Wednesday's FREE Events -- Don't Miss!!
On Wednesday, 13 May 2009 -- The NGS Conference in the States 2009 has several free events that you will not want to miss!
These events are all FREE and are held in the Convention Center!
Join us for a movie, some free lectures, Society Night and extended shopping hours in the exhibit hall Wednesday evening until 7:00 PM. See the conference website for a list of our many exhibitors including book and software vendors, libraries, and organizations.
Mezzanine area of conference center
Do you have an ancestor from a North Carolina county? Representatives of many county genealogical and historical societies from all over North Carolina and nearby states will staff booths throughout the mezzanine area of the conference center. Society members will display information about their group’s activities, answer questions about area repositories and resources, and sell publications and books. We will enjoy live piano music throughout the evening.
Evening Lecture Series
- How Our Ancestors Moved over the Land in Olden Times: Land Transport Capabilities and Limitations in Colonial Carolina --Tom Magnuson from the Trading Path Association
- Genealogy 2.0: Using Digital Tools to Trace Your North Carolina Roots -- This presentation will provide a guided tour of the North Carolina State Archives/State Library’s digital resources such as the Archives’ MARS catalog and will showcase digitized publications and records related to genealogy. Participation from attendees is encouraged. Druscie Simpson & Christy Allen from the North Carolina State Library and Archives.
- Melungeon Voices, a film by Julie Williams Dixon and Warren Gentry -- The Melungeons of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years with theories of who they might be ranging from descendants of the Lost Colony to descendants of shipwrecked sailors who intermarried with Native Americans. For any genealogist looking for a Melungeon ancestor, this one-hour documentary fi lm is a must see. Part genealogy, part geography, part genetics, the story of the Melungeons offers a fascinating look into the earliest days of America and how people put aside ethnic and racial differences to survive.
- Irish Emigration to America and Canada -- This lecture will explain the reasons for and the pattern of emigration from Ireland to America and Canada—who was affected and why. Mary Sullivan from the Irish History Foundation
- The Journey of an Ancestry Record: How an Image on Ancestry.com Gets from the Archives to the Website -- Laryn Brown from Ancestry.com