March 8, 2019
Although it’s only March, it’s really not too early to start making plans to attend the fifth annual Larimer County Genealogical Society Conference for a Cause. Plans for this year’s conference are well in hand; this year’s conference will be held on Saturday, September 28 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
This year’s speaker will be Judy Russell who will present a full day of genealogical lectures on a variety of topics. Judy is probably most well-known for her blog, The Legal Genealogist (If you don’t subscribe now, I’d definitely recommend that you sign up immediately. After you’ve read some of her posts, you’ll be even more anxious to see her in person.). Judy’s background is, as she puts it, “eclectic.” According to her bio on her blog, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, she was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. With a background like that, it’s no surprise that her range of topics is broad, and we plan to have her speak on a variety of topics including the importance of the law to genealogists, genealogical methodology and genealogical ethics including DNA. We’re still finalizing the exact topics, but you can be sure you won’t want to miss any of them.
Those of you who have attended previous conferences know that the Medical Center of the Rockies is a great venue (even though it does sound a bit odd to say we’re having a genealogical conference at a hospital!). The hospital is easy to access from I-25, and there is plenty of free parking. The meeting room is comfortable with tables available for all attendees, and the hospital cafeteria is right across the hall for those who don’t care to leave the building for lunch. There are also lots of restaurants nearby, or you’ll be welcome to bring your own lunch and eat in the meeting room. Just to make sure that attendees will have plenty of energy throughout the day, we’ll provide yummy snacks and coffee, tea and water during the morning and afternoon breaks. If you feel like splurging, our doughnuts are renowned among previous conference attendees, and we’ll have plenty of them again this year!
Another great feature of the conference is the great variety of door prizes that attendees may win. In previous years, we have given out door prizes valued at thousands of dollars. Door prizes have included subscriptions to major databases such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past and free DNA test kits. Don’t worry – no chintzy key rings for us!
Finally, the most important part of our conference is included in its name. It’s called “Conference for a Cause” for a reason. While we know that genealogists want to learn about genealogy at a conference, we believe that they also want to contribute to the broader genealogical community, and our conference helps them do that in a very simple way. A portion of the cost of your ticket to the conference is considered a donation. LCGS makes no money from these conferences; we donate all proceeds, above and beyond the expenses of the conference, to worthwhile genealogical entities. Typically, we have split our donation between a local, Larimer County entity and a more regional or national one. Last year, for example, we donated to the Local History Archive in Fort Collins to enable them to digitize more local records. The other half of the proceeds went to the Colorado Historic Newspaper Project to help them in their mission to digitize Colorado newspapers and make them available for free to researchers. This year we plan to continue the tradition and are finalizing the selection of two new projects.
Right now September probably seems like a long way in the future, but now is the time to mark September 28 on your calendar. More details about registration will be coming on this blog in the near future, and be sure to check the Larimer County Genealogical Society website for more information, as well. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you in September!
Researcher/Director at Large