Wholly Genes, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, today announced their
2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, October 26-November 2,
Here is their press release...
This extremely popular annual event has a reputation
for its unrivaled speaker list, exceeding even that of most
land-based family history conferences. Like the three years
before it, this is expected to be a sold-out event.
In 2008, eleven of the most prominent professional genealogists
and technical experts from the U.S., England, and Ireland
will share their experience and advice with several hundred
family researchers while sailing to the tropical islands of
the Caribbean. This year's event will include at least 16
hours of expert presentations on genealogy methodology and
tools (without a focus on any particular software) and will
use a schedule of non-conflicting lecture times so attendees
can make the most of this unprecedented educational opportunity.
Attendees will also have the rare chance to schedule private
one-on-one consultations, to share a casual meal, or to attend
other social events with the speakers, many of whom are giants
in the genealogy community:
- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, longtime
editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
- Barbara Vines Little, CG, former president of the National
Genealogical Society and Virginia Genealogical Society.
- John Grenham, Ireland's foremost genealogist.
- John Titford, LHG FSG, prominent British genealogist
and popular author.
- Craig Scott, MA, CG, certified genealogist and military
- Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, professional genealogist
and popular author.
- Cyndi Howells of Cyndislist.com, an expert at online
- Tony Burroughs, FUGA, popular genealogical author, teacher,
Although not providing lectures, the following additional
speakers will host breakfasts and private consultations:
- Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great
Migration Study Project for NEHGS.
- Sandra Hewlett, CG, professional researcher and councilor
for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
- Dick Eastman, technology expert and editor of Eastman's
Online Genealogy Newsletter.
In addition to attending the main lectures, users of The Master
Genealogist (TMG) project manager will find a variety of presentations
about how to make the most of that software and its companion
programs. Attendees will meet Bob Velke, President of Wholly
Genes, Inc., and be able to schedule private consultations
with him and many other prominent researchers in the TMG community,
including John Cardinal, Lee Hoffman, Jim Byram, and members
of the TMG support team.
Planned cocktail parties and other events will give attendees
the chance to mingle with other group members, swap research
interests, and make new friends. An attendee from North Carolina
remembers the last such event as a "wonderful way to vacation,
meet new friends with similar interests, and learn a lot in
The 2008 conference will be held on the majestic Caribbean
Princess as it sails from New York City to the exotic ports
of St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Traveling companions who aren't interested in the lectures
might want to relax with a book on a private balcony or take
advantage of the many shipboard features, including pools,
saunas, exercise equipment, jogging track, golf simulator,
putting green, racket games, Internet cafe, and a large casino.
The lecture schedule leaves family and friends to spend evenings
together for a quiet dinner or to enjoy live shipboard entertainment,
night-clubs, and even an outdoor movie theater under the stars.
Four tropical ports and optional guided shore excursions will
round out a truly memorable vacation.
"A cruise ship makes a relaxing environment in which to learn
from the experts and improve our research skills," said Velke.
He added, "However, not many educational opportunities also
include the ability to spend quality time with family and
friends on tropical islands. We are very pleased that so many
people have enjoyed this format in past years and we are looking
forward to another great event."
Prices for the week-long 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise
start at about $843 per person (inside cabin, double occupancy)
and include the cruise, food, shipboard entertainment, and
attendance to all conference events. A roommate-finding service
is also available.
Complete details of the cruise can be found at...