If Day One was all about Lies, the theme for the sessions I attended Thursday must be Control.
The day starts early here in the desert, and it’s really the best time to see the morning light over the mountains ringing the Las Vegas valley. I discovered a route from my hotel room in a distant tower that takes me outside along the front of the hotel directly to the doors of the conference foyer. Tradeoff: casino lights for sunlight.
Here’s a brief recap of my Day Two sessions:
Pam Stone Eagleson — Grandma’s Treasure Chest: Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts
Control the Citation.
[Bonus lesson: Photo captions lie; This lecture was at the top of my list after I met Pam at GRIP 2012 and discovered we have a common fascination with family artifacts. She shared items from her own collection with solid ideas for researching, citing, and establishing provenance of keepsakes. Her sample misleading photo caption attracted lots of comments following the talk and makes me rethink some photos in my own collection.]
Barbara Vines Little — Feme Covert or Feme Sole: Women and the Law
[well, that seems to be the goal of English Common Law. Barbara Little always manages to make a history lesson funny, informative, and VERY enjoyable. I think the women left this session rather happy to be living in 2012.]
Judy Russell — Blackguards and Black Sheep: The Lighter Side of the Law (BCG Luncheon)
Un-Controlable Ancestors Left Awesome Records.
What’s to add? The Legal Genealogist IS a treat not to be missed!
Elizabeth Shown Mills — Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management, and Analysis
Control the Information.
[I have been waiting months to hear this lecture in person after reading about it from earlier conferences. It was packed with useful tips for building a solid information management workflow. Highly recommended for anyone struggling to find a “better” way to handle mountains of data. P.S. Dust off your word-processing software].
Patricia Walls Stamm and Jordan Jones — NGS American Genealogy Home Study Course
New Edition Under Control.
If you have been considering enrolling in the NGS Home Study Course, you might want to get an update on plans for a revised edition coming (hopefully) later this year. Stay tuned for a more complete recap of this session.