Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NGS Conference 2011

This was just what I needed...a shot in the ole work arm. There is nothing like a genealogy conference to remind me that I love this type of research. It is just fun to learn new stuff and I have been piling on the new stuff.

While today was the first day of the conference for most folks my conference started yesterday at Librarians Day at the Charleston Public Library. This event was sponsored by Proquest. These are the folks that bring libraries Ancestry and HeritageQuest. It was good to hear that they have recently updated the digital books and PERSI section of HeritageQuest. You may want to go check out those sections again if you haven't in a while.

They also shared a number of tutorials for the new Ancestry Library Edition format that we will have available at the library. In fact, maybe we can have one of the webinars at a future meeting.

Today, at the first full conference day, I attended a class on digital preservation and Southeastern map resources. You can be sure that I will be visiting the Library of Congress map section. They have a suberb collection of online maps.

Also, if you didn't see the Dead Librarian tweet I will repeat that the Family History Center has added South Carolina Probate records 1671-1977, South Carolina Probate records, files and loose papers 1732-1964, and South Carolina Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (NARA M267)

Yikes and there are still three days to go!

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