Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vault Vednesday: Conference Conflagration Conglomeration

2010 NGS Family History ConferenceIn today’s edition of Vault Vednesday I’ll talk about the plethora of conferences schedules for the days before the NGS Family History Conference. And I’ll spotlight some awards garnered by the microfilm operations in the vault.

Pre- and Post-Conferences and Workshops

Not since the Great Seagull Conflagration Conglomeration of ‘92 (a result of one of my kids dropping a sandwich on the beach) have I seen such a large aggregation. This time, however, it is not seagulls but genealogy conferences and workshops. As if you didn’t have enough reasons to attend the NGS Conference already!

Here’s the NGS Conference, itself:

Conference Dates (2010) Audience Cost
2010 NGS Conference 28 April – 1 May
Wednesday-Saturday
Anyone excited to attend a premiere national conference and anyone else who has ancestors or a brain. $210 NGS member
$245 other
$100 single day

 

Here are the pre-conference conferences and workshops. Notice that the three BYU conferences usually held on campus are being held in Salt Lake City this year to accommodate attendees wishing to attend the NGS conference. Most of these do not require NGS registration. The exceptions might be the BCG Education Fund and the Librarians’ Program. If you have questions about these two, e-mail registration@ngsgenealogy.org or call (703) 525-0050 ext. 112.

Conference Dates (2010) Audience Cost
BYU Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy 26-27 April
Monday-Tuesday
Anyone excited to attend a premiere regional conference or wanting an entire week of fun. $120
$25 student
FamilySearch Developer's Conference 27 April
Tuesday
Programmers excited about restful APIs, Flex, .NET, PHP, C#, XML, etc. Oh yeah, and genealogy. $75
$50 early
$25 student
BCG Education Fund Workshop
27 April
8:45am-4pm
Tuesday
NGS registrants excited about learning early handwriting and synchronized research & reporting.
Limited to 60.
$90
Lunch included. Register using NGS registration
Beginner’s Workshop 27 April
9-noon
Tuesday
Beginners and those wanting to refresh their skills. Learn where to start and how to handle information from a wide variety of records. $30
Register using NGS registration
Family History Consultant Training Seminar 27 April
Tuesday
Family History Consultants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Free
No registration required
Librarians’ Program 27 April
8:45am-4pm
Tuesday
Librarian NGS registrants excited to serve genealogists. Free
Register using NGS registration
Brigham Young University Family History Technology Workshop 28 April
Wednesday
Scholars excited about academic papers, bilateral filters, hidden-Markov models, statistical analysis (and genealogy). $75 advance
$85 door
$35 student

 

Here are the post-conference workshops. NGS conference registration is not required. Use the NGS conference registration to register for these workshops. If you have any questions, e-mail registration@ngsgenealogy.org or call (703) 525-0050 ext. 112.

Workshop Dates (2010) Audience Cost
Genealogy 101 1 May, 9-noon,
Saturday
Beginners and those wanting to refresh their skills. Learn where to start and how to handle information from a wide variety of records. $40 or free*
box lunch included
Genealogy 201 1 May, 9-noon,
Saturday
Genealogists with some experience. Organize and maximize information from paper, microfilm, and digital sources. $40 or free*
box lunch included
Genealogy Kids Camp 1 May, 9-noon,
Saturday
Kids grades 4 through 12. Fun classes, games, storytelling, Genealogy merit badge classes. Free
Space is limited

* Free (without box lunch) for NGS registrants.

Pre-registration must be postmarked by 12 April 2010. There are just 18 days left.
The conference begins 28 April 2010. There are just 34 days left.

Vault Awards

Van A Neiswender, left, honored for microfilm advancements In 1971 Van A. Neiswender (left, in the photograph)“was presented the third annual ‘Pioneer in Dry Photography Award’ by Kalvar Corp., New Orleans, for his ‘important contributions’ to the microfilming programs of [FamilySearch] and particularly for his part in establishing its extensive branch microfilm library.”

Kodak presents plaque to Elder Boyd K Packer, left Kodak recognized FamilySearch for its 50 year partnership in 1989. Company president, Kay Whitmore (center, in the photograph) presented a plaque to Elder Boyd K. Packer (left) and Richard W. Elbert, Jr. (right).



Sources

     "Microfilm Firm Honors Utahn," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 24 February 1971, p. 18 A, cols. 1-2; digital images (http://news.google.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009). Neiswender, 100 branches.
     "Kodak Commemorates 50 Years of Helping LOS Church Meet Its Microfilming Needs," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 24 February 1989, p. B 9, cols. 1-3; digital images (http://news.google.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009).

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