What is GeneaSpy?

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

NGS 2022 Sacramento: Day 4 - Last Day

Saturday, 28 May 2022


   Day 4 – Last Day! Saturday… One last day to get in some quality learning. This conference has been a success in every way, from accommodations and food to the volunteers and organization. The local host, the California Genealogical Society, has been incredibly helpful throughout the conference. I’ve encountered no problems to speak of. How is this so? I think everyone involved, including the attendees, wanted to make this go smooth after a two-year hiatus. Lots of happy smiling faces and people wanting to make new friends is just the icing on the cake. As NGS moves forward year after year with new conferences in different cities, I shall return to attend.


Today’s Classes

·      Finding Migrating Families: Tracing Elusive Ancestors Using Cluster Research with Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

·      Filling in the Blanks: Identifying Mary and Sweet Baby James with Amy Larner Giroux, Ph.D., CG, CGL

·      Organize Like an Archivist with Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS

·      NGS LUNCHEON -- Colored Citizens of Coloma and the Life of Rufus Burgess with Jonathan Burgess

·      Following Land and Slaves: Analyzing Original Deeds from a Burned, Extinct County with Amy Larner Giroux, Ph.D., CG, CGL

·      Linking Generations: Using Court and Land Records with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL



Got Photos? I do…


Last day!

Got NGS? I do!

My first time hearing Amy Giroux speak!

I sat in the back corner of almost every class

Good friend Nancy Loe with long hair!

NGS Luncheon

Friend Jim Beidler signing his book to me

The spacious lobby

An impromptu meeting of Genealogists

My new friend Connie Knox!

The great Judy Russell

Farewell Sacramento!

Beautiful Sacramento




Thank you to the National Genealogical Society!

See you next year!

Monday, June 6, 2022

NGS 2022 Sacramento: Day 3

 Friday, 27 May 2022


   Day 3! Friday seems to be the highlight of every NGS conference. With the anticipation of the big banquet and awards given out later in the evening, the fact that we’re all adjusted to class times, and the layout of the conference center, everyone seems to be more in-tune and cheerful. At the banquet, I chose a far-off corner with no one there yet, and then, one by one, my friends started showing up!


Today’s Classes

·      Narrative Genealogies, Lineages, Pedigrees with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG

·      Write it Now, Get it Right Later: Start-to-Finish Tips for Genealogy Writing with J. H. "Jay" Fonkert, CG

·      What’s in a Name: Name Changes and the Law with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

·      PALATINES TO AMERICA LUNCHEON -- Bullion Bend: Confederate Stagecoach Robbers in California—Oh My! with William E. "Bill" Cole

·      Historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Tools for Genealogical Research with Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

·      From South to West: The Southern Diaspora in The United States with Cheri Hudson Passey

·      NGS Banquet and Reception with Andre Kearns on Revealing Our Full American Mosaic with Andre Kearns



Got Photos? I do…

Another black shirt; Remembering Russ Worthington

A chart I made with my ancestor's birthplaces

Just to confuse everyone

Rick Sayer's class

A documentary showing at the conference

Cheri Hudson Passey's class

My good friend Cheri Hudson Passey




Selfie Corner

Katherine Willson, Cheri Passy, & moi

With good friend Kathleen Kaldis

Around the exhibition hall...

My friend Jim Beidler manning the PA desk

From Janet Hovorka's company, Family Chart Masters

Last day next...

Saturday, June 4, 2022

NGS 2022 Sacramento: Day 2

Thursday, 26 May 2022


   Day 2! My morning has a routine now… Shower, Starbucks, and social media. Then, check the Whova app for updates and my class schedule, and head to class across the street. No rental cars, no Uber, just walk… Love it!


A working breakfast

Ready, set, go...

Today’s Classes

·      Assembling Research Results with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG

·      Appreciating Conflicting Evidence: Analysis and Resolution Develops Broader Research with Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

·      Follow the Trail of Records and DNA from Ireland to Oregon (1810-1860) with Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

·      BCG LUNCHEON -- Exploring Family History Around the Globe with David Ouimette, CG, CGL

·      Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity with Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

·      Margaret’s Mother: Using DNA to Solve a Mystery with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL


   Why do I always choose the most challenging lectures? Well, you either sink or swim, right? I tend to just tread water, though. I am just thankful for the syllabus to re-read when I get home. Today was the first time to hear Judy Russell in-person since Raleigh in 2017, 5 years ago! She did not disappoint! Yes, I like all the speakers, but Judy takes the cake.   


   As you can see, in my blog posts I do not critique the lectures or even recap them. Why? Education is personal for me. Did I get as much out of the session than my friend sitting right next to me? Maybe, maybe more, or maybe less. It’s personal. If you want to know “the secrets”, book your next flight to NGS in Richmond.



Got Photos? I do…

Let the day begin!

I spy my friend, Ron Arons keeping his lead in check

Speaker Rebecca Koford

Rebecca Koford's advice

Karen Stanbary's title screen

The BCG luncheon I attended

David Ouimette speaking during the BCG luncheon 

Nancy Peters' title screen

Judy Russell's title screen




Selfie Corner

My 5th. cousin, Nathan White

My friend Deborah Sweeney

My friend Ari Wilkins

My friend Daniel Horowitz

My new friend Angela Breidenbach

In the conference hall...

The SLIG booth with Kristy Sexton and Liz Miller

New President & CEO Angela Breidenbach

A meeting of the minds

Daniel Horowitz and MyHeritage

The ICAPGen booth with Connie Knox gathering info

Dinner time...

I love room service and quiet!

Day 3 next...