Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rise and shine! It's Friday!

Only two days of conference left! It seems like only yesterday that I was packing the car for the trip. I actually walked the soles off of a pair of shoes this year. Yes, I had to throw them away! The good news is that, due to the size of the Duke Energy Center, I have inadvertently started a walking program which I plan to continue at home.

I know from experience that some of you are starting to slow down a bit, but don't worry. Saturday will bring a new burst of energy! In the mean time, allow me to offer some assistance in the decision-making department. For what it is worth, here are my personal favorites for the Friday lectures: 

8:00 am. F302: Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies,  D. Joshua Taylor. If you are a fan of Who Do You Think You Are, you may recognize this speaker as the genealogist who helped Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. Don't hesitate to ask him about some behind the scenes stories. Also the topic is a must if you have relatives who show up in these local "history" books.

9:30am. F315: Pursuing your Genealogical Research in the Library of Congress without traveling to Washington, DC, James Sweany. Anything that saves a road trip is a good thing!

11:00am. F324:  In Search of your Civil War Ancestry, Stephen J. Buffat. Good subject since we are observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

2:30pm. F348: Topographic and Other Maps for Genealogists, Rick Sayre. Important subject and a great speaker. Be prepared though to absorb a lot of information. 

4:00am. F355: The Ohio Genealogical Society: Your Best Ohio Genealogical Resource, William J. Priest. OGS is the largest state genealogical society in the United States. The reason: Ohio is the cross roads of America and chances are good that your ancestors left some records here. Bill is a great speaker and an OGS trustee.

*Tip: Remember, the morning expressway travel in Cincinnati is brutal, so allow at least an extra half hour driving time. Also, the parking lots around the conference center fill up in a hurry.

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