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NGS 2011 Conference in Charleston, South Carolina

I attended the 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina this past week.

I was pleased to have been asked to give three talks: The inau­gural Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Lecture (slides), a lec­ture on Google and search method­olo­gies (slides), and the NGS GenTech Luncheon talk (slides), which was on the topic of social media.

It was a good con­fer­ence, with more knowl­edge­able and vol­u­ble speak­ers than one could pos­si­bly see. I espe­cially liked Buzzy Jackson’s gen­eral ses­sion talk about how she became a geneal­o­gist, and how it’s our job to make our descen­dants think of us as the ones who saved the sto­ries for them. Additionally, I enjoyed the talk given by Glenn F. McConnell, President pro tem­pore of the South Carolina State Senate about the his­tory, dis­cov­ery, and rais­ing of the H. L. Hunley.

I was also pleased that my own talks seem to have been well received.

The next major excur­sion is to the Virginia Genealogical Society con­fer­ence next week­end. The sum­mer is sim­ply full of these events.

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