The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) will hold its 14th Genealogical and Cultural Conference at the Westin Lombard Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. The Conference dates are Wednesday October 23 through Saturday October 26, 2013. There’s still time to reserve your spot!
According to the conference registration booklet, the full three-day CGSI member or nonmember fee entitles registrants to attend any 10 of the 12 sessions on Thursday, the Regional Networking/Mixer Thursday night, any of the 16 sessions each day, Friday and Saturday, the Friday and Saturday lunches, and Friday evening’s Parade of Kroje (fashion show of folk dress). The “Preserving Cultural Crafts” session on Thursday has a separate materials fee. Registrants also will receive the Conference syllabus with speaker handouts and a welcome bag. Registrants may also reserve a space at no cost to use the CGSI Traveling Library. The hours run concurrently with breakout sessions. Vendor room access is available to everyone, including the public. There will also be a silent auction fundraiser.
Even if your Czech, Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn, or other Eastern European ancestors did not settle in the Chicago area, the conference offers a broad learning experience with presentations by nationally known genealogy experts, as well as expert researchers from the Czech and Slovak Republics. So even New York East European researchers will likely find many topics of interest.
Session topics for the three-day event include: Beginning Genealogy, Beginning Slovak Genealogy, Using Social Media for Family History Research, Emigration to North America from Czechoslovakia during the Communist Era, Documenting Czech Immigrant Arrivals, Writing Your Family History, What’s New and How Best to Use Ancestry.com, Using FamilySearch and Other Online Resources to Find Slovak Ancestors, Family Websites, Finding Chicago Ancestors, DNA, Carpatho-Rusyn Culture and Research, Holidays in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and much more.
The diverse program for the 2013 Chicago Conference is drawing in people who have never attended a CGSI Conference. Three residents of the Czech Republic are registered as well as two Czech speakers, and the former US Ambassador to Slovakia is also attending. Why don’t you consider joining them?
Click here for the conference registration form.
The society was founded on March 26, 1988 with an organization meeting at the Historic CSPS Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota. On August 26, 1991 the society incorporated and became known as the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. CGSI currently has close to 3,000 members from across the US, Canada and the Czech and Slovak Republics. This large group provides a vast networking opportunity for sharing information with fellow members.