Friday, March 14, 2014

Follow Friday - NGS in Virginia in May 2014. Where Will You Be?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

 National Genealogical Society (NGS)
                                                                                      in Richmond Virginia 7-10 May 2014.

                                                   Will you be there? 

The four day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally known experts. Conference Highlights: Two influential genealogical organizations, the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) will each celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in 2014. The Friday night banquet will pay tribute to both organizations.

For those NOT attending (which includes me) 

NGS is live streaming 10 lectures split between two tracks for $65 for each Track.  These will be available for three months after the conference for those who sign up.  Track One is "Records and Research Techniques" and Track Two is "Virginia Records & Migration."  

If you are attending the conference: Make a strategic decision now about whether you want to join the hordes of attendees for these presentations which includes Elizabeth Shown Mills and Tom Jones, or attend one of the other great options which are at the same time slot and watch the presentations later.  

You can find more about this option here 

This is an easy process, I have registered already and I think well worth the effort and money. I have registered for Track 1 (I have nothing, no ancestors, no research in the Virginia area so I didn't opt for Track 2) BUT I will have 5 major sessions in Track 1 to view live and view online for 3 months after the conferene ends and all for $65. Now that is a bargain. If you are not a member of NGS it is $80  for one Track or $145 for both Tracks.

Registration deadline for Live Streaming access is 30 April 2014 at midnight. Instructions on how to access the live streaming will be emailed to all registered attendees by 6 May 2014. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference Syllabus.

If you are attending the conference in person please contact me

AND Sign up for the conference blog--this will get you real-time information about the conference.  Right now each blog posting is highlighting a difference repository in the area.  If you have Virginia or research needs that take you to DC, these repositories are a gold mine of resources. Just enter your email address in the left sidebar and hit the subscribe button.  You will be able to unsubscribe whenever you wish. 

AND Download the mobile app.  Install it on your ipad and your phone.  Play with it.  It has maps, speaker bios, a direct twitter link (even if you have never tweeted before, this app makes it easy to start.) and the program.  Once the mobile app is downloaded, start reviewing all the program options and make some selections now.  You develop your personalized program by clicking on the star.  You can always make changes later but isn't it nice to get started and organized this far ahead of time.  

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