Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Highlights from NGS 2012

I think I have finally recovered enough from a fun filled week to recap my favorite things about the National Genealogical Society's 2012 Conference in Cincinnati.

The 1848 Cincinnati Panorama
Patricia Van Skaik gave an excellent opening presentation that detailed the panorama and what they are doing with it in a digital world. If you missed the opening presentation, check out her TEDxCincy talk that covers most of it. Also take some time to explore the 1848 Cincinnati Panorama website and see what details they have attached to the image. It's amazing how much you can see on such a small image and how much we can add to it with our research.

The Indiana Genealogical Society Booth
I spent a lot of time at the IGS booth signing up new members and answering Indiana research questions. I had a great team helping me and allowing me to attend my carefully attended sessions. It was great to meet so many people from across the US with an interest in their Indiana ancestors. We also signed up a bunch of people to our free e-newsletter. You can sign up too by inputting your email into the box on the top right of the IGS homepage.

Genealogy Buddies
I was thankful to have lunch covered by other IGS board members so that I could spend some time with my genealogy buddies. My lunch crew seemed to consist of Linda McCauley, Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana, Susan Clark and Becky Wiseman, plus or minus a few others.

I also was able to meet lots of new friends and spend some time with people I have met at other conferences. Hanging out with my genealogy buddies is my favorite part of genealogy conferences.

The Potholder
FamilySearch hosted a blogger's dinner on Tuesday night. Amy Johnson Crow and I both thought that they had given us potholders for gifts.

But flipping it over, revealed a Techtrap. It should come in handy with future genealogy travels.

Genealogy Education
Even though I spent a lot of time at the IGS booth, I also made sure that I could attend some great sessions over the conference's 4 days. I highly recommend all the lectures that I attended:
  • Focusing on Pathways 'cross the Ohio River with J. Mark Lowe
  • Using Kentucky Equity and Criminal Court Cases to Complete Your Research with Gail Jackson Miller
  • Orphans No More: Records of the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851-1941 with Harold Henderson
  • Documentation: The What, Why and Where with Thomas W. Jones
  • Ohio Cousins May Have Migrated: Did Family Records Go Along? with Paula Stuart-Warren
  • Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log with Paula Stuart-Warren
  • Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management & Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing Your Family History with M. Theresa Baer and Rachel M. Popma

The Meeting of The Moms
A conference in Cincinnati meant free room and board with my parents. It also meant bringing my mom downtown on Saturday to meet my friends, experience the genealogy scene and have lots of people tell her how wonderful I am. My mom was also able to meet my genealogy mom, Linda McCauley. J. Mark Lowe, Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy celebrity, was even kind enough to meet my mom and take a picture with both of my moms.

These are just a few highlights from an excellent week. Thanks NGS for a great conference! My next conference is Midwestern Roots in Indianapolis on July 20 and 21.


  1. I so wish I could have been there!
    Thanks for the info regarding the free email newsletter for the Indiana Genealogical Society. I just signed up! :)

  2. It was great seeing you, and lunches just wouldn't have been the same. I'm really looking forward to FGS 2013 in Ft. Wayne!

  3. We didn't get a photo of your mom with Josh, but we did point him out to her.

  4. Great recap, Tina! I too thought Family Search was giving us a potholder at first. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet your Mom. Hope she had a good time, too!