After the Keynote Session and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, this is how I spent the rest of Thursday.
International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Luncheon "Get Off That Fence and Start Writing!" presented by DearMYRTLE (and her great-grandmother): This was my first conference luncheon and (in case you can't tell from the photo) it was great fun. We were "urged" to start writing or risk the rath of Myrt's great-grandmother and her pitch fork.
"Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future" presented by Lisa A. Alzo: Immigrants often settled in clusters with others from their home country or a previous location. Researching those friends, neighbors and relatives can sometimes break down brick walls or help identify your ancestor's country or specific location of origin. Researching a cluster community can also put your ancestors' lives in historical context.
"The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude" presented by Debra Mieszala, CG: We all have people who seemed to vanish into thin air at some point. And the answer to that problem is basically the same as any brick wall - identify the problem, develop a research plan, carefully analyze findings, re-evaluate the problem using what you found, come to conclusions, rinse, repeat.
"Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives" presented by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS: "The more records you find, the richer will be your ancestor's story." That pretty much says it all when it comes to reconstructing your ancestors' lives. Don't stop with the basic birth, marriage and death dates and places. Arrange your information in chronological order to see the holes in your story and start weaving the information together.
More photos from FGS 2011.
Disclosure: I was an Official Blogger for FGS 2011.