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26 April 2017 all-day
MassMutual Center
1277 Main St
Springfield, MA 01103
New England Regional Genealogical Consortium

The day before the kick-off or 2017 NERGC, we will offer a number of all-day workshops (separate registration fee, conference registration to attend Wednesday sessions not required). Choose from a variety of topics, with multiple presentations per track. 

To register for this, or any, Wednesday event, create an account or log-into your registration page and select the event from the options. You can add-on the registration to your existing conference (full three-days or any single-day registration) OR sign-up only for the Wednesday events!

Librarians' Day—Sponsored by ProQuest

NERGC’s sixth Librarians’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The day’s program will provide the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their community. The presentations will be devoted to showing how genealogy and local history collections can attract new visitors, generate renewed interest in using these collections for research, and bring new sources of funding. All librarians and local historians who work with family historians or with genealogy related research materials will benefit from this special event. The cost includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. A Certificate of Continuing Education will be available on request depending on the attendee’s home state.

Making the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship / Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
– Online Resources Off the Beaten Path / Curt B. Witcher, MS FUGA, IGSF
– ProQuest Information and Learning / William Forsyth
– Fostering Family History Services at Your Library / Dr. Rhonda L. Clark, Clarion University
Genealogy and Local Family History Discussion / Panel Of Speakers And Genealogy Librarians

Professional Genealogists' Day—Sponsored by Excelsior College

Includes door prizes from GRIP and Virtual Institute
Get Paid For Your Passion: Setting Rates / Elissa Scalise Powell CG, CGL
Time Management: Balancing the Demands of Many “Clients” / Angela Packer McGhie CG
Organizing Research Results in Writing / Catherine Wiest Desmarais CG
Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists / Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD

Society Management Day (New!)

For the first time, we‘re offering a special track for Society Management. This track is geared toward society leaders, members, and those interested in learning more about running societies. Please use this as both a learning and networking experience—meet other society leaders, discuss your situations, share ideas—participate with the presenters via questions and discussions.
Men Are on Blogs, Women Are on Facebook / Michelle D. Novak
More Than Program: Event Planning for Your Society / Elissa Scalise Powell
Connecting with the Next Generation: Join the Conversation! / Jen Baldwin
Society Scramble: Why Us vs. Them Is Doomed to Fail / Michelle D. Novak

Technology Day (Two Tracks!)

NERGC’s Third Tech Day will offer two tracks—Research with Technology and Advanced Tools. Tech Day provides the opportunity for genealogists to review items that are focused on a technically oriented audience and might not otherwise be included in a general conference trying to reach a broad audience. Seats in each track are limited and registration is not complete until you select which track you will attend.

Track 1—Research with Technology
Project Management: Your Genealogy Project; Your ANYTHING Project / Jennifer Baldwin
Creating Family History EBooks: Your Blueprint for Success / Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.
Using Pinterest for Genealogy / Pamela Guye Holland
Free Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Online Learning / Dayna Jacobs

Track 2—Advanced Tools
Beyond Pedigree Charts: Using Genealogy Software’s Research Tools / Dayna Jacobs
Evernote for Everything Else / Jennifer Patterson Dondero
MyHeritage’s Unique Matching Technologies / Daniel Horowitz
There’s an App for That / Donna Moughty

Wednesday Workshops

Workshops are always offered as part of the conference experience at NERGC. These are 2-hour sessions to a limited size audience with an opportunity for more hands-on work than the traditional 1-hour presentation. Because of the space available, we are offering a few workshops on Wednesday.

Getting Started on Your Family History Research / Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Designing Family History Books Entirely by Yourself / Stephen Denker
Using Military Records to Track Ancestors From War through Peace / Craig Scott
Using Deeds to Solve Genealogy Problems  / Carol Prescott McCoy
After the Test: Exploring Ancestry DNA Results / Jennifer Zinck

SOLD OUT—Beginning DNA Day—Sponsored by Family Tree DNA

NERGC’s First DNA Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Mass Mutual Center, Springfield Massachusetts. DNA Day provides the opportunity for genealogists to review topics that are focused on a DNA oriented audience and might not otherwise be included in a general conference trying to reach a broad audience. The cost is $50.00 per person for four seminars, a lunch presentation, and a luncheon sponsored by FTDNA, (FamilyTree DNA). Seats are limited so register early.