NGS 2012 Conference Cincinnati Ohio Day 4

Well this was the last day of the conference. It is always a mixed blessing. You are tired and want to go home but you have had such a good time you don’t want it to end.

The main lecture I wanted to attend today was Elizabeth Shown Mill’s “Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management & Analysis.” We were in the lecture room half an hour before it started and we could only get seats up near the front. It was the largest room and it was packed.

It was worth it though. Elizabeth never disappoints. I walked out of that lecture having learned something new. Every time I attend a conference my main goal is to learn something new every day.

The marketplace closed at 2 pm and we were packed up and on the road by 3:30 pm. We spent the night in Windsor Ontario and then drove the rest of the way home on Sunday.

Whenever I get home from a conference I am exhausted, on information overload and have a long list of things that I want to learn more about or implement. The last few weeks have been very busy for me so that list is still waiting. It will have to wait a little more as I am attending the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Kingston this weekend.

If you ever get the chance to attend a genealogical conference, be it a regional conference or a national one, please take the chance. You won’t regret it. Just remember the comfortable shoes!

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NGS 2012 Conference Cincinnati Ohio Day 3

It had to be an early start on day three of the conference because at 8 am Elizabeth Shown Mills was presenting “Okay, I ‘Got the Neighbours’: Now What Do I Do with Them.” I knew this was going to be a crowded lecture so I got there extra early.

This was a good thing because it gave me the opportunity to chat with the people around me. Right next to me was Tonya Hull and what a pleasant surprise to learn that she reads my blog. Thank you for the support Tonya I appreciate it. It was nice to meet you at the conference. Behind me was my friend Lisa Alzo.

Elizabeth’s lecture was fantastic. I always learn something new from her lectures.

The next lecture was “Cloud Storage and Backup,” still trying to learn as much as I can on the subject.

The last lecture of the day was sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists called “When Do I Link in, Tweet, Facebook, or Flickr? Social Media for the Professional Genealogist.” This is a balance I am working on. If one more new social media program comes out I will have no time for anything else.

The day ended with a dinner for those of us connected to the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Louise St. Denis hosted the meal at the Rockbottom Micro Brewery Pub in Fountain Square. Lisa Alzo and Gena Philibert-Ortega were among those in attendance.

The Cincinnati Reds were playing a home game so we were lucky to get a table so quickly for a large group. The meal was wonderful. I had a mango ice tea which was just mango and ice tea nothing else added. It was delicious. My main meal was a hazelnut crusted chicken breast with a dried cherry sauce and white cheddar mash potatoes. The whole meal was fantastic.

After dinner we wandered to the other side of the square and went to Graeter’s Ice Cream. I had a black raspberry chip ice cream – Yum!

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NGS 2012 Conference Cincinnati Ohio Day 2

Day two was another early start. There is no such thing as sleeping in at a conference.

The only lecture I attended on this day was the first one at 8 am. It was “Storing Your Tree in the Cloud: Online Management of your Data.” This is a topic that is still very new to me so the lecture was a good learning tool.

I spent the rest of the day wandering around the marketplace.

Findmypast.com had a booth there and I spoke with Brian Speckart who also shared a table with me at the FamilySearch blogger/media dinner. Brian told me that in the summer of 2012 there will be a subscription available that will include the findmypast websites from Ireland, the UK, Australia and the main .com website. The subscription will also include the British Newspaper Archive.

Brightsolid own findmypast and Scotlandspeople. I have used Scotlandspeople from the time it started and it is a wonderful website.

Ancestry and FamilySearch were very prominent in the marketplace. There were a lot of companies to help write, present and publish your family story. The usual associations and societies were in attendance.

The one thing that I miss from the modern marketplace is books. I love to use books and have a large reference library. I did get the fourth edition of John Grenham’s “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors.”

One down point was the absence of the Certificate of Irish Heritage booth. I was really looking forward to finding out more about them. I was not the only one because many people walked past our booth looking for them.

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NGS 2012 Conference Cincinnati Ohio Day 1

We arrived at the marketplace early on Wednesday to make sure that we had everything ready for the opening. This was the only day I was able to connect to the internet at the conference centre. The connection was busy for the rest of the conference.

The first lecture I was going to attend was “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments Into the Genealogical Narrative.” I left the booth 10 minutes before the lecture started and was unable to get a seat when I arrived. Thank goodness they recorded this one so I bought the recording.

The only other lecture I attended on this day was called “Snagit for Genealogists” which was very interesting. I have been thinking about getting this program and the lecture helped me make a decision. We were also given a free trial CD of Snagit.

I interviewed Lisa Louise Cooke who was in the booth next to ours. Look for the interview on this blog in the future.

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