The second lecture was “The Secret Lives of Women” by Gena Philbert Ortega from www.yourfamilyhistorysearch.com She gave a great talk on why researching women was so very different from researching men. Instead of relying on names, first, she uses locality. By researching the primary source material of a town, you can find what life was like for women, and maybe even find your female ancestors. Using quilt and cookbook databases, she showed examples of archival and online sources that genealogists usually don’t examine. I’m seriously thinking of going to another one of Gena’s lectures this weekend, it was that good!
My third lecture today was John Colletta’s talk on Ellis Island. He explained the history of Ellis Island and immigration, showing how and why many immigrants between 1892 and 1924 to New York never passed through Ellis Island! Surprise! The reasons are good, and may change your family history. I heard John speak twice at the 2011 NERGC conference in Springfield, and he was great here. He is one speaker I will be seeking out online and at other conferences.
In between I visited the Vendor Hall and “Blogger Island”. I met many Mayflower Cousins at the California Mayflower table, and I knew some from the 2008 Trienniel Plymouth Congress. We all plan to meet up for dinner together at the banquet. I also met Lisa Cooke from the Genealogy Gems, the staff at NEHGS (Gary Boyd Roberts, Brenton Simons, Tom Champoux, and David Allen Lambert), and I finally met the Footnote Maven and Randy Seaver’s lovely wife, Linda. The vendor hall is huge, and it will take several trips before I see everything.
Still ahead are the banquet, Thomas’s Radio Show and the Blogger Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Geni.com ! By the way, I never did get that siesta this afternoon!---------------------
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