Saturday, November 10, 2012

2012 Georgia Family History Expo – Day 1

Holly Hansen, President of Family History Expos, welcomed a nice crowd to the 3rd Georgia Family History Expo Friday afternoon. 

The keynote "The Secrets to Research in Georgia" was presented by Robert S. Davis, Director of the Genealogy Program of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. If you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak, don't miss it. 

The rest of the day was filled with twenty-eight classes presented over four time slots starting at 3:30 and ending at 8:40. I was very happy with the four choices I made.

Jennifer Dondero covered sources for historic maps, like the Newberry Library's Atlas of Historical County Boundries and demonstrated overlaying them in Google Earth to identify property locations in "Georgia Land, Maps and Technology." 

My second class was also with Jennifer. In "Clueless? Maybe Not!", she presented a case study (and who doesn't love case studies?) showing how to use existing records to answer a question that can't be directly answered by any one record. 

Tonia Kendrick covered using spreadsheets to analyze census data and create research logs, mind mapping to brainstorm research plans and sort out naming patterns and note-taking apps to organize, store and access information in "Non-Genealogy Tools to Help Your Family History Research." Be sure to check Tonia's blog, Tonia's Roots, for posts coming soon detailing a couple of the spreadsheets she mentioned.

My final session of the day was "Content Planning for Genealogy Bloggers - How to Stay Organized and Never Be Without a Post Idea Again" with Tonia. I've struggled recently with blogging and hope to get back on track by the first of the year. Tonia had some great tips that will help me do just that. She discussed planning content in advance to avoid writer's block and using Mind-Mapping to brainstorm a topic into multiple types of blog posts.

For more about the Georgia Famiy History Expo, check out the other official bloggers and follow the hashtag #fhexpo on Twitter. If you are in the greater Atlanta area, there is another full day tomorrow at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a great day, Linda! I would love to have heard these presentations, especially the two that Tonia did. Hope to hear more tips from them in the future.

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