[APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

jfonkert at aol.com jfonkert at aol.com
Mon Oct 5 08:03:45 MDT 2009

Good observation, Barbara.? I'm attracted to books by cover art, and conference attendees often have little to go on other than the lecture title.? The title needs to give people some idea why the lecture would be worth? their while.? And, as I suggestted in my response to Caroly Billingsley, it's not an all or nothing thing.? You can use short case studies within a broader talk.? People want to learn how to do family history research -- they don't want to hear an hour-long exposition of your family history.

Jay Fonkert, CG

Saint Paul, MN

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From: Barbara Mathews <bmathews at gis.net>
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Subject: Re: [APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

I wanted to share with other listers an experience I had as program co-chair
of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. I had a full-day track
of case studies. The first speaker had no one at his lecture. Needless to
say, I was appalled. I had heard his lecture in the past and knew how much
people could learn from it. 

Later that day, I was joined by one the leading New England speakers. She
took me to task for the titles of the speeches in the case study track. She
was right in her comments and I will factor the issues in should I ever be a
program co-chair again. Her comment was that attendees would not identify
with the one family or individual in the title of the case study. She told
me the attendence would have been better had the title been Solving Problems
with ______ Records: the Case of So-and-So. With titles like that, attendees
would have identified the issues with possibilities in their own work. How
right she was!

As a novice program chair, it never dawned on me that I should take a heavy
hand and tell speakers what to call their lectures. I have a lot to learn!

Yours, Barbara

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