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Writing-Related Sessions at NGS 2017

The National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from May 10-13, 2017. There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics.  Following is a list of the writing-related sessions. The entire schedule can be found on the NGS Conference website.

Wednesday, May 10
  • StoryMaps: Using Web Maps to Tell Family Stories (4:00 p.m.)
    Charlie L. Wells
    The use of StoryMaps, a simple and effective approach for publishing web maps to tell family stories, is described with several examples.
Thursday, May 11
  • Writing a Family Narrative That Your Family Will Want to Read (11:00 a.m.)
    Margo Farriss Brewer
    You want your family narrative to be read and an object of family pride. Learn how to add life and interest to the plain facts.
Friday, May 12
  • She Did What, When? Where? With Who? Why? Putting Your Ancestor in Historical Context (4:00 p.m.)
    Sara Gredler
    Utilize “non-genealogical” sources in a genealogical context to provide a fuller, more colorful story of our ancestors. What exactly does historic context mean?
Saturday, May 13
  • Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How (11:00 a.m.)
    Thomas W. Jones
    Learn to document a family history, five characteristics making citations complete and accurate, and a straightforward format for citing physical and digital genealogical sources

Do you plan on attending any of these sessions?  What other conference sessions are you looking forward to attending?

Attend Up to 10 NGS 2017 Conference Sessions At Home

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Since 2014, the National Genealogical Society has been offering live streaming of ten sessions (broken down into two tracks) during their annual conference. Although they are streamed live, those who register for one or both of the tracks can watch them live or on-demand at any time during the three months following the conference.

I have registered for one track every year (even in 2015 when I attended the conference) and have been pleased with both the live stream and the on-demand options. Although the price went up a bit this year, I have still registered for one track. This really is a great opportunity for those that can’t make it to the conference, especially because one of the tracks is dedicated to DNA, which is a hot topic right now.

The other nice thing about registering for the live stream/on-demand sessions is that you get a digital copy of the entire conference syllabus—what a bonus!

Here’s what’s on tap for this year:

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Attend Select NGS 2016 Conference Sessions from Home

I was happy to receive an email from the National Genealogical Society (NGS) announcing that registration was now open for the live streaming sessions that will run during the NGS 2016 Conference in May. NGS starting offering this option in 2014, and since I had not attended that conference, I was able to register for one track of the live stream. I watched two of the five sessions live, and the other three over the course of three months. When you register for one or both tracks, you can watch them live, or you can watch them on-demand for up to three months. I had a great experience with both the live and on-demand options. In fact, even though I attended the 2015 conference, I registered for a live streaming track because it contained a few sessions that overlapped with others I wanted to attend and some of them I knew would fill up quickly and this way, I wouldn’t have to fight for a seat in the in-person session. It worked out great since I had three months to watch them all on-demand! The pricing is reasonable, so I encourage you to think about “attending” the conference in this manner if you are unable to attend in person. The other bonus for attending the live streaming sessions is that you get a digital copy of the entire conference syllabus. See details below.

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