[APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

Wanda Samek wanda at sameks.us
Fri Oct 2 11:08:27 MDT 2009

Excellent point, Barbara.  We need the wisdom of those who have worked the
area and are familiar with the records, and that often is not to be found
outside the knowledge of experienced researchers - which makes the national
conferences tremendous resources.
While it may be true that there are very few topics on which volumes have
not been written and people have wonderful opportunities for self-education,
it is often preferable to sit in classes and actually hear the speaker's
perspective.  It provides another exposure and often a new viewpoint.
It goes without saying, of course, that the lecturers should be carefully
selected based on their presentation skills, teaching ability, knowledge,
and experience.
Wanda Samek

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I'm curious. Just how many lectures at the national level cover material
easily found in a book (or even books)?

Many (perhaps even most) of these lecturers bring a perspective  to the
records  about  which they are speaking based upon  hundreds of hours of
work in the records. They know the history, the quirks, what's missing, what
the records can and cannot tell you, what access points are helpful or
whether there are any. With the possible exception of North Carolina, I
don't know of a state that has such a published resource. Nor do I think
that you will find a book(s) that will provide the in depth knowledge of
NARA military records of a Mechiori or a Scott (or Bettag on federal land
records). And, if you listen carefully, you will also learn something about
research techniques in the process. 
Barbara Vines Little, CG

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PLHGenealogy at gmail.com wrote: 

I agree with Jay that I'm much more interested in hearing problem solving
scenarios than in attending lectures that give content easily found in
books. I would love to see the type of situation Suzie has told about. I
think it's safe to say that something like that would take more than one
conference session.:-)




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