2018 NCGS Speakers Forum Highlights

A Cool Way to Spend a Hot Summer Day

contributed by Linda Lawson, Program Chair

Speaker Lisa Lisson explored lesser-known records sets that can help knock down brick walls in her presentation, “Using Out-of-the-Box Resources in Your Genealogy Research.”

The State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh opened its doors for the Speakers Forum at 8:00 a.m. on 23 June to welcome over 100 people, including attendees, speakers, and vendors. The speakers for the event hailed from North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Several staff members of the Archives and the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library also gave presentations.

The day’s sessions included lectures on topics ranging from methodology to organization and writing as well as case studies, online resources, and ethnic research. With so many topics to choose from, several attendees commented that they wished they had the ability to be in more than one lecture at a time.

Lots of good dialogue was shared over a catered lunch of pepper-crusted roast beef sandwiches, southern-style chicken salad wraps, sharp pimento cheese wraps, iced tea, and lemonade. During the lunch period, everyone had additional time to visit the vendors who provided books and other resources for North Carolina researchers. Attendees could also choose to check out the resources available in the Archives and Library.

Quotes from people who attended included “the speakers were knowledgeable and engaging,” “I learned new things,” and “the sessions were helpful and fun.”

NCGS would like to extend a big thank you to the State Archives of North Carolina for their help in so many ways that made the Speakers Forum a successful day.