Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Conference May 4-5 in Grand Island

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society has announced the speakers for the state conference to be held May 4-5, 2012 in Grand Island.

Featured speaker is Laura Prescott. She is a professional researcher, writer and speaker. She worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven years before starting her own research business.

Her topics will be:

  • Diaries and Journals: Finding and Using These Valuable Resources
  • Turning Fiction Into Fact
  • The Rest of the Story: Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History
  • Spinsters and Widows: Gender Loyalty Within Families
  • Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective

Other guest speakers for the conference are

Susan Nordstrum - assistant professor at Wayne State College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2011 about the ensembles of life that 11 Nebraska family history genealogists created in their work with documents, photographs and other artifacts. She will discuss her dissertation and explain how she became interested in studying family history, genealogy and the ensemble of life.

Catherine Renschler - In 2010, workmen dismantling a house in Hastings discovered several boxes of glass plates with images on them. The owner donated the collection, 420 negatives, to the Adams County Historical Society. The time period of the images ranges from 1890 to 1920. Catherine Renschler will show selected images from the collection and share how some of them were identified through research. She will present information on the history of glass negatives, how to digitize them and how to properly store them.

Gary "Mitch" Zabokrtsky - His topic will be "Genealogy: A Trip Back Through Time" and includes chronicles, census records, land records, immigration, naturalization and ship records, church records, death records and the rewarding experience.

The cost for the two-day conferences is $85 and includes lunch and the syllabus. One day registration is $50 and includes lunch and the syllabus. Registrations are now being accepted online with PayPal.

The conference will be held at the Midtown Holiday Inn, 2503 South Locust St, Grand Island.

content summarized from information posted on the NESGS web site.

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