County Boundaries, and more.
Tools for the Cemetery" - Attendees will discover
tools to capture and record headstone information. Locate
cemeteries and graves and put them on an appropriate map
or digital device. Understand the differences of popular
websites - Billion Graves, Find a Grave, and Internment.net.
Explore the various websites that record military deaths,
to include the Veterans Administration grave locator,
the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the new
ANC Explorer developed by Arlington National Cemetery.
Sayre, CG, CGL
Toys and Tools" (2hrs) - Todays technology
often uses an integrated approach that
enables sharing of your e-mail, address book, family tree,
todo lists, and more among your desktop computer, smartphone,
and tablet. If you feel left behind when others rave about
their new device and the cool programs or apps they use,
this two-hour session is for you!
Kill for a New England Ancestor" - Whether your
ancestor is a biscuit-eating Tennessee farmer or an Indian
pudding aficionado from Maine, whether his records can
be found in the county courthouse or the town hall, there
are patterns that can help you find the right ancestor.
There are some major differences in researching rural
Southern ancestors and those blessed with New England
ancestry. This session explores some of those differences
and how they affect research, from dialects to food and
counties to towns.
Scott, MA, CG
Ledgers: An Interesting Census" - Pension ledgers
provide access to pension payment vouchers, last and final
payment vouchers and information about the movement of
pensioners from pension agency to pension agency.
Migration" - There are specific patterns of migration
of Quaker families out of Pennsylvania to the south and
west, from the south to the northwest as a function of
time period and for a variety of reasons.
Aids in the National Archives" - Finding
Aids may be the easiest way to learn of and how to access
materials in the National Archives. They appear in a variety
of forms and practices. Using them will make your research
more efficient and less expensive.
The lecture schedule is available for download here.
speakers will be available for a limited number of one-on-ones
(private 15-minute consultations) and hosted breakfasts (casual
meals at a table of eight). Other special events are also planned,
including two cocktail parties, the ever-popular late-night "Brick
Wall" group discussions with Craig Scott, and more.
An optional research trip to the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA) in Washington D.C. is also
being planned by Craig Scott for attendees who will arrive
in the Baltimore area by Monday, October 14th.
four Wednesday evenings prior to the conference (Sept.
18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, and Oct. 9 at 9pm EDT), Craig
will conduct online meetings about how to make the most
of the resources at the National Archives. For those
who arrive at the pre-conference hotel by Monday evening
(Oct. 14th), he will also have an in-person evening
session for those who missed one or more of the online
meetings. He will then be hosting all-day field trips
to D.C. on the two days prior to the cruise (Tues 15th,
and Wed 16th) during which he will be available for
one-on-one consultations at NARA.
is limited and the cost is $60 per person (or $30 per
day) which includes attendance to the preceding online
meetings and Craig's expert advice throughout the day.
There will be a modest additional fee (perhaps $15 per
person each way) for door-to-door bus service which
is being arranged from the conference hotel in Columbia,
Maryland to the research entrance at the National Archives.
You'll be on your own for meals but there is a cafeteria
at NARA and many other options in D.C., of course. Optional
travel within D.C. (e.g., to the DAR and/or LOC) is
available by subway but that cost is also not included.
may register for one or two days in D.C.
field trips to Annapolis and the Gettysburg battlefield
on Oct 14th, 15th, and 16th are also being considered
for spouses or other interested cruise participants.
The cost is $30 per person per day excluding meals.
for all of these special events is independent of the
conference/cruise. If you would like to participate
in the field trips to D.C., Annapolis, or Gettysburg,
please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
with us to New England and two of the Eastern provinces of Canada.
Spend your port days exploring the local sites, wandering the street
markets, or soaking up the local color. You can
go on a nature expedition, take an historic tour, go lobster fishing
and seal watching, or choose from a long list of other optional
guided shore excursions.
Port of Call
Bar Harbor, Maine
John, New Brunswick, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada
Grandeur of the Seas is a Vision Class
ship that owned by Royal Caribbean and has a capacity
of 2446 guests and 760 crew member. It was completely
remodeled and refurbished in 2012 and now includes the
latest amenities such as flat-screen TVs, a full-service
spa, outdoor movie screen, and a seemingly endless choice
of bars and restaurants.
In addition to the Main Dining Room with waiters and
multi-course meals, there is the Windjammer Cafe, Solarium
Cafe, Park Cafe, Viking Crown Lounge, room service,
and other dining options. $pecialty restaurants include
a steakhouse, and Italian restaurant, and an Asian restaurant.*
and exercise venues include two pools (including an
adults-only retreat), four additional whirlpools,
an outdoor jogging track, a rock-climbing wall, and
long list of entertainment options includes a broadway-style
theater, lounge entertainers, a casino, and a variety
of duty-free boutiques.
for those who can't stand to be out of touch, there's
an Internet Cafe, as well as wireless Internet in staterooms
and throughout the ship.
The youth, toodler, and infant-care programs keep children
engaged, entertained, and occupied.
* Specialty dining restaurants and late-night room service
will incur a cover charge.
start at $1099.67 (inside cabin, double occupancy) subject
to availability. That includes food, port fees and taxes,
shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference
lectures and group events. The price does NOT include
travel to/from Baltimore, alcohol, tips, optional trip
insurance, or optional guided shore excursions.
The ship has a very limited quantity of balcony staterooms
so those are priced at a premium. But the ocean-view
cabins have a large bay window (not just a porthole)
and are very reasonably priced.
A pre- and post-cruise hotel is available at group rates
for those who want them. Roommate-matching assistance
may also be available. Please see our Seeking
Roommate forum or tell the travel agent if you need
help finding a roommate.
(as of 19 Apr 2013)
Cabin (single occ.)
View (single occ.)
contact Julie as described to the right.
Except as noted, all prices are
based on double occupancy. Other
accommodation choices may be available.
Contact our Cruise Web agent for
insurance is available at a group rate and may
cover the cancellation fee under certain conditions.
To make your reservation, download this registration
Then print it and send the completed form to
our group travel agent by fax (240-487-0153) or
scan and email it to Juliea@cruiseweb.com.
If you do not get a confirmation within 24 hours
(or you have any other questions or concerns),
please call The Cruise Web toll free between
9am and 5pm Eastern (M-F) at 1-800-377-9383
and press "2" for the special Wholly
Genes reservation hotline.
During business hours, a bank of operators is
standing by but the reservation line is expected
to be busy at times. If you are asked to leave
a message, your place in line will be preserved
and an operator will return your call.