25 September 2012

MGS 2 day family history conference in Minnesota

If you have an interest in family history, you shouldn't miss the 2012 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference on October 5 & 6. It's being held in Edina, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. 
The headline speaker is D. Joshua Taylor and additional sessions will be presented by 12 other speakers. Add vendors, door prizes, silent auction, free parking, and free wi-fi and it's an event you should not miss. You may have seen Josh on episodes of Who Do You Think Your Are? as he helped Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Judd, and Rob Lowe with their family history. He is Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies
The Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will have a great presence at the conference. The Chapter will have a table in the vendor area and host a Q&A panel on Friday, October 5th, at 5:30 p.m. Both will be great places to get your family history questions addressed, find a professional genealogist to assist you in your search or consult with you, and meet some great chapter members. 
For more info on the conference and registration please visit www.mngs.org. You'll also find details about Josh Taylor and the other speakers.
I'll see you there on both days and at the Friday evening banquet. I am currently President of the Northland Chapter of APG and am presenting two sessions at the conference.

15 September 2012

Sepotember 29th Writing Workshop, Houston, Texas

Two weeks from today I will be in Houston, Texas as a guest of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. I will be presenting a day-long writing workshop on Saturday, September 29th.

Writing Your Family History: An Interactive Day
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

A Baker’s Dozen
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Anyone can write! Learn ways to get your family history in print without a lot of strain!  A “Baker’s Dozen” of ways to get started and ideas to get your greater family involved will be shared.  You may find that you are already doing some of these but hadn’t realized you were actually getting family history into print!  We’ll cover focus points, themes, photos, incorporating general history, and editing.  Come prepared to write and take home a new outlook on getting YOUR family history written.

Writing Exercises
2:00  p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The afternoon will consist of writing exercises, individually and in small groups.  Attendees are requested to bring a personal laptop if available.  There will also be some actual writing, so please bring lined paper and pens and pencils of different colors. 

This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited to 45 people.  You MUST call Clayton Library at 832-393-2600 to register. Click here for more event info at the Clayton Library.

11 September 2012

9/11 Memories

Back in 2007 I wrote a long blog post about my memories from 9/11. It was a Tuesday, just like today. I can still see that flag hanging in the convention center and it still gives me the chills. It was a wonderful group of genealogists at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in the Quad Cities. A special bond was formed.