Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RootsTech, FGS, NGS Program Announcements

I’m a big proponent of genealogical education through attendance at conferences. That’s why I’ve accepted the invitation to be an ambassador for both RootsTech and the FGS annual conferences. And while I strive to keep this blog non-commercial, for RootsTech I am required to give away a free registration ($239 value) as part of a promotional contest. Oh, darn. As you know, I’m into free, big time. If you have ideas for the contest, let me know.

Alex Boye and One Voice Children's Choir are collaborating for the RootsTech/FGS Thursday evening socialRootsTech and FGS have announced the entertainment for the 12 February 2015 evening social event. Alex Boye is teaming up with One Voice Children’s Choir, the stars of his popular “Let It Go” YouTube cover.

Meanwhile, the National Genealogical Society has announced the program for its 2015 conference. The sixteen-page registration brochure is downloadable as a PDF file. The online version of the St. Charles NGS Family History Conference program is also available on the conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Registration opens on 1 December 2014.

I know you’re sick of “Let it Go,” but check out Boye’s “Africanized” version. It mixes the song with African rhythms, voices, and instruments. Other examples of Boye collaborations of Africanized numbers include Coldplay’s “Paradise” with the Piano Guys, Pharrell William’s “Happy,” also with the One Voice Children’s Choir. Another example of Boye’s Africanized covers is Lorde’s “Royals.

The One Voice Children’s Choir received national exposure over the summer as quarter-finalists on the NBC hit show, America’s Got Talent. The choir has received numerous awards, including the John Lennon International Music Award, presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin, producer of The Beatles.

For more information or to register for one of these conferences, visit the FGS Conference website, the RootsTech website, or the NGS conference website.

The Ancestry Insider is an official RootsTech ambassador  The Ancestry Insider is an official FGS Conferrence Ambassador


  1. Your contest could be a short essay/article about how each site assisted in an unusual find or a unique way to use a feature of one of both of the sites. Maybe your readers would vote on best article- or topic (short read) and one of the the top 10 or 20 etc are randomly chosen for the registration/prize. Many blogs give away randomly from a comment, but most of the comments are not productive for insight or learning about whatever the subject is. Your blog is devoted to assisting people to utilizing the programs efficiently, so it makes sense to me most of the readers then might have more to share!

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