Wednesday, 25 May 2022
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.
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.
Ancestors on “Judge Judy”: Using Chancery Records in Virginia
with W Samuel Williams, MDiv.
Chaos: Managing a Genealogical Project with Rebecca Whitman
Koford, CG, CGL
Questions Than Answers? Consider Conducting a Broad Contextual Study
with Jill Morelli, CG
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
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...