Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Georgia Family History Expo – Day 2

The vendor hall opened at 9 AM on Saturday and classes started at 10 AM. Twenty-eight more sessions were on the Day 2 schedule. 

I started the day with "Research in the War of 1812 in the Deep South" presented by Robert S. Davis. He discussed available records, bounty land and pensions. During this session it occurred to me that someone (turns out it wasn't me but I made the mistake of accepting it without question) made an erroneous conclusion about the location of an ancestor's War of 1812 bounty land. I love it when I can start applying information presented by a speaker to my own research right there while it's happening. 

Drusilla Pair gave us ideas for projects that will engage the non-genealogists in the family in "Thinking Out of the Box – Creating Things with Genealogy." This discussion went well beyond the usual calendars, photo albums and books. She covered ideas from making quilts to setting up private family Facebook groups to creating productions like skits and plays. 

I again ended the day with a presentation by Tonia Kendrick, this time "Transform Your Note-taking and Remember Everything with Evernote." In addition to covering the basics of Evernote, she gave practical uses related to genealogy research like clipping information from webpages so you have it even if the web site disappears, adding images containing text to take advantage of Evernote's OCR functionality (you can search on words in the image) and clipping indexes and search results. 

Holly Hansen closed out another successful Family History Expo with door prize drawings. Among the prizes were an Ancestry.com World Subscription and a week at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel.

After the closing session, Drusilla Pair, Valerie Craft, Tonia Kendrick and I posed for a goodbye photo.  

For more about the 2012 Georgia Family History Expo, check out the other official bloggers. Find out about upcoming Family History Expo events around the country and subscribe to their newsletter at FamilyHistoryExpos.com.

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