Showing posts with label NGS 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NGS 2013. Show all posts

Friday, May 3, 2013

NGS Packing Ideas

I'm starting to pack for NGS in Las Vegas.  And I just read Julie Miller's blog on the NGS Conference blog about drinking water.  Drink Lots of Water.  I live in the desert so I know that water is important.  If you lips are dry or chapped, or if you are getting headaches, I suggest you start drinking more water.  Her suggestion of a glass an hour is good.  If you aren't waiting in line for the restroom, you probably aren't drinking enough water.

So, what am I packing?  I'm taking eye drops.  And chapstick.  And hand lotion.  And, of course a jacket, or sweater, or shawl, for those air-conditioned rooms. 

After those necessities, I've started getting together all of my power cords, charging devices, and electronic things that I'll need during the week.  Do I need an extension cord for length or in order to plug in more than one charger in the ONLY accessible electrical outlet in my room? 

Now, on to the conference stuff.  My syllabus pages.  My "homework" for Tuesday's class.  Business cards, printed up at home, to make it easier to share my contact info.  Pen/pencil and notepad for taking notes during sessions;  or for making notes about people I meet.  An old conference tote (that I modified) that I may or may not use.  (I like one that has handles long enough to put over my shoulder.)  Then what about a lanyard?  Do you have one with a separate pocket for your room key that you like to use?  While I appreciate the items that the conference sponsors provide, sometimes older is better.  But then, sometimes newer is better.  So, thank you conference sponsors. 

Oh, yes.  Comfortable shoes, because I'm sure I'll be walking a lot, including around the Exhibitor Hall.  And...Clothes.  Well, I can fit some in.  I don't want to be arrested for indecent exposure in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas?  Well.  Hope to see you there. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why Genealogy Conferences?

Tina Lyons asked this question of Ambassadors to the FGS conference that will be held in August in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Unfortunately I'm unable to attend FGS this year but I am going to two other conferences.  I'll be at NGS (next week)  and Jamboree (next month).   So, why do I go?  I go

1)  To learn.  I consider myself an intermediate researcher, but I have numerous "brick walls."  And I'm not comfortable with some types of records.  So I go to attend sessions to help me with the "gaps" I feel I have.  And I've been know to attend 3 sessions during 2 conferences on the same or similar topic because I want to get different perspectives.

2)  To find out what's new.  The exhibit/vendor hall is an important part of my conference experience.  Where else can I learn about what's new?  And I can ask questions about what it does, how it works, what I can gain from using it, etc.  Reading blogs is another way I learn about what's new, so I look forward to reading other's blogs to see what they have learned.  Because I definitely don't always know the "right" questions to ask.

3)  To buy books, CDs, DVDs,  postcards and stuff.  I have to set a budget, but this is the place where I can touch and look through books to see if they have info that I want.  (I really have trouble buying books without touching them first.)  The CDs and DVDs are for my continuing education.  Postcards and other stuff help me add interest to my writing.  (And I really don't like to shop.  But this is different!!)

4)  To be around others who have a passion for genealogy.  I've met great people.  But I haven't been very good at getting the meeting into the start of a long-term relationship.  I'm not really a "party" person, and I don't function well staying up late.  Because I attend sessions almost every time period, I'm not networking.  This is something I really want to get better at.

5)  To return home energized.  Oh, I'm often so tired when I get home.  My mind is on overload with all of the new information.  I have these new ideas, new techniques to try, new web sites to look at, etc.  BUT, I also have so many ideas to help me with my research and my writing.  Too bad that life still interferes with genealogy once I return.

So why are you going?  Or why aren't you?  Hope to see you in a session or in the exhibit hall.  Please say Hi.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hear Ye!! Arizona Genealogists/Researchers

Dear Arizona Genealogists and Family Researchers,

(I should also include those of you who live in California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, etc.)

Anyway, this is to let you know (or remind you) that you have two great opportunities to attend conferences fairly near to where we live.  YES!! Two Large conferences NEAR Arizona.  Within a one day's drive; or reasonable air line rates and a short flight time with NO layovers. 

May 8-11 is the NGS (National Genealogical Society) conference in Las Vegas.  Yes, the city of .....???  As usual, the program and speakers look exciting.  I know the exhibit hall will be great.  And there are optional pre-event tours and activities that are both entertaining and educational.  There's even a Night Tour, with guides, that includes the Strip, Downtown, the pawn shop that is featured on "Pawn Stars" and lights, and lights, and more lights.  The Las Vegas hotel, casino and convention facilities are all under one roof, and just about 10 minutes from McCarran airport.  And if you drive, parking is free.  (More money for the slot machines?)  This website provides complete information.

June 6-9 is the SCGS (Southern California Genealogical Society) Jamboree.  This great conference is in Burbank, California, right across from the Burbank Airport.  So flight arrangements are easy, if you wish to fly.  While Jamboree is presented by a local/regional society, it can boast of nationally-known speakers, quality facilities and an exciting exhibit hall.  The hotel and conference hall are about 25 yards apart, across a grassy area (Yes, green grass!!!) and the entire conference is on one level.  See this web site for all of the details.

So which one will I see you at?  Check out the web sites.  Let me know. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

NGS 2012 - Day 3

It's been a long day.  Sessions were generally OK.  However, the most unexpected topic was the one that I really needed the most.  Dr. William B Saxbe, Jr spoke at 4 pm today on "How to be a Bad Genealogist."  I expected some humor.  But this session had us all in laughs for the full hour.  This was a great way to end the day.  If you ever have a chance to hear Dr. Saxbe speak on this topic, and you need a laugh, make sure to attend this session.

I didn't go to any truly crowded sessions, but I'll order CDs for them. 

While Tom Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills had full classes in the largest room, according to some other attendees two other sessions (held in smaller rooms) also had to turn some people away.  "Pursuing your Genealogical Research in the Library of Congress without traveling to Washington, D.C." by James Sweany and John T Humphrey's "German Language Skills for the Genealogist".  Isn't it great to see the wide variety of choices?

Every time I walked by the 1940 indexing station, the computers were full.  What a great way to get more indexers.  While you index two projects, someone is right there to answer questions.   

I'm making my list of sessions for tomorrow.  I also need to get my CD order organized so I can turn it in during the morning.  The vendor hall closes at 3 tomorrow so lunch time will be my last opportunity to make sure I haven't missed anything. 

I've been talking to people who have ipads and other devices.  I'm trying to decide what I want to replace my heavy laptop while I'm traveling.  I definitely want a full-sized keyboard, since I touch type.  I'm not sure I can deal with a keyboard on the screen.  I appreciate all of the people who have shown me their "devices" and told me what they liked about then and what they might buy now, whether it is the same thing or something different.

It's time to get my two (minimum) projects indexed tonight.  Then it's to bed.  I think.  Some music is reaching my room from street level (and I'm on the 28th floor).  The front desk doesn't know where it's coming from.  I'm afraid it's going to be a late night of entertainment for others, and "secondary music" for me until after 11.  I hope not, but I'll deal with it.

Remember Las Vegas, 8-11 May, 2013.