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Saturday, October 2
Go West, Young Family! Presented by Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia  (Conferences)
The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Virtual Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 2nd and will feature a series of lectures by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA.
Mark Lowe is a professional genealogist, author, lecturer, leader, research coach, and world-class storyteller. Mark’s southern style, unique humor, and personal experiences lead both beginning and experienced researchers to new skills and insights for future research.
Mark specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South, using often overlooked records to resolve difficult issues.
 The topics to be covered at this event are:
  •  Early Tracks and Trails Across the South
  • Mapping, Atlases and Documenting Paths of Families
  •  Finding Your Landless Ancestors
  • My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for Your Rural Ancestors
All lectures will be recorded and posted on the GRIVA website for a limited time for viewing by conference registrants. Register at

Wednesday, October 13
The History of First Presbyterian Church  (Monthly Meeting)
7:30 pm
Attend the October Olde Meck meeting to hear Lois Stickell discuss her newly published book covering the History of First Presbyterian Church. Lois will share fascinating facts uncovered during her research for this impressive commemoration of an historic congregation. 
Lois will focus on researching and writing the history of the church and the ways she tried to make it more than a recitation of dates and facts. She will also cover the church's broader association with Charlotte and how the two grew up together from the time Charlotte was a village in the wilderness. As the town prospered, so did many church members, who were some of Charlotte’s most prominent citizens. When the center city fell into decline, the church was also affected and had to redefine itself.
Lois will also describe the challenge of writing a history when there have been several previous versions. She will give examples of her search for “undiscovered” or little-known information about the church and the interesting places she found some of that information (spoiler: one of them was in the Olde Meck Quarterly).

Friday, October 15
Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days  (Conferences)
Bring you family to this FREE, in-person event, sponsored by the Cumberland Gap Tennessee Genealogy and History Group, and located in the historic town of Cumberland Gap, TN. Come and celebrate National Family History Month with the Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days on October 15th and 16th.
They will have Genealogical and Historical societies, lectures by genealogists and historians, crafters, living history and others. The Melungeon Heritage Society will be among the groups hosting a booth. Stop by the Surname Tents to search for your own family names. There will also be genealogical research material for sale.
Find more information at 152021

Sunday, January 9, 2022 through Friday, January 14, 2022
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2022  (Conferences)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Join Us for SLIG 2022
Elevate your Genealogical Education to New Heights
27th Annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
January 9–14, 2022, Salt Lake City, Utah
SLIG will open with All-Participation Orientation on Sunday, January 9th at 5:00 pm MST and end with a Completion & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 14th.
Learn: from the field's top educators
Obtain: in-depth instruction
Network: with respected experts
Consult: with successful researchers
Research: at the Family History Library
Instruction Levels: SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, and research tools like DNA. All courses assume a working knowledge at an intermediate level or above. Course descriptions, outlines, and prerequisites will help determine if the course is taught at the right level for you.
Schedule: Courses run Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:00 pm; some will include homework and other sessions outside those times.
Registration opens on 14 August 2021, at 10:00am MDT.