RootsTech Goes Virtual in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual family history conference originally scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held online February 25–27, 2021.

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Here are some of the great speakers and topics we have for upcoming meeting. Come meet with us. Guest are always welcome!

Jason Kruski – Advanced Polish Research
Tony Burroughs – The Nature of Genealogy
Paul Milne – Irish Land Records

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Here's a "freebie" from our friend Thomas MacEntee. Check it out ...
17th century VA, MD, and Southeast Maps 1590-1720 from Library of Virginia webinar Thursday, October 22 looks good!
The Family History Library has upcoming free webinars for German research. The dates for the event start October 24-30. Classes included are:
Resources on FamilySearch for German Research and getting help (Beginner)
Germany: Historical Geography (Intermediate),
Württemberg Family Books (Intermediate),
Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More about your German Ancestors (Intermediate)
and four FUN and INFORMATIVE days of German Handwriting.

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