Pre-Conference Activities

Our adventure has been extended with an additional day of activities being offered on Thursday, July 30.  All pre-conference “extras” require payment of separate fees and can be purchased independent of regular conference registration.




Newberry Library Tour
Thursday, July 30

The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago. Free and open to the public since 1887, the Newberry has an extensive collection of material spanning more than six centuries which is available to scholars, genealogists and life-long learners alike. The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton Street in Chicago, directly cross the street from Washington Square Park and just a few blocks west of the famous Michigan Avenue.

The tour bus will leave the Westin at 9:00 am on July 30 and depart from the Newberry at 3:30 pm that afternoon, allowing an opportunity to explore genealogy resources at this major repository.

The coach is also available to others who may wish to do independent research at the Newberry, visit other Chicago attractions, shop or lunch along Michigan Avenue, or take in any number of other Chicago attractions before rejoining the coach at the Newberry Library at 3:30 pm.

The first 25 people to register for this bus trip can choose to attend a free Newberry Library orientation/tour aimed at researchers new to the library: a short tour of the genealogy research room and a one-hour orientation session. Read more about the orientation for genealogists here.

More information about the library, its exhibits and hours can be found here.

Note: The Library tour will have a limit on the number of participants, so please register early.


Introduction to DNA & Solving Research Problems with DNA
Thursday, July 30

If you are new to working with DNA, attend one or both basic-level DNA workshops at the conference hotel on Thursday, July 30. These introductory sessions with Lois Mackin will help you get up-to-speed for the more advanced DNA classes offered by DNA specialists at the conference.

Note: The DNA workshops will have a limit on the number of participants, so please register early.


"Welcome!" Dessert Reception
Thursday, July 30 6:30-8:00pm

Enjoy an early dinner and then join us for dessert and coffee and conversation – a time to meet and greet speakers and other conference attendees.