Sunday, March 8, 2009

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Conference


The Nebraska State Genealogical Society is a supportive group for the enhancement of genealogy in the state of Nebraska.  If you have roots in Nebraska, you need to become a member.  Their publications are good and the area representatives often assist people with their research questions.  

The annual conference for this group will be held in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd.  It will be at the Harms Advanced Technology Center, 2620 College Park in Scottsbluff.  Click here for a map.  The featured speaker will be Julie Miller, C.G.  

Other people will present interesting programs.  Crista Cowan, indexing manager at The Generations Network will share information on the Ancestry.com projects.   Karon Harvey will speak about Orphan Train Research and Edward Loera will present training on HeritageQuest.  Travis Boley will enlighten attendees about the Oregon-California Trails Association and the new online database, Paper-Trail.org.  Barb Netherland will present information about the Paul and Helen Henderson Trail Collection which contains copies of several hundred emigrant diaries, photographs and more.  

In case you didn't get the hint, the Oregon Trail passed through the Gering-Scottsbluff area in Nebraska.  Oregon Trail Days is held as an annual celebration.  There is a lot of history in the valley and whether or not you had ancestors who went to Oregon, it is a fun time to celebrate. Chimney Rock  (see photo) is a landmark that guided them through the area.  I never tire of seeing it and always think of the pioneers.  

A pdf file of the conference can be downloaded from the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's web page.  It will be a fun time to get together with other genealogists and learn something as we traverse west.  See you all there! 

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