Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Blogging from the NGS Conference in Richmond

While awaiting the opening of the National Genealogical Society’s conference in Richmond, VA, I have gone through the schedule to decide which of the many talks I will attend.  Each time slot offers nine or ten presentations.  Of course, since the conference is being held in Virginia, many deal with topics related to research in that state.

What I found interesting was the number of topics of interest to those researching German ancestors. Beginning on Thursday morning, the following talks on German topics will be offered.

“Searching for a Pennsylvania German Ancestor” - James M. Beidler
“300 Years in Virginia: The Germanna Colonies and Their Legacy” – Katherine Lowe Brown
“Researching a Hessian Soldier in the American Revolution” – Craig Roberts Scott
“How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in Pennsylvania German Research” – Michael D. Lacopo
“Contrasting German Migrations: 18th Century vs. 19th Century Waves” – James M. Beidler
“How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family History Research” – F. Warren Bittner
“German Gazetteers and Levels of Jurisdiction” – F. Warren Bittner
“Using Historic German Newspapers Online” – Ernest Thode
“German Village Not Yet Found?” – Carolyn Louise Whitton
“German 301: Going Beyond German Church Records” – James Marion Baker

Of course, unless you are going to be at the conference, it will be impossible for you to actually attend these presentations.  However, all is not lost.  Each of these talks is being recorded by a company called JAMB.  After the conference is over, the sessions that have been recorded, including the ones listed above, will be offered on the website www.jamb-inc.com.  Each tape is currently $12.00.  Considering the cost of actually attending the conference, the price of a tape is cheap.

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