Saturday, March 23, 2024

For beginners, or anyone needing some tips

Elizabeth Gomoli will kick off Saturday morning at the SGGEE 2024 convention in August with a focus on helping those new to family research. But as we know, even those with experience can learn something new and helpful. Here's her presentation:

Genealogy Smart Start: Things I Wish I'd Known. Get some great tips from this genealogist who had to learn the basics the hard way, plus a few smart tricks she picked up from experts along the way. You can start smarter than I did!

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG® is president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and co-editor of Generations quarterly journal. Liz has received seven awards for her writing and society activities. She researches professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services (

We look forward to welcoming Elizabeth and hope you'll come prepared with questions!

Artificial intelligence did not write this post

We are pleased to report that Thomas MacEntee will be a speaker at the SGGEE 2024 convention in August. Thomas is scheduled to speak Sunday morning on the topic of artificial intelligence. Here's how he describes his presentation:

AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.

Thomas is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He is a frequent speaker on the intersection of technology and genealogy. As he writes about himself:

Some might think these two elements - technology and historical research – are opposites. The truth is, “tech people” are needed to guide today’s genealogists through the maze of options so they can deploy the best apps and devices as they break down those research brick walls.

We look forward to welcoming Thomas and helping SGGEE attendees better understand this "new" and promising tool in their research.

Friday, February 16, 2024

We'd like to hear from you

The Convention Team has several programs already in the works, but we're happy to hear suggestions from our members and followers. Have you seen a speaker who surprised you with new or little-known information of interest to our audience? Or is there a topic you would like to know more about?

Suggestions may be emailed to We need to hear from you by April 1.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Save the date!


Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. This year's SGGEE convention will be all-virtual on Zoom.

Our theme is "I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know." The idea is that whether you are a novice or experienced family researcher, you can always learn something new.