The 2015 annual conference of the National Genealogical Society has arrived—or more accurately—I have arrived at the 2015 annual conference of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). Just because you didn’t come, doesn’t mean you can’t attend sessions from the comfort of your own home or office.
Once again, NGS is offering live streaming of some of the most popular sessions. Sessions can be viewed live or at a more convenient time. Access to the recorded sessions extends through 16 August 2015. Sessions can be purchased in two tracks. Each costs $65 for NGS members or $80 to non-members. Both can be purchased for $155 and $145, respectively.
For more information, and to sign up, visit http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming.
Day One: The Immigration & Naturalization Process
Day one offers information on immigration and naturalization records, uncovering the immigrants story, and useful hints on how to discover their home town.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
8:00 a.m. T205 — The Journey to America: Federal Passenger Ship Records, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. As immigration legislation in the United States became more restrictive, the information on passenger-ship records became more robust.
9:30 a.m. T215 — Becoming an American: Naturalization Records, Julie Miller, CG. This lecture will examine naturalizations in the United States. It will discuss the naturalization process, records that were generated, and how to locate them.
11:00 a.m. T225 — Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors, John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA. Three 19th-century case studies demonstrate the original records and published materials available to discover the particular facts of each immigrant ancestor’s story.
2:30 p.m. T245 — Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs: Finding Locations in Germany, Warren Bittner, CG. German localities are tricky as many towns share similar names, or the name has changed, or the place no longer exists. Learn to find localities.
4:00 p.m. T255 — A Methodology for Irish Emigration to North America, David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA. Lacking a location in Ireland to begin research may necessitate learning to use the sources and methodologies for solving the problem with Irish resources.
Day Two: Methodology Techniques
Day two includes learning methodology techniques for use with historical context, forensic genealogy, DNA, and problem solving using a combination of resources.
Friday, 15 May 2015
8:00 a.m. F302 – The Time of Cholera: A Case Study about Historical Context, Alison Hare, CG. A cholera epidemic in London, England, in 1854 is the backdrop for a memorable lesson in how to develop historical context.
9:30 a.m. F311 — The Problem-Solver’s Great Trifecta: GPS+FAN+DNA, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Can you really “prove” a maternal line when, for four straight generations, absolutely no document identifies a parent or sibling? This session shows you how.
11:00 a.m. F321 — When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Even thorough research can miss relevant sources. What are the options when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion?
2:30 p.m. F342 — Forensic Genealogy Meets the Genealogical Proof Standard, Michael Ramage, JD, CG. Learn how a $22 million estate case involving same name/age/place ancestors was solved using the Genealogical Proof Standard.
4:00 p.m. F352 — Using DNA as a Genealogical Record, Angie Bush. Using DNA testing as part of an exhaustive search in conjunction with traditional records can provide new evidence to answer genealogical questions.