The National Genealogical Society will live stream 10 selected lectures from the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Va. for individuals unable to attend the conference in person. These sessions are available for paid registrants in two tracks of five lectures each, which includes both access to the live streamed event, plus three months of unlimited access to the recorded sessions.
Track One: Records and Research Techniques includes sessions by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Tom Jones, Pam Sayre, Sharon Tate Moody and Michael Hait.
Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns features lectures by David Rencher, Craig Scott, Mark Lowe, Barbara Vines Little, and Vic Dunn.
Live Stream registration is also available for those planning to attend the conference in person, allowing you to view other sessions in person at the conference, and then view these recorded sessions later from home. Pricing is $65 for one track and $115 for both tracks for NGS members, and $80/$145 for non-members. The registration deadline is set for 30 April 2014, so don't wait until the last minute! Learn more at Live Streaming at #NGS2014GEN.
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I was very pleased to be able to attend the Who Do You Think You Are? Live family history event in London last month as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. The best part was meeting so many genealogists from countries around the world, and exchanging ideas and perspectives on genealogy as a professional discipline. In the UK, family history has finally started to make inroads into the hallowed halls of academia, but not without a lot of hard work on the part of many dedicated genealogists. For more on this topic, see QuickLesson 18: Genealogy? In the Academic World? Seriously? by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Leveraging Genealogy as an Academic Discipline by Arnon Hershkovitz.
For genealogists worldwide looking for the authority that an academic program can bring to their family history education, online postgraduate programs at Dundee University in Scotland and Strathclyde University in England offer the opportunity for a achieving a certificate or Postgraduate diploma in Family and Local History from the comfort of home:
A wide range of historical resources and data sets of interest to genealogists are freely available online, ranging from medical officers' reports detailing health-related statistics in local communities, to lists of occupation classifications created by the Registrar General dating back to 1851, and I've included some of my favorites in this list of 10 Free Datasets for British Social History. There is plenty here to keep you exploring for hours if you have ancestors in England, Scotland, or Wales, and hopefully you'll find at least a little something to add to the stories of your ancestors.
The meaning of your German last name may be as close as the nearest German-English dictionary. Many German surnames, based on the occupations of the first bearer, are easily translated in this manner. ZIMMERMANN (Carpenter), FISCHER (fisherman), BECKER (Baker), MUELLER (Miller), and so on. Learn how to find the origin of your German surname and check out our list of the Top 50 Surnames in Germany for meanings, spelling variations, and related genealogy resources.