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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