April 22, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
(Arlington, Va.) The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has selected Chicagoland as the site for its annual conference at the Hyatt Rosemont, June 7-10, 2006. The conference will be the largest gathering of professional and amateur genealogists ever held in this area, with more than 3,000 people expected to attend.
“Chicago is extremely important as an immigration gateway to the central and western sections of this country,” noted Diane O’Connor, marketing director of the NGS. “The great numbers of immigrants that settled or passed through here and their remarkable ethnic diversity makes this a strategically important area for genealogical research. In addition, Chicago has important repositories of records that are of great benefit to anyone undertaking a study of genealogy.”
The conference will include 150 sessions devoted to various topics of interest to genealogists, including programs for beginners as well as advanced researchers. Sessions are led by experienced professional genealogists and include specific topics for those interested in African American, Jewish, Polish, Italian, Irish and many other ethnic groups. Also included are sessions that address specific genealogical resources and challenges in the Chicago area. An exhibitor area, open to the public free of charge during conference hours, will feature 150 vendors from across the country who provide software packages, database resources, books, archival and other resources for genealogists.
Additional information regarding the conference is available at the NGS website, or by calling the Society’s headquarters at 800-473-0060. The deadline for early bird registration discount is April 21.
Founded in 1903, the non-profit National Genealogical Society is one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations devoted to genealogical research. The Society provides leadership along with a wide variety of educational programs for individuals, societies, libraries and institutions.
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