[APG Public List] National Genealogical Meetings

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Fri Oct 2 13:15:29 MDT 2009

I should have been more careful about how I worded my post. When I  
say "easily found in books," I mean also other printed resources such as  
magazines and Web sites (when you print off articles, they are "printed").  
I'ma Prologue subscriber, so I do glean a lot from the likes of Maria  
Melchiorri, Constance Potter, and Claire Prechtel-Kluskens in the articles  
they've written. (just to give an example)

Some people do not take the time or have the time to read or they may learn  
better by hearing lectures. I learn better from seeing with my eyes the  
printed words. I can organize better in my mind the content of the  
information. I also like being able to go back to re-read something. I  
don't know how many times I've re-read something to find that certain  
pieces of the information are more meaningful than they were before either  
because my experience has changed or because it is suddenly pertinent to  
specific research I'm currently involved with. I know lectures can be the  
same way, and there are some lectures I've heard two and even three times.  
I've heard Claire Bettag and Tom Jones both say things in the repeat  
sessions (for me) that I didn't remember hearing the times before. However,  
I think that the content conveyed in an hour-long lecture format is  
necessarily limited.

The other term I used "easily found" was unfortunate. It does take a lot of  
reading over a long period of time to find a lot of the resources and tips  
and tricks that are out there somewhere waiting to be learned.

I was only stating my preference for having workshop sessions that  
demonstrated use of skills and methodology rather than things I can learn  
elsewhere "on my own time." That doesn't have to be anyone else's  
preference and it's not intended to be an indictment of the conferences. I  
think Elissa's point of the range of people attending conferences is well  
taken. And some may be beginners in some area and more advanced in another.  
The conferences allow flexibility that way. The institutes allow us to  
choose tracks in areas in which we are weak and allow a more concentrated,  
in-depth learning experience.

Yes, I have attended several workshops at the national level that have  
information that I have learned from print media. However, even that can be  
good for some situations and people. After all, if there is a body of  
accepted knowledge, one would expect that it would be conveyed in written  
form as well as spoken. Sometimes the amount of material in printed works  
can seem overwhelming. A speaker presenting material in such a way that it  
seems manageable and organized can help us to dive into the same and have  
more confidence doing it. That's the most helpful way I can think of it.  
It's like we're the person slogging through the overgrown jungle and the  
speaker is the one who's sprouted wings and can give us the bird's-eye  
view. Maybe it's my imagination, but it seems to me that I've seen articles  
done by lecturers on topics they've spoken about.

There's a very nice article on the Congressional Serial set in the most  
recent issue of Prologue. But I might not have taken such notice if I  
hadn't been awakened to its value by those sessions in Course 4 at Samford.

In case my rambling thoughts have gotten in the way of the point I am  
trying to make: I am *personally*--without trying to make sweeping  
statements about what conferences *ought* to be doing-- expressing my  
interest in the type of format that Suzanne presented.



On Oct 2, 2009 11:27am, "Barbara Vines Little, CG" <bvlittle at earthlink.net>  

> 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
> Dominion Research Services
> PO Box 1273
> Orange, VA 22960

> 540-832-3473
> bvlittle at earthlink.net

> CG, Certified Genealogist, is a service mark of the Board for  
> Certification of Genealogists, used
> under license by board-certified genealogists after periodic evaluation;  
> the board name is
> registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

> 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.:-)

> Patti

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