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Announcing the 6th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise

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The largest family history conference on the seas.


Wholly Genes, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, is proud to announce the 2010 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, September 18-25, 2010. With an impressive list of world-class speakers and as many as 450 researchers, this annual event has earned the reputation as the largest family history conference on the seas and is nearly always sold out. But this year it will truly be an EPIC event.


This year the conference will be held upon the Norwegian Epic, the newest and one of the largest cruise ships in the Caribbean. It is so new, in fact, that its maiden voyage isn't until July. The Epic offers tremendous meeting facilities, dozens of dining options, and an amazing nightlife that includes Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy Troupe, and Cirque Dreams, an acrobatic dinner theater.


Over the course of the week, the ship will travel round-trip from Miami, visiting Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Roatan, Honduras, plus three days at sea during which the group will hear from a star-studded line-up of genealogical speakers, including:


- Lloyd Bockstruck, the 30-year veteran Supervisor of the Dallas Public Library. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was described as "easily the most sought after lecturer for annual seminars of local and state genealogical societies";


- Dr. Stephen P. Morse, whose long resume includes the development of the "One-Step" web portal, the extremely popular search engine for the Ellis Island databases and dozens of other on-line resources;


- Hank Jones, FASG, noted genealogist, author, popular speaker, singer, songwriter, and former Hollywood actor;


- Megan Smolenyak, professional genealogist, extremely-popular author and speaker on research methodology, DNA, and other topics;


- Craig Scott, CG, certified genealogist, publisher, speaker, and military record expert.


Although Wholly Genes makes family history software, the 15+ hours of genealogical lectures are completely software-neutral and presented by the preeminent experts in their fields. Attendees from around the world will soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference. And, unlike many traditional conferences, none of the lecture times overlap so conference-goers won't have to make those difficult choices.


Of course, users of the company’s software, The Master Genealogist (TMG), will also find a variety of opportunities to learn how to make use of its features and companion products from the developers themselves, technical support staff, and expert users. The company’s annual conference is the only time that you will find so many TMG experts in one place.


“We’re very conscious of the economic conditions and go out of our way to make this conference a great value and extremely cost-effective event,” said Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes, Inc., “which in part explains its popularity.” The price of the conference has not substantially increased in five years. “In fact,” said Velke, “with the early-bird discount that expires on March 15th, the starting price is lower than any of our conference/cruises since 2005.”


“The ship this year also includes single cabins so researchers won’t need to have a roommate,” said Velke. Prices include the cruise, food, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference events. A roommate-finding service is also available. Complete details can be found at www.WhollyGenes.com/cruise.htm.


About the company:

Wholly Genes Software is a privately held corporation founded in 1993 with the goal of providing professional-caliber software tools to family historians. Its flagship product, The Master Genealogist, is among the highest rated family history project managers and is in use in more than 30 countries around the world.



Barbara Grempler, Conference Chair

Wholly Genes, Inc.


5144 Flowertuft Court

Columbia, Maryland 21044

410-715-2260 x160

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