* ROUND-TRIP COACH TRANSPORTATION FROM THE CONFERENCE HOTEL TO THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY
The Newberry is a famous research library located on Washington Square in Chicago. The bus will leave the Westin at 9 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 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
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 activities before rejoining the coach at the Newberry Library at 3:30
* DNA PRE-CONFERENCE: INTRODUCTION TO DNA & SOLVING RESEARCH PROBLEMS WITH DNA
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: both the bus and the preconference workshops will have limits on the number of participants, so be prepared to register as soon as registration opens in early 2020. Also note: the DNA sessions will not be held if our minimum participation per session is not met.
* “WELCOME” DESSERT RECEPTION (6:30-8 pm) on Thursday evening
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.
The Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, IL, is the beautiful gathering point for both conference and pre-conference activities. Registration for the conference—as well as the pre-conference events—will open in January 2020. More information about presenters and topics can be found at http://celtic-connections.org/
CONFERENCE HOTEL RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN NOW.
The special rate of $129 per night is available from Wednesday, July 29, through Sunday, August 2. Reservations must be made through the Celtic Connections website
—or specify “Celtic Connections Conference” when reserving by phone.