Friday, May 15, 2015

Follow Friday- Coming Directly from the Conference

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

Coming directly from the NGS Conference in  Missouri is Carolee Jones............... 

Early this morning at breakfast I met Clytee Gold, a Salt Lake City attendee.  Another woman who has part of her father’s name of Clyde.  She offered me a ride to the convention center which meant my husband could sleep in before starting his St. Charles activities.  

The opening session was outstanding by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA dressed in period clothes talking about “his” life as a Missouri pioneer.  One comment which received a lot of laughs was there is no difference between a politician and a preacher except the offering plate is a little different.  Another was the comment about the railroads brought people coming quickly and they were leaving quickly.  The presentation ended with a bald eagle, Louis, making his appearance as a symbol of our great country, the United States, land of opportunity.

 The Elizabeth Shown Mills presentation “Analyzing Deeds and Wills: I See What It “Says” but What Does It “Mean?” taught attendees how to understand the laws of a fictional deed and will.  It shows how as a genealogist we must know not just the birth and death dates of our ancestors but how society functioned during the years our ancestors lived.

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