I'm excited to be a part of this innovative new conference that really breaks down the barriers to conference attendance. I'll be teaching a brand new presentation on searching for common surnames with Google (and surnames that double as common words in the English language - I've got solutions for you!) Here are all the details from Family Tree University...
CINCINNATI, July 5, 2011—For genealogists who find themselves too busy or too cash-strapped to travel for conferences this year—or who just want more learning opportunities—Family Tree University's first Virtual Conference will be August 19-21. Learn more and register at: http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/summer-2011-virtual-conference.
"We're creating a genealogy conference experience that's accessible to everyone," says Family Tree University publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy. "All you need to participate is a computer and web connection, so physical limitations, travel costs and scheduling conflicts don't have to get in the way."
Registrants who purchase a three-day pass to the conference will have access to:
• 15 half-hour video classes that can also be downloaded to watch later
• Bonus videos exclusive to the conference
• Live chats and message board discussions with experts
• A "swag bag" of freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com
Session topics will include:
• Build Your Research Toolbox with Thomas MacEntee
• Digital Preservation for the 21st Century with Sunny Jane Morton
• Finding Your East European Ancestors' Village with Lisa A. Alzo
• German Newspapers in America with James M. Beidler
• Google Surname Search Secrets with Lisa Louise Cooke
• Making Sense of Pre-1850 Censuses with Maureen A. Taylor
• Twitter for Genealogists with Nancy Hendrickson
See the full program here