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 Twitter.com 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 www.books.google.com #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)

7 thoughts on “What I have been doing while the rest of the world is at NGS 2011

  1. Looking forward to seeing you at IGHR again, Michael.

    I think you are doing a great job on the blog. Very good content.

  2. Pingback: 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog Catchup, Week 2: List Posts « Planting the Seeds

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