Now that we're a few days past the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), we thought we'd highlight some event happenings and post-coverage and post it here for anyone who couldn't make it to Springfield, Massachusetts this year.
NERGC's theme, Exploring New Paths to your Roots focused on methodologies, strategies, online and offline resources for tracing settlement and migration patterns to New England as well as ethnic genealogy from British Isles, Irish, Italian, French-Canadian, African American and Native American. The conference was divided up into sessions and workshops, each of which provided an in-depth look into specific areas of genealogical interest.
To accommodate over 800 registered attendees, NERGC organized a wide array of interesting tracks in the areas of Immigration and Migration, Ethnic Genealogy, Records and Sources, New England Research, Thinking Outside The Box, Stretching Your Research Skills in addition to special workshops and an Ancestor Road Show. Each day ended with a social hour when local family associations and societies set up booths to display their family books and histories. And in between the many lectures and workshops, the exhibit hall was buzzing with genealogists scoping out New England historical societies, genealogy products, and goodies for sale including vintage maps, family history books, and much more.
While there were over 20 lectures and workshops daily, here's a peek at a few of the excellent sessions we had the pleasure of attending.
• Your Own Detective Story: The How and Why of Genealogy, an excellent workshop for genealogy newbies led by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG. Topics covered included research basics such as how to begin and organize genealogical research.
• A Personal Family Search: Following Threads To Find Out Where You Come From with Gene Vogt, who told the wonderful story of his search for the origins of his unusual surname, which took him from Massachusetts to France to Germany.
• Genealogy and the Law with Helen Shaw, CG, MA, who presented on how the law affected our ancestors, with close attention paid to marriage and divorce laws, which could help in resolving unexplained records and name changes.
• Genealogy and the Six Degrees of Separation: How to Find Anyone in the World with Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, who explained exciting new ways to find long-lost cousins, or anyone for that matter.
• The Search For the Identity of the Amnesiac Benjaman Kyle with Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, a fascinating presentation on the unsolved mystery of Benjaman -- a man without identity -- who suffers from amnesia after being beaten and left to perish in a dumpster.
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Hopefully you enjoy this coverage and share your own memories from the event, giving others more inspiration to come along next year. We'll leave you with a special New England Regional Genealogical Conference Broadcast by GeneaBloggers.