#NGS2017Gen Raleigh NGS Excitement

The Pre-NGS Conference fun begins in the morning!  I and fellow blogger J Paul Hawthorne, along with others,  will be busy learning at the Putting Skills To Work by the BCG Education Fund.  The event features Nancy A. Peters, CG, “Make Your Case: Correlating Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems” followed by Sara Ann Scribner, CG teaching “Making Your Case: Constructing and Writing Proof Arguments”.

I am looking forward to learning some new skills and meeting new people.  While we are learning other attendees will be visiting plantations, researching at the archives, or enjoying some of the museums and historic sites Raleigh has to offer.  I hope everyone at the conference has a chance to explore outside the conference center and their hotels.   Remember to check at your hotel for a list of nearby restaurants and things to do.  I can highly recommend The Pit Authentic Barbecue at 328 W. Davie, check out the offerings here:  Menu

Packed, Ready, NGS here I come #NGS2017GEN

I am packed for the National Genealogical Conference  in Raleigh.  Yes, I am a tad early.  Luckily for me, the first part of my trip is a visit with mom and dad in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. 

That, however, accelerated my packing since I drove with one of my daughters to Kings Mountain.

My parents have been keeping me busy baking, cooking, helping out, and spending time together. We did have a nice outing to the Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  The area is picturesque and the home has stunning views.  They also had a a bunch of newborn goats (Mrs. Sandburg was a champion goat breeder), two sets of twins, one set of triplets and two mothers ready to give birth in the goat barn.  More information on the Sandburg home can be found at https://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm.

I wanted to share a few of my must haves for the conference with those of you who are getting ready: 

Layers – sweaters, tanks, shirts, lightweight coat (you never know). 

Walking shoes – dress for comfort not style.

Compact portable charger (external battery pack).

Belkin Mini Surge Protector.

USB’s, I have an addiction according to my family – really can you ever have too many? Just in case..

Name/address labels and or printed labels to save time at exhibitor booth.  
[I printed some that include my email contact on some Avery labels]

Business cards for networking.

Mobile hotspot – probably not necessary for all but I need it for client work.  I am spoiled having it at hand, I like “not sharing” my internet with everyone else at events.

My humidifier – My cohort Leslie Carney and I usually ask for one in our room when we are at conferences, we feel better with that extra moisture in the room.  Most hotels have them for the asking.  This time I am bringing one from home since I am traveling by car.

My list of books in my library via the Library Thing App, to prevent purchasing books already in my library.

NGS 2017 Conference App downloaded and schedule marked.  

DNA login info for all the accounts I have – for those questions I have for the various vendors.

What are you must haves for a conference?



Today is the LAST day for Pre-Registration for the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh! #NGS2017GEN

This is an event you will not want to miss!  The conference has vast offerings to expand your genealogical knowledge.    Some of the tracks offered are BCG Skillbuilding, DNA, Research Planning, North Carolina, Historical Context, Working with Records, Methodology and so, so much more.

We have some wonderful speakers lined up including some of my personal favorites Judy G. Russell, Cari A. Taplin, Angela Packer McGhie, Rick Sayre, Pamela Sayre,  and Lisa Louise Cooke.  A full list of classes and speakers may be found at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/.

Registration fees:

Full Registration (by 27 April)         Member     $240     Non-Member     $275
One Day Registration (by 27 April) Member     $110     Non-Member     $120
Social Events registration closes 27 April 2017

You can register now online at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

Already registered?  Today is the last day to add to your reservation.  To add a banquet, luncheon, or “Pig Picken”, sign into http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.
After 27 April you must register in person at the Raleigh Conference Center.  Site registration opens at noon on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

Live Streaming prices are valid until midnight, 14 May 2017 EST.  Please see options for Livestream and On-Demand Streaming Access at http://www.playbackngs.com/7770.

NGS Registration for All Ticket Events Closes 27 April 2017

Only a few more days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  On-site registration will begin at noon on 9 May 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops also closes on 27 April 2017. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. For conference information and to register, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. The conference program, Family History Lives Here, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is the focus of fifty-seven lectures. Among the types of records discussed are a wide range of religious records, military and associated records, North Carolina and regional U.S. records, and African American and Native American records. Luncheons and the NGS Banquet Participating organizations sponsor several meal events during the conference. Seats are still available for some of the luncheons, the NCGS Society Host Event “Pig Pickin’”, and the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, who used his investigative skills to find his birth mother. Make your reservations now at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. Page 2 of 2 Add Items to an Existing Registration To add to your current registration, log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program! Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Can’t make it to NGS? Sign up for Live Streaming #NGS2017GEN

NGS To Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures
During the Family History Conference in May

ARLINGTON, VA, 17 April 2017 — The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten important genealogy lectures during the May 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five lectures focus on DNA’s role in genealogical research. The other five from the BCG Skillbuilding track will center on building a family researcher’s skills and expertise. These lectures will be among more than 175 offered at the conference, 10−13 May 2017. Details about the live streaming program, plus additional conference recordings, can be found on the PlaybackNGS Website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally recognized speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for a one day or a two day pass.

  • Track One: Viewers will be able to stream five lectures on “DNA” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11 May 2017. These lectures will demonstrate how DNA has revolutionized genealogy problem solving, clarified contradictions in records, and found female ancestors without a known maiden name. They will also offer advice on the best practices for analyzing autosomal DNA.
  • Track Two: Five “BCG Skillbuilding” lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will be live streamed from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 12 May 2017. This set of lectures will teach how to probe documents beyond the obvious, find rich evidence in deeds, use an ancestors’ neighbors, prepare a Genealogical Proof Summary, and build a solid conclusion from disparate evidence.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight, 10 May 2017, to watch the sessions in real time and as they happen. The Livestream special-value conference pricing will continue to be available for purchase until midnight, 14 May 2017, and will provide video streamed on-demand. After 14 May, the ten video sessions are available to order with the Video Pass package on the Conference Recordings page. All registrants of packages will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference Syllabus.

Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants on 9 May 2017.

Track
Selection
Included
Formats
Member
Price
Non-Member
Price

Track Descriptions

One Day Pass (track one or track two) 5 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access  $95.00 $115.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,
or 
BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.
Two Days Pass (track one andtrack two) 10 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access $150.00 $185.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,
and 
BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.

NGS has selected Playback Now to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Conference participants can benefit by selecting different presentations while attending the conference and expanding their overall conference experience. They will have three months following the conference to view and repeat the video live streaming sessions (through 13 August 2017), and six months following the conference to stream or download audio files.

Reminder: If you are attending the 4-day event in Raleigh, online conference registration will close on 27 April 2017. Registration by mail must be postmarked by 27 April. Registration in person opens at noon on Tuesday, 9 May at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. 

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Meet ups at NGS #2017GEN

At just about every conference, groups attempt to meet up.  The meetups allow group members a chance to meet people that they have never met in person and allow for new friendships and business acquaintances.  It also gives members of the groups that are acquainted with each other to catch up with one another.

I am not familiar with all the groups.  I do attempt to attend meetups involving ProGen – which this conference will be meeting on May 11th, 5:00 pm in room 307 of the conference center.  If you are or were part of a ProGen Study Group please RSVP with hosts Angela McGhie and Greg Lovelace at greg@part-of-the-tree.com.

Check and see if any of your groups are meeting up.  Groups that usually meet up are DAR, APGEN [Associtation of Professional Genealogist], Geneabloggers, societies, BU [Boston University].

New Ancestry Database: US Army Transport Service, Passenger List1910-1939

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, Ancestry today launched a database that includes all of the passenger lists for the American troop ships going to and from Europe during WWI, and beyond. The records include the name of next of kin, among other details that might not now be easy to find, thanks to the 1974 fire at the NPRC.
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939
I ran both my grandfathers through the passenger lists and found quite a bit of information.
  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private 1st Class, of Bethany Illinois was part of Company B 129th Infantry and traveled to France from Hoboken, New Jersey on 10 May 1918 aboard the USS Covington. Father Henry Clark listed as next of kin.
  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private, departed on 4 Jan 1919 from Saint Nazaire, France aboard the SS Huron.  Mother Mary Clark of Laplace Illinois.  Full name of the organization including co and regimental designation:  Saint Aignan Casual Company no 413 Regional Section No. 3.
  • William A Skibbe no 2004891, Private, of North Judson, Indiana was placed in unit Headquarters Company 47th Infantry.  He was transported to France from Hoboken, New Jersey aboard the Princess Matoika on 10 May 1918.  Next of kin listed was William Skibbe.
  • William A. Skibbe, no 2004891, Private 1st Class of North Judson, Indiana was part of Headquarters Company 47th Infantry traveled from Brest, France on 16 Jul 1919 to Hoboken, New Jersy arriving on 27 Jul 1919, aboard the US Mobile.  His father Mr. William Skibbe was listed as in case of emergency.
Tomorrow I will start searching for both Otis and William’s brothers and cousins among the database.  I cannot wait to see what I can find.

Happy Hunting 

NGS Conference – Pig Pickn’

I was recently talking to some North Carolina folks about the Pig Pickin’ dinner offered through the NGS Conference.  I was told it was an event to attend and that North Carolinians really knew how throw a barbeque.  I was worried since I am quite allergic to pork but after reading the menu description I found that the menu consisted of pork, fish (another allergy), and chicken!.  Sides include fried okra, mac and cheese, collard greens, hush puppies, rolls, cornbread, and desserts!  They also have a vegetarian option for those that request it during registration.  I happily have signed up for the dinner.

Also at the Pig Pickn’ will be an award winning bluegrass band called The Grass Cats.  Artisans will have their wares for sale.  So far there will be a glass blower, goat soap maker, wooden bowls, painter, glass blower, metal worker, tinsmith and so much more.

The cost of the outing is $45 which includes round trip transportation, food. and the entertainment.  All and all, a wonderful price for all that is included.  I am happy that I chose to go back into my registration and add this wonderful event.  Additional information about the event may be found on the NGS site, the registration brochure and the NGS blog.  Hope to see you there!
#NGS2017GEN