The Arkansas Genealogical Society will host its 50th Anniversary annual seminar and book fair Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock. This year’s featured speaker will be Barbara Renick, national genealogy lecturer and a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society’s computer magazine. She currently serves on the NGS Board.

"Moving into the Future-Looking Back at the Past" is this year’s theme.

Renick will be presenting programs entitled: How Computers and Gadgets are Changing Genealogical Research; Overcoming Idiosyncrasies of Genealogy Database Sites; Finding More with the New FamilySearch Catalog and Tackling Tough Genealogy Tasks with 21st Century Technology. Beginner or advanced researchers will benefit from Renick’s knowledge and presentations.

Friday night KTHV’s Craig O’Neill will join us as we present a program on his family tree titled "Who Are Your People, Craig O’Neill?"

Also, Friday evening programs will be presented by Russell Baker, The Blue and The Gray: Looking for Civil War Ancestors and by Greg Boyd, Arphax-HistoryGeo.com: A Revolutionary New Map Service from Arphax Publishing.

Registration begins Friday at 5pm and lectures at 6pm. Vendors will be open at 5 p.m. Friday and be open all day Saturday. Saturday morning registration begins at 8 a.m. and lectures at 9 a.m. Cost for the seminar is $50 (includes lunch and syllabus for pre-registration).

For more information, please contact Suzanne Jackson (501) 753-2551 or go to our website www.agsgenealogy.org for registration forms.