[APG Public List] Participation invited in NGS Conference session grand experiment

Robert Raymond Robert.Raymond at familysearch.org
Tue Apr 27 13:57:57 MDT 2010

David Rencher (FamilySearch CGO) and team are conducting a grand experiment during the NGS Conference this week and you are invited to participate. 

The session is titled "Doing Research in Real Time--An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience!" The premise is that a group of geographically spaced, cooperating individuals with access to different resources could conduct daylong research projects, concentrating on a particular research goal, and accomplish more in less time and with better results.

This demonstration will be tricky because we are attempting to compress a weekend-long project into a single conference session. Consequently, field volunteers must research, gather, digitize, and upload sources prior to the session and then be available during the session. The session (F308) is at 8:00AM MDT (10am EDT, 7am PDT) on Friday, 30 April 2010.

The research project is to gather digital images of original source documents for the family and descendents of Peyton C Clements (1805-1870) and Angeline Rencher (1818-1870). The scenario will begin with a document from Peyton's probate file which lists his heirs. (See http://www.footnote.com/image/257662011 or on Ancestry.com: http://tinyurl.com/235zp56 ) 

* An NGS attendee with laptop and wireless modem is needed to attend the session and manage Tweet communications with the field volunteers

Field volunteers are needed to visit locations mentioned in the probate file and gather documents about the heirs mentioned:

* Eutaw, Greene, Alabama
* Forkland, Greene, Alabama
* Methodist Cemetery, Forkland
* Fort Deposit, Lowndes, Alabama
* Myrtlewood Cemetery, Fort Deposit
* Greenwood, Mississippi
* Hale County, Alabama

During the session participants will communicate using Twitter and contribute their results via Footnote.com. Prior to the session, ascertain if the Footnote.com user license is acceptable to you, register on Footnote.com, upload your images to your gallery, and add proper source citations.

If you plan on participating, contact me for further instructions.


Robert Raymond
Information Division 
FamilySearch, a service of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
E-mail:  Robert.Raymond at familysearch.org
Office:  JSMB 6W

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