Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Company News

As a reminder, don’t forget to join in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Genealogy Conference for four days of family history, classes, exhibit halls and much, much more.

2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Genealogy Conference
September 2–5, 2009
Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Free Track of Classes – Free to the Public
As part of the conference, is excited to offer a FREE track of five classes designed to help you get the most out of your membership. The free classes will be held on Saturday, September 5, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Class Schedule:

  • 8 am – Getting the Most out of Your Subscription – Discover how the historical records, tree–building tools, and search tools on can grow your tree. (Designed for beginning users of
  • 9:30 am – Best Strategies for Searching – Learn the best strategies for searching’s thousands of databases to get the most information about your ancestors. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users)
  • 11 am – What’s New on – Find out about the most recent content, website features, product enhancements, and much more. (Designed for beginning to advanced users)
  • 2 pm – Tapping into the and RootsWeb Community – Discover the tools on and RootsWeb that can help you find and communicate with other family historians. (Designed for beginning to advanced users)
  • 3:30 pm – Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker – Learn how Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users of Family Tree Maker)

We’d love to know if you’re coming, so we can make appropriate preparations. Let us know if you’ll be able to attend by RSVPing at this URL:

Conference Classes – Conference registration required to attend
Register to attend the four full days of the conference, which includes more than 150 family history classes taught by more than 50 nationally known family history experts and professionals.

In addition, Tim Sullivan, CEO of, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Titled “The Future of Our Past: Preserving Yesterday’s Records for Tomorrow’s Researchers,” Tim’s talk will discuss how technology has and is drastically changing the way we pursue our family history.

Online registration is closed, but walk in registrations are welcome.

Exhibit Hall – Free to the Public experts will be on hand to answer questions about the website. Sit in on demonstrations covering, Family Tree Maker, MyCanvas and more. And don’t miss special conference discounts on various products.

Ask the Expert — Juliana Smith, popular editor of the Ancestry Weekly Discovery newsletter (formerly the Ancestry Daily News) will be in the booth to answer your family history questions. Stop by the booth to sign up for a 10–minute, one–on–one time slot with Juliana.

The exhibit hall also features family history vendors from across the country. The exhibit hall is free to the public and is open:

  • Thursday, September 3 — 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, September 4 — 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, September 5 — 9:00am – 5:00pm

The team looks forward to seeing you in Little Rock!

About Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for and has been with the company since 2009.


Larry Czarnik 

>  3:30 pm – Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker – Learn how Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users of Family Tree Maker)

Any chance of getting a copy of this presentation?

2009SP03 10:00 Sydney

September 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm
steve young 

I have had difficulty using the message board to contact a sister in law, maybe because I am not a paying subscriber, but over all I have enjoyed posting and searching my own family tree line.

September 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Janice Dent 

Where are the classes you will be offering on Saturday going to be held? in the exhibit hall?

September 4, 2009 at 8:09 am
Lorraine Wright 

It would be nice if the presentations would be available for download or viewing sometime in the future.

September 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I also would love to have access to the free classes via archived video of these workshops. It’s impossible for me to be there in person, though I’d love to.

September 7, 2009 at 9:00 pm
Tony Cousins 

This is definitely off topic but where else can one ask the question – where are all the Ancestry people? There are too many articles that have no ‘official’ responses. Once the 14 day period is up we can’t ask even the question on that article.

Are they all hiding?

If they do respond where will it be, on the original article?

They can’t be at Little Rock, that was last week.

Come on Ancestry – embarrassed about Drouin, the failed FTM2010, the ‘new’ search engine, the slow new image display or just want this blog to go away so there are no more angry subscribers.

An ostrich can make everything disappear by sticking its head in the sand, or so they say.

It won’t work here.


September 9, 2009 at 9:24 am
Jan A Burton 

Like Larry, How can I obtain a copy of he p;resentation. Getting the Most from the Family Tree Maker.
Thank You.
Mr Jan A. Burton
Family page is on Family Tree, Genealogy, Jan A and Bernadine E. Hart.

September 12, 2009 at 11:46 am
Nel Obrayan 

Hello Heather,
Your work is really appreciable. You have raised the issue in the right time. It is very vital to reveal the fact in front of the client that how their records have been kept safe. Many committed and devoted people are working behind the screen to provide us true records. For instance I have found my Great Grandfather’s record from this wonderful site like Marriage Records . And I believe records tell only the truth.

Best wishes to you

September 14, 2009 at 5:32 am
Ester Eads 

You’ve really messed up the viewing of census records. I do not like the small screen you have it on and when I use my own print browser it only prints part of the page.

Unless you change this, I’m out of here!

September 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Yes, a copy of that presentation would be great, i.e., Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker – Learn how Family Tree Maker can help you organize, etc. thank you.

September 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm