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    GeneaVegas Day One at #NGS2013

    GeneaVegas Culture Shock

    Shifting from daily routine to conference pace is always challenging, but add the cacophony of casino chimes and lobby music and it's just plain ole culture shock. Where else but Las Vegas could you see by a wedding in-progress, pass by a wine bar, thread your way through buzzing, blinking slot machines, and end up in a  quiet ballroom packed to capacity to hear a keynote lecture on historical records?

    The day began with the Opening Session and National Genealogical Society awards presentations honoring newsletter editorship and service to the society. Both family association and society newsletters were included in the awards; and several individuals were named for their service to the society. Read the full details  at the NGS Conference Blog.

    In one of the most entertaining and unusual conference opening events, attendees were treated to a lively musical selection by the Mariachi Los Bravos, from the local J.D. Smith Middle School. The student group performed two numbers in the ballroom, and then led the procession out of the room and across the concourse to open the exhibit hall. Conference attendees responded by enthusiastic clapping, whistling, and calling -- mariachi style. 

    The buzz continued into the exhibit hall where scores of boots and demonstrations filled the large room. I did a quick tour of the room, stopping to check out the new Lutheran Church databases at with Amy Crow, and then headed to the seminar rooms to get a seat for the first session of the day with Dr. Thomas Jones.

    It was hard to decide which sessions to attend, the lineup is THAT GOOD. I was really torn between wanting to hear new-to-me speakers and learn more from those instructors I had previously heard at other conferences. I finally decided to purchase JAMB tapes for some sessions and attend others.

    Here's a brief recap of my take-away notes from Day One:

    Dr. Thomas Jones -- Debunking Misleading Records
    Records Lie, Don't believe everything you read.

    Elizabeth Shown Mills -- The Genealogical Prof Standard in Action: Case Building When No Record States an Answer
    Places Don't Lie, Keep the person in the right location

    Warren Bittner - Impossible Immigrant: I Know Everything About the Man, Except Where He Came From
    People Lie, or fib (sounds nicer), German names are a puzzle

    I highly recommend each of these sessions, available on JAMB recordings, although you won't have the advantage of seeing the actual record images shown on the visual slides.

    And, if you think you've heard the topic before, think again. Elizabeth Shown Mills presentation on the GPS reflects the newest refined version of the standard and an outstanding graphic process map. This concept is also referenced in Dr. Jones new book Mastering Genealogical Proof and shows how the GPS is becoming an even better tool all the time.

    Then, of course, there was meeting up with old friends and meeting so many new genealogists. Thursday promises to another busy day. Stay tuned.

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Thanks for the helpful recap, Denise! I know how hard it is to process everything as it's happening. You've given those of us who can't be there a better feel for what the conference is like. Sounds like you attended some terrific sessions right off the bat--I would have loved to be in that room when ESM unveiled the new process map!

    May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Bishop

    Thanks, Shelley, you certainly understand the pushes and pulls of the conference day. I hope to write a daily recap so I remember where I've been and where I'm going. This is one busy place!

    May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Levenick

    Thanks! I copied the URL for the JAMB recordings. And your summary is so clever: Records Lie, Places Don't Lie, People Lie, Now that sounds like a vote of confidence for the rise of the GPS as a genealogical tool! Sounds like so much fun, and thank you for blogging the NGS--I really enjoy hearing about all the learning and all the fun.

    May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariann Regan

    Tx for the support, Mariann. Yes, it's a great conference with lots to absorb and learn. I already itching to get home and back to my records! Next session: ESM and Information Overload.

    May 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

    Thank you so much for doing a recap of activities and sessions. Honestly, it makes me wish I were there. The ESM Information Overload session should be fabulous. Who isn't dealing with information overload these days? (Or is it my age?) Thanks again, Denise.

    May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

    Great recap, Denise, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around the part where you said "... pass by a wine bar ... " :)

    May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Lanctot

    Thanks, Jenny, for your note. I don't know quite WHAT to call the "refreshment" area near the LVH lobby that sells coffee and pastries on one side and offers a kiosk with wine dispensed by the glass on t he other side. Maybe "wine fueling station" would be more appropriate? lol

    May 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator
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