My darling hubby and kiddos are making room in our schedule for me to attend the Texas State Genealogy Conference scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 1 in Austin, Texas. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin and is targeted towards genealogists and family historians of all skill sets.
After reviewing the class schedule, I will be attending Friday and Saturday and then attempting a hasty drive back home to help our family celebrate Halloween as a superhero troop. (Can you guess who I’m going to dress up as? Do you think she should appear at the conference?)
We’ll be treated to key note addresses by Lisa Louise Cooke and J. Mark Lowe. I’m familiar with Lisa from the Genealogy Gems Podcast, so she will likely be an enjoyable presenter. I know little about J Mark, so we’ll see how his presentations go. Stay tuned!
There will be 14 different tracks including Genealogy for Beginners, DNA, African-American Research, Courthouse Records & Records Loss, Adoption, Hispanic Research, Methodology, Libraries & Repositories, Historical Context, Societies & Communities, and Digital Genealogy.
I have selected a number of classes from these topics, but sadly with a good chunk of the conference taking place on Sunday, I’ll miss some I’m interested in. After looking over the class list, I’m most interested in these classes:
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, A Place in Space: Preserving Memories Online
Sharon Wolff, Genealogy Detective: Tracking down those elusive ancestors
Deena Coutant, Communicating on a Shoestring Budget: Cost-Effective Solutions for Societies
Diahan Southard, What now? Your Next Steps With Autosomal DNA Testing
I’m stumped with one Friday class block:
- Janice Lovelace, Getting Started in African American Genealogy
- Randy Whited, SWOT Analysis for your Society
- Sara Gredler, Organizing Your Genealogy Digitally
I don’t have African Americans in my background, but as I continue to help people from various backgrounds, perhaps this class will be interesting. It’s gears towards beginners and I think I’m beyond that stage. Would I really learn something new?
Organization is an ever evolving process. Plus, I might learn something that answers questions my readers have.
Finally, though I’m not in a leadership position in a genealogical society, I do serve on a family history conference planning committee and will be working to do community outreach. Perhaps this class would be the most beneficial, even if my goals do not line up exactly with the presenter’s objectives.
What do you think?
I’m stumped on a Saturday class block
- Colleen Greene, An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
- Kelvin L. Meyers, Can a Dead Man Sign a Deed?
Again, the first class intrigues me because I have a number of individuals with Mexican Ancestry that I have as family members (a sister-in-law) or friends who need help in this area.
However, I don’t know much about deeds and whether dead men could sign one.
What would you suggest?
As you can see, there are a lot of things to interest anyone in Texas to take a trip to Austin for this genealogy conference. The website says this:
“Take advantage of the special early-bird price of $130 for a full 3-day pass including lunches on both Saturday and Sunday. This price is only available through October 10, 2015. Attend only Friday for $50 or only Saturday or Sunday for $80.
Visit the TSGS Conference page at http://www.txsgs.org/conference/ for details including a link to the conference hotel.
If you plan on attending, let me know so we can meet up on Friday or Saturday!