Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Day 1! The morning began with the Plenary Session at 8:00 AM. My friend Kathryn Doyle, who is President of the National Genealogical Society, gave the opening remarks and welcomed us to four days of genealogical learning. Following was Dr. Gordon H. Chang from Stanford University and his incredible story about the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad. A remarkable journey through this important part of California history. My friend Kathryn Doyle, who is President of the National Genealogical Society, gave the opening remarks and welcomed us to four days of genealogical learning.
With more than 160 lectures to choose from in a four-day period is hard! Sometimes, I choose the subject matter, but sometimes I choose just because of the speaker, like Tom Jones and Judy Russell! I picked all my lectures before arriving in Sacramento. I also purchased the syllabus for the whole conference on a flash drive, so I will not miss other lectures completely.
· Your Ancestors on “Judge Judy”: Using Chancery Records in Virginia with W Samuel Williams, MDiv.
· Controlling Chaos: Managing a Genealogical Project with Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
· More Questions Than Answers? Consider Conducting a Broad Contextual Study with Jill Morelli, CG
· It Gets Even Better Offline with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Today was the first time I heard Sam Williams speak in person. I have been friends with him on social media for a while and finally met him face to face. An incredibly talented speaker and deeply knowledgeable about Virginia records. I liked how he asked the class what counties they were researching in, and then he would give them tips on where to look. He also would say, “Oh, I lived there.” or “I pass through that county almost every day.”
I had lunch at a local delicatessen with my paternal 5th. cousin, Nathan White, a retired Judge from McKinney, Texas. A side note: We confirmed our match, not just on paper, but through DNA using GEDmatch! Thank you, Katherine Borges and FamilyTreeDNA!
Got Photos? I do…
|I got in early to see how big the hall was!|
|NGS President Katherine Doyle|
|The classroom corridor before the onslaught|
|Each room had easily readable posters|
|First class! Sam Williams!|
|Rebecca Koford's title screen|
Note: All photos were given permission to take. Peace.
Day 2 next...