See? I told you that genealogy is not boring or stuffy. Yesterday at SCGS 2011 Jamboree, I learned all about prostitution in the the Wild West with Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, including the deplorable conditions that they experienced and methods on tracing them. Great ideas and advice.
The second presentation that I went to yesterday was NEHGS David A. Lambert's presentation on using their website AmericanAncestors.org ~ which will come in handy when I can find the time to tackle my Massachusetts Bay Colonists. Oh. And my Loyalist family from Connecticut. [How could I forget them?] Lambert pulled in a standing room only crowd. [But me? I was there early and had an "end" seat. Cuz that's how I roll. Most of the time.]
And now? Central Mexico. No. I don't have any ancestors from there [at least none that I know of]. But I'm from the Texas-Mexico border and do some research in the border states of Mexico. I think this was my favorite session on Friday. John Schmal, the presenter, was so obviously knowledgeable about researching in Central Mexico, and gave some VERY helpful information, which I'm sure my clients will be thankful for.
This, folks? Is why going to genealogy conferences is so important. You never know what you might learn. What tidbit advice you might get that will break down that 20 year old brick wall. Plus? Getting to meet all those online peeps in person. In. Real. Life. [So that your family can stop thinking you're weird because you only communicate with live people about dead people through the internet. Or is that just me?]