Colorado genealogist Mary McRoberts writes about her experiences attending national conferences, including the upcoming National Genealogical Society conference this May 16-19th:
I’ve been attending NGS Conferences for many years. I go to learn how to do various ways of family research, of course, but mainly because I enjoy attending all the different lectures, the speakers, and seeing different cities where the conferences are held. It’s my vacation. Most years the local host has sponsored tours of the area, and sometimes a trip to a nearby research library the day before the conference begins. When NGS was in Milwaukee, we took a trip by bus to Wisconsin State Historical Society Library in Madison. This year Richmond Discoveries is offering several tours before, during and after the conference. We are going along the James River on Tuesday.
My husband, Barrie, has joined me for some conferences the last few years since he retired. He is not a genealogist but he still enjoys the lectures, the lunches, the dinners, etc. We sign up for a lunch each day and every evening event. The speakers at lunch are often entertaining, usually the food is delicious, and we enjoy meeting the people at our table. The local host always sponsors an evening event and this year it is an evening at the Virginia Historical Society which has a good exhibit. I always attend the NGS Banquet – good food, always good speakers.
This year is the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown and they are celebrating it the weekend before the conference. We are spending four days in Williamsburg-Jamestown-Yorktown before we head up to Richmond. I have many early Virginia ancestors – one, Hawte Wyatt, came with his older brother Francis who was Governor of Virginia, to act as the Chaplain at Jamestown in Nov 1621.
I’ve been doing family history research for forty years and there are always many new things to learn at the NGS Conferences.
Thanks, Mary! Other Colorado genealogists who plan to attend the conference are: Gordon Gray, Kathleen Hinckley, and Julie Miller (speaker). If your name should be on this list, please contact COGenBlog.
You can find more information about the program and other events at the NGS Web site. A discounted early registration is available until March 30th.