What a fantastic, fun filled, 4-day event of premier genealogical education that was! There were genealogical presentations in such a wide variety of topics, and from so many well-known speakers! With so many presentations going on live at the same time, you had to pick and choose carefully which ones you wanted to see live and right away. I’m not too worried about missing others that I really wanted to hear, because they’ll be available in a couple of weeks from now, until the end of December!
There were a couple that I really wanted to hear but going on at the same time as my own presentations, and others I really wanted to hear but had work. I did get to hear most of the ones I wanted to for Saturday, and I did take a day off work on one of the days for one of my presentations, and I got to hear a couple that I really wanted to hear. I did make it home from work just in time to quickly go over my presentation for the next morning and still be able to hear the Keynote Speaker. Besides the keynote, everything else for the event ended by about 4pm PST.
I don’t usually join presentations on methodology, but did join a couple this time, just to hear how others go about their methodology.
I did join the presentation on “Using Evidence Analysis in a Timeline to Separate Individuals of the Same Name” by Diana Elder because it also seemed like a good resource, and I LOVE learning about new resources! I learned about so many different charts you can create, and one that really stuck out, was Airtable! I can’t wait to try it out!
I also listened to “Proving Long-Lost Family the Indirect Way” by Patti Gillespie, to hear someone else’s method in how they research this topic. It was an interesting take on it.
I heard “Climbing to the Summit: Take Your Time so You Don't get out of Breath before you Arrive” by Jean Wilcox Hibben; “Write and Format Your Genealogy in a Research Report” by Lianne Kruger, that included a lot of software quick tips to format faster and create templates; “5 Elements for Sound Research: A Guide to Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard” by Cheri Hudson Passey; and my favorite “Traveling Back in Time Using Google Earth Pro” by Marie Palmer. I use lots of maps, but never knew that Google Earth Pro can layer historical maps with nowadays! It was amazing! I learned so much in that class, and ALL of it was so useful! I can’t wait until I have time to try it out! I also learned about all the different kinds of indexes and how they are all navigated differently, in “A Hop, a Skip, and a Jump: How to Navigate FamilySearch's Browse-Only Collections More Effectively” by Alice Childs; it was very also very useful.
Were you able to join the Summit of Excellence genealogy conference this year? If so, what were you able to learn?
Do you use timelines for evidence analysis? If so, what types of charts do you use? Have you used Airtable?
Do you know how to create quick templates for your genealogy reports, so that you can use the same one and just copy and paste?
Do you know all the different kinds of indexes out there and how to use each one?
How sound is your research? Are you using the 5 elements?
Do you use Google Earth Pro? If so, have you used it to enhance your genealogy research? Did you know that you can layer your maps, add pictures, add text, add videos, add push pins, and so much more! It’s virtually genealogy that you can share with family! Kids will even want to get involved!
If you missed the UGA Summit of Excellence this year, don’t worry, there is always next year! 😉
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