The following is a communication from the National Genealogical Society:
‘The NGS 2011 Family History Conference will be held 11–14 May 2011 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. More than seventy-five nationally recognized speakers will provide over 180 lectures on a wide variety of topics including research in South Carolina and the surrounding states, migration patterns, religious records, research methodology, and problem solving. The conference program will also include lectures about researching various ethnic groups including Germans, Cherokee, African Americans, Irish, and Scots-Irish. Participants who register for the conference by 11 March 2011 will save thirty-five dollars on an early bird full-conference registration.
General sessions at the conference will include an update on the “Transformation of the National Archives and Records Administration” by David S. Ferriero, the tenth archivist of the United States; author Buzzy Jackson, PhD, will provide her perspective on “Shaking the Family Tree: A Writer’s Perspective on Turning Research Into Writing;” and South Carolina Senator Glenn F. McConnell will talk about “The Hunley: Where Science and History Come Together to Tell Time.”
Space is still available for several conference social events sponsored by the South Carolina Genealogical Society including a wine and cheese reception and tour of the Charleston Museum, a harbor dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina, and a southern barbeque dinner at the Charleston Rifle Club. Also available are a choice of three luncheons each day sponsored by various genealogical organizations, which include an entertaining speaker. The featured speaker at the National Genealogical Society banquet on Friday evening will be Stephen B. Bacon, Major USAF (retired), whose presentation “Separating Fact from Myth: A Look at the US Civil War from Both Sides,” will include examples of uniforms, armaments, flags, and other memorabilia from the war.
Special Saturday workshops include an all day beginner’s workshop, “Genealogy 101: Getting Started with Family History,” and a “Kids’ Kamp” for children and young adults ages eight through sixteen.
A detailed conference registration brochure can be viewed and printed at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. Space is limited to the social events and workshops, so register early.
An exhibit area with more than one hundred exhibitors will be open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday and will offer the latest in genealogical software, online research providers, and DNA testing services.
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.”