17 May 2012

NGS Conference 2012 - Day 1

I attended my first national genealogy conference -- the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference from May 9-12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  My friend and I were so excited to attend a national conference, especially since it was in our home state.  We were not disappointed!  At first, it was a little overwhelming because there were 8 to 10 sessions during each time slot to choose from and so much information to absorb.

I'd like to use this blog to write about the conference and the sessions I attended as a way for me to recap some of what I learned and to share it with you.  Since there were five sessions each day and the conference was four days long, I'll write blogs for each day.


The Vendor Hall


Wednesday was the first day of the conference and since we were driving, we missed the morning sessions.  The first session I attended was "Using Excel to Create Time Lines" by Robert Raymond. Mr. Raymond discussed using a vertical time line, the XY Scatter Graph, and Stacked Bar Charts.  The session was good, but since I'm already familiar with Excel, I didn't get too much out of the session. 

Next was "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: The Evidence Presented Clearly Shows..." by Barbara Vines Little. This session was a BCG skillbuilding lecture about writing proof summaries and arguments.  Very important -- never rely on a single record!  She discussed two styles of proof summaries (list and narrative), proof arguments, and writing the proof summary.  A proof statement allows you to summarize all the evidence and evaluate each item against previous assumptions.  Narrative allows you to explain both the record and the evidence.  Writing proof summaries requires that you know what you want to prove, that you have clear, definable proof, and that you present your summary in a clear, succinct and thorough document statement.  Ms. Vines Little also covered the BCG Evidence-Evaluation Standards (which is 19-34).

Hope this blog was helpful to you and you'll read my write-ups of the remaining days at NGS.

Your friend,
Susan



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