George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. He was a key training manager for Sears, Roebuck, Co., in the 1980s. He spearheaded the development of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) implementation program for Montgomery Ward & Co. and then for Sears, Roebuck & Co. He also managed the development of an award-winning PC-based EDI software package while with Sears Technology Services, Inc., coordinated the construction of two state-of-the-art training facilities, and developed the training program to support a roll-out of the software to over 600 of Sears' smaller suppliers. George worked for Advantis, a subsidiary of IBM, coordinating development and production of over 60 training sessions for its annual customer conferences, attended by between 1,500 to 2,000 of IBM's and Advantis' largest customers. These sessions spanned a broad spectrum of mainframe, mid-range, and microcomputer applications including the Internet and email, network communication technologies such as dial, leased line, ATM, ISDN, DOV, and LAN gateway, and customers' applications using the IBM network, its products, and services.
In addition to his extensive responsibilities with Aha! Seminars, Inc., George is an avid genealogist. His interest began at age ten when his paternal grandmother and aunt divulged the family history extending back before the American Revolution. Since that time, George's genealogical research has expanded to include all the branches of his family tree and he has investigated leads in materials in all sorts of places. Libraries, archives, courthouse, and cemeteries are among his favorite haunts, but he will leave no stone unturned, even to the point of tracking down the original 1914 newspapers containing his great-grandparents' obituaries in a records retention facility owned by a county board of education. He is a master in working with and understanding all types of genealogical record types in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With the advent of electronic research materials, he has become a recognized expert in using software programs, databases, Internet resources, online databases, Internet genealogical mailing lists and message boards, search engines, directories, subscription databases, and all the major online services around the world.
George is the author of twelve landmark genealogy books. These include: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User's Guide; the award winning Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It, both published by Ancestry Publishing. His award-winning book, How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne has been a part of its its highly successful "How to Do Everything" series, and has been one of he best-selling genealogy "how-to" genealogy books published in the last 20 years! He also has written the first and second editions of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com. His Genealogical Research in the Major Repositories of London, published through Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com), a print on demand publisher, has sold hundreds of copies. The third edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy was published in 2012 by McGraw-Hill/Professional. He and Drew Smith co-authored a new book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, which will be published by McGraw-Hill in September 2013. The fourth edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy was published in January 2015.
George is a prolific writer in other areas as well. He began in 1996 by writing the award-winning weekly online genealogy column, "Along Those Lines ...", that appeared first in the Genealogy Forum on America Online and then exclusively at the Ancestry.com Web site from January 2000 to March 2006, and additional columns for Ancestry Daily News. His work has also appeared in the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Weekly Newsletter, at the bi-monthly electronic genealogy magazine, Digital Genealogist, in the Ancestry Weekly Journal at Ancestry.com, and at other online venues. He has written literally hundreds of articles for genealogy print magazines: Ancestry Magazine, the Association of Genealogists Quarterly, Discovering Family History, Everton's Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, Genealogical Computing, Heritage Quest Magazine, Internet Genealogy, the NGS News Magazine, and Southern Queries Magazine. His other online venues over the last decade have included Sony Communications' Emazing.com "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and a stint writing feature online articles for ChineseRoots.com.
George is a highly popular speaker at international genealogical conferences. He has presented all across the United States in national, state, and local conference. He also has presented in Canada, in the U.K., and on several international genealogical cruises. His range of genealogical interests and speaking topics is among the most diverse among the genealogical speaking community. He is available to travel anywhere and will customize presentation topics to the audience. His genealogical presentation topics can be found in the current catalogs of Library Seminars and Genealogy Seminars at this website.
George has won a number of prestigious awards:
- "Excellence in Writing Award" (2001) ~ International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
- Florida State Genealogical Society "President's Citation" (2003)
- Federation of Genealogical Societies "Award of Merit" (2003)
- Florida State Genealogical Society "Genealogy Outstanding Achievement Award" (2006)
- Society of Mayflower Descendants "Certificate of Appreciation" (2007)
- Florida State Genealogical Society "Distinguished Service Award" (2008)
- Florida State Genealogical Society "Certificate of Appreciation" (2009)
- Federation of Genealogical Societies "Certificate of Appreciation" (2009)
- Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) "Volunteer of the Year 2011" (2012)
- Association of Professional Genealogists - Excellence in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly Award (2013)
- "Excellence in Writing Award" (2015) ~ International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
He is co-host with partner Drew Smith of The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast at http://genealogyguys.com, the longest running genealogy podcast on the Internet, enjoyed by thousands of listeners around the world. His company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast, hosted by Drew Smith, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast.
George is a past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, a former director of the Florida State Genealogical Society, a former director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and a former director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and is the past Public Relations Chair and Publicity Director of the Florida State Genealogical Society. He was elected as Vice President of Membership Services for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, beginning his two-year term in January 2009, and is in his second term for 2012-2013. He was program chair for the highly successful Federation of Genealogical Societies 2003 Conference held in Orlando, Florida, and was a member of the Conference Committee for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2010 Conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 18-21 August 2010. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), and many genealogical societies in the U.S. and the U.K. He also is a Friend of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Please contact George for more information about Aha! Seminars, Inc., presentation topics, consulting services, and about presenting for your genealogical society. He can present in person or via virtual seminars. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or at (813) 220-6274.