Registration is open for NGS’ 2015 Family History Conference!

I received the following press release from the media relations department at NGS.  I can’t wait to registers for this.  Are you going?  Read on and let me know what your most looking forward to at the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, St. Charles, Missouri.

NGS 2015 Annual Conference,

Registration Open for the National Genealogical Society’s

2015 Family History Conference
St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015

Crossroads of America

 

Arlington, VA, 1 DECEMBER 2014: Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-seventh annual family history conference, Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails given by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president.

Continuing NGS’ goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will feature a variety of lectures for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  Lecture topics covered at the conference will include: researching in many Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; ethnic and religious groups including African American, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish; methodology, analysis, and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and websites useful in genealogical research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track will again be an integral part of the conference and presented over the four days of the event.

Registration is currently open.  To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/ and complete the registration form.

The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/agenda/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/x92kAg. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities as well as things to do in and around St. Charles and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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#NGS2015GEN – My Who Do Think You Are trip

NGS 2015 Annual Conference,Several months ago, the TV show Who Do You Think You Are (WDYTYA) was on the air. I really enjoyed watching this show and seeing the family history unfold for the famous person that was the focus for an episode. After each episode I would always wish that someone would do that for me. I  wanted someone who would do all the research and make the information look pretty in their presentation to me. I know that I am not alone in this wish!  Right?  After coming back to reality, I realized that the only way that would happen is if I did it myself.

So I am embarking on a somewhat WDYTYA journey to discover my husband’s family. How am I going to complete this huge task, you ask? Well, it is easy, with several of my husband’s family from the Missouri area, the 2015 National Genealogical Society Annual Conference in St. Charles, Missouri would be a good place to start.

I plan on being there three days before the conference to do some research and visit places where my husband’s family was located. I am hoping to find some Ewing and Stanard family ties and possibly some Sullivan ones too. I have decided that I am going to rent a car and trace down where these ancestors were born, married or buried. I am hoping to do this in one day and have already mapped some of the burial sites that I need to visit. I am hoping that I will be able to go to some libraries to do some research also.

I started my recent research by first reading the Apr/June and Oct/Dec issues of the NGS Magazine. These two issues had two articles that pointed me to not only the libraries in the area but also to other repositories and historical sites. I am hoping to also see some of the local sites around St. Charles and St. Louis, Mo.

I am really excited for this trip! With each trip I take, whether it is leisure or genealogy related, I always look for new trip outfits and possible luggage additions. For this trip to Missouri, I have started my window shopping!

I can’t wait to possibly meet new family members, meet new friends and see old ones.  Are you planning on attending the NGS Annual Conference? If so, leave me a comment, maybe we can connect and meet at the conference.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!

Tricia

This time next week…

Jamboree Graphic 2014This time next week, I will be at the SCGS Jamboree which is being held at the Burbank Airport Marriott, June 6-8, 2014.  It is a great source of genealogical education and it is a whole lot of fun too!  I am very excited to attend and can’t wait.

A good friend is joining me at the conference this year.  She asked me what tips I could give her as a first-time attendee.  I started thinking about it and came up with a few so I decided to post my tips here and hopefully it could help others besides my friend.

#1     You will see this on most tips for attending a genealogy conference.  Bring comfortable shoes, dress is layers and drink water.  You will do a lot of walking and being comfortable and well hydrated is very important.  The temperature in each room varies and you won’t know what the temperature will be like until you get the room.  It is best to dress in layers or bring a sweater for when the room is either too hot or too cold.

#2     If the genealogical conference has an app, USE IT!  Its a great tool to help you keep track of not only your first & second choice in classes.  The app is also good for when you have friends at the conference.  Within the app, you can send a friend request to your friends and if they accept your request, you can communicate with them in getting a group together for lunch.  If you are really close with your friend or if you have family attending and you can also share your schedule with each other.  This helps you to see where this person might be at in case you need to get a hold of them or if you want to attend the same class together.  I love using this feature of the app with my daughter so that I can keep track of what classes she might be in and possibly sit with her in a class.

#3     This next tip really depends on your note taking habits.  Usually you get a syllabus book/binder free with your registration but if the organization putting on the conference is trying to cut down on costs, you might just get a CD copy instead.  I like to obtain the syllabus and mark my first and second choice in classes, then when I attend the classes, I write on the syllabus for each class itself.  It helps me to keep up with what the speaker is saying and to keep the appropriate notes  and what the speaker is saying together.  HERE IS MY TIP: If you are not able to get a printed copy of the syllabus, go into the app and on each of the classes you want to take, if there is a PDF symbol, you can email the handout to yourself, then print them before attending the conference.  You still get the syllabus for each class and to write on each of the appropriate speakers outline.  You also are helping  by not printing out every single page of the syllabus.

#4     Don’t be afraid to start up a conversation with the people sitting around you.  You might find a cousin sitting right next to you!

#5  Don’t be afraid to network with other genealogists outside of the classroom.  There are some genealogists that do get paid for the research they do, but if you meet others who are researching the same area as you, they might be helpful when you have hit a brick wall.  It is also a good idea to keep their contact information handy too.

I hope that these tips have helped you and my good friend as well.  If you have any other tips for first-time attendees to a genealogical conference, please list them in the comment section so that others can use your tips.

Happy Ancestry Hunting!

Tricia

 

So you want to attend a genealogy conference…

Good morning everyone!  I originally was going to blog about registering and planning your schedule for the upcoming SCGS Jamboree, but the good folks at the Jamboree blog had beat me to it.  I have read their 3-part posts on how to make your planning, and time at a genealogy conference more efficient, and I highly suggest that anyone attending ANY upcoming genealogy educational event, should read them.

Here are the links to their posts:

Part 1 – Early Planning = Success

Part 2 – After making your reservations – what’s next?

Part 3 – At the conference

The Jamboree blog has also included in this post other links of other bloggers who have also posted on how to best plan and attend a genealogy conference.  Just scroll down past the part 1,2 and 3 portion and you will see more.  You can read that post here.

Well I hope that you are able to attend the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, CA.  If you are, contact me and maybe we can meet up and have coffee or lunch?

Happy Ancestor Hunting!!

Tricia

SCGS Jamboree – Early Bird Registration ends on April 30th

Jamboree Graphic 2014Just wanted to post a reminder that early bird registration ends on April 30, 2014.  Don’t be left out and have to pay full price to go.  This is a great genealogical event where you have the opportunity to learn a lot of new tools, resources and be inspired.  So don’t miss out!

I will see you at the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank!

Tricia