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More tweets from #ngs2011

Earlier today, I posted about what I have been doing while everyone else was in Charleston, S. C., for the 2011 National Genealogical Society Conference. I included several of my favorite “tweets” from those in attendance.

Of course, this did not include the others that have come in today. So here are more of my favorite tweets from the National Genealogical Society Conference. Please note, this is not all of them. Just my favorites from today.

  • Mark Lowe – for a brief guide to researching your Methodist ancestors.  #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • BVL [Barbara Vines Little -ed.]:  the sum of the evidence must bring you to your conclusions #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • Organizing pieces of evidence and writing a proof statement helps us spot our missing pieces.  – BV Little #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • (Live #NGS2011) American Religious Data Archive – Great history and statistics (via @JLowe615)
  • (Live #NGS2011) Documenting the American South – Religion (via @JLowe615)

Once again, to read all of the tweets from the NGS conference that were properly tagged, run a search for “#NGS2011″ (without the quotes) on the Twitter homepage.

What I have been doing while the rest of the world is at NGS 2011

One of the drawbacks of being a self-employed, full-time progessional genealogist, is that “discretionary” money is often short. There is simply not enough to travel around the country and attend every conference and institute that I would like. This year, I have chosen to attend the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. So I am forced to miss out on the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference, being held this week in Charleston, South Carolina.

So, while everyone else has been out there, what have I been doing?

1. Client research: This is the bread and butter of my income, so it might go unstated that I have been doing research for clients and writing research reports. This has been most of my week, like most weeks.

2. Preparing new lectures: I will be delivering a lecture at the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar tomorrow, so I have been putting the touches on this new lecture. Called “Branching Out Your Family Tree,” the lecture will discuss how you can connect with other people through genealogy, and how this can help your research. I have also been working on a more advanced lecture about the development of neighborhoods and communities through association.

3. Blogging: I decided last week to repurpose this blog (let me know how you like it!), and have been actively posting all week. This is a new kind of genealogy blog, discussing most often issues related to professional genealogy and the transition into it, though I will also discuss methodology and available resources as well.

4. Following the conference on Twitter: Just because I’m not there, doesn’t mean that I can’t follow along. Attendees at the conference have been tweeting news throughout the sessions, using the hashtag #ngs2011 . You can follow along by typing this hashtag into the Search box on the homepage, or by clicking here. Here are some of my favorite tweets:

  • Genealogical proof is not a vote. The most censuses in agreement do not win…workshop w Thomas W. Jones. So true! #ngs2011 #genealogy (via @marygenealogy79)
  • Barbara Vines Little suggests mining church records not just for vital statistics, but colorful background details.   #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • She reminds us to always read your local, county and church histories.  #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • Curt Witcher says check back issues of genie society periodicals for unique and forgotten research sources.   #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • CW suggests searching the public library catalogs in the counties you’re researching to find unique local publications.   #ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • CW suggests checking end notes in hist society pubs to see if they reference articles covering the time/place you’re researching.#ngs2011 (via @genealogypa)
  • (Live from NGS Lecture) Use STATE NAME and SESSION LAWS to find legislative acts on #NGS2011 (via @JLowe615)
  • Pamela Boyer Sayre says investigate your unknown ancestors as perpetrators.  Take good notes, collect evidence, interview.   #ngs2011  (via @genealogypa)
  • Helen Leary  has inspired (& continues to inspire)  a generation of genealogists. She has more knowledge in her little finger… #NGS2011 (via @JLowe615)
  • The genealogical proof standard does not require direct evidence. A case can be built with indirect evidence using the GPS. #ngs2011 (via @ngsgenealogy)
  • Conflicting evidence is incompatible with a conclusion — Tom Jones quoting Helen Leary. #ngs2011 (via @ngsgenealogy)
  • To understand our ancestors we have to linger in the time & place in which they lived, per Alice Hare..rock on, historical context! #ngs2011 (via @marygenealogy79)

APG activities at the National Genealogical Society conference

The following press release was sent out by the Association of Professional Genealogists, highlighting some of their activities at the National Genealogical Society in Charleston, South Carolina:

Association of Professional Genealogists Kicks Off 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

APG Members to Educate Conference Goers on How to Hire a Professional Genealogist and How to Become a Professional Genealogist

CHARLESTON, S.C. and WESTMINSTER, Colo., May 11, 2011—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) ( kicked off what promises to be a very active week at the 2011 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Attendees can visit the APG booth (#117 and # 216) to learn more about hiring a professional genealogist, as well as how to become one. APG is sponsoring several meetings and events at the conference.

The theme for this year’s NGS conference is “Where the Past is Still Present.” APG President Laura Prescott said, “APG’s widespread presence at NGS allows our members to educate a broad audience of how a professional can help when it comes to discovering the past and tying it to the present. Conference attendees are encouraged to meet our members at the APG booth and learn more about hiring a professional genealogist.” Booth visitors also will see a world map on display that shows the locations and geographic specialties of APG members.

In addition to exhibiting at the conference, APG will host several events, including:

  • Members-only APG Roundtable, Tuesday, May 10, 7–9 p.m., Ballroom C2, Charleston Area Convention Center. The panel discussion topic will be “Looking for Clients in all the Right Places.” Panelists: Marie Melchiori, CG, CGL, Maureen Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, and J. Mark Lowe, CG, with Beverly Rice, CG, serving as moderator.
  • APG-sponsored lecture by Maureen Taylor, “Hunting History: Searching for the Revolutionary War Generation,” Wednesday, May 11, 2:30 p.m., Ballroom C2, Charleston Area Convention Center.
  • Gathering of the Chapters, Thursday, May 12, 4:00 p.m., Cooper Room, ground floor of Embassy Suites Hotel. Open to members of chapters and anyone interested in starting a chapter. Informal gathering for Q&A and presentation of the Golden Chapter Award.
  • APG Board Meeting, Friday, May 13, 8:15 a.m.–noon, Cooper Room, ground floor of Embassy Suites Hotel. Members are welcome to attend.
  • APG Luncheon, Friday, May 13, Ballroom C4, Charleston Area Convention Center. Eileen O’Duill, CG, will present, “Mrs. Fancy Tart is Coming to Tea: Making Sense of Family Stories.” Ticket required.

About APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, on Twitter ( and on FaceBook (

Media Contacts:

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone: +1 303-465-6980, fax: +1 303-456-8825, e-mail:

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists


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