Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Details emerge re: 2011 NGS Conference, Charleston, SC

Mr. Myrt and I are delighted to travel to Charleston, South Carolina along with nearly 2,000 others to attend the 2011 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference 11–14 May at the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive.  Program and registration details can be found at Single day registrations are also available. 

Here are some of the highlights, and few bits of info about where we intend to be during the conference. Please see Ol' Myrt at the Booth 518 to receive your:
  • Genea-Quilters ribbon
  • Genealogists in Second Life ribbon
  • a hug     :)

  • BCG Education Fund Workshop - FULL. Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 8:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.       
  • Librarians' Day Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Click for more info.
  • Research Trip to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    

A separate group, Genea-Quilters, has planned a field trip to People, Places and Quilts. Myrt will meet you at the Convention Center at 1:30pm. Please contact me in advance, so we can figure out the car/van situation. Click for more info.
NGS explains: "A free trolley will run from the seven convention hotels (Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Residence Inn, Hyatt Place, Crowne Plaza and Hampton Inn Airport) to the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina. Schedule is as shown below.
Wednesday, 11 May 6:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12 May 7:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Friday, 13 May 7:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 14 May 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

All buses for various social events will leave from the Embassy Suites Hotel. Attendees need to make their own transportation arrangements to the Embassy Suites Hotel through their hotel shuttle service or by taking the trolley, which will be provided Wednesday through Saturday. Please allow sufficient time to make these arrangements"

8am - Opening Session
  • Transformation of NARA with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
  • Shaking the Family Tree: A Writer’s Perspective on Turning Research Into Writing with Buzzy Jackson, PhD, Author of Shaking Your Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist
9:30am - 5pm Exhibit Hall You'll find Myrt at booth #518 GeneaWebinars, where there are also banners for Genea-Quilters and DearMYRTLE (imagine that!). There will also be over 100 vendors showing their wares -- books, DNA testing, software, websites and other items of interest to genealogists. Entrance to the exhibit hall is free to everyone. Here's a mini-version of the vendor hall map. Click for the larger version of the Exhibit Floor Plan (PDF 1.2MB)

NOTE: These are mini-versions of the my booth banners, so you can spot 'em in the crowd!

11am to 5pm classes as scheduled plus a few 7pm classes.
Lunch 12pm - 2:30pm.

9:00am - 7pm Exhibit Hall You'll find Myrt at booth #518 GeneaWebinars
8am to 5pm classes as scheduled plus a few 7pm GenTech classes.
Lunch 12pm - 2:30pm.

8am to 5pm classes as scheduled, no evening classes scheduled.
9:00am - 5pm Exhibit Hall You'll find Myrt at booth #518 GeneaWebinars,
Lunch 12pm - 2:30pm.
7pm NGS Banquet featuring Patrick McCawley speaking on The Destruction of Records in South Carolina during the Civil War

8am General Session 
  • What’s New with Jay Verkler, President and CEO FamilySearch
  • The Hunley: Where Science and History Come Together to Tell Time with Senator Glenn F. McConnell, JD, President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate, and Chairman of the Hunley Commission
9:00am - 3pm Exhibit Hall You'll find Myrt at booth #518 GeneaWebinars,
9:30am to 5pm classes as scheduled, no evening classes scheduled.
5:15pm NGS Annual Meeting

In addition to the scheduled conference tracks, check out these events:

Not included in Ol' Myrt's line-up are luncheon and evening social events. Check with for more info.

Hope to see you in Charleston.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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