The next significant genealogy conference appears to be New England’s Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) which is returning to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, May 3-6, 2023. NERGC 2023 will feature 8 session tracks with 100+ talks, 7 workshops, a large exhibit hall with vendors and genealogical societies, SIGs, Ancestors Road Show, Society Fair, the Libraries, Archives, and Museums Showcase, and so much more.
Whether you are a genealogical novice just getting started or a seasoned professional, there is something at NERGC 2023 for you. The conference will cover the full gamut of New England genealogy, from colonial-era research to genetic genealogy, from military research to writing for publications, from methodology to technology. There are talks that focus in on each of the New England states, as well as various ethnic groups in New England, including Native American, African America, Irish, French Canadian, Jewish, and Polish.
The main conference starts on Thursday, May 4th, but those who plan to arrive in Springfield a day early can sign up to participate in one of our four pre-conference tracks on Wednesday May 3rd:
- Revolutionary War
- Advanced DNA
- Jumpstart Your Research
- French Canadian Research
There will also be four two-hour workshops later Wednesday afternoon:
- Prove It! Writing a Winning Proof Argument” (Nora Galvin)
- Getting to the Heart of Land Records (Sara E. Cambell)
- Solving Photo Mysteries: Approaches & Analysis (Maureen Taylor)
- Bridging The Decades: Little-Used Clues From the Census ( Elissa Scalise Powell).
Learn While You Eat
Along with presentations galore on the full panoply of topics related to New England genealogy, several of the lunches and dinners will have a speakers:
- Thursday Lunch (sponsored by MGC) will feature David Rencher speaking on “The Future of Records Preservation.”
- Friday’s Dinner Banquet (sponsored by CSG) will feature Michael Strauss speaking on “Prisoners, Thieves, and Scoundrels: Your Black Sheep Ancestors.”
- Saturday Lunch (sponsored by CAS) will feature Debra Dudek speaking on “Every Girl Pulling for Victory– Suffrage and Service During the Great War.”
- Saturday’s Dinner Banquet (sponsored by MSOG) will feature Dr. Michael Lacopo speaking on “Top Ten Things I Have Learned in Four Decades of Genealogical Research.”
- For Friday’s lunch, you become the speaker (in a sense) at Table Topics (sponsored by NEAPG) when you sign up for a table focused on a specific area of research and talk with like-minded genealogists over your lunch.
Thursday afternoon at 5:30pm starts the Society Fair, where tables are setup outside the Exhibit Hall for smaller genealogical societies and family associations, giving attendees the opportunity to visit with them and learn more about their organizations. Over twenty societies have signed up for Society Fair, and you can find them listed here.
A similar opportunity is provided during the day on Friday and Saturday for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and you can find them listed here.
You can read a lot more in the conference's web site at: https://nergc.org/nergc2023/.