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GeneaSpy is an avid genealogist who attends national, regional, and local genealogical conferences, to learn about genealogy.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

NGS 2016 Fort Lauderdale: Day 4 (Last)

Last day! Always bittersweet. This will be a shorter day as classes stop earlier and the exhibition hall closes earlier so they can start packing up everything. I was supposed to go on an evening river cruise with my SLIG Marketing team, but I would have to miss the last class, which I have been waiting for, so I stayed for the class. Good thing I did! The class entitled “Tarheels and Carolina Records” by J. Mark Lowe shed light on a family mystery of mine for many, many years. Why did my ancestor move all the way from Maine down to North Carolina a few years after the Civil War? As Mr. Lowe pointed out, North Carolina was the textile hub in the South and they needed more skilled labor, so they started a recruitment campaign in northern states. And guess what occupation my ancestor was in the census? A Tailor! Then he said, after a while a lot of them moved to north Alabama. That’s exactly what my ancestor did! He moved to Birmingham, Alabama in the mid-1880’s with his family and continued his tailoring business. That little info was worth the whole price of the conference!

 Schedule Day 4: Saturday, 7 May 2016
·       “Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success” – Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
·       “West Florida Pre-1830: the History, the People, and the Records” – Sharon Monson
·       “Online Antebellum Research for the Early 1800’s in Florida” – James Baker, PhD, CG
·       NGS Luncheon “Light Bulbs and A-ha Moments: Tales of Learning and Understanding” – Michael G. Hait, CG
·        “Okay, I “Got the Neighbors”—Now What Do I Do With Them?!” – Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

·       “Tarheels and Carolina Records” – J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Last Day!

Going down.

1st. class of the last day.

Superstar J. Mark Lowe!

Mind Mapping Wizard, Ron Arons.

Good friend, Peggy Lauritzen. I miss her big hats!

Dessert at the NGS Luncheon.

Michael Hait at the NGS Luncheon.

First conference I missed a Tom Jones lecture!

Three letters -- ESM!

Pack it up Charlie, we're going to Raleigh!

Closing the exhibitor hall.

Spare of the moment sign, but was very helpful!

4:00 PM --Last class of the conference.

Good friend, Lisa Alzo.

One last look from the Hilton Marina. Beautiful!

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