Yesterday was the last day of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2010 conference. I threw my planned schedule out the window and started over.
The first class I attended was “Digitizing the Records in the Granite Mountain.” This was very interesting. I’ve always been impressed by the work done by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to preserve genealogical records. Now I’ve moved from impressed to amazed.
Ancestry.com was sponsoring a free “Ancestry Day” with a track devoted to using their products. I stopped by and picked up the syllabus, but decided my time would be better spent by sticking with the FGS sessions. A lot of people came in to participate in Ancestry Day; their sessions were held in one of the convention center’s ballrooms and when I went by it was standing room only.
The class I attended instead was “The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee.” Mark Lowe, the presenter, was also one of the keynote speakers on Thursday. He was so funny then (the Tennessee vs. Kentucky wars), I knew this would be a great session and he did not disappoint. He even talked me into buying a book.
My third class of the day was on my original list of sessions to attend. It was “The Anatomy of a Will and the Records It Spawns” and was presented by Christine Rose (she wrote the book I bought on Friday about the GPS). This was interesting and pointed out lots of records that wills may lead to.
After this was lunch at Tomato Head with the genea-tweeps (and some spouses). Then I had about an hour to wander around the Exhibit Hall for the last time. This is when I bought the North Carolina Research book. The lady at the North Carolina Genealogical Society booth was such a great salesperson, she also talked me into joining the society.
“Using Georgia’s Land Lotteries to Prove Family Relationships” was my next class. I learned a lot about the various lotteries – who qualified, who was ineligible, etc. One interesting tidbit was that the land lot numbers and district numbers have not changed since they were originally surveyed for the lotteries. I think it would be fun to trace my deed back and see who originally drew the land.
At the last class I attended, it was requested that we not blog or tweet about the content. This is probably for the best. Attending this class was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I wish I had stuck with my prior plans to attend David Rencher’s class on the the Scots-Irish in the Carolinas.
I skipped the last session in order to get on the road home. My brain was full anyway. I did manage to sneak in some genealogy on the trip home. When driving to Knoxville on Wednesday, I had passed a church called Calvary Baptist not far before the Tennessee state line. The death certificates for my great-great-grandparents, Francis Marion Kendrick and Barbara Baxter, stated that they were buried at Calvary, but I never knew where the church was. This was not exactly where I expected it to be, but I decided to stop anyway. I found their headstone, as well as a number of other Kendricks.
FGS was an excellent conference. Now it’s time to put into practice what I learned.