Free virtual genealogy conference from France this Saturday

For the first time ever, a virtual genealogy conference, called Salon Virtuel de Généalogie, will take place from France on Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (in France) (3:00 a.m. to noon Eastern time in North America).

Image: Markus Winkler. Source: Pixabay.

There will be more than 30 presentations and events and a virtual exhibitors hall.

The conference is free, and it’s in French.

The conference usually attracts more than 15,000 people in person, but this year’s coronovirus pandemic has obliged them to hold it virtually. The website says Philippe Christol, a professional genealogist who specializes in Polish research, is the one who had the “crazy idea” to hold a virtual event.

Anyone can watch the lectures and visit exhibitors from their laptop, smartphone, or tablet. There is no registration. Genealogists can just go to the website to watch a lecture at the specified time.

Some lectures will be recorded and available to watch from June 28 to July 5.

About 150 genealogical associations, specialists, and exhibitors will take part in the virtual fair — foire — where people can visit their virtual kiosks — stands. The fair participants are divided into villages, such as associations, blogs, technology, book publishing, and archives. The international village has genealogy organizations specializing in Poland, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Portugal, among others. The list of exhibitors is available on the conference website.

Here’s the conference program.

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