Join me in Alaska on the Annual Heritage Books Genealogy Conference and Cruise (Special Offer)!

Are you interested in genealogy? Are you interested in DNA? Are you interested in Alaska?

You didn’t really say “no” to any of those, did you??

Heritage Books, a leader in the world of genealogy publication for four decades, is again hosting the Annual Heritage Books Genealogy Conference and Cruise! This year’s cruise on Princess Cruise Lines is in Alaska! The cruise departs from Seattle, Washington on September 17, 2017 and arrives back one week later on September 24, 2017.

And just look at this itinerary!

  • Day 1 – Sep 17, 2017 (Sunday) – Seattle — Departs at 4:00 PM (First one-on-one session)
  • Day 2 – At Sea — Genealogy Sessions (Sessions 1-6)
  • Day 3 – Ketchikan, Alaska — Arrives at 6:30 AM and departs 3:00 PM (Second one-on-one session)
  • Day 4 – Juneau, Alaska — Arrives at 12:30 PM and departs 10:00 PM (Sessions 7-8)
  • Day 5 – Skagway, Alaska — Arrives at 6:00 AM and departs at 5:00 PM (Third one-on-one session)
  • Day 6 – At Sea — Genealogy Sessions (Sessions 9-14)
  • Day 7 – Victoria, British Columbia — Arrives at 7:00 PM and departs 11:59 PM (Sessions 15-20)
  • Day 8 – Sep 24, 2017 (Sunday) – Seattle, Washington — Arrives at 7:00 AM

Great Speakers

This year’s cruise has a terrific line-up of speakers, one I am incredibly honored to join.

  • Debra Mieszala, CG – Debbie is a BCG trustee who specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th-century research, and the Midwest. She conducts genealogical research for the military to locate relatives of service members missing in past wars.
  • Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA – Pam is a coordinator and teacher at SLIG, IGHR, GRIP, and Boston University’s genealogy certificate program; former NGS director of education and publications; and former board member, NGS and FGS.​
  • Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA – Rick is a course coordinator and instructor for IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP. Areas of interest include, urban research, maps, government records, law, land, military, and technology.
  • Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA – Craig is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Family Chronicle, and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print.
  • Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. – I’m an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. I’m the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and I frequently give presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

A Special Offer – Book Now Through February 28th, 2017!

I really want you to join me on this cruise; the more the merrier! From today through February 28th, 2017 only, if you sign up for the cruise and send me proof of your booking (also dated between today and February 28th), I will send you a FREE and SIGNED copy of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy!

Oh, and as a REALLY special offer, you get to meet my two boys, ages 12 and 8 by then, on the cruise!

About Heritage Books, Inc.

Heritage Books is the largest genealogy publisher in the world, with almost 4,900 titles and another 40-50 new titles each month. Founded almost 40 years ago, Heritage Books has provided customers with engaging and informative titles in genealogy, history, military history, historical fiction, and memoirs. Heritage Books is located in Berwyn Heights, MD. More information is available at

Look at the fun we had the last time I attended in 2015!!

More information about the Heritage Books 2017 Cruise is HERE!




5 Responses

  1. Ivan W Baugh 20 June 2017 / 11:01 am

    Blaine, I have your book and love it.
    I had my Y-DNA done by Family Tree DNA. I connected with a relative in England through the results I got. We matched on 107 of 111 Markers. My grandfather, John David Baugh, was born John Kelly 15 May 1877. In the 1880 census he is listed as a boarder in the house of Marcus Newman. his step-grandfather. I verified this through my Ancestry DNA testing which confirmed that his mother was Alice Rozella Kelly. When Alice married William Green Baugh 2 Dec 1880, his name was changed to John David Baugh.. I checked Butler County KY for adoption records. Court records start in 1882.
    David John Kinnament is the English gentleman with whom I connected. There were several Kinninmonth males in Butler County, KY where my grandfather was born. Kinninmonth and Kinnament are variants of the same family name. My question is “how can I determine which Kinninmonth was my biological grandfather’s father?”

  2. Hit Liverson 7 May 2020 / 9:36 am

    This is a historic place. I want to carry out a scientific expedition to Alaska

  3. brendakshi 7 May 2020 / 9:39 am

    When you think of Alaska, what comes to mind? Remote cabins and subsistence living? Bears showing up in weird places? Near-death experiences in the backcountry? The fact that it’s 2017 and we still don’t have a Whole Foods and maybe we just never will?

  4. Russell Hess 7 May 2020 / 9:40 am

    Tourists and locals alike are drawn to an unregulated water pipe jutting from a rock wall at Mile 109 on the Seward Highway, often dashing across the busy road to fill up their jugs and bottles.

  5. Francisco Darrell 7 May 2020 / 9:47 am

    I participated in the 10th expedition of the Arctic Society. We explored rare forms of Alaska’s microbiota and islands in the ocean. The main objective was to write several review articles that will help students understand the social relationships of organisms in Alaska. I am grateful to the educational resource that helped to process a large number of notes and literature. We have put together a complete trophic chain for land and aquatic animals in Alaska

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