What is GeneaSpy?

GeneaSpy is an amateur genealogist who attends national, regional, and local genealogical conferences, who likes to take photos and meet people.

Friday, June 2, 2017

NGS 2017 Raleigh: A Photo Recap; Day 2

Day 2; Thursday, 11 May 2017

 Day two was all about learning and the first full day of classes I could attend. I met several new people today and people that I only knew from Facebook. It's nice to actually hear someone speak. I attended my first paid luncheon with LaBrenda Garret-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, as the speaker. She gave an important and eye-opening lecture on Genealogy from the African-American perspective. After the all day class schedule, I was beat and decided to just relax in my hotel room and order dinner in. After falling asleep a little after 9:00 pm I was awoken by a loud noise outside. I sprung out of bed to find the hotel was being slammed by massive wind and rain. I thought we were being hit by a hurricane... LOL. Lightning flashes all throughout the sky too! This San Diego boy is not used to this! I turned on the news only to see a little ticker tape saying that a severe thunderstorm was moving through Wake County. Later, because I couldn't sleep now, on the 10 o'clock news they showed the radar images. It was gone within an hour... weird!

Classes I attended:

  • Finding Georgia Records with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA (filling in for my friend Kristen Harms).
  • Info Overload? Effective Project Management, Research, Data Management & Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA.
  • Solving Complex Problems With Tax Lists with Gail Miller CG.
  • BCG Luncheon with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, "Condemnation of Memory: Recalling That African American Genealogy Is American Genealogy".
  • The Virginia-North Carolina Connection with Barbara Vines Little CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS.
  • Baptist Ancestors in Tennessee and the Carolinas with Lori Thornton, MLIS. 

Now for the pictures!



Most of the rooms were large and very comfortable.

The line for Elizabeth Shown Mills.

The line for Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Claudia Breland, who was speaking on DNA at the conference.

Elizabeth Shown Mills classroom.

ESM preparing for the large crowd. 


Looks like it was too crowded for Gordon Remington (walking).


A fan of LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson speaking at the BCG Luncheon.

Roger Moffat (standing) talking with DNA expert Blaine Bettinger.

Karen Jones (L) talking with Paula Furick.


Lisa Louise Cook doing her classes in the hall.  Always sold out!

Re-visiting the SLIG booth.

I caught NGS official photographer, Scott Stewart, unaware!


Scott Stewart, official photographer of the event.


Dinner in my room! That pizza was very filling!

Severe storm slams the hotel.

Just a little wind and rain... LOL

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