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Jun 14, 2019

LCGS Conference for a Cause Update

June 15, 2019

Registration for this year’s LCGS Conference for a Cause is well underway, and if you haven’t registered yet, now is a good time to do that. Just access registration information at the LCGS website: https://www.lcgsco.org . There are two simple ways to register, either online using your credit card or by printing a registration form from the website and mailing it with your check. If you want to simplify things even further, just bring a check (cash will work, too) to the next LCGS General Meeting on July 18; I will have registration forms available for you to fill out to complete your registration.

 

Our presenter this year, Judy Russell is one of the movers and shakers in the genealogical world, and she’s an excellent speaker. Her spritely and easy-to-follow style will keep you entertained and informed at the same time. Her topics for the conference fit under the heading “The Genealogy Toolbox: From Court Records to DNA,” and will give you a sample of many of the different types of tools available to modern genealogists. The first lecture is called “No Person Shall . . . Gallop Horses in the Streets” and deals with using court records to tell the story of our ancestors’ lives. The second is entitled “No, No, Nanette!” and explains what negative evidence is . . . and isn’t. The third lecture is “No Vitals? No Problem-Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence” and is a case study explaining how to trace to woman married before the 1850 census. The final session is “After the Courthouse burns” and (pun intended) describes rekindling family history through DNA. Just one of these lectures would be enough to warrant the $50 conference cost, but we’ll be privileged to hear all four!

 

The conference will be held from 9:00 am (check in time with the first lecture to begin at 9:30 am) to 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 28, and will, once again, be held at the Medical Center of the Rockies just off I-25 in Loveland. Although that sounds like an odd location for a genealogy conference, the facilities are great, with a restaurant right across the hall, and ample free parking just outside the door of the building.

 

It’s going to be a great conference, and I know you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Judy is a wonderful speaker, and keep in mind that part of your registration fee will be donated and will be tax deductible. This year we’re donating all proceeds, above expenses, to the Loveland Archives. They have received a large donation of historic Loveland newspapers, many of which have never been microfilmed, much less digitized; our donation will be used to help the Archive index and digitize these newspapers which will then be uploaded to the Colorado Historic Newspaper Project where genealogists will have free access to them.

 

While September may seem like a long ways off, now is the time to register since the early bird registration cost of the conference will end on August 1. In addition, to make sure that conference attendees have a better experience in terms of access to tables and room to take notes, we have decided to cap attendance at a somewhat smaller number than in the past. We expect our conference with Judy Russell to be popular, so we suggest you register soon to guarantee your seat. See you in September!

Carol Stetser

Researcher/Director at Large